Our Studio Showcase has come to an end and we wanted to thank everyone who participated and shared their stories! We're ending it today with our last Instructor Spotlight on Tara!
Hi, I'm Tara and I love Pole Dancing!
My body craves movement! I had been a ballet dancer most of my life, teaching and performing with local companies, but I had taken a little break when I first got married. At that time, I had been searching for a new dance class to join regularly, but was frustrated with options available to me at… until….. I started my pole journey with a Groupon! My sisters and I thought it'd be a great bonding activity and signed up together. I was instantly hooked.
I bounced around to a few studios before moving further north and finally discovering Pole Fitness Seattle. I came to an open house and after watching a few students perform and feeling the warmth, I knew this was the place for me. It’s been my home ever since! I loved Emily’s focus on structure, on feeding our sensual sides, and on performance art. It was the perfect fit for me.
I loved this incredibly new vertical challenge, but arrogantly thought it would come very naturally to me. After all, I had all this dance experience, right? I was so so wrong. I struggled hard in the beginning, but something about the encouraging atmosphere and the very real and measurable progress I could see week to week kept me coming back each week. For my first 2 years, I could only afford 1 class a week, but it was my very favorite day of the week.
In the beginning of my pole journey, I was so scared of anything remotely sexy. I kept calling it my circus class… or my vertical barre class. In time, I have been able to let go of that baggage and get in touch with my feminine and sexy side. This community continues to make me feel empowered and encourages me to love myself more and more.
But that’s not the only thing pole has given me. There are so many things that I love about pole. I love the people, I love being in my best shape of my life, I love the physical challenges, I love floating and flying, and I love sharing that joy with so many others. There has been no other hobby or sport I’ve participated in where I have made true and real friends almost instantly – there’s something very special about pole. It attracts those of us all looking for something, and we all find it with pole and with each other. I’ve been able to travel all over and meet and stay in strangers homes, but find them to be fast and dear friends almost instantly – all because of this piece of metal.
Through pole, I’ve learned that dance can be just as beautiful without the neatly pointed toes and perfect placement. I have been able to shake away a lot of preconceptions about how dance should look and find freedom in how dance feels! I have learned (and continue to learn) so much about my body, movement patterns, and dance theory in general. I continue to learn more and more through teaching and watching others in class, and man does it inspire me. I’ve more than once cried happy tears watching so many of our beautiful students move, meet goals, dance it out, and find confidence in themselves. It’s truly magical!
I recently had hip arthroscopy to address an issue called FAI in my right hip. My joint did not fit together correctly, and I ended up with some internal tissue damage that needed repair, as well as corrective work to make my joint fit together better. Recovery has been tough and humbling, but I am feeling better and better and can’t wait to get back! While I love performing and had lofty goals for performing and competing this year, 2017 will be a year of recovery and rebuilding. It’s allowed me to shift my mindset from a “me” centric focus, and start focusing on ways I can really give back to this little community. I’m excited about big ideas I have to help bring us together more and more and really grow our PFS Family.
Phew! So, all that to say, I love Pole Fitness Seattle and friends I’ve found here. As adults, it can be so hard to a physical and creative outlet, and find real support and friendship. I’m so thankful I get to be a part of this crazy little thing call Pole Dancing and I can’t wait to dance with you all in this New Year.
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