Everything you need to know about Luna Aerial Dance

If you have any concerns please read this collection of frequently asked questions before contacting us. If you are still
unclear about something feel free to contact.

What is Aerial Dance?

Aerial dance first became popular as a type of modern dance in the United States during the 1970s. Typically, choreography is performed in a three-dimensional space, as the apparatus is attached to the ceiling or other rigging. Aerial pieces can often be performed in pairs, as an ensemble or as a solo. Many times dancers will use more than one appartus in a performance to show changes in balance, center and orientation of the dancers, bringing new depths and definition to the piece. The ability to incorporate vertical, as well as horizontal movement paths, allows for innovations in choreography and movement.

How Do I Register for Classes?

Due to the small class sizes, pre-payment and pre-registration are required to reserve your space in class. Pre-registration also allows us to contact you if there is a change in the schedule. Purchases can be made online, by phone, or in person. All students participating in adult classes must be 18 years of age or older. If younger than 18 years, you must have parental permission and a consent form signed by your parents or legal guardian.

Please sign in to our Bookeo account (see our Scheduling page), and create a username and password. Once you are a registered user, all scheduling can be and should be completed online. You can sign up and pay for classes via credit card, cancel a class or schedule a makeup. If you wish to pay with cash or with a check, you will need pre-pay in person at the studio 24 hours prior to registration of a class, program, and/or workshop.

What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything to class?

For Intro to and Pole Art Foundation Series: Shorts are required for gripping the pole. Form-fitted clothing is best. Please make sure that shorts have a maximum 3” inseam and are not nylon or spandex.

For Intro to and Aerial Arts Series: Form-fitted clothing is best. Leggings and/or capris covering your knees are recommended.

For All Pole and Aerial classes: Please remove ALL jewelry, including earrings, rings, watches, and bracelets. Come to your class "lotion-free"!

For our Pole Art Movement & Choreo classes: Heels with a strap, rubber soles and a platform are encouraged but not necessary. Bring legwarmers and/or knee pads made for dancers to class.

For Dance Classes: You can wear your normal workout attire preferably proper dance shoes for the class.

You may want to bring a water bottle. We do offer water at Luna Aerial.

We have cubbies to store your belongings, however, please leave valuables at home as they are not secure.

Our state of the art studio offers 2 bathrooms. There are no shower facilities. Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure that you are on time for your class.

What Kind of Shape Do I Need To Be In?

We have all shapes and sizes at Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts. We believe confidence is not dependent on body shape or size. Our classes will tone and sculpt your body for dance and aerial. Any health limitations should be conveyed to your instructor at the beginning of class. If you are pregnant, please consult your physician before registering for any classes.

Do I need have dance experience? What if I am not flexible?

You do not need dance experience to take any of our classes. We will give you the foundation to build your skills week to week through conditioning, flexibility and proper body mechanics. We highly recommend you take many of our additional classes to help build your strength and flexibility.

What if I am disabled and unable to take class?

First, please contact the studio immediately. If you become disabled for at least 3 months and the disability is confirmed in writing by a physician, you are entitled to an extension of the class passes or monthly unlimited. We will not collect payments during a member’s disability extension so that we are not holding more than three months of payment in advance.

Is there an age restriction for pole art classes?

We currently only offer Pole Art classes for adults. We have students ages 18 – 60.

How long will it take for me to move from Level 1 to the next level?

Progressing from level to level is determined by many factors including how often you attend class, how much core and upper body strength you have and how well you are executing your moves. We require students to take the series in order to ensure the best skill progression. You are free to move at your pace throughout the Pole Art Fundamental and Aerial Art Series as long as all prerequisites are met. Please note that our prerequisites are set for your safety. You will most likely take each Fundamental series more than once. Feel free to speak with your instructor and she will let you know when you are ready to progress.

What is your take on Safety?

Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts takes safety very serious! All of our trainers are AED/CPR certified and go through a detailed and extensive Luna Aerial Teacher Training program that focuses on teaching and spotting techniques. We also carry commercial liability insurance. We have a regular inspection and maintenance schedule to keep our equipment clean and in good repair. We work above high-impact gymnastics mat that are specially designed to absorb large impact forces.

Within our classes, we insist on a mastery of basic skills before progressing to skills requiring more strength, endurance, stability, and understanding. Our series are currently based on 3 levels in aerial arts and 5 levels in pole art that build on each other. Students must strictly adhere to the level progression and may not learn or practice skills above their skill level.

Students must be able to execute a pose or sequence with strength, control, and proper body mechanics before progressing to a more difficult skill.

