Tell us about yourself:

I am a 30 year old mom of three girls, my youngest being just over a year old. I run around after them in between organizing pole dancing competitions and most recently co-hosting the winter pole festival with Julie Fowler.

When did you join the Vertical Vixen studios?

I joined the VV family in September 2017

What were your reasons for joining?

After the birth of my third daughter, I sold all my pole clothes, hung up my pleasers and called it a day… I wanted to spend more time with my kids, I wanted to focus my energy on my family and be home for bed times. Then I discovered morning classes at VV while my kids were at school… winner winner chicken dinner! Immediately I felt welcomed and for the first time in the 9 years I have been poling I finally felt that sense of community and the backing to get on stage and compete for the first time.

Are they still the same?

They are still the same but with a greater sense of improved self esteem, I’m enjoying how my clothes are fitting and the new muscle tone that I have finally found thanks to pole.

Because of the classes / new exercise regime – did you start to make changes to other areas of your life? if so what?

I started to eat a little better, I spent more time in the gym working on my strength which has all improved my ability on the pole and I’m excited to see why the next few months have in store for me with pole again.

What other benefits / experiences / friendships have you gained from your classes at Vertical Vixen?

I’ve made some amazing new friends, and girls who want the same things out of pole as I do, girls who push me and who I can push. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with them and being sexy for Pole-a-thon

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of trying pole?

A pole class is so much more than just a pole class, it’s empowering, it makes you the most amazing friends, it’s an escape from a hard day and it’s the perfect place to let loose and be yourself. It’s an all round exercise and it’s not just great for the body, it’s great for the mind too! Your body achieves things that you never thought possible on a weekly basis and you set yourself little challenges that you smash as you become stronger. Not every pole dancer joins with the mind set to compete, and that’s ok, competing is not for everyone. But making a new friend and building strength most definitely is.

Anything else you would like to share?

Pole dancing is like a sister hood. And VV is the best sisterhood I’ve been a part of, I absolutely love the vibe as you walk into the door. If you’re looking for a place to call home, I would look no further .

Michelle Ben-Israel
Michelle Ben-Israel
Michelle Ben-Israel

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