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.
By Emily Lester
Owner/Founder of Pole Fitness Seattle
I created the Pole Fitness Seattle “Femme Owned Business Feature” because entrepreneurship can be a source of tremendous social good bringing communities together and empowering women with personal independence. On our blog, Pole Fitness Seattle will feature a business in an effort to not only promote the business alongside our own but bring more resources and support to Pole Fitness Seattle students. I want students and staff to have a reference of other great businesses to be excited about.
November Female business feature: Rock, Paper Scissor Salon - PFS students get 20% services!
Pole Fitness Seattle & Rock, Paper Scissor Salon
Our partnership with Rock, Paper Scissors salon (aka RPSMadrona) started in 2013 when I first opened the Pole Fitness Seattle studio in SODO. The salon owner, Brianne Ingertila was also just opening her new salon. The two of us would run into each other at Lowes on Rainier Avenue, arms full of paint and laughter. We supported each other by swapping stories of the struggles, challenges, and rewards of starting a new business from scratch. Brianne has a deep love for her clients and a passion for hair design. She lights up when she talks about making someone feel beautiful again.
Like Pole Fitness Seattle, her client base is diverse and the salon provides a space for everyone to come in and feel good about themselves. I remember telling Brianne how overwhelmed I was managing everything on my own in the beginning but it didn’t matter because the moment I’d watch one of my students transform and begin to love herself in her own skin, it was all worth it. That was something we shared and the foundation of the businesses we started.
What is Rock, Paper, Scissors:
A boutique salon in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. They offer a wide variety of hair services, spa packages, nails and more. Check out their website HERE.
Events & Promotions Details
RPS Madrona is EXPANDING with an additional space that will offer children’s boutique hair services, photography and feature a retail selection of education toys. This was Brianne’s vision and it was founded on the idea that kids also want to feel good and express themselves. Fueled by the inspiration and experience she has had in becoming a mother, the new salon will provide kids with a space to be creative while offering parents support through services such as non-toxic hair color treatments, trendy styles, and more.
Their Grand Opening is December 1st! They will be celebrating with professional Santa photos, hot chocolate, goodie bags, and more.
All Pole Fitness Seattle students get 20% hair services this month!
Contact RPS Madrona to schedule an appointment.
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