I took my first pole dancing class about 5 years ago and I instantly fell in love. I fell in love with the sport, with the freedom that I felt while I was dancing and with the women I met at the studio. I was a newcomer and a little apprehensive at first. Not knowing what to expect, I just focused on trying to keep up with the class. There were other beginners in the class and we actually cheered each other on, I never felt any judgement. The instructor was very patient and supportive. It was empowering to experience the hard work of pole dancing and it was humbling to meet all the other women who were there getting an amazing workout, while letting go of all the preconceptions of what society was expecting them to be and just being themselves. I fell in love with how pole fitness made me feel and I found some of my best friends.

Today I am a pole dancing instructor and my pole girls are still my best friends. I don’t need to dress up, put on my jewelry, put on makeup and make my hair when I do to see them. We get together, strip to our tiniest pole shorts and sports bras, put on our pole dancing shoes and start sweating. We feel pain together (and anybody who has ever pole danced understands that). We spot each other in the craziest, scariest tricks, we have each others “backs”, literally and figuratively. We get silly when we are together, we support each other, cheer for each other and go through the toughest times of our lives together. We are not afraid to be vulnerable in front of each other, and that’s what it comes down to. I love my pole girls. Yes, pole dancing has changed my life. I am thankful for all the beautiful souls that I have met over the years.

I wish all women out there had the courage to experience what pole dancing is about, not just as a sport, but as a community . Ladies, don’t be afraid to enter a pole dancing studio. It will change your life for the better!