Pole Dancing 

(Source: Yuri!! On Ice and Pinterest. For those that are not familiar with the anime, the character featured here is Christophe Giacometti; one of the supporting characters in the show and my favorite.) 

In my previous post about weight loss, you have undoubtedly seen a photo of me in a silver bikini in a flag pole strength move. That was from a Pole Princess competition that I did at The Chase Lounge in Dover, DE back in 2012. I love pole and got started while I was going to school in Philly over a decade ago. Now that I’m reaching my 10 year anniversary, I wanted to write a post about it. 

(Me circa early 2012 doing a recital at Upstairs: at Club Risqué.) 

While I’m still obsessed with cheerleading, pole dancing comes in a very close second. I got into it due to the fact that there is a shelf life to being a competition cheerleader but not a pole dancer. I started at Poise Dance Studio which was owned by my dance teacher and now super close friend Jamie. She has since moved to the west coast (I will see her on vacation in June) and her student and my friend, Lauren, took over the helm and renamed it Flaunt Fitness.

(Circa 2011? And yes she is standing on top of me.)

What I love about pole is the muscle I built. Yes, I had a lot of strength and toughness from cheer. But pole took that to another level. It also satiated my need to not have to wear pants and taught me how to walk well in heels. But of course it taught me how to fly and be more confident in my body.

Now that I’m trying to get my fitness back on track for stunt work, pole dance is a necessity for me to re-wire myself for strength and endurance. The real question was how. Since I’m poor, I wasn’t going to be able to pay for classes; which means I have to work. This could be done in a couple of ways: either work at a strip club or teach pole at a studio. The first would require an investment of costumes and for me to drop about 30 lbs fast. The second just requires some previous experience and willingness to train. I opted for the second. I put in my application at a school and now I’m waiting to hear back from them. Hopefully they have me come in for an interview (which will probably include pole work). This will be so helpful, not only for my wallet but for my body as well. Fingers crossed 🤞 

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