The First Fictional Book About Pole Dance

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The First Fictional Book About Pole Dance

On October 7th, I launch my Kickstarter campaign for my passion project, a book called Pole Dancer. It’s the first fictional book ever written about pole dance.

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about my book and people have been asking me a lot questions.

The number one question pole virgins inevitably ask, “Why write about pole dance?”

My response is always the same.

“Why Not?”

Every pole junkie knows how exciting, challenging, motivating and liberating pole can be! That’s why pole studios are rapidly springing up around the world, new moves are created and posted online daily and why new pole addicts are created every hour. This is a workout you actually wake up in the morning and look forward to. It’s something both your friends and your lovers enjoy watching. It’s the only sport where you can participate in a studio, on a beach, at a park or in your bedroom.

“Well, where did you come up with the idea?” They continue curiously.

After a year of taking pole classes I thought it would be fun to enter a competition. I had no idea what I was getting into. The competitors were fierce! After embarrassing myself, placing dead last, I decided I wasn’t cut out to compete. But the idea to create a pole performance piece was born, thanks in part to the backstage theatrics complete with tears, bickering and back-stabbing. It was sort of like the adult version of Dance Moms, something you feel guilty watching, but somehow you can’t look away from the screen.

“What Is The Book About?” They Ask

My answer: “It’s about the women at a pole dance studio who train as hard as any other athlete and enter competitions for prize money and titles.”

Everyone I talk to knows pole dance studios exist. They either know someone who has taken a class or they’ve taken a class themselves. What most people don’t know is that we have competitions and studio recitals that take months to prepare for and can be as costly and time consuming as a beauty pageant. They don’t know how much work goes into each routine, the accumulated bruises and callouses, the broken heels and the empty bottles of Dry Hands. You know what they always say after I break it down for them?

“Wow! That sounds really interesting. I would love to read it.”

I smile and climb higher and higher on a pole high, feeling like I’m converting the world for pole dance, one person at a time.

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About Nikki St. John

After taking my first pole class at the Vertical Joe studio in Atlanta, I was hooked. Every time I learned a new move, I felt a profound sense of accomplishment, especially when I was able to master tricks I never imagined I would be able to do. The other pole dancers at the studio were supportive, encouraging, dedicated and progressive. This was the first time I had ever been around that many women and everyone got along! It was so refreshing.

I wrote Pole Dancer, the first fictional book about pole dancing, after spending three years as an avid poler and two years teaching in pole studios. Whenever I told people about my pole addiction, the entire room would give me their undivided attention. I could almost hear the voices of my theater professors in my mind. Wouldn't that make a great story?

I couldn't agree with them more. So I put my BFA in theater to use and wrote one.

I hope the book is just the beginning. I would love to take this story to a bigger platform and turn Pole Dancer into a play and eventually into a movie and show the world pole dance is here to stay!

Nikki St.John

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2 Comments to “The First Fictional Book About Pole Dance”

  1. Jennifer tang says:

    Congrats on the website going up! Great website!

  2. Demi Buchanan says:

    Omgosh how amazing! How do I get my hands on a copy of this book!?

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