I am a teacher now, but I have always been a dancer: ballet, tap, contemporary. When, as an adult , I first contemplated pole I was hampered by all the negative sentiments of fear of embarrassment, inadequacy, inability, failure. Instead I found a warm, enthusiastic, welcoming “pole family” who dispelled all the obstacles and once again dancing became a way of life. I will never again look up at the height of a ceiling without wondering about the height of the pole it could accommodate. I’m back after teaching overseas for an extended period and the joy of dance is stronger than ever. My wish for every person who even gives pole a passing thought is: “and when you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance, I hope you dance “