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How pole dance restored Sarah’s ability to love who she was, and her body.
The minute Sarah walked into The Pole Room, she fell instantly in love and has never looked back. Within a year of starting pole dance classes, the young mum improved her upper body strength and flexibility, which enabled her to perform in the studio competition, Shine. “The TPR environment is nothing like I have ever experienced. I can walk into any class and feel at home. Even if I suck, even if I don’t know anyone, no-one judges and everyone supports each other.”
But her journey to find the TPR family wasn’t an easy one.At only 15, Sarah fell pregnant with her beautiful daughter. The experience of pregnancy and childbirth proved life-threatening to both Sarah and her daughter. It left the teen mum suffering Post Traumatic Stress, Post Natal Depression and anxiety. Self hatred soon set in and Sarah found it hard to get out of bed every day.
“Pregnancy destroyed my body, externally and internally. We barely survived the birth which left me with PTSD, PND and anxiety” she said. Alone and isolated at home with a baby, Sarah said her self esteem dropped to zero. “I hated myself, my body, my inability to fit in,” Sarah said. That was, until she found The Pole Room…
“Early last year my friend Ash mentioned she’d signed up at The Pole Room and loved it. I hated the gym and was struggling to get out of bed and get moving. She convinced me to join her for a week…she had to call and sign me up because I couldn’t even do that.”
Today, everything has changed.
“I love my body and everything it can do. TPR (The Pole Room) turned my life around. When I’m having a bad day I still make sure I get to class and it pushes me to fight through it. I really can’t put into words what my friends and teachers at pole have done for me.”
Shannyn has been pole dancing since 2010 Why did you start pole dancing? My friend was doing classes and asked me to go along, I was hooked after the first class! Where do you want to take it? I want to take it as far as it can go, I love pole and am finally in a place in life where I am ready to push myself as hard as I can. Why did you choose the song? The song Heartburn by Wafia inspired me because I just loved it when I first heard it, it gave me goosebumps. I like to put what I feel into my performances and at that point in time I was a bit emo coming up to VPC hahaha What are your motivations when poling? For years doing comps has been a big mental battle, I always get terrified before I perform anywhere whether its a week 8 demo, performance night or full blown theatre comp. But it makes me feel alive thats why Im addicted to it. I like connecting with the audience because I want them to feel the show and get a kick out of it, whatever emotion/story it is.