I will never forget the day I viewed a pole video of Bendy Kate! Ms. Kate sparked my curiosity of pole dance and then I found Pole and Aerial Fitness of SWFL! It took me close to a year to drum up the courage to sign up for a pole class. I thought I was too old, so I emailed them. Melanie, a co-owner of the studio, convinced me to sign up to take Introduction to Pole in June 2018. I fell in love with pole, Carrie, and every singe person in that studio! What a loving, non-judgmental and safe place to be. It was all over…. I was hooked!!!! It was the first time I ever touched a dance pole and I could not get one foot off the ground, but I was determined, persistent and consistent with my pole workouts and strength conditioning. I took classes from all the instructors at the studio and I am also a student in the S Factor class, taught by Michelle, instructor and co-owner of the studio.
I fell in love with the women and men I have come in contact with in the pole community who develop their own styles and signature moves that make us swoon, the pole athletes performing mind-blowing feats of acrobatics that defy gravity, the studio owners that run on passion and community love, the girls in the clubs working like a boss in 6 inch heels. I love the storytellers, the aerialists, the instructors, performers, I love the music that hits a cord so deep inside it moves me – I love it all. But more than anything, I love the feeling of strength, power and confidence that comes from knowing you can lift your entire body weight over your head on a pole! Pole dance changed my life! And I am here to tell you that it is never too late and you are never too old to try pole dance!