Student to Instructor

Published on: Nov 27 2012 by
Student to Instructor

Hi my names Adrienne, I’m 34 with 3 children. I decided to try pole fitness about 18 months ago after the birth of my 3rd child. I have no dance experience and was never a gym lover. I found the gym boring and hard work.

I looked around for an instructor and settled on a lady that taught from home. This was appealing as I could bring my young daughter with me. I didn’t fancy making a show of myself in a group class as I thought I would be horrendous.

From my first moment on the pole I loved it.

I became very quickly obsessed. Within 3 weeks I had erected a pole in my front room. I planned my week around my lessons. I wanted to progress quickly so requested an additional lesson a week, my instructor could not accommodate this. I explained I would look for an additional lesson from somewhere else. My instructor stated it would cause a conflict of interest and refused to teach me from this point. This was an unqualified instructor.

My students stage..., first supergirl picture

My students stage…, first supergirl picture

I began to take 2 separate classes at 2 different pole schools. I practised day and night to perfect the spins, tricks and transitions. I began to think about becoming an instructor. I spoke to both my instructors and expressed an interest in teaching. Immediately I was banned from attending 1 class, receiving horrid messages stating I would fall on my face etc and never succeed. Within a couple of weeks I was refused classes at the other pole school.

At first I was devastated, then I became angry and more determined to succeed. I have a great support network around me.

My friends and family offered great support and encouragement. I emailed a London pole school who run accredited instructor courses. I explained the level I was at and they encouraged me to book the course and exam.

Driving from Kent to London on the 1st day of the course was at best petrifying, I turned around to come home twice!

I eventually plucked up the courage to go in and was shocked at how friendly and supportive the instructors and students were. We were all in the same boat and just as nervous. I’ve never worked so hard. 7 hours solid pole a day plus coursework was draining but very rewarding.

Part of the examination involved teaching a class. My mouth was dry, I was shaking…. However it was the most exhilarating experience and I knew this is what I was born for.

The 2 weeks waiting for the results were painful.

Constantly waiting for news. Had I done enough? Or made a fool of myself?

Pole practice with my bubba

Pole practice with my bubba

I had of course passed. I should never have let others put doubt into my mind. My advice to anyone is to follow your heart. If you believe in yourself you can do anything you set your mind and body to!

I now run a successful pole school and love every minute of it. I believe the negative responses I received in the past were those people’s own insecurities. I am now aware none of my previous instructors hold a recognised pole qualification. I would advise anyone considering classes check for their own safety qualifications and insurance

I will gladly offer my support to anyone considering an instructors course or setting up their own school. I believe competition is healthy and we can all learn and support each other.

I have now found some lovely local instructors to train with and would like to think Athena Pole Gravesend for their support. I would like to thank Pole People for supporting me through my instructors course, and finally my amazing family and friends for believing in me.

Ladies don’t think about it, do it!!!

Photography by millierobson.com

Category: Featured, Professionals, Teaching

About Adrienne E Wrighton-Minns

Hi I'm Aid. I'm 34 with 3 beautiful children aged 20 months, 13 and 15. I'm a full time pole fitness instructor and run my own business. My children and pole are my life and my love.

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5 Comments to “Student to Instructor”

  1. Nicole Smith says:

    Great story! Thank you for sharing your hardships!

    I myself have had issues in the past of people wanting to take away my dreams of opening up a pole studio. Not as intense as yours, but still an emotional roller coaster. I have chosen to rise above as you have. I am now in the process of finalizing everything and starting off January 1st. Thank you for your extra boost of determination to get me through the next few weeks!

  2. Tisha says:

    I love this story!! It touches home because this is what I wanna do…but dont know how to go about getting started.

  3. Adrienne says:

    Find me on facebooknTisha and we can have a chat bout where to get started xx Adrienne e Wrighton-Minns x

  4. L says:

    The pole school I was with for 2 and a half years kicked me out because I complained! Classy! Go you though! x

  5. Cry W says:

    I learned pole for 2 years and I have a passion to a an certified instructor, but I am doubt what I have to prepare and where should take this exam. In HongKong, the certified party is just only one and not easy to deal with.

    I would like to take the course.

    Any advice that you took the course from London, isn’t the World pole dance studio?

    Thanks with best regards
    Cry~

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