Every month at Aradia fitness Calgary, we celebrate one of our most dedicated and delightful students. Our Student Spotlight for February, 2018 is Belu Perez. She represents our pole community of positive, supportive, and wonderful people. She has shown outstanding progress, commitment to her pole journey, and is a joy to have in class. We have had the pleasure of watching Belu grow into a proud pole athlete. Keep going, Belu, we are so grateful to have you in our Aradia Family!
1. Where are you from? Hometown?
I was born in Queretaro, Mexico.
2. Favourite pastime (outside of pole)?
I love doing yoga and Latin dancing.
3. What do you love most about pole?
Its super fun and also really good for building strength and flexibility. And it makes you feel good about yourself.
4. What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
Every time I go to class I feel like i learn something new and I become better and better. Also it feels awesome when you finally get a move you have been working on for a while.
5. What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I didn’t expect there to be so many moves! You never stop learning new things.
6. Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
Everyone at Aradia is super nice and friendly! All the instructors are so encouraging and they know so much. You will always be learning new things! Classes are always fun and its just a very nice environment!
While listening to a sportscaster talk about how a hockey player, 10 years into his career seemed to have lost his love of the game, I started thinking about this in relation to pole. I still love pole but I do see some major differences in it since my humble beginnings. Believe it or not, back in 2007 when I started as a student, Instagram did not exist! There was no comparing myself to another pole dancer half way across the world and wondering if I would ever be that good or how many hours I would need to train to get there. It was a simpler time and it really kept you focused on your own development. It was a blessing of sorts as it kept me working on proper technique and not just doing something once and moving on to the next big trick. The pole climate feels very different from those days but there are some benefits to it as well such as a larger community and more and more friends around the world that you connect with.
“I’ve got to take flexibility, gymnastics, dance and 6 or more pole classes to keep up!”
“I’m not progressing fast enough to continue on with classes”
“I’ll never be able to compete or be as good as I want to be”
Any of these sound like something you’ve said to yourself? We’ve all been there and felt that way at some point. Are you getting discouraged or are you losing balance in your life? When I started, the only measuring stick I had were my friends in class. It was pretty great given that we all had our different strengths and we all excelled at different things. I believe our class environment still feels that way… we all cheer each other on, we are excited for one another but what happens when we see a competition or a crazy trick on Instagram? Do we start feeling bad about where we are in pole or are we still proud of our achievements?
When I got back after almost 2 months off this year, I had those feelings of insecurity as my strength had diminished and I felt bad about where I was at. At Pole Expo, I struggled to keep up at workshops where previously, I would have rocked it. I got back from Vegas feeling a bit down on myself. I over did it trying to keep up and I could barely lift my carry on luggage into the overhead bin. I had those feelings of “why bother” but I decided to dust myself off and I called Erica a few weeks later. I talked about getting back to loving pole so we decided to meet up, just play and do a poleflow from Magnus Labbe that I had learned in his workshop over a month before. We spent a Sunday hanging out, laughing and just having a good time. We learned the flow in about 40 minutes and stayed for another hour taking videos of us doing it in tandem. It became FUN again and I had an epiphany. I had lost the fun in it all. I forgot about laughing until I cried when I fell out of a move, enjoying just learning and not taking myself so seriously.
Pole should help self confidence and self esteem. If it is developing insecurities, you need a reset and remember the love. Pole should make you happy and be FUN. It did when you started and you can get back there trust me! We support you in your journey and anything we can do to help, just know we are there for you!!
Every month, we feature one of our lovely students for our spotlight. It is always a tough decision because all of our students are wonderful. We consider dedication, effort, attitude, and in this case epic hair flips. For the month of September, we are featuring Madison! She inspires all of us with her lovely lines and toe point which suggest a true love for dance. Madison has been taking 4 or 5 classes per week, and arrives early with a smile that lights up the studio. Her progression has been outstanding, and we are grateful to have her in our Aradia family.
Madison in a lovely layback pole sit.
I am from Calgary originally, moved to Bragg Creek then London, Ontario for 3 years now I reside in Okotoks. 🙂 I consider Bragg Creek as my “Hometown” growing up.
Favourite pastime (outside of pole)
My favourite past time other than pole is Latin Dancing. I LOVE performing with my Latin Dance team BachataKiz. I love all the styles including: Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha, Salsa and more!
What do you love most about pole?
I love how much pole pushes me mentally and physically. How every class I can see the changes in my strength and confidence.
What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
I don’t even know how to describe it! I guess I would say it’s an outlet and another form of dance for me that pushes my body more than the gym or dance practice does. It’s also really nice to see the changes in my strength and the difference each class as I learn new moves.
What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I knew pole required a lot of physical strength but I didn’t really know until my first class! I also didn’t think I’d fall in love with it so fast!
Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
I think if you want to learn pole this is the studio to go to! They’re very professional, kind, organized and you feel safe learning new moves and supported through your pole journey regardless of your level or experience. Very satisfied!