I am inspired by feeling, depth and uniqueness; The moon, the cold night and all of those unforseen energies we are surrounded by every day. Turning those inspirations into movement bring me an immense amount of joy.
Dance has always been a part of my life. I've always felt most alive right before going on stage, feeling the energy of the crowd before me and how my movements are inspiring their reactions.
When I discovered Pole Fitness Seattle I rekindled my confidence, my desire to share this art with the world and a community of humans who also feel this way, and support one another deeply. It's a beautiful, magical thing. I want to help others find what sets their souls on fire.
My aerial journey began on lyra, in Boston in 2008. Lyra helped me rediscover a confidence in my body that I hadn't known since childhood. When I started teaching in Port Townsend, it was such a joy to watch my students also grow more confident, on and off the hoop. One time, a married student said her sex life had improved since starting lyra -- such a Proud Teacher Moment. :)
After a few years' break from aerial, I started pole at PFS in summer, 2016. My pole practice is informed by my lyra experience, plus four years partner dancing and 20 years performing theater, burlesque and improv. I'm sooooo in love with pole, and with the people and environment at PFS. I'm thrilled to become a teaching apprentice, so I can help students become better performers, and honored I'll get to be part of students' journeys as strong, confident dancers.
Dance has always been a huge part of my life. Being born and raised in Hawai'i, dancing hula and Tahitian was something I was raised doing. Before moving to Seattle, almost 4 years ago, I was dancing for a competitive Tahitian group Heretama Nui. After moving and finding my feet here I started to miss dance being apart of my everyday life.
Pole fitness was something that always had my attention, but never had a chance to pursue. Moving with the intent of new beginnings, I decided to check it out. After attending a few classes at a couple places, PFS quickly became my favorite studio. The camaraderie and genuine care of the people here reminded me so much of home. I fell in love. And continue to every time I set foot in the studio.
I hope to help in keeping that feeling of love and excitement for this craft alive, and hope to help instill it in any new student that walks through the door. I can't say enough how this studio has helped shape me into the person I am today. I'm excited to share that feeling confidence and beauty (even after not getting that move right away.) I wish to continue to grow and push boundaries not only in this amazing sport but as a person as well.
1. Unlimited Membership or Class Package for Pole Fitness Seattle
While class membership seems like an obvious gift, it’s absolutely worthwhile. There’s no need to mess around - what our pole dancing friends want most is to pole dance. Make it easier for them by offering access to their passion and unlimited opportunities to learn new moves. Trust me, this is the gift that keeps on giving.
Use the promo code "wishlist" at checkout and get 10% off your membership!
2. Dry Hands Grip Aid
Pole dancing is hard work and it’s no surprise that dancers break a sweat (or two). This makes pole dancing all the more difficult. Get your dancer some Dry Hands Grip Aid - a helpful product that makes gripping easier in cases of perspiration. This will allow them to give their all on the pole without worrying about slipping. While it doesn’t look like a glamorous gift, it’ll be extremely appreciated.
3. New pole wear (shorts and tops)
Isn’t half the lure of this hobby the ability to look smoking hot? Okay, that might just be some of us but nevertheless, whether for function or fashion, new (and practical!) shorts and tops are a dream come true to any pole dancer. This is a way for a gift giver to have some fun picking out a gift that plays to someone’s personal style while still providing a practical necessity for your loved one.
(We have some new styles and colors from Mika Yoga Wear coming in this month!)
4. Leg warmers
These are a dance essential for all dancers. Plus, how can you perform to any 80s' song without them?
5. Special lenses for IG videos
Watching performances has long been a vital tool for pole dancers. Having access to how we look on the pole can help us improve our technique and style. Make this a simple process for your pole dancing friend with an easily attachable lens created for high quality that can be used either as a study or as a promotional tool.
4. False lashes for recitals and competitions
False lashes are all part of the performance. When competing in competitions, it’s a necessity to have them on hand. This is the perfect opportunity to prepare for your loved one and gift them a ready to go stock of false lashes.
6. Arnica cream
This is an absolute life-saver for sore muscles. This is a miracle gift and will be adored by any pole-dancer. Think stocking stuffer!
7. Knee pads
Keep our dancers safe! Pole dancing can take a toll on bodies just like any other athletic endeavor. Pads are a necessary requirement for all pole dancers to safely practice and learn new routines. These wear out over time so if your pole dancer is a floorwork lover they will appreciate the back up pair.
This is a perfect relaxation opportunity for pole dancers after a particularly grueling practice or performance. A back-warmer will allow muscles to be soothed, sighs of relief to be released, and for our pole dancing friends to get back at it the next day.
9. Foam roller
Like Arnica cream or a back-warmer, this is a gift that will provide a huge relief to sore muscles. Making the pain of a good workout all the more rewarding, a foam roller lets muscles be tenderly cared for.
10. Flexibility bands and blocks
Of course, flexibility is a huge part of pole dancing! This is the perfect gift for any pole dancer who doesn’t have regular access to a pole but still has the fierce desire to practice. Flexibility bands and blocks are crucial to maintaining a dancer’s flexibility.
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