Boost self esteem
Perk up the booty
Enhance overall muscle-tone
Develop good posture
Exercise in an exciting way
Release endorphins (aka the feel-good hormones)
Freedom of self-expression
Become a part of a close-knit community
Learn to embrace new challenges
Burn calories while having fun
Focus on strength and athleticism
Embracing all artistic aspects
Becoming empowered by uncovering sensuality
Anything that comes to mind with the phrase "stripper pole"
My good friend Erika (who is also my cousin-in-law, colleague twice over and pole sista) invited me to my first ever pole event in February 2009. It was fun and the guest dancer was intriguing. I knew that I wanted to learn more. What I didn't realize then was that I was already hooked.
I enrolled in my first six-week class at a local gym about a month or so after that event. I loved it so much that I signed up for another round of classes as soon as I could! After that second round of classes the instructor left Bermuda and I learned that I was pregnant with my son.
I didn’t sign up for another pole class until 2011 but I quickly began to take more classes, gaining a deeper appreciation and passion for the sport. I got a pole of my own and after logging countless hours training, reading everything I could and learning from the best via YouTube, I gained enough confidence, strength and profeciency to begin considering filling the pole instructor vacancy at the local gym. I contacted my former instructor seeking a bit of advice and was thrilled when she asked me to join her at her new studio instead. I started assisting with what was known as Beginner I & II Pole classes in November 2012.
In January 2013, I discovered that I was expecting my second child but continued to assist with pole classes up until the early stages of my second trimester. Because I had committed to teach my own pole classes in the new year, I rushed back into the studio to resume my pole training when my daughter was just 4 weeks old in October 2013.
January 2014 marked the beginning of my tenure as a Level 2 Pole instructor. I eventually went on to teach Level 3 and my signature Pole Sexy classes.
The latest chapter of this pole journey began when I established Aerial Therapy as the Owner and Lead Pole Fitness Instructor in September 2015.
I strive to continue to learn and excel in this art form while elevating the level of pole in Bermuda and doing my part to grow the local pole community.
As a pre-schooler I took gymnastics, ballet, jazz and tap, all very briefly. I recall being devastated to learn that I would not be continuing the dance lessons because I was apparently “not graceful enough”. I participated in figure skating for a few years during adolencence and in my teenage years I was formally trained in a type of classical Indian dance called Bharata Natyam.