Happy Mother's Day! Today, we are bringing you the story of the founder and owner of the studio, Emily! She founded Pole Fitness Seattle in 2010 and opened the SODO studio in 2013 with a dream to make pole and aerial dance more accessible to everyone so that anyone can enjoy and experience its benefits. She is also the founder and producer of the Bordeaux Project, Seattle choice for classic cabaret and pole performance art. She has performed nationally and is a regular through the Northwest. She was doing all of this while raising her son. Read more about her story below!
1) What got you started in pole/aerials?
It was seven years ago! I had just had my son a few months prior to taking my first pole class. My cousin had taken a class and shared the positive experience with me so I decided to try myself and from that point, I was hooked. At the time, I was still a flight attendant and would bid my trips based on what studios and instructors I wanted to train with.
2) What does pole/aerials mean to you?
I have been pole dancing a long time and it consistently gives me something new. I think that is why I love it so much. No matter what stage you are at in your life, there is place for pole in it.
In the beginning, I was in love with the challenge of accomplishing a new trick and the high I got from that sense of pushing myself physically. Later on, I fell in love with exotic movement and floorwork. It gave me an ability to discover a part of my sensuality that I never had before. Over the last few years I have also been able to use pole dance and aerial hoop as a creative outlet for both performance and successful business, based on my experience in pole and aerial.
3) What does it mean to you as a mother?
I love this question! I believe that pole dance single-handedly, gave me a voice and identity outside of being a mother and came at the perfect time.
Becoming a mother is a beautiful experience but it also changes you and how you see yourself and the rest of the world around you. I struggled with this question, 'how can I be both a mom and an independent creature outside of that?' I found an outlet in pole dance. It challenges my body, my mind, and given me an incredible community and extremely close friends.
I love that my son can see how hard work can pay off through my business, training and competitions but more importantly "you can be many things in your life but the most important is to be you."
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