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A Pole Lotta Fun
Published Monday, December 29, 2008 9:00 PM
By Paul Zoeller
Summerville Journal Scene
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From the moment LaDona Sutherland strapped on her glass high heels I knew this was not the average fitness class. Then again the 10 poles standing in the middle of Goddess Dance Studio were the real clue. The studio, located in downtown Summerville, offers pole dancing classes.

A pole dancing class? Honestly, I imagined before class began a disco ball would drop from the ceiling as the room turned dark and smoky. And that, explains instructor Elizabeth Pike, is the stigma pole dancing classes have been fighting for years.


Candace Shaver laughs as she tries to hold her pose during an advanced pole dancing class at Goddess Dance Studios.

Pike was an accomplished dancer with the Boston Ballet when she visited a friend in Florida enrolled in a pole dancing class. She said she thought pole dancing was for strippers and no real athleticism was involved. That was 15 years ago and she has been taking classes and instructing ever since.


Ladona Sutherland straps on a pair of shoes before class begins. She says the shoes give the women more confidence and is actually beneficial in the workout routine.

Pole dancing is harder than it looks according to Matti Earnest explaining she couldn't even lift herself up on the pole when she first started. Now she is part of the advanced class lifting and spinning with girls half her age.

"Pole dancing is like therapy and fitness all rolled up into one," she said. The confidence and strength built accomplishing new moves encourages her to try harder. Besides, she adds, "How boring is it to walk on a treadmill when you can be doing this?"


Words of encouragement are pasted to the glass.

The class is very intense and fast paced. From the moment it begins, everyone is performing combination after combination as Pike works with them on form and technique. Pike said a pole dance instructor has to pass certification classes just like a personal trainer. They have to know what pole maneuver works what body parts and muscle groups.


Instructor Elizabeth Pike explains the next move in a combination to the class.

Sutherland says pole dancing has helped her loose 4 dress sizes in 12 weeks and after awhile many of her co-workers were asking for the secret to her success. Afraid to openly say she was taking the classes she kept quiet until she reached her goal.

As for her shoes, Sutherland explains they are a confidence builder. "When I put them on, I feel like a different person." She added the shoes actually are a key part of the workout. The taller the shoes, the more intense the workout.


The class is not only involves a pole but dance and yoga moves as well.

Sutherland and others say it is the women in the class that make it so enjoyable. Mostly the class consists of women looking for an alternative to the same old gym routine.

"I don't have the attention span or motivation to go to the gym," Candace Shaver, a 22-year-old law student, said.


Ashley Las Marias, an instructor, mother and former Marine, spins around the pole.

Shaver is the youngest in a class full of married mothers who don't fit the pole dancing stereotype. When asked about the perception associated with a class of this type they are quick to explain this is a sport.

"Pole dancing is basically a parallel bar turned vertical, it is still a sport," Earnest said.


As one student, Matti Earnest, explained, even lifting up on the pole is challenging much less holding a pose like this.

"Just because it originated in a strip club does not mean it is not a sport," Pike said. She added a petition is circulating to add pole dancing to the 2012 Olympics.

Seriously, what will get more air time, pole dancing or rhythmic gymnastics? If the petition goes through, the US Men's basketball team may have to plead for exposure.


Tanya Christopher demonstrates one of the more advanced moves for the rest of the class.

Until then, the classes continue to grow in popularity. Pike said the three studio locations, Summerville, Hanahan, and Mount Pleasant, usually operate near capacity with people traveling as far away as Columbia to participate.


Students laugh with others as they finish the workout with some stretching.

The classes are full of women who gain confidence from each other and are all really good friends Pike said. They get their energy and motivation from each other, they are a very supportive group.


LaDona Sutherland, middle, said, "You will not see a bigger diverse group of women who get along so well."

I for one will not be taking the class not only because I don't look good in heels but simply because it looks way too hard.

Paul Zoeller is a freelance photographer new to the area. Do you have an idea for a new blog or a question about a current blog? If you do contact Zoeller at paul.zoeller@mac.com.


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Neat!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:33 AM

There's a lot of comments on here. I think the women look beautiful. I wish I had their courage.

Posted by:
Pole fitness, one amazing wokout
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:25 PM

Reading some of the statements here totally disgust me. I have been a personal trainer and into fintness for over 20 yrs and I can tell you that the butt kicking pole fitness gave me was no joke. Upperbody strength for women is always hard to gain but this will develop the most amazing arms, back and shoulders. Core strength is key to sucess in pole fitness. I think it is great that women are out enjoying this class and anyone who thinks that it is easy should just go try..I bet after 3 mins of an intermediate workout you totally change your outlook. TRY it and come back and tell how it worked out for you..
I am moving from Florida and was worried there wouldn't be a studio but it looks like am in luck.

Posted by: Steff
Loves it!
Thursday, December 15, 2011 8:58 PM

Who'd of thunk little 'ol Summerville would become so modern!

Posted by: Shelby
Happy Women
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 1:58 AM

I see smiling women of different ages/sizes/colors being active together. That's the thing to notice. Those women look like they were made to feel comfortable & inspired to be courageous. Goddess Dance should be commended.

Posted by: Clare Palmasires
Empowering & Cutting-Edge
Sunday, March 06, 2011 2:47 AM

What a lively group of women! I enjoy seeing these avant-garde fems strutting their stuff to sultry beats... they're perspiring while inspiring! Any one that can't see it for what it is has to be dim! Shine on Goddess Dancers!

Posted by: Jillian Prescott
haahhahahahaha
Sunday, November 07, 2010 1:37 AM

Im sorry, but this is a joke! The metamorphisis is hillarious.. they just have sexier clothes on. Go to a gym and really work out instead of pretending to be a stripper. From those pics, I promise none of you could make a $1 dancing at a strip club. get a life

Posted by: poleisajoke
TRY IT
Sunday, September 26, 2010 12:46 AM

For all of you people who says that pole-exorcize is not a work out, TRY IT. I do not do pole aerobics, but I am an exotic dancer; yes, a stripper if you want to lose the flowery pretences.
All I have to say: Since you want to make fun of these lovely ladies, and if you have anything derogatory to say about anything, TRY IT! I just wish I could be there to laugh at you when you fall onto your senseless head!


Posted by: F-U
More Power To Ya Ladies!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010 5:53 PM

Pole fitness is incredibly intense- physically and mentally. I admire these women who are loving their bodies as they are- your thighs are gorgeous ladies!
Thank you for the wonderful pictures, they really helped me get into the article (I was actually looking for Google images: Graceful Women Advanced Pose when I found these!)
Thank you for writing such an empowering blog! ^_^

Posted by: Cyi Taiga, selfaccountable.com
Modern Appeal
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 2:41 AM

I love the modern appeal of this. How refreshing.

Posted by: Ladson Woman
Looks like fun!
Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:46 AM

What an awesome article!
It sounds like lots of fun! I've already checked out the website and am singing up for classes tomorrow!
I've been looking for a exciting way to get back in shape, and this seems perfect.
I would love to be able to move like those women do


Posted by: inspired
Interesting
Friday, November 20, 2009 3:38 AM

Very interesting that this photo-blog has so many comments.

