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I'm 52 and I Pole

Featured Student Post Written by Tanya Ryan


Tany Ryan Polestars Pole Dance Student


In Feb of 2009 a friend of mine invited me to an introductory pole dance class.  Not having a clue what I was getting into, I agreed to go.  I was completely uncoordinated, and my arms felt like spaghetti, and I had no idea what I was doing.  But something clicked, and I fell in love.  My friend never took another class, and I never left the pole.  Much to my dismay, and distress, the studio closed after six months of my newly found passion.  What in the world was I going to do now?  I had finally found a form of exercise that made me want to move my body, and now it was gone.


Nine months later, I came across POLESTARS, in my backyard.  I could not believe my eyes. I immediately called and set up an appointment for a lesson. This is when I met Susana.  We had an instant connection, and to this day POLESTARS is my home.  


I am a 52 year old woman, who suffers from severe inflammation in my body due to a hormonal condition.  Most of the tricks in pole are very hard for me to do, and it takes me a very long time to correctly execute them, but that does not matter.  At 52 years old, I am stronger and healthier than I was at 20 or 30, and it is thanks to the last three years I have spent at Polestars, unwilling to give up.  Mastering the pole is a personal quest for me, because for over 20 years  I lived in a very overweight body I did not recognize nor function in,  and no amount of exercise helped me.  When I was finally able to lose weight, I made the decision that I was going to make up for two decades this condition robbed my physical abilities of.  I needed to find an activity that excited me physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Pole does exactly that for me.  It is hard work, and many days I leave the studio in tears because my body just is not cooperating.  But I have never given up.  I am still very far behind most of the other women in ability, but as I am here for my own journey, I don’t let that faze me.  Also, each week I have the pleasure of poling with women of all ages, sizes and ability, and the one thing I admire most about the women who come to Polestars is that no one judges anyone.  We all help each other. It’s a real family atmosphere.  That puts me at ease, and allows me to really challenge myself  at my own pace.  


I feel a great sense of confidence and accomplishment each time I complete a class, and everyday I get stronger and stronger.  I feel more connected to my body and my strength because I trust myself.  After four years of hard work I feel like I am finally ready to take on the really tough challenges of pole.  I don’t need to be an acrobat or anything like that, but honestly the best feeling ever,  is being able to hang from a pole upside down.  


I am living proof that one can accomplish anything they want to; it just takes determination and a lot of patience and practice.  I see the confidence it puts into the lives of the women I pole with, and myself.  I would love to see more women my age coming out and taking themselves on.  It’s really worth it.


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