Students must strictly adhere to the working heights specified in their level. The levels start low to the ground while students’ bodies and minds adapt to the new movements. Students will only be allowed to work at greater heights when they can safely execute the skill (with control) many times low to the ground first.

Students are not allowed under any circumstances to teach other students or anyone else, any movement, pose, sequence, or skill. This is also known as skill-trading or skill-sharing, and is strictly prohibited.

Students must get instructor approval before practicing skills that were not taught to them at Luna Aerial Dance.

Students are not allowed to practice anything that they learned off YouTube. If a student wants to learn a skill that they saw on YouTube, they can email the link to their instructor and ask their instructor to teach it during class. The instructor will evaluate whether the skill is appropriate for the student’s level, and will decide on whether to teach it. It is at the instructor’s discretion.

Students must respect the teacher, other students and the rules at all times.

Students may not be under the influence of alcohol, any illegal drugs, or any prescription or over-the-counter drugs that affect their focus and concentration.

Unsupervised practice is strictly forbidden.

Students must respect their bodies. They are responsible for listening to their bodies, and not pushing them past safe working limits. Late nights, drinking, illness, stress, injury, and monthly cycles can all affect an aerialist’s strength and stamina. Be aware that your ability to safely execute sequences may vary daily.

Warm-up is a MUST and should be done with proper instruction to avoid pulling or straining muscles.

How long are the classes?

All Adult Pole Art, Dance, Yoga, and our Aerial Teens and Kids classes are 1 hour. Adult Aerial Silks and Static Trapeze/Lyra classes are 1.5 hours unless noted differently in the class description.

What if the weather is bad?

Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts management will make the decision on studio closures due to inclement weather on a case by case basis. We do reserve the right to close early for the safety of our staff and students. We will do our best to contact everyone in advance if we do so.

Classes will not be rescheduled due to weather. Your Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts account will be credited and you may use that credit to apply to another available class. Expiring expiration dates will not be extended. We apologize for any inconvenience.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

Please be advised that in purchasing a class/series from Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts, you understand and agree that all purchases are non-transferable and all class/series and membership purchases expire within or at 30 days from the date of purchase. Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts does not guarantee that any particular or specific classes/series will run and offers a variety of classes/series at the discretion of the studio. The studio may cancel a class at any time at its discretion due to inclement weather, instructor illness, equipment or facility problems, safety concerns, or low enrollment. We have a 3 student minimum for classes to run, if the minimum has not been met, it is at the discretion of the studio to cancel and/or postpone a class and/or series. Students will be notified via email, text, and/or phone. If this happens from Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts does its best to accommodate our students, however, if we are unable to do so a credit will be applied to your Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts account for you to use for another class prior to the expiration date. You have the right to cancel any purchase within three (3) business days after purchase. Cancellation of purchases must be in writing via email within those 3 days. If you cancel, you are entitled to a full refund of all monies paid. There are no refunds outside of those parameters. ALL CLASSES, SERIES, PRIVATES, WORKSHOPS, AND PRACTICE ROOMS ARE PREPAID AND PREREGISTERED, NO EXCEPTIONS! If you have any questions, please contact our studio.

If you NO SHOW or LATE CANCEL, you will forfeit the class. If you have an unlimited package and you NO SHOW or LATE CANCEL, you will be charged the full amount of a drop-in class pass. A student can cancel their enrollment/reservation in a class prior to the start date and time of that class at their discretion not less than 4 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS. Please make sure that you contact us or remove yourself if unable to attend.

All classes/series, workshops, memberships, and practice rooms expire within or at 30 days from date of purchase. After 30 days, unused classes will expire and cannot be credited back to your account without documented illness, accident or injury, or unless the student has moved greater than 50 miles from Luna Aerial Dance & Performing Arts facility. Per the laws of the state of Maryland, gift certificates expire 4 years from date of purchase. All Intro Class passes expire 15 days from date of purchase.

If you have any questions, please contact our studio. All merchandise purchases are final sale. We do not offer refunds on merchandise, however, we will make exchanges for defective merchandise.

What is Studio Etiquette?


In order to ensure that we begin class on time, it is important to arrive early. Please do not be late to class – not only is it disruptive, but it is also a safety issue. You must be properly warmed up to participate in class activities and for this reason, students who are late to class will not be able to participate and forfeit their payment for the class.

Cell Phones

Please turn off your phone or put it on silent during class and do not answer any calls during class. If you have to take a call, please excuse yourself to the studio lobby before doing so.

Guests and Class Observation

In order to protect the privacy of all of our students, we do not allow anyone to observe any of our classes.

Parent observation of kid's classes will be on a case-by-case basis, up to the discretion of the instructor.