I recently moved to Appleton from North Carolina for my new job. I knew no one up here and work almost exclusively with men, so discovering Aerial Dance and all of the amazing women there was the best thing in the world that could have happened. It has been a few months now since I started taking classes and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I had taken two or three pole classes when I was in college, but it never fit in with my class schedule. Plus being a full-time student, I didn’t really have the money to take as many as I wanted. I knew though that it was something that I really enjoyed and wanted to continue.
Well, that was 8 years ago now, and since then I have lived in 4 different cities, each time I moved I looked for a new pole studio because I wanted to take more classes but never made it to any more. The main reason was because there were never studios that weren’t over an hour away, or more recently, they were closed because of covid.
I actually discovered Aerial Dance on accident. I love to quilt and was googling quilting stores in the area and was looking at the store next door when I saw the name of the studio. I immediately got excited and clicked on that instead. Not only was this studio ten minutes from my house, but it was open, and they had silks, hammock and hoop classes as well!! I think it only took me two days after finding the studio before I was taking my first class. It was a silks class and I had so much fun that I knew I was hooked.
I remember being super nervous that I would be horrible and embarrass myself because I wouldn’t be able to do any of the tricks, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was instantly welcomed into the group and cheered on with such sincere enthusiasm. I even got to go inverted in my very first class!! All of my fears of not being strong enough are comical to think of now. Sure, I may not have the strength to hold myself up for very long, but I have only ever been encouraged in class. All of the instructors and other women in the class cheer you on when you do a new move or skill. I can’t praise the women enough for how welcoming they have all been and know that I will be continuing to take classes for a long time to come.