1. You Are Always Late Or Cancel
We can all agree shit happens and the occasional late arrival or last minute cancel is to be expected cause well, shit happens. But we all know those folks and perhaps have been them ourselves who try as they might can’t seem to arrive on time or flake out at the last minute. Constant lateness is a sign that you don’t much care or respect both your teachers and other students time. Your late arrival disrupts the class and their progress. You also might be forcing the instructor to spend valuable time rehashing the what they already taught. As for constant cancelling, along with taking a space from another poler who is eager to take the class, you are potentially affecting the instructors income. Depending on the studio and their cancellation policy your cancel means less money for the instructor. So don’t be a dick, if you are going to be be late or need to cancel call ahead of time and make sure they don’t become a habit.
2. You Are Unsafe
Not waiting for a spotter, ignoring injuries, pushing too far too fast, not warming up properly … does that sound like you? If so, realize that you are not only putting yourself in danger, but the rest of the students and studio as well. How so? Well while you might be jamming out in the corner doing your own thing, the instructor has to split their time and focus between the students following the lesson plan and you, who at any time could fall out of the sky and they will have to attempt to run and catch you. You are also putting the studio’s reputation at risk, as they don’t want to be known for having a high injury rate. Either you need to learn to slow down and listen to the instructor, find a class better suited to your needs, or get out of everyone else’s way as you are just an unsafe distraction.
3. You Make Classes All About You – Type 1
There are 2 types of classroom divas. If you are Type 1 it’s pretty obvious because you are likely the loudest, most vocal student in the class – in a bad way. You make sure that your needs get met first, even if its at the expense of others. You monopolize the instructors time and are often guilty of multiple offenses on this list. Just as it is terrible for a studio to play favorites or foster a clique atmosphere so it’s terrible for a student to do the same. For you pole class is only about your journey, your goals, and generally what you want, others be damned. If this is you and you aren’t prepared to change, spare others your one woman (or man) show and do private lessons or practice on your own.
4. You Make Classes All About You – Type 2
If you are Type 2, you likely have no idea or intention of making the class about you, but none the less the instructor has to. You stand in the corner, often silent and unresponsive, only participating when you absolutely have to. Perhaps you started pole already assuming you are going to fail or are just confused by the trick of the day. You may have an injury or are going through some emotional issues that affect your practice, but no one would have any idea because you haven’t informed the instructor. So instead you look miserable in the corner and the instructor has to guess at how to help you. We all have off days, I know I sure do, but the often bigger problem with Type 2 is they will then go out and complain about how the instructor ignored them or said the wrong thing, or they knew they were going to suck all along. Instructors and studios aren’t mind readers if something isn’t working for you say so, if you are feeling off say so, and please start your pole journey with a positive attitude because expecting failure brings failure!
5. You Undermine The Instructors
Do you “correct” the instructor? Do you ignore their lesson plan and do your own thing? Do you take it upon yourself to teach other students in the class? Even if they didn’t ask? Well, that attitude has got to go … or you do! If you want to take charge than you should get some training and your own class because otherwise you are not letting the instructor do their job. You are making them focus on wrangling back the class from you and not allowing other students to get the best experience. While all of us have gone into class with our own agendas only to be disappointed that they would go unfulfilled, use the chance to learn something that you would have never expected or perfect old tricks. Every class is an opportunity to grow in your craft, make sure you aren’t in the way of yourself!
None of us are perfect and I’m sure we are all guilty of a few of these. I know I went through a whole period of forgetting that I had signed up for pole class and had to cancel at the last minute. Also I sometimes fall into a funk and can be a bit of a grump in class. But we should all strive to be better students and better classmates. A pole studio at its best is not only a place for great pole dance instruction (duh), but an oasis away from the stresses of our day and a place for deep friendship and personal growth. GO TEAM POLE!
Source: Pole Geek