What do you do when you’re not pole dancing/lyra (work/school/hobbies etc.)?

I work full-time in the insurance industry, but I’m also a freelance illustrator and run my own art business on the side. I’m a pretty big nerd and can often be found selling my art at local comic conventions and marketplaces. (You can follow me at @ktaddisondraws to see more of that!)

How did you first discover pole dancing/lyra?

One of my best friends, Michelle Schofield used to basically live at Brass Vixens. She encouraged me to come try some free classes during the open house last April, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

I did two years of Gymnastics when I was around 12-14, but since then I never really was a very active person. I’ve never even been to a “real gym”. But I think that makes me even more proud of the progress I’ve made!

What were your first impressions?

I loved pole immediately, but Lyra actually took me a while to get into. When I first took Lyra at the open house, I liked the fun poses we got into, but hated how sore it made me feel. It wasn’t until I tried it again, a couple months later that I started to fall in love with it! Now I’m not sure I could choose which one I prefer!

What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens?

The community is a huge part of what keeps me motivated! Everyone is just so supportive and welcoming. Even when I have off-days, the amazing friends I’ve made at Brass Vixens always make me feel so loved! It’s also incredibly motivating to see how much progress I’ve made, and how much further I can go!

What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Focus on yourself! Don’t compare yourself to others (But by all means hype up your friends yas!). It’s so important to remember that everyone is at different stages in their fitness journey. It took me 6 months to feel confident enough in my strength hold to move on to Pole 2. And seeing people come in and get it on their first attempt would leave me feeling a bit frustrated at times. (Remember when I said I’ve never step foot in a gym?) But everyone progresses at a different rate! If you stay consistent and keep trying you’ll get there eventually!

What has been an exciting moment for you on your Vixen journey?

Do I have to pick one? There have been so many! My first performance in Sarah’s pole Troupe at the October showcase was absolutely an incredible time!

Do you have any pole/lyra goals you’re working towards?

I really want to do Lyra troupe at the Valentine’s day show! Other than that I would say just overall growth and improvement.

How has pole dancing/lyra and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?

I mostly just feel so much more confident in myself.

What has surprised you the most?

How strong I’ve become! I used to always joke about my weak noodle arms, but I don’t think I can say that anymore!

Heels or no heels?!

The higher the better!