Today's post features another Student Spotlight on Keia!
When did you start pole dancing?
I took the intro series in the summer of 2014 at PFS with my room mate. I'll be honest and say I didn't love it when I first started haha. My room mate, and I felt so awkward body rolling and crawling on the floor. It was a funny experience. I then started taking classes more actively in February 2015 through ClassPass and fell in love with the climbing tricks and flow class . Two years later, here I am and I can't get enough of it all - and yes, I have even embraced the sexy side of pole :).
Favorite part about pole dancing?
Can I only name one favorite thing? For me, pole is the perfect combination of discipline and flow. I've danced all my life and out of the dance styles I have tried, I have never felt so challenged and rewarded as I do with pole dancing. The apparatus is so versatile - you can hip hop to it, salsa, do sexy - whatever you are feeling for that day!.
I hate lifting weights so the fact that I am in the best shape of my life and having so much fun with it is also such a bonus!
When did you first come to Pole Fitness Seattle?
Favorite class(es) to take at the studio?
Freestyle Flow (my first love), Climbs & Spins II, and Inversions
Favorite songs to dance to?
I love anything rhythmic/electronic (an example could be "Slip" by Eilliot Moss or "Easy (Switch Screens)" by Son Lux feat Lorde). I also love dancing to Broadway music - maybe because pole helps me to fulfill my secret dream to be a Broadway star (haha). For the Winter 2016 Student Rehearsal, a group of us performed to "Cell Block Tango" from the musical Chicago. It was a ton of fun to do!
What are your pole necessities?
Dry hands, leggings, and a sweater in the winter time
My bobble to give me fresh tasting water in the studio!
Favorite pole move?
Spinning aerial flares
Ballerina - I have only been able to get into it a handful a times for pictures (like the pic above, LOL). Whenever I try to dance it, it seems to elude me! I will get you this year, Ballerina!
What do you enjoy outside of pole? (Yoga, reading, work, hiking, etc.)
Singing, other types of dance, exercising, reading personal development, spirituality, nutrition - anything about the mind-body connection :). When I'm not poling, I am coaching emotional eaters to find sustainable weight loss and rediscover a love for themselves and their bodies. I am thinking of incorporating pole into this somehow! Stay tuned :).
Whether you’re a local or new in town, what is your favorite part about Seattle?
You're in a major city surrounded by nature! How cool is it that you have lake within the city and a view of the mountains on the other side? The minute I landed in Seattle I knew I was home :).
Favorite food? Favorite place to eat in Seattle? Etc.
Din Tai Fung - I have been there a million times and am always excited to go back.
Biggest accomplishment for yourself this year at the PFS studio?
For moves, I'd say it's the first time Suwasit got me into my spinning aerial flare to inside leg hang - I felt so accomplished at how far I had come!
I also am very proud of the Cell Block Tango Performance we put on for the student recital. It was something I had been thinking about for a long time and was so happy to find a group of girls as excited as me to perform it. I'll be honest that I wasn't sure how we were going to pull it off in the short amount of time we had (5 practices in total and only 1 where we were all together) but we did. The performance exceeded my expectations and was incredibly fun for us and the audience. It has gotten me thinking of doing more group numbers. Perhaps there will be a PFS group representing at competition this year ;). Stay tuned!
How have you grown as a student this past year?
I have learned to celebrate my strengths and progress week-to-week and month-to-month. It can be easy to compare yourself to other students and beat yourself up thinking, "I should be further along by now!" This type of thinking cost me quite a bit! I PUSHED and overexerted myself which led to the hamstring injury and 6 month hiatus from pole this past year. I have learned that REST and SELF-CARE is just as important to your health and pole goals as exercise.
I am learning more and more to trust the process and trust that where I am in my pole journey (as well as in life) is exactly where I need to be. (The type A approach works to an extent but honestly it's more fun that way :) ). Everything in pole and in life is a progression. You get to one move and then you want the next one! As I share more videos of my progress and performances online, a lot of my friends have approached me saying, "That's amazing. I could never do that. I have no upper body strength." I then share with them that I thought the exact same way when I started. I could do zero pull ups and found climbing to be impossible when I first started. But week by week, you continue to show up to practice and build your strength, flexibility, and muscle memory until one day you are amazed at what you can do.
So for the newbies (cough, my friends who have expressed interest in pole) if you're interested at all, just try it out! No matter what level you are, your dancing is uniquely yours alone and no one can replicate exactly what you do.
Favorite thing about the PFS studio?
The community is amazing. It's so nice to come to class and be surrounded by such talented, smart, funny, and supportive women from all different walks of life. I come to class and feel that I am home.
We're glad you stuck with us, Keia! Thank you for sharing!
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