Posted by: Summerville Local
why are people so discouraging of others that want to improve?
Sunday, October 04, 2009 7:38 PM

Mean People Suck

Posted by: Elizabeth- owner of Summerville GDS
gag gag gag
Thursday, October 01, 2009 1:31 AM

Im happy women are taking steps to increase fitness but Noone really cares to see their cellulite riden thighs and there wrinkled feet squashed into high heels... groosssssssssssss

Posted by: yucky
two thumbs up!
Thursday, September 24, 2009 5:09 AM

you did a great job on this blog. great shots w/ happy subject matter. two thumbs up!

Posted by: michelle mathers
Pole Dancing = Great Health
Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:41 AM

Dancing is too a workout! Not to mention full of wonderful benefits to come from maintaining an active routine. I was a gymnast w/ Ms. Tapio for years and then felt older than the rest of the gymnasts and quit. I always looked for ways to stay fit: going to the gym, playing weekend softball, kickball, etc. Just recently I got into pole and I'm hooked! It IS incredibly fun and challenging. I loved the fact that everyone starts at the same level and you progress through out the levels. I'm now in the intermediates and a poler for life!

Posted by: Gymnast turned Poler
results dont seem that great
Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:14 PM

Im sorry but I dont see any women with "awesome" reslts... on the website they call it metamorphisis.. but all I see is a litle more make-up and some better posing.... Please give it up!

Posted by: Kelly
Im sorry but this is NOT a real workout
Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:07 PM

I understand it is hard to lift your own body weight, but this is NOT a workout! sorry you cannot convince me otherwise......

Posted by: A girl who really works out
Best in life
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:09 AM

My whole life I have never been the most confident or out going. Never having been heavier set, I still always felt insecure and awkward in my own skin.I have been a goddess girl for about a year now, and it has changed my entirely life. I have gone to the beach this summer and the pool with a new found sense of confidence. My body not only is toned, but my overall body image has completely changed. I have been in and out of health clubs my whole life, and never have I found anything that has not only transformed my outer image, but my inner perception of myself. I didn't think results like mine were possible.I feel as though the trainers at Goddess Dance studio have helped me break out of my shell and become the beautiful me I am today. I have never felt better or been more thankful. I am SOLD forever!

Posted by: a Goddess forever
REALLY?!!!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 2:54 AM

I am amazed at the obvious ignorance of "Jessica". Obviously she has never taken a pole class at GDS, or she would know first hand that it is NO JOKE. My neighbor is a Goddess girl and has gone from a size 18 down to a size 7. If that's not results, I don't know what is! She looks like an entirely different person . Not only in her size but her confidence has grown immensely. She exudes beauty and grace and has never looked better! Keep enriching the lives of women Goddess Dance Studio, you ladies are doing an AMAZING job!

Posted by:
PS
Monday, July 27, 2009 8:45 PM

Goddess Dance Studio has three studio locations: Hanahan, Mt. Pleasant and Summerville with a fourth location opening in Walterboro. The success of a business that's grown in the middle of these economic times proves the fact that pole fitness is here to stay!

Posted by: Goddess Elizabeth~ Founder of GDS
Empowering to See
Monday, July 27, 2009 8:29 PM

It's so empowering to see women that aren't afraid to try new things regardless of what random strangers think. I'm shocked that "Jessica" would write such hateful comments about women that are taking steps to improve their health. None of the women in this article have any interest in becoming strippers. There is no delusion there. No one comes to GDS to become a stripper. These are not "stripper" classes. What we do in these classes is nothing like what strippers do. Further more, these ladies come from all walks of life. I know each of the ladies in these pictures, they are professional women who's occupations range from nuclear medicine, VP of a corporation, top industrial sales exec, vet tech, occupational therapist, marine, firefighter's wife and a photographer. I get the impression that only a total loser with nothing better to do would sit around to find the time to down others whom are trying to improve themselves. GET A LIFE. FYI: 100% of the women that take the Ultimate Workout get serious results! We have helped countless women drop dress sizes, inches and boosted health and esteem. Last year GDS was responsible for assisting Charleston women in dropping over 2400 pounds!!!!

Posted by: Goddess Elizabeth~ Founder of GDS
This is hilarious
Friday, July 17, 2009 2:28 AM

I cant believe that people think this is a workout!!! HAHA.. this is a joke! I agree with the other person who said these women are dillusional and think they could actually be strippers!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... With the exception of 1 women in the photos, they rest are UNBELIEVABLY U-G-L-Y! i cant even imagine seeing them on a pole... gag ..vomit

Posted by: jessica
The Ladies Smiles Say It All
Tuesday, July 07, 2009 4:16 AM

I love my classes. I feel like I benefit from my workouts at Goddess. The women there are all so sweet and real, not fake like what you might experience at the regular gym. I FIND OFFENSE TO THE BLOGGER THAT SAID THE WOMEN IN THESE PICTURES ARE UGLY, FAT AND INSECURE. That blogger must be a man that has real problems with women, I'm guessing he needs to work out the issues with a shrink. I find the women invigorating and making efforts to improve their health, what's wrong with that?

Posted by: Lizzy
This is WONDERFUL
Thursday, July 02, 2009 4:31 AM

I'm glad to see this article. These ladies appear to be having fun while lifting their weight on the poles. Everyone in the pictures looks to be attentive and enthusiastic. You just don't see that at regular gyms while working out. Most women, like myself, shy away from "regular gyms" because of the pressure to look like the carb counting obsessive compulsive types we see in the media and from Hollywood. it's annoying and discouraging. I despise going to the gym because I feel there are almost always meat-heads standing around judging women like myself because we don't look like red bull juiced gym rats. What's wonderful about all of this that I see, these women are definitely getting more than a "real" workout, they are getting confidence boosters, improved health and a social network of other women. It's all very empowering.

Posted by: Future Poler
This is a JOKE
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:05 PM

This is for women who are intimidated by a "real" workout. Looking at all these pictures i see ugly, fat, women are so insecure about themselves and there body that they all have to "group" together. The website claims to allow for a 450 calories p/hr burn. BULL!!! research it on the internet and you will see it is merely an approx. of 150-250 calories p/hr. This is a joke. These women probably have dillusional fantasies of being strippers but know with those bodies......it will never be

Posted by:
Sunday, January 18, 2009 6:12 PM

Boy women sure are opinionated!

Posted by: Luke
Real Concerns
Friday, January 16, 2009 3:37 PM

Concerned Citizen DOES have a life- being concerned for what goes in the community, whether it's greedy, uncontrolled growth or environmental issues that affect quality of our life.Obviously you don't understand what's REALLY important in Svl and it sure ain't pole dancing. Why not try commenting on other issues too? I'm disapoointed to see that there are a few "haters" in the pole group too.

Posted by: Concerned for Concerned for Concerned
concerned citizen is a frequent writer
Thursday, January 15, 2009 1:28 AM

concerned citizen is a frequent commenter on this blog. Usually slamming growth, complaining how bad our community is and C.C. appears to be a tree hugger too. Now C.C. is slamming pole dancing. Concerned citizen I am concerned you don't have a life.

Posted by: concerned for concerned citizen
Intelligence means open-minded
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:53 PM

By my early teens I had read all the great works and philosophers from Shakespeare to Blake to Plato and pondered the meaning of humanity. Now, at age 44 I am a regular participant at Goddess Dance Studio in pole fitness. I find this sparring online stimulating and interesting. In fact, my fellow classmates and my instructor, Elizabeth, are all extremely accomplished women whom I admire with their own specific goals and achievements.

