Another State, Another Pole Studio

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Another State, Another Pole Studio

Let me start out by saying… I’m going to miss Knoxville, TN., where I’ve lived for the last 11 years. I’m also going to miss the people I’ve met along the way.

Besides missing the obvious… I’m going to miss my Pole Studio and the other students.

The thought of having to find another studio, in a different state, is scary. I’m full of worry, fear and anticipation.

I’m fearful of having to search for a good studio, I mean… What if they do the butterfly differently than I’ve been taught and they look at me strange. Sure, that’s unlikely to happen, but the point is… It’ll be different than I’m used to and that is worrisome to me.

I’ve grown to love my instructor and the other students I’ve met. They know me and I know them. I can mess up in front of them, I can egg them on and challenge them… I can be me with them.

It’s Like Starting All Over Again In A Way

I’m anticipating being taught a different way, too. Everyone teaches and learns differently. Am I ready for new and different?

My current instructor has been by my side 2-3 times a week for over a year now. Sheesh! That’s a lot of time to spend with someone doing something you love.

The first step in finding a new studio is to… Well… Find one. Relocating to a fairly large, innovative and trendy place is on my side. There’s a few options for me.

Checking out posted YouTube videos of the studios students and instructors has helped a lot. That gives me an idea of what level they teach and what style of “dance” they do.

Thank goodness for the Internet, I have been able to read reviews about the studios in the area and get a feel on what their reputation in the city is. I certainly want a studio with a great reputation.

Safety is a concern, too. Learning to pole dance is as safe as you make it. Although, accidents do happen and that’s expected. However, if it happens that the studio has had a lot of reported injuries, that might be a red flag.

Another important factor, for me, is the required attire. A lot of the studios I’ve researched require heels. I’ve never pole danced in heels. The thought of walking in heels terrifies me, let alone defying gravity and swinging myself around a chrome pole.

Although it’s a scary transition, I look forward to finding a pole studio that feels like “home” (or the closest thing to my previous studio) and get started on a new journey.

What Do You Look For In A Studio?

How Did You Discover Your Current Studio?

Are You Still Looking?

If so, what things are important to you when looking for a pole dance studio?

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About Stefanie Decker

Hi! My name is Stefanie Decker and I Pole Dance.

I have always been into fitness. Having taught Pilates for 3+ years, I was in excellent shape. I was seriously injured in a car accident and had to stop working out altogether because I could barely walk, which resulted in low self esteem, depression and overall poor health.

I was invited to a 'Pole Party' a coworker was having. Feeling obligated to go, I did. I'm thankful I did because I've been addicted to Pole ever since. Poling is one of the hardest workouts I've ever done. The cardio in itself is ridiculous. The strength I've gained is immeasurable and the confidence is ever growing.

It's fun, it's challenging, it's different and it's instant.

Pole has changed my life in so many ways. I'm confident in my own skin, I pay more attention to my body, I appreciate myself and I not only feel like I'm AWESOME I know I AM! :)

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5 Comments to “Another State, Another Pole Studio”

  1. Witch Hazel says:

    I’ve just moved to NW Florida and have yet to find a studio. There is one about an hour away, but it doesn’t run classes like I’m used to; they run 6 week courses teaching a routine, which might be something I did to supplement my usual classes but not what I want for my main class. I guess I’m going to be learning by myself for a while yet.

    • Stefanie says:

      Witch Hazel,
      I plan on having to be on my own pole with no assistance as well. I sure hope something pops up in your area. If not, have you ever gone to I’ve found that site to be very helpful and full of all kinds of videos and lessons. There’s a lot of information you can get from online resources. Not as great as live, one on one lessons, but better than nothing.
      Another thing my current instructor offered was Skype lessons. While I wouldn’t have a spotter.. I’d at least have an instructor that knows me and what I can or an not do safely without a spotter.
      I hope that something moves into your area with the classes you want offered, soon.
      I’m in the same boat.

      • Witch Hazel says:

        Thanks for the tips Stefanie, I’ll check that site out. For the main part I’m probably going to use the online PDC syllabus and as I don’t have a class to help gauge my progression I’ll grade through them online too.

        It turns out one of the other military wives that’s moved out here also did pole in the UK so we are looking at training together in my garage – a lack of classes can’t kill the love of pole dancing once you’ve been bitten by the bug 🙂

        Good luck with your pole work, I look forward to hearing of your progress!

  2. Natasha says:

    You will find the perfect fit Stefanie!! And they will love you as much as we do 🙂 I will miss you terribly, but you already know that. You have become one of my closet friends and it will be beyond strange to not see your beautiful face at least twice a week! Thank God for the internet and Skype <3 I miss you already and yea, I'm crying a little.

  3. Erica G. says:

    I just happened to stumble upon this post on Twitter and I was recently in the same position. Less than a year ago, I moved to Philly from Michigan where I had lived my entire life and been attending the same pole studio for 3 years. It hurt to leave and I was very worried about finding a new one. I had heard horror stories about other pole studios and I really loved where I was. I went online and looked at Yelp and Google reviews and I visited about 3 different studios that were close to my house. The hunt was hard. Many studios were not my dance style nor were they the organized and welcoming place I had grown accustomed to.

    I was looking for a studio where heels were optional (I have learned both with and without heels) and attire was important for me too. I wasn’t looking for a studio whose primary goal was training exotic dancers (even though I have learned a lot from the ones that do come to class!)

    After almost 7 months of searching I finally found one that can be my new pole home away from home. I hope you’ve found a new pole home by now!

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