What Not to Wear: MFA Edition
Miss Fit Academy will be taking special precautions from now on for the safety of all of our students, and to protect the equipment that we all love to play on. Coming to MFA is a release from the day to day hustle and bustle. This studio treats us well, so we should give it the same respect. You may have noticed recently that our staff and instructors are enforcing jewelry removal, being cautious of sharp objects on clothing, and even inspecting your manicure....
Recently, we've noticed an influx of damage to our fabrics, poles, hoops, mats and even our floor. We all love this studio and we know you do too. Therefore, we will be strictly enforcing some pretty standard policies to protect our equipment. In addition, many of these policies will protect our students from unsafe practices. Something as simple as long manicure or a belly ring can inflict pretty severe pain and injury if something goes awry. In order to keep you and our beloved studio safe, we've got some guidelines to not only let you know what you shouldn't wear to class, but why!
Can I wear my bling?
Though your rings are beautiful and your Fitbits are effective, we will not allow any metal (rings, bracelets, watches, etc.) on the hands inside the Aerial or Pole studios. This rule will also apply to long necklaces and earrings larger than a stud. Jewelry ruins our equipment and can lead to injury and/or irreparable damage. When poles and hoops get scratched they can slice open hands. Holes and runs in our fabrics lead to quicker deterioration and cause us to retire them sooner.
** Pro Tip: Ladies (and gentlemen) if you have a belly ring, keep it covered by a tight shirt or high waisted leggings. Tape will be available at the front desk if you need to secure it. The horror stories of it getting caught are true, and we don't want it to happen
To be safe, simply leave the jewelry at home, in your car, or place it in your bag upon entering Miss Fit Academy! Clean hands and arms are best practice for everything we do here. Prevent injury, breaking your nice things and destroying our equipment by keeping it simple!
What about my mani?
The stiletto nail trend is killing it on Instagram (#mani) however, it's also killing our silks. We won't be able to allow you to participate in any of our aerial classes if your claws have been sharpened.
Shorter square nails are an okay option. However, sharpened edges on your fresh manicure can still rip holes in our silks and cause irreparable damage. Those sharp edges can also cut into your hands just as severely (if not more so) than the stiletto style.
Keep them short and simple! Rounded tips and a little length will still look beautiful while remaining safe for your hands AND our equipment.
Can I pole in regular shoes?
Absolutely not! Optimum safety calls for bare feet or dance shoes. If you MUST have shoes, stick to the brands made for dance. For levels 101 and 102, keep it simple with bare (or socked) feet. This will be most comfortable for an hour or more of dancing. Even though your street shoes look sexy and have a platform, they aren't pole shoes. They aren't safe, they are ruining our floors and scratching up our poles. We will not allow them in the pole room. Period.
These are specifically designed to ensure that the heel does not snap off while you dance and to protect the foot from instability. They're also going to be 1000x more comfortable for some lengthy choreo than street heels. They're MADE for this, which means the creators tend to know what works best in this context. Regular old shoe designers don't take all of the same factors into consideration. Keep it safe and sexy in shoes like these!
Do I have to wear anything specific?
The list of what you CAN'T wear is shorter than the list of what you can, so we'll start there. Keep denim, any shirts/pants with sharp studs or embellishments or anything with buttons in the closet for the days you're stopping by the studio. Believe it or not, something as simple as a button on your pants can cause damage to the equipment.
Wear something comfortable to move around in! For aerial, that means leggings, athletic shorts, crop tops, sports bras, t-shirts.... the spectrum of fitness clothing. For pole, at least once you're reaching higher levels, you'll want to go with a little more skin-- booty shorts, tank tops, maybe even just a sports bra. Skin helps you stick to the pole and pull off more intricate tricks. All we ask is that, no matter your confidence level, something over your lingerie makes it through the door. For security, hygiene and the sake of our other members' comfortability please actually wear clothing.
Finally, lotions, self tanners, body oils, body butters, etc. should not be applied before coming to class. They stain our mats, silks and keep you from sticking to the pole/hoop.... and honestly they feel gross when you get sweaty. Thank you all for taking a look through this and respecting us as much as we love and respect you!