Posted by: Vanessa
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 6:19 AM

Beautiful

Posted by:
CONCERNED CITIZEN, just please stop.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 9:52 PM

I take a class here at Goddess Dance Studio in Hanahan. The women in my class are intimidating b/c ALL of them are Anesthesiologists!

Posted by: Jen
Saturday, January 10, 2009 9:34 PM

UMMMMM some1 needs 2 explain the birds & the bees to "Comedian Citizen". Did she say that pole fitness will make you get pregnant? I think you need a boy that.

Posted by: Ellen
Saturday, January 10, 2009 9:32 PM

Poor Concerned Citizen. I raise my daughter to have an open mind and the intelligence to make her own decisions vs. just accepting what I've told her about the World. I believe that life is all about living.

Posted by:
Try it before you knock it
Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:57 PM

Concerned citizen, how many times have you visited the Goddess Dance Studio? How many of these girls do you know personally? You really should join us for an evening or two. We would love to have you try out our fitness program. You seem to have a firm steadfast opinion of us, who we are and our backgrounds. You really should try us out before putting us down by calling us POLE DANCING PRINCESSES. You would see just how wrong about us you really are.

Posted by: Pole Supporter
Pole Fitness IS cool!!
Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:12 PM

Concerned Citizen, you should change your name to Commedian Citizen because you are hilariously funny. Being you have such a narrow view of the world and such a loose grasp of what it is we do in pole fitness, you should lock your daughter away in a convent somewhere because pole fitness is growing in popularity and is here to stay! You might want to get rid of your TV and cancel your newspaper subscriptions also. Did you happen to watch Channel 2 news this week? Oh and heads-up, BEWARE more newspaper coverage coming your way later this month also!! I find it quite amusing that since you find what it is that we do sooo offensive, you keep searching this article out on the web. But don't stop visiting us. The reason why we did the article was to educate and inform the public about this fun but intense form of work out.

Posted by: Matti
Friday, January 09, 2009 8:59 PM

Nobody said a degree defines who you are. Neither does being a mom. Neither does being a pole dancing princess. I dont have a problem with you having your fun. I have a problem with it being in the paper and in the media. That was my point to begin with. Do what you want to do... I don't care. I just dont want my kids having to see your workout in public. This isnt me taking your rights away from you or you being the victim. Its me standing up for young girls who see this and think wow that is so cool and then brag about it to their friends. Then you make more money while society goes to the crapper paying for medicaid for women who broke their necks trying to have an exciting lifestyle and also having to pay for unplanned pregnancys while father skip town when the pole dancing fun is over.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen
concern for Concerned Citizen
Friday, January 09, 2009 5:43 PM

You have no clue what these girls do or who they are.....most of them have college degrees, but as you should know, a degree does not define who a person is just as what a person does for recreation does not define who they are as a person either. We all certainly have a right to our own opinions, but one would hope that a person would know what the heck they are talking about before passing judgement on any given subject. No one is trying to sell you anything or steal your daughter's soul by running this article on the website...like I said, we are just everyday women looking for an alternative to a boring gym treadmill work out and happy about finding one. Good luck with your "water and fiber"...sounds a tad bit boring to me!

Posted by: Matti, REGISTERED NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST, WIFE, MOTHER OF THREE, ADVID POLE FITNESS ENTHUSIAST
Friday, January 09, 2009 10:53 AM

And this is just another way society is bombarding us with what they think we should believe. This entire article was only published as an advertisement to get more business through the door. And the target audience....moms...and those with low self esteem. And yes it does affect children. My daughter isnt allowed to watch what the media is selling and if she sees it then I explain to her the truth so she will be smart enough to know the difference. Yes, thats right Concerned Citizen is a mom and has a business degree. Which leads me to my next point. If you feel like you have low self esteem it might be beneficial to take classes toward a degree something that might actually pay off for you later down the road and contribute to society in a positive way. And yes I did see footloose. The main dancer ends up pregnant doesnt she?

Posted by: Concerned Citizen
Friday, January 09, 2009 12:37 AM

Pole is the way!

Posted by: Melissa
Tell 'em Goddess Matti!
Friday, January 09, 2009 12:30 AM

That's what I'm talking about!

Posted by: Goddess Elizabeth
Dear Concern Citizen
Thursday, January 08, 2009 9:58 PM

Concerned Citizen....Where do I begin??? You ARE right when you say that all women are beautiful whether or not they participate in a sport...BUT, unfortunately, not all women feel that way about themselves. Society bombards us with images of the PERFECT woman. Your daughter is subject to all of their lies as well. That is where you should be concerned for your daughter's jaded perception of beauty and self acceptance goes. The average women could never measure up to the image of beauty that the media portrays. I hardly see where a Pole fitness class full of supporting women that accept their differences and imperfections could have detrimental "implications" on young women. Compared to all of the role models on TV that young girls have now days, I can promise you that this group of everyday pole fitness women is not the threat to your daugther's maturity level! We are just a group of hard working, supporting, respectable women that enjoy the challenge of a conventional gym alternative. Our pole fitness studio does not advocate stripping nor do we strive for men's acceptance through pole fitness. The confidence and self acceptance that we gain through the support of pole fitness is reward enough.....BUT AS A SIDE NOTE, it is a fact that men are naturally attracted to a woman with self confidence and a healthy self esteem which is just icing on the cake for us...LOL

Posted by: Matti
Thursday, January 08, 2009 7:28 PM

there are some women that have had less than positive influences around them due to extenuating situations such as abusive families, coworkers, boyfriends, husbands, etc. whether it's mental or physical, abuse is rampant around the world and summerville is of no exception. this health club offers women an escape, a place where they can workout their stresses in a healthy manner. this health club offers more than just pole, they offer self defense classes offered by our own local police officers, they offer yoga based classes, belly dancing etc. i hardly think that by surrounding yourself in a positive atmosphere for a couple hours a week... means you're creating implications that cause your daughter to grow up too fast. this health club also teaches women to see themselves as beautiful as opposed to needing a man's acceptance. CONCERNED CITIZEN should open her eyes.

Posted by:
Concerned Citizen
Thursday, January 08, 2009 7:21 PM

I wonder if Concerned Citizen has ever seen the movie Footloose?

Posted by:
Not a Sleepy Town Afterall!
Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:56 AM

And I thought Summerville was a sleepy old town!

Posted by:
Self Esteem
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 11:08 PM

I feel that women who are mothers shouldnt have to participate in an activity for self esteem. We are already beautiful regardless of whether we are involved in a sport or not. This particular sport does disturb me in that I have a young daughter and it would seem to give her the impression that pole dancing is Cool and she would not be able to understand the implications behind the sport and therefore be subjected to maturity at a very young age. I think women should gain self esteem from within themselves and understand they don't need pole dancing to believe in themselves and they certainly don't need it for a man's acceptance. If you want to lose a few pounds try walking 30 minutes a day and drops the sodas and add more fiber and water to your diet as it helps to give you a feeling of being full. There are lots of other ways too and i think i will join a yoga class this new year as well. Good Luck to you all perfect moms!

