I’m very lucky to have this job, because people have come up to me and said, like, “Can you teach me pole dance?” And I was like, “No.” They go to dance classes. It’s hard to learn if you don’t do it. It’s hard to get excited about doing it — you’re like, “I don’t want to dance that stupid dance.”
Can you teach the girls that you teach?
I can get them excited to actually do it, but for most [students] it’s not their thing. I think there’s definitely a stigma. They don’t know what to do.
How often do you ask their parents for permission before doing any of that?
It varies. Usually they’re like happy to show it to a friend, like my boyfriend and I. Otherwise, I’ll do it for myself.
Do you have any regrets about not being a dancer?
No. If anything, I wanted to be a dancer more, but it just didn’t happen for me. I still do it all the time. I think if I didn’t have to dance all the time, I would have been happier in this position.
After this work, I’m going to be going back to school, so I will continue to dance. I’m going to start doing classes at the end of the year to make money, so I don’t have to be doing dancing all the time. I always wanted to be a dancer.
Do you ever feel that you shouldn’t do dance?
People tell me I shouldn’t do it. I feel that I should be dancing, but it doesn’t seem like that’s an option until like two years in. You never know what is happening. You have to keep pushing until you find something that works for you.
In regards to your career path: If you decided to follow in your parents’ footsteps and go into dance, what is some advice you could give young dancers?
Don’t limit yourself to a single career path unless you learn from a lot of people. You really shouldn’t be afraid of anything you may have thought. There are so many different paths into dance, you have to learn from the experiences that you have in life so that when you start there are no surprises.
You sound like a young girl! Is there anything else you want to add?
I’d say that there are a lot
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