Our next mother we are featuring at the studio is one of our very own instructors, Cynthia! Cynthia has been pole dancing since October 2011 and joined us at Pole Fitness Seattle not long after she started. She has danced and performed ballet and jazz all her life as well as other forms of training. We love what she brings to the studio, especially in her Flow lead programs and Burlesque Chair classes. She is a great instructor and is warm, nurturing, and inspiring! She's also a mother of two very active children whom always keeps her on the move. Read below to hear more of her story.
1) What got you started in pole/aerials?
I found pole during mid-life crisis.
I was tired of just lifting weights. I was bored with ballet and jazz; I could only get so far without the turn out and split. I tried pole on a whim to cheat on my usual gym routine. I was mesmerized by my pole instructor, who danced her way through 3 minutes of kick ass strength, grace, and personality in heels. I wanted to find my own dance on the pole like she did. I adapted my gym days to build strength & stamina for pole tricks. Five years later, I still pole, picked up hoop, and I will dance on and with anything (including a chair). Oh, and did I mention I was afraid of heights and being upside down before I started? Not anymore.
Photos by Michelle Lock
2) What does doing pole and aerials mean to you?
Freedom of movement - no rules, except for safety. Acceptance of my body - what it can and can't do - and the joy of letting it move without thinking. It's never too late to find your dance with a pole. There's so much you can do and so many ways to move. It's not about trying to look like someone else - it's about what you can do with what you have - which is more than you think. I am more confident, happy, fulfilled. I am proud to be 46 and still do what I do. I love watching people dance in my class, because every time I see them find new movement, it gives me pure joy. It truly is never too late to find your physical and spiritual self this way. Yes, there are days when it is a struggle - but overall it is my space and my inner reserve to deal with everything else in life.
Discovering pole and aerial dance is the best mid-life crisis, ever.
3) What does doing both pole and aerials mean to you as a mother?
Knowing that I didn't give up when it got hard, or tried something completely off the wall, is something I hope my kids do. It's about discovering what they're capable of, hopefully guided by wonderful role models. My son Max tried breakdancing and got tired and frustrated. He took a break, but missed his teacher. So he picked it back up. He just volunteered to perform with his class - this is a kid who, for 5 years, hated getting on stage. He now gets into a cipher without hesitation and naturally freestyles - by the way - I don't coach him. But he knows I love to dance. I like to think my journey is influencing theirs.
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