Posted by: Concerned Citizen
Goddess Studios
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:59 PM

My sister has been attending the pole dance classes at Goddess for over a year now and we are all amazed and the results! She has incredible strength and her body is so toned and muscular. I have looked for a class like this in Florida to no avail. Please bring Goddess to Florida!!

Posted by: Carla
So long Old Fogey
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:24 PM

Actually we were getting BORED of you and your "old fogey" attitude. How can anyone called "old fogey" be credited with having a broader view than us???

Posted by: bye bye
SPAM????
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:20 PM

Spam is indiscriminately sent unsolicited bulk messages. I see no spam on this site. This is a BLOG. And I see bloggers doing exactly what this site was designed for!!!! So, blog away!!!!

Posted by: Blogger
Great Blog!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:56 AM

This is fantastic! Summerville needs a healthy exchange of ideas! I think these women are bold and courageous!

Posted by: Ellen Franklin
Fogey is Funny
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 12:51 AM

Laughing

Posted by: Drew
Last Post Because I'm Bored with this Already
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 11:13 PM

For the record, it wasn't me that alluded to phallic symbols. And there doesn't have to be any "hate" involved even when people disagree with you. We're just calling it as we see it.And maybe it's US that has the broader view because we can see the bigger picture.

Posted by: Fogey Not Bogey
To those who believe they are "Too Big"
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 3:50 PM

Just like in the real world where woman are all shapes and sizes, so are our Goddesses. Check out the website and you can see how drastically Pole Fitness improves your body. You can also check out the news story that will be on at 5 pm on Channel 2 News.

Posted by: Transformed by Pole
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 3:28 PM

I want to try this pole dancing but my self esteem is alittle low. I have gained 40 pounds and I am the biggest I have ever been at 175lbs. I am too embarrassed to even try!

Posted by:
Channel 2 News Coverage
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 3:24 PM

Just heard that Channel 2 News is doing a cover story of GDS's pole fitness program today. I will be sure to watch tonite at 5pm to gain more insight on this subject matter.

Posted by: curious on the matter
To Truth Fairy, Old Fogey, Jock Strap (LOL)
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 3:17 PM

Come witness a class....there is nothing "pseudo" about the sweat and muscle strength it takes to do some of the acrobatic tricks on this pole. My muscles are REAL, my strength is REAL. Like it or not, it is here to stay!!!! Also, to adress Old Fogey......People have been dancing around a "Phallic" symbol for ages and ages.....it is called a May pole...children in elementary school still do it. The "tip" shoes belong to a respectable, productive member of our society...she just happens to have a keener sense of humor than alot of you haters. (By the way, her husband does too because he is the one that put the money in her shoe for laughs....we laugh because we know how you haters think and you took the bait...haha)Really, you people should expand your narrow minded mentality. It must be a really boring life for some of you!!

Posted by: Living Life to the Fullest
Response
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 1:20 AM

I'm not sure the community has dissolved bcause of the decisions of older people.Your analogy with fundamentalists and gays is erroneous. But we do have to recognize that what we wear, what we say, and what we do sends messages even when we're doing a "sport".What message are you sending to people when you adopt a widely-recognized erotic dance as a sport? I'm still trying to figure that out so I guess I'm not "wise" at all.

Posted by: Old Fogey
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 1:10 AM

Would your pastor and church friends feel comfortable watching you perform this sport?

Posted by: Old Fogey
What a lot of SPAM
Monday, January 05, 2009 8:01 PM

I wonder how many people are making multiple posts here? It's starting to look suspiciously like SPAM. I'm sorry, you can't have it both ways. Athletes do not compete in shoes designed to injure, the pole is a phallic symbol, the movements are erotic and high heels are a sexy illusion. Why not just own it instead of trying to deny it?

Posted by: Anonymous
Monday, January 05, 2009 5:28 PM

No matter how you want to look at it, dancing around a pole (phallic symbol) is still interpreted in the adult world as sexual activity.

Posted by: Jock Strap
Monday, January 05, 2009 5:22 PM

It's similar to cheerleading. In the 1980's, cheerleaders weren't considered athletes..... now they're on ESPN! Great work Goddess Dancers for pioneering the sport of pole!

Posted by: pole supporter
To Old Fogey
Monday, January 05, 2009 5:18 PM

To think that pole dancing's only effect is that of lewd acts is a dangerous attitude, we hear the same message from fundamentalists who say that gay men are responsible for AIDS and that any kind of sexual practice is immoral. Every generation comes up with a new style of art that the generation before doesn't approve. That's perfectly normal. Out with the old and in with the new! ----Cause we all know that the older generation were complete saints! How about the dissolution of the community that began with the older generations' decision making. These women seem to have a strong sense of community regardless of the heels they were. There's another point, I suppose based on that concept, a woman is lewd because of the clothes she wears?

Posted by: I thought growing older meant you got wiser?
Stripper Poles
Monday, January 05, 2009 5:10 PM

Do these girls do Strip-Pole Grams?

Posted by:
Girls on poles?
Monday, January 05, 2009 5:05 PM

I was weary about my girl friend signing up for this class at first. After attending an open Halloween session in Hanahan, I got to see first hand how athletic these women are. I know I could never do those things on a pole! My gf loves the workout and the women involved in the classes. I am happy she has found something other than the boring treadmill and cross-trainers. And to all the haters... really, do you not have anything else to focus your energy on?

Posted by: Double J
To the Haters
Monday, January 05, 2009 4:43 PM

Thank you so much!! You know you are doing something right when people are hating on you. In my opinion you (the haters) are just as important to us as our supports. You give that extra little push we need to strive harder to reach our goals. Without you we wouldn't have the kind of passion we do about what we do. I love this class so much, but after reading all the negative and slightly funny comments, I have to say... I feel more motivated now than ever!!! Oh yea... and I can't wait to get new shoes too. You haters just keep on hating and we Goddesses will just keep on rockin' it out.

Posted by: JJ~ rockin it out at Hanahan!
Fabulous Shoe Options
Monday, January 05, 2009 4:27 PM

Just to respond more to the issue about the heels causing pain etc. While the heels are not necessary, they do allow you to work different muscles in your legs. However, ballet shoes and even tennis shoes will do the trick in providing you a good work out. But who doesnt feel more confident when they are in a sassy pair of high heels?

Posted by:
Pseudo Athletes?
Monday, January 05, 2009 3:09 PM

For those who think these girls are pseudo athletes, why don't you try some of these moves. When you can't get yourself 2 inches off the ground, that will say it all. To the Goddess girls keep your heads held high and keep rocking it out, you are truly amazing.

Posted by: Pole Dance Supporter
If the Show fits...
Monday, January 05, 2009 1:22 AM

SHoes with a slot for tips is directly taken from those "professional pole dancers" in erotic clubs.That's a fact. Many people still don't know what to think when decent women want to start doing things that were originally associated with lewd activities. To each her own, but when a whole photoeassay is put on a public forum to promote it, you can expect some conservative people in our town to raise some eyebrows. You can be modern and openminded without crossing the line.

Posted by: Old Fogey
Pole Dancing Has Been Awesome For Me
Sunday, January 04, 2009 4:25 PM

Pole fitness for me has been one of the best things I ever did. It has changed me inside and out. I have lost about 10 pounds and at least 2 pant sizes. I have gained more confidence and self esteem than I have ever had. I have come out of my shell and grew wings. I love pole and I will never quit. I recommend this type of dance for all ladies.

