By Emily Lester
Owner/Founder of Pole Fitness Seattle
I created the Pole Fitness Seattle “Femme Owned Business Feature” because entrepreneurship can be a source of tremendous social good bringing communities together and empowering women with personal independence. On our blog, Pole Fitness Seattle will feature a business in an effort to not only promote the business alongside our own but bring more resources and support to Pole Fitness Seattle students. I want students and staff to have a reference of other great businesses to be excited about.
November Female business feature: Rock, Paper Scissor Salon - PFS students get 20% services!
Pole Fitness Seattle & Rock, Paper Scissor Salon
Our partnership with Rock, Paper Scissors salon (aka RPSMadrona) started in 2013 when I first opened the Pole Fitness Seattle studio in SODO. The salon owner, Brianne Ingertila was also just opening her new salon. The two of us would run into each other at Lowes on Rainier Avenue, arms full of paint and laughter. We supported each other by swapping stories of the struggles, challenges, and rewards of starting a new business from scratch. Brianne has a deep love for her clients and a passion for hair design. She lights up when she talks about making someone feel beautiful again.
Like Pole Fitness Seattle, her client base is diverse and the salon provides a space for everyone to come in and feel good about themselves. I remember telling Brianne how overwhelmed I was managing everything on my own in the beginning but it didn’t matter because the moment I’d watch one of my students transform and begin to love herself in her own skin, it was all worth it. That was something we shared and the foundation of the businesses we started.
What is Rock, Paper, Scissors:
A boutique salon in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. They offer a wide variety of hair services, spa packages, nails and more. Check out their website HERE.
Events & Promotions Details
RPS Madrona is EXPANDING with an additional space that will offer children’s boutique hair services, photography and feature a retail selection of education toys. This was Brianne’s vision and it was founded on the idea that kids also want to feel good and express themselves. Fueled by the inspiration and experience she has had in becoming a mother, the new salon will provide kids with a space to be creative while offering parents support through services such as non-toxic hair color treatments, trendy styles, and more.
Their Grand Opening is December 1st! They will be celebrating with professional Santa photos, hot chocolate, goodie bags, and more.
All Pole Fitness Seattle students get 20% hair services this month!
Contact RPS Madrona to schedule an appointment.
"This last weekend was the 2017 Northwest Pole Championships at Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill presented by Pole Sports Organization (PSO). There are over 2,000 pole dancers that compete each year in the world’s largest competition series. PSO hosts competitions every month in different cities across the USA and now in Canada and Europe where competitors can pick from 5 skill levels, 5 age groups, and compete across the variety of styles found within the pole community including dramatic, entertainment, exotic, and more.
The Pole Fitness Seattle competition team (#TeamPFS) were fierce and presented a high-level of showmanship and artistry on stage at this event. The whole studio is still on a high from the magnificent energy and awe inspiring display of community that exists within our studio. The turnout of fellow students, family, and friends that came to support and cheer on our competitors was emotional and further demonstrated the level of connection we have to each other.
Moreover, the management and staff are beyond proud of the work of our students. Tears flowed down the faces of PFS instructors who worked hard in mentoring and preparing the team. Our team excelled beautifully and showcased performances that were diverse to each dancers personality yet all polished and professional. Wow!
We are so proud of their commitment to their craft and dedication to themselves in their pole practice.
Congratulations Team PFS! "
Check out our gallery below in addition to some amazing photos Seattle Refined captured of instructors Sean and Yael (Duo Bordeaux) for their doubles routine!
Below is a list of our judges and volunteers as well as a list of the events and placements. Again, we couldn't be more proud of competitors!
Judging: Tara, Ashlee and Emily
Volunteers: Angela, Anh, Bethany, Catherine, Julie
Exotic Level 1 Junior/ Senior
Christa - 2nd place
Amanda - 3rd place
Lisa Maria - 4th place
Dramatic Level 3 Senior
Annalisa - 2nd place
Dramatic Level 3 Junior
Misha - 1st place
Entertainment Level 2 Juniorr/ Senior
Bea Marrow - 2nd place
Floor work and Low Flow Junior
Miss Katie - 1st place
Doubles / Groups
Duo Bordeaux (Sean & Yael) - 1st place
Dramatic Level 2 Junior
Rebecca - 9th place
Championship Level 4 Junior
Meghan - 4th place
Exotic Level 3 Junior
Katie - 8th place
Meredith - 4th place
We're wrapping up the week of with our only doubles group, Duo Bordeaux aka instructors Yael and Sean! They've been working so hard on their piece and we can't wait to see the finished product on stage. Check out their journey below!
Background: How long have you been pole dancing and when did you first come to PFS?
I’ve been pole dancing for 15 months, at PFS since the beginning.
What made you decide to compete?
I love performing. Between theater, burlesque, improv and circus, I’ve been on stage a few hundred times, and it’s not so scary anymore. Competing, on the other hand, is terrifying — which is why I want to do it. :) It’s an opportunity to expand my comfort zone.
Can you share a little bit about your piece? What inspired you, song choice, costume choice, choreography, style, etc.
I was inspired by performances like The Pole Comedian's Richard Simmons routine and Bethy Winkopp's zombie routine — they do familiar pole moves, but in unusual ways, specific to their characters. The effect is hilarious. I have a unique character, too, and I’m dancing in a way I’ve never danced before because it’s how my character would move.
What has been the been the biggest challenge for you in creating this piece?
I’ve been out of town a lot these past few months, not on the pole as much as I’d like. My endurance has been low and I'm not done with choreography yet. I’m running into my body’s limitations, wishing I had energy to practice more.
What has been the best part of this process?
Feeling extra camaraderie with the rest of the PFS competition team! <3
What are you looking forward to the most after competition is over?
The buzz and elation that come after stepping off stage! Also resting. Lots of rest. And doing beautiful pole dance, not just silly pole dance.
Bethany will be competing on Saturday, November 4th at 12:05pm in the Entertainment Level 2 Junior/Senior category.
Our next post features another student, Christa! Check out her incredible pole journey and road to competition below!
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