I began pole dancing with no previous experience in April 2012. Since then I have done so much!
- ElevatED Level 1 Pole Instructor Certification in 2014
- Graduate of Frequent Flyers 9 Month Professional Training Program in Aerial Dance (2014-2015)
- Professional performer with Mesmerie Entertainment of Denver, Colorado since 2015
- Professional performer with Phantom Circus of Denver, Colorado since 2015
- 3rd Place @ Pacific Pole Championships 2013 Junior Level 2 Championship
- Finalist @ Miss Pole Dance Oklahoma 2014
- 1st Place @ Pacific Pole Championships 2014 Junior Level 4 Entertainment
- 3rd Place & People's Choice @ Colorado Pole Championships 2014
- 3rd Place @ Colorado Pole Championships 2015
- Finalist @ Pole Theatre USA 2015 - Pro Pole Art Division
- Finding Your Freestyle Brand Ambassador - 2016-Present
- 3rd Place @ Colorado Pole Championships 2016
- 1st Place @ Pole Theatre USA 2016 - Semi-Pro Pole Art Division
- Pole Theatre World Semi Pro 2016 Finalist
- Floor Flow Level 1 Certified Instructor
Originally, I was trying to get in shape for a mud-run and found a Groupon for a pole class in my area. I thought it would help me build upper body strength for the obstacles on the course...as it turned out it was a form of self expression that spoke to me on a very deep level. After my first class, I never looked back.
Every VF student should know the challenge and difficulties pole presents to you never exactly go away, no matter what level you are at. So don't be discouraged if things are not clicking right away! Focus on the aspects you find fun and gratifying, and the hard work becomes play. One day, before you even realize it, things that used to feel impossible become effortless. It just takes time. Also, never underestimate the importance of cross training. There is truth to the phrase "too much of a good thing." It is easy to get burnt out on a diet of only pole. When you feel you are plateauing, or getting bored, try out a new class! You may find you really like it, and it contributes a great deal to your pole journey.
It is too difficult to choose just a single favorite pole memory! My favorite moments are often watching people dance, whether they are students, friends, or colleagues, whether it is in class or on stage, I love watching those moments when they just get so in their zone and all their passion and hard work manifests. I feel really proud and excited for them, because I know how thrilling and satisfying that feeling is.
Lastly, a surprising fact about myself is that I am terrified of heights. Getting used to the top of the pole has taken some time. I mostly just try to not look down.