Posted by: Lisa Brooks
Goodness Gracious
Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:44 AM

I know the woman that's pictured wearing the heels that says "tips". She is the sweetest woman whom is also a respected member of our community. I'm not certain what is insinuated by judging her shoes. Unlike the anonymous, She has a Sense of Humor. PS One must have a sense of humor to do pole, as it challenges one to deal with very awkward issues such as coordination and confidence. I wish folks were more modern and open minded when it comes to considering new concepts.

Posted by: Betty
Sunday, January 04, 2009 3:18 AM

I would imagine the husbands and boyfriends are the ladies biggest fans. Besides. The point of it all is that women are losing weight, toning up and gaining confidence. And frankly, what these ladies are doing is completely different from what those other ladies do in the clubs.

Posted by:
Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:56 AM

I wonder why Joe Kress hasn't weighed in on this big civic issue?

Posted by: Curmudgeon#2
Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:53 AM

The Real Truth is that pole dancing still has a very questionable reputation. How do the husbands and boyfriends feel about this "sport?"

Posted by:
Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:47 AM

exercise is great but it's really odd that these women would have such a desire to wear those shoes with room for "tips"

Posted by:
Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:43 AM

they may be getting exercise but I don't see this as an olympic sport. i wonder how many women would appreciate their husbands going to watch and cheer the "professional athletes" practice this sport in clubs.

Posted by:
FYI (Un)Truth Fairy
Saturday, January 03, 2009 11:58 PM

I got a link to this blog from an email newsletter that Goddess Dance sent out to all their customers. I believe the amount of women that have logged onto the blog PROVES that the women love what GDS has to offer. Seems like "Truth Fairy" needs to take a class to see what the REAL TRUTH is. :-)

Posted by: ELizabeth's little Sister
Saturday, January 03, 2009 11:47 PM

well we can say one thing. goddess dancers are loyal to the cause. truth be told - women need a place like this. in today's society, it's hard to meet diverse groups of women that support each other and push each other to live happier, healthier lifestyles. the more places like this, the better our could be county.

Posted by:
Saturday, January 03, 2009 9:28 PM

Looks like the Journal Scene got hooked into lots of free advertising for somebody!

Posted by:
Truth Fairy
Saturday, January 03, 2009 7:50 PM

Spamming pseudo-athletes in high heels! Puleeze...

Posted by:
Hard to believe
Saturday, January 03, 2009 5:54 PM

I have never seen so many comments generated from a single story in the Journal. If we generated this much enthusiasm over real issues, we could turn the county around.

Posted by:
Great Story
Saturday, January 03, 2009 4:31 PM

I get heckled all the time about being a pole athlete. "So you getting another job?" It drives me batty! I'm glad Summerville posted this story! I'm a school teacher who's in love with spinning! I can go upside down on the pole and walk out the studio feeling like I accomplished incredibly hard feats!

Posted by: It's Mrs. Goddess to you!
WOWSERS
Saturday, January 03, 2009 4:28 PM

My husband told me about this place and I was weary to attend. But I drive by the place all the time and finally decided to drop in today. I was so surprised at what I saw. Women sweating, working out and smiling the whole time! I never see that at Pivotal!

Posted by: Newest Goddess Girl
I hooked!
Saturday, January 03, 2009 4:25 PM

I just took my first class at Goddess Dance Studio. I am worn out exhausted! I can't believe it. There was six women in my class that varied in age from 27-60?. I think I was the youngest. The other ladies blew me away with their spinning and flying and such! There's even a woman in my class that's been battling cancer and she was flying around the pole!

Posted by: Laura
Goddess is Great!!!
Friday, January 02, 2009 2:11 PM

I started the 101 class 4 weeks ago and I can already see a difference. It is by far, the most fun I have ever had working out! I tell everyone how great Goddess is and encourage all women to try it out.....

Posted by: Tammy
wow
Friday, January 02, 2009 1:59 PM

I think it takes lots of disciplines and hard work to be able to do this. What a great way to get such a fabulous work out.

Posted by: Co Hoa
Friday, January 02, 2009 12:54 AM

THANK YOU SUMMERVILLE JOURNAL BRING US MORE ARTICLES ABOUT POLE DANCING FOR FITNESS

Posted by:
close to home
Friday, January 02, 2009 12:35 AM

i heard about this on oprah a while back. i didn't know this was offered locally! great!

Posted by: Carol M
How Did Pole Dancing
Friday, January 02, 2009 12:16 AM

How did pole dancing make it's way out the clubs and into the hearts of so many women? I'm surprised that so many see it as empowering?

Posted by: Terri B
Goddess Dance Studio Supporter
Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:48 PM

Great Pics Paul

Posted by:
Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:45 PM

Go Goddess Dance!

Posted by:
Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:54 PM

I've been taking classes for a year and a half now and I've never felt so strong, flexible or skinny in my life! It's a workout that is actually fun and everyone should try it!

Posted by:
Goddess Girl Here
Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:49 PM

Summerville Journal Rocks

Posted by: Goddess Tiffany
pole dancer
Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:27 PM

I love the class!!!It is a great stress reliever and it helps break up the same ol weekly routine!!!I also feel better about my body and have more energy !!Not to mention the sex life is better!!:)

Posted by: Christiane
Taking workout to whole new level
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:36 PM

Goddess Dance take the word "work"out of the workout. I love the studio it is my addiction.

Posted by: Goddess Shayla J
Goddess Girls
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:19 PM

Boy when Pam tells us to do something, we come in numbers! Now seriously, thank you Summerville Journal for sending out Paul Zosers. He really rocked out those girls class! And get it La Dona!

Posted by: Goddess Jenny
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:16 PM

I moved here from Maryland & they have it there too

Posted by: Deb
Seriously
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:13 PM

In Summerville? I didn't think Summerville would ever step into this century.

Posted by: Casey Carl
YES YES
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:11 PM

Goddess Dance Studio has taught me so much about life. I would of never thought that by going to a pole dancing class, it would change my life. Thank you, Pam for teaching me that YES I CAN!

Posted by: 6th grade teacher
I love Goddess Dance!
Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:09 PM

Look at all the Goddess Girls Comments! Hey Sisters!

Posted by: Goddess Shelley
To realist
Thursday, January 01, 2009 8:35 PM

Let's be seriously real. Every sport develops particular equipment for that particular sport that may not be recommended for daily wear. Nobody wears golf shoes to work. I don't see hockey skates being worn to the grocery story. Both of which can cause damage as well. The ladies aren't required to wear heels. It's a choice for them. They don't wear the same heels to every class. The trainers encourage the ladies to switch up the shoes. Wearing heels and long term damage comes from wearing nothing but heels. I've had struggles with back problems due to an accident from several years back. After taking classes for the last 6 months with my daughter, my back problems have all but vanished.

Posted by: Pole Dancing Mother & Grandmother
A realist
Thursday, January 01, 2009 5:02 PM

Wow, it's great to see so many positive comments, although the shear number of them make it a little suspect. I don't think this fitness activity can be taken seriously as long as the women wear high heels. High heels cause injuries both temporary and permanent and the damage is not limited to the foot. Pelvic, back, knee and foot injuries and deformities are caused by wearing high heels. High heels are worn purely for aesthetic reasons, either to make the leg appear longer and/or thinner or to convey a sexy image. Neither of these are particularly empowering to a woman.

