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July Student of the Month

Admittedly, it's been a few months since we've showcased a student, however, we've got a great student for July! Let's take a look!

It's Shannon!

Shannon began poling with us last July and has come a long way with her self confidence and poling abilities! Let's get to know Shannon!

1) How long have you been doing pole/aerial?

I've been doing pole for a little over a year now!

2) What got you interested in trying pole/aerial?

I'm a big fan of the comedian Nicole Byer, and she has talked about pole a lot on her podcasts! I had it in the back of my mind for a while and then hit a point during quarantine where I was feeling super sluggish and needed to get out of that rut. I looked into Studio Rouge to make sure there were some solid COVID precautions in place, and never looked back!

3) What is your favorite pole move or spin?

I love a frontwards Nadia! It makes me feel like I'm in a pole dancing action movie (Hollywood, hit me up, I have ideas).

4) What's your current nemesis move?

It WAS backwards Nadia, but last week my brain finally started listening to me when I tell it that it's okay to go backwards! So now I'm trying to get my side climb going.

5) What's something you found surprising about pole? (If anything)

It was very surprising to me when I started to actually sort of look forward to conditioning! Before pole, I probably wouldn't have done a plank if you gave me $20 to do it. Now, my mindset has shifted to wanting to gain more strength so I can do more on the pole, and recognizing that conditioning is an important part of that!

6) What's your favorite food?

Gotta go with pasta! One of my friends and I do Sunday dinners where we try a fun recipe, and nine times out of ten, it ends up being a delicious pasta and vegetable situation.

7) Favorite song to jam to?

I've been on a big Olivia Rodrigo kick lately, Brutal is the perfect song to get out some late-twenties teenage angst.

8) Do you have any advice for people wanting to try pole?

Everyone's journey looks different, which means that there are a lot of different ways to find joy along your journey! I came to pole with very little upper body and core strength, so I would get frustrated when I wasn't immediately taking to pole the same way I saw people who had strong athletic or dance backgrounds take to it. But over time, I started to get excited about the small, incremental changes I saw week to week. It took me 5 months to get my climb, which made it SO exciting when I finally got to scribble my name at the top of the pole! I've come to accept that most times I will not get a move the first time I try it, so I've found a lot of joy in the journey of getting a move down. Sometimes that's over the course of one class, and sometimes that's over the course of a few months! In the very apt words of Miley Cyrus, "It's the climb!"

She's absolutely right! Everyone's journey will be different, so don't compare yourself to others. Enjoy the ride ☺

Side note: All of out students seem to have such loving advice for those looking to give pole a try! You're all so kind & we love it!

As always, if you see our student of the month around the studio, please say 'hello'!

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