Today's post features another instructor and is a little bittersweet since today is also her last day in Seattle as she will be moving down to California =( . We love having Kelsey as both a student and instructor and are so glad she has shared a little bit of her story with the PFS community! Read more about it below!
I always tell people: "If you want to know who I am, then watch me dance." I don't know how to exactly describe it, but I feel more like myself when I'm dancing then anything else. I love how it makes me feel free, beautiful, and elegant. I love that it lets me be innovative and creative in a world where that opportunity doesn't present itself for me that often. I love that it's always going to be just for me, and no one else's opinion matters.
I've always loved to dance, but college put that passion on hold. Instead of dancing, I spent 8 years pole vaulting so that I would have a scholarship to help me through college. Don't get me wrong, I loved pole vaulting as well. It was an amazing experience competing at the D1 level, but it was also very stressful and I was reluctant to be done with it.
My pole journey began almost two years ago, just after I graduated college. When I first got back to Seattle I tried to find a new athletic outlet. I tried just a regular gym, I tried crossfit, but I still hadn't gotten back to dancing. I thought I'd give pole fitness a shot just for fun. I expected it to be mostly sexy dancing (which I'm terrible at, by the way) and a little bit of spin technique. My expectations were quickly blown away. I took my first class from Kirstie; and although I thought it was fun, it wasn't until the end of class when she demo'd some advanced inversion moves that she really caught my attention. It was at that moment that I knew, this was it; This was going to be my dance outlet.
I love pole dancing because it's a challenge both physically and artistically. I love that it allows me to use my strength from track and passion for dance and that it allows me to continue competing. I love that it pushes me to explore a more sexy side of myself. I've honestly never been in better shape or been this flexible in my life and I LOVE IT!
I still can't believe I got so lucky as to stumble upon this studio. I love the diversity and the community and the variety of classes we offer. In all honesty, the hardest thing about moving is losing this studio. My favorite part of every day is getting to come in to learn, teach, and watch everyone grow. I hope to visit often though, hopefully for a week every month or two. Thank you for being my source of happiness for the past two years.
I'll miss you guys!
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