Posted by:
Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:37 AM

Thank you Goddess Dance Studio! We need this.

Posted by: Angie M
Pole Fitness is no Joke!!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 9:52 PM

Wow...I don't even know where to start. I have been a Goddess Girl for about 18 weeks now and it is absolutely amazing! I have lost weight and gained so much confidence. I got really bored with the treadmill and stopped going to the gym but I am always excited to go to pole class so it keeps me motivated! It is a killer workout but it is fun and interesting. I go home bruised and sweaty but always with a smile on my face. The instructors are amazing and no matter what your size or background, EVERYBODY is supportive. I can't even explain how it felt the first time I made it to the top of the pole with all of my classmates cheering me on. To any woman who has never considered this, I HIGHLY recommend it!!!

Posted by: Becca McGarvie
Why can't there be one of these closer to my home!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 7:33 PM

I just happend upon this blog when searching for something else, and I so wish there was a studio like this in my area (Myrtle Beach). I am a mother of four who is not at all into going to the gym, but this is a workout I am sure I would love. Fun, Diffrent, and a great confidence booster for women! Where do I sign up?!

Posted by: Kimberly B.
pole dance sudent 201
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 3:39 PM

Pole dance class really work. My best advice for the Spanish community. No necesitas saber ingles para estar en la clase, es facil de entender. Te ayuda con a trabajar con tu cuerpo, tienes mejor tonificasion muscular y flexibilida. Te ayuda a estar mas segura de ti es decir trabaja con tu autoestima. Es muy divertido y serio. No lo piense mucho y ven a ser parte de nuestra familia.

Posted by: Carmen R .
why not print this?!?
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:52 PM

c'mon, this is a workout, not racy. i've been taking this class for 5 months and have dropped from a size 18 to a 10. it's the best workout, and the most fun i have ever had excercising!

Posted by: margotattoo
WANT MORE INFO
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:25 PM

i'm so glad i have access to the internet at work! summerville journal scene, bring this to readers everywhere! we need more positive articles about women empowering women.

Posted by:
To Mr. Don
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:21 PM

Not all news reports have to be about bad things...there is such a thing as GOOD news!!!

Posted by: Pole Fitness supporter
Community Contortions
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:27 PM

Wow, A whole photo essay in the Journal Scene about Pole Dancing as a Sport! Who would have thought? It may be fun, but you have to admit it's a sad commentary that, with all of the critical issues besetting our community, the one article that elicits the most comments I've ever seen from readers is about pole dancing.

Posted by: Don Bagwell
???
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:25 PM

Why haven't I seen this covered in the newspaper?? If I hadn't been surfing the website I would have missed out on this informative cover story!! I hate to think of all the ladies that might be missing out on this!!! I'm signing up!!

Posted by: sold on goddess dance studio!!
Spelling?
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 5:15 AM

I do wish the writers of the Journal Scene would learn how to spell: They wear "heels," not "heals."

Posted by: Katie
Pole is great!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2:10 AM

Since my wife started taking this class, she has more self esteem. She is having more fun toning her body in this class than going to a regular gym.

Posted by: Tom R.
Great on so many levels
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 1:56 AM

I have been taking classes in Hanahan for 18 weeks. I walked in that door overweight, depressed, shy and weak! I am now lighter, happier, ALOT more confident and outgoing, and I am stronger than I have ever been. Pole class is my miracle!

Posted by: Cindy
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:36 AM

This is my first workshop. And like WOW. It's soo much fun

Posted by:
I've been taking pole for 4 months and I LOVE IT!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:28 AM

Seriously this is more of a workout than an afternoon at the gym! I love coming to class and it's a serious workout! I'd recommend it to anyone

Posted by: Goddess Linda
Confidence Booster
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:19 AM

I never felt so confident and self satisfied until I started taking these classes. They really do teach you to accept and appreciate yourself and all you're worth.

Posted by: Jenn Frayer
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:04 PM

WOW!! My class at the gym seems so mundane compared to this, I may trade my "Y" membership for some heels and pole classes. Happy to see this in Summerville.

Posted by: Mrs. Kennedy
IF only
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:16 PM

All these comments! If only I heard about this sooner! How did I not know about this!

Posted by: Brianna Keenan
Goddess Dance Studio is Awesome
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:00 PM

I have been taking pole fitness classes for 4 months at the Summerville studio. After these 4 months,I can't begin to express how much better I feel both mentally and physically. The instructors and all of the girls are so supportive and we all encourage each other to progress. I look forward to each class and have a great workout every time. The workouts at Goddess Dance Studio have had a significant impact on my fitness level and my quality of life. Thank you Goddess Dance Studio! Goddess- Tammy

Posted by:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:24 PM

Pole Rocks!

Posted by:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:17 PM

My daughter takes classes there and at first I was skeptical but now I'm thrilled for her. She's been nagging me to join but I thought it was only for the younger women. Now I see. Maybe I'll surprise my daughter and sign up.

Posted by: Sylvia
Proud Pole Dancer
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:15 PM

My daughter and I take classes together at the studio and love it. Now that I'm in my forty's and my daughter has here own life, it is increasingly harder to find quality time together. Taking this class was a great idea b/c it makes us find the time to spend together. We love the other mother/daughter teams in our classes as well. I love the therapy of it all!

Posted by: Ethel Blair
pole class
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:55 PM

Pole dancing is a great workout, it motivates you do do better and gives you so much confidence in yourself. I love pole fitness and will continue to do this great sport. Lisa

Posted by: Lisa
Thanks Goddess Dance!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:20 PM

Pole has given me a fun way to work out and some great shoes! Not to mention, I was in my pre-baby clothes 30 pounds sooner than expected! Thanks to Summerville Journal for sharing this!

Posted by: Goddess Wendy
Goddess Dance is great!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:19 PM

Since I started pole back in May, I have lost weight and gotten stronger. When I first started, I thought it was so hard. Since then, Spin 101 is easy! Now, Spin 201 is so hard, but I will get there! Where else can you work out and enjoy it? The ladies that I have met are awesome, including the instructors.

Posted by: Vera, Goddess @ Hanahan Studio
This is a real workout!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:39 PM

My daughter struggled with her weight all her life. 2 years ago, she starting taking classes at the Hanahan location of Goddess Dance. Since then, she is the healthiest she's ever been. She's the happiest she's ever been. And I couldn't be more proud of her.

Posted by: Mary N, proud Mom of a Goddess Girl
Fun
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:34 PM

I want to do it. Looks like fun.

Posted by: future goddess
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:33 PM

glad their doing harmless things in there. i was scared about what they were up to. thank goodness it's not what i was thinking.

Posted by: Glenda
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:31 PM

This looks like a lot of fun. I am a stay at home mom. This studio is right around the corner from my house. I will definitely be attending a class in 2009! Thank you Summerville Journal Scene for keeping us informed.

Posted by: Patty C.
Great
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:30 PM

I work next door to this studio and I can't say I mind. Come to think of it, my business increased a bit when my customers heard they could get their hair cut next to the pole place.

Posted by: Anne-Marie & Mark
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:24 PM

I WANT TO TRY THIS

Posted by:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:52 PM

where can i sign my wife up for this

Posted by: john
It's about time!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:48 PM

It's about time! I'm so glad that Summerville Journal is recognizing this! Pole fitness is a great workout! We ladies of Charleston deserve a fun place to work out, feel confident and secure, and make friends! Thank you Goddess Dance Studio!

Posted by: Karen
A Pole Lotta Fun is RIGHT!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:40 PM

Love the article! You Goddesses look fantastic! Goddess Dance Studio, its instructors, clients and classes have been enriching my life since April 2007. I've lost over 40 pounds of fat, a handful of dress sizes, and a negative view of myself. I've gained strength, flexibility, confidence, energy, and the friendships of some amazing women!

Posted by: Pam Burgess
WOW!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:37 PM

This article is awesome! I've never seen a happier group of ladies working out! No more gyms for me!!!

Posted by: A Goddess-to-Be
You just never know until you try
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:22 PM

I am 29, a mother, a wife, and a Library Assistant, I do not have a dance background, nor do I have an athletic background, but I have been taking classes for almost one year and there is no other terms to use other than exhilirating and empowering! I have gotten stronger, improved my self esteem and feel like Wonder Woman every time I get on the pole. You never know what you can accomplish until you try! My Husband, Son, Family and Friends, and co-workers are proud of me and more important I'm proud of myself! As they say at the studio... Pole Love!

Posted by: Goddess Katy
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 6:22 PM

I was really nervous when I first went to class. I thought everyone would be staring at me, judging me. But it was the total opposite. Everyone was so cool and because they were having a good time and staying focused so was I. This class has gives me a sense of accomplishment everytime I go in there. I remember when I couldn't even get up the pole... I hated the pole. Then finally one day I was at the top. It was such an AMAZING feeling. Now when I hear "vertical climbs ladies!", all I say is "how many?". :)

Posted by: JJ~ rockin it out at Hanahan!
WOW!! SO TRUE!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:41 PM

This is a GREAT cover on this class! It is WELL WORTH the money! The first few times I went I was like WOW! It makes you work muscles that you didn't even know you had! Its a GREAT workout, AND its FUN! All of the girls at the SUMMERVILLE class are SO helpful and FUN to work with. They made me feel VERY welcomed on my 1st DAY! It helped knowing I wasn't going to get laughed at too! I was so AT EASE there and that made me get even a better work out! I will be hopefully seeing you gals again around the begining of the year. :O) I CAN'T WAIT to be back in there! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL! And if you're not sure, go do a tryout class and I PROMISE it will make you SURE that you want to do it! *Also I liked the fact that the girls were everyday girls and not "trashy" or "perfect" girls. It made me feel like I could actually do this! Its hard at time to go into a gym or what not and see this tiny little perfect body trainer there. It make you like "Yeah Right". NOT AT GODDESS! I LOVE THEM!!! Its WAY FUN and it doesn't even feel like an actual "Workout" because the fun make it different! xXxHUGSxXX Can't wait to go back!

Posted by: Stacey Penix - Summerville Studio Attendee
Pole Fitness- get with our program! =]
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:08 PM

Pole fitness is an awesome workout meant for women of all types and sizes. The confidence and strength gained is hard to imagine unless you've done it. Pole fitness is empowering and FUN! To top that off, it does wonders for your fitness and overall health. Thank you SO much for writing such an inspiring article =]

Posted by: Goddess Kim- Mt. Pleasant Studio
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:05 PM

I come from a very athletic background and Pole fitness is honestly the best workout Ive ever had. Im working out muscles Ive never used before and I really wish I would have started taking classes a long time ago :) I LOVE IT!!!!

Posted by: Goddess Tanya
The best workout ever!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 1:58 PM

My mom is the one that came to me in the summer and asked if I wanted to do pole dancing classes with her. I told her that I could not believe that she wanted to take stripper classes. Little did I know it is the best workout that I have ever had in my life. This is something that my mom and I can do together and bee each others biggest fan. I love pole dancing and I could never imagine myself without it. I love all of the Goddess Girls, you guys are great!

Posted by: Dana Riney, summerville Goddess
Spring Chicken
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 1:57 PM

I enjoyed my pole classes. The article is so true! It is a great, fun, out of the ordinary workout. I'll be seeing all of the Goddesses again in the Spring.

Posted by: Heidi B. Smith
Love the Goddess Girls
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 1:24 PM

I take classes at Goddess and it has not only helped tone my body, but has improved my self esteem. Reading all of these comments almost brings tears to my eyes, we really are a very supportive and loving group of siters.Every woman should have friends who support them as much as we support eachother. Thank you for this artice.

Posted by: Goddess Cammie
Goddess Dance Rocks!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:24 PM

I used to take classes at Goddess, and HAVE to make time to get back in. I can totally tell a negative difference since i quit... these classes are for ALL types of women- big, little, married, single, etc!! All the instructors rock (!!!) and you are getting healthy at the same time!! Goddess Dance Studio is hott!!

Posted by: ~Lisa V
U GO GIRLS!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:00 PM

DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO ANY NEGATIVE VIBES THAT YOU GIRLS MAY HAVE THROWN YOUR WAY...KEEP ROCK'N IT OUT..YOU ALL ARE FANTASTIC!!

Posted by: LUV'N THE GODDESS GIRLS!!
Many Props!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:55 AM

This is not fluff!! It takes alot of strength and flexability to do what you do...Hope to see you girls go to the olympics!!

Posted by: a fan
For Real
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:54 AM

I didnt know that there was this type of class. I will be looking in to this. I have been looking for a way to loose weight while still having fun!

Posted by: Jenny F
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:53 AM

Every woman at Goddess Dance Studio gets something different out of it. Mine was confidence and self-esteem. I don’t have a problem working out. I have spent hours at the gym running and lifting weights. I was bored with the same old routine and needed something different. When I heard about Goddess Dance Studio I had to try it. It is not only an amazing workout but a huge confidence booster. The women are so diverse and are a huge support group. Nothing but positive reinforcement has come out of the class. I highly support Goddess Dance Studio and the Goddess Girls and would recommend this workout to anyone. Thank you Summerville Journal Scene!

Posted by: Ginny
Love these ladies!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:51 AM

I have been taking this class at the Summerville location for a few months now and it is amazing. I am a terribly shy person and on top of being a great and challenging workout it has given me so much confidence. My husband is amazed at the difference just a few months has made. Thank you Goddess Dance for encouraging me to come out of my shell and have such a good time with you ladies. Goddess Girls rock!

Posted by: Sarah Smith
Girls just want to have fun/Pole Dancer
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:45 AM

It looks intense, but yet fun if I was more confident within myself and my weight I would join too. So for now I will support the ladies that are working that pole.

Posted by: Jackie Starkes
For Everyone
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:32 AM

I have taken the classes at Hanahan. I started with Chair Dancing, due to my weight issues (over 250lbs). I became so confident I took a pole class immediately after chair dancing. I loved it!!! You don't have to be tiny to take these classes. I never could hold myself up on the pole, due to my weight. BUT that didn't keep me from learning all the different moves and feeling sexy. Not to mention the amount of strength and definition I gained from the workouts. I still plan to continue attend more classes and I LOVE my sexy shoes. This class is the best investment you can make in yourself.

Posted by: Jennifer
Pole classes
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:31 AM

I am a mother of 3 and I love pole class! Its great for your self esteem and for exercise!

Posted by: Melissa
Awesome!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:24 AM

Looks like soooo much fun....joining this beautiful womens group is definitely one of my New Year's resolutions!!

Posted by: Long Time Lady Summerville Resident
Thank you for enlightening the town of Summerville
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:13 AM

The veil has been lifted, no more mystery surrounding the Summerville Goddess Dance Studio!!! You captured just what goes on in the studio every afternoon of the week! We work hard but have fun doing it!!! As a professional in the medical field, wife and mother to three children, I speak the truth when I say that there is nothing raunchy or degrading to women involved in pole fitness classes. In fact, it is the opposite...with every challenge comes the reward of strength, a sense of accomplishment and empowerment to face our everyday struggles in life!! Luv to all my Goddess Girl friends!!

Posted by: Matti Earnest, proud Goddess Girl!
Thanks for Representing!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:11 AM

Great job on the pics and blog Paul! We appreciate your story showing what a fun and fulfilling workout pole fitness really is! The ladies look fabulous!

Posted by: Vanessa, Mt.Pleasant Goddess Dance Studio
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 9:02 AM

EXCELLENT article about what really goes on in pole class! It's not a smoke filled room with dollar bills...It's a workout with women actually cheering each other on! I have been taking for 6 months and LOVE IT! I love the positivity from all the women. I enjoy the music and I REALLY love the excuse to buy new shoes! My fiance even let me install a pole in the garage!

Posted by: Goddess Amy
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:51 AM

Great article

Posted by: Neal
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:50 AM

my sister takes classes in texas. she's obsessed. she has a pole in her house now! i'd do it if they had it for heavy set women.

Posted by: leah strahan
Simply Smiling
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:47 AM

That's it. Simply Smiling.

Posted by: Ron Johnson
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:46 AM

do you have to wear the heels? those look like they take serious concentration to walk in! and those women so comfortable in them! i love the one woman in bare feet. that would be me!

Posted by: angela waggoner
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:35 AM

I drive by this place everyday on my way home. When they first opened I remember thinking that I couldn't believe a pole dancing place was opening right in downtown Summerville. My mother laughed that we were finally on the map. But honestly, the women in these pictures are not what I expected to see. I almost expected strippers. These women look just like all American women, girls next door types. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Ashley Limehouse
WTF
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:29 AM

My girlfriend takes this class and I've never been inside the studio. How'd this guy get in? Can you do another story on a night she's working out?

Posted by: Alex
Hooray
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:26 AM

I love my Goddess Girls!!!!

Posted by: Diane
Front Page Worthy
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:24 AM

Why is this article about empowering women not on the front page of my news paper?

Posted by: Mrs. Rebecca Hyde Ph.D.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:20 AM

at least they're pointing their toes

Posted by: Nancy G
I'm firing my personal trainer
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:18 AM

I've been paying my personal trainer now for two years a comfortable wage to help me drop some weight. I had a baby and gained a moderate amount of weight. I feel stronger now that I've been working out with my trainer but I still haven't lost my baby weight. All I want to is to get back into my fat pants. I've given up trying to get back into my skinny jeans. I can't believe that there are women that are dropping dress sizes so fast by doing pole dancing. I must say, I'm tempted to fire my trainer!

Posted by: Amber D
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:12 AM

that's big

Posted by:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:58 AM

Why is this not on the front page of the Summerville Journal?! This is the best thing this town has seen in a long time. Women for Women.. I love it!!

Posted by: Les
pole dancin
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:34 AM

i wish my wife would try this

Posted by: chris
Instructor Pike
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:30 AM

Thank you for your article. You did a fantastic job presenting our story. I know all the ladies are thrilled and honored by your work. PS When is Ms. Zoeller coming in for her pole classes? ;-)

Posted by: Pike
:-D
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:24 AM

This is way cool. I saw this place on Cedar St. I was wondering what it was. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Tracy Norton
look at that
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:23 AM

Thanks for sharing. I saw this Oprah and she was right. Those women all look like their having fun.

Posted by: Maureen Shepard
Great Pictures!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:21 AM

I love the shots~ the women smile a lot.

Posted by: Jed Jed
pole dancing
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:20 AM

where can i sign up?

Posted by: Lindsey
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:17 AM

When my wife first told me she was taking a pole dancing class I didn't know what to think. I was excited. I was worried. I was curious. I wanted to go down there to see for myself but she told me it was "women's only" . I felt instantly relieved, happy and sad. I wanted to see! So thank you Summerville Journal for giving me a peak and HOW DID THAT PHOTOGRAPHER GET SO LUCKY TO GET THIS STORY???? AND WHEN IS HE DOING ANOTHER ONE????? My wife is much more relaxed since taking this class. And she hasn't trapped me in questions like, "Do I look fat?". When she comes home after her class, she struts around looking 10 years younger full of enthusiasm because she nailed some "flying" something or another.

Posted by: Darian -Proud Husband of a Goddess Pole Dancer
Honestly
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:04 AM

I'm one of the women pictured in this article's class. Pole class has enriched my life in more ways than i can ever count, it has helped lower my cholesterol - preventing me from having to go on medication, I redeveloped a friendship that had waned, as well as have made sooo many other very close and loving friends that have looked after and supported me in this very hard stressful year that i have had. Pole has helped me develop muscles in my body that i have never seen before (lol), I carry myself better and with more self esteem and confidence than i ever have in my life. I feel beautiful and sexy - something i never felt or thought of myself. Pole gave me this - I will always be a goddess, forever be thankful for everything it has brought to my life and i will always advocate pole dancing to everyone that i meet. I love my goddess girls!

Posted by: Zee
My Comment
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:58 AM

Taking classes at Goddess Dance has gave me a more positive outlook on things. I’m less shy. I have more confidence and better posture (thank you Elizabeth)! I LOVE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT A PICTURE OF THE BETTER POSTURE SIGN. LOL. I’ve made a lot of new friends. My clothes fit better; I’m stronger; and I finally can see my ab muscles!

Posted by: Trisha Pye
Pole Fitness for Me
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:54 AM

I have found that pole fitness is great for my self esteem, my health, and my relationships. Never before have I experienced the kind of bonding that occurs in our classes where women are helping and encouraging each other while striving to improve their own talents in dance and fitness. It is awkward at best to get in touch with the sensual part of yourself (at least for me), but these classes have made it possible for me to look myself square in the eye in a mirror for the first time ever, and venture to risk looking completely ridiculous in front of other people. There are not many opportunities we have as adults to attempt things that we don't do well; and those are just the sort of activities that keep our minds and bodies active as we age. I can't help but thank the Summerville Journal for spreading the word about my love of pole fitness. When can I get this in print???

Posted by: Sarah McLester
This is Pole-tastic!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:52 AM

After a few weeks of taking classes at Goddess, I became addicted. I had joined a network of strangers that now feels like a "sisterhood". It has unleashed something in me I never thought I possessed. I’m doing things I didn’t think I could do and they continue to encourage me to do more. My arms are much stronger, my moves are more graceful, but most importantly my confidence is OFF THE HOOK!

Posted by: Candice White
OMG
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:49 AM

I can't believe they offer this in Summerville! WOW Summerville is officially on the map!

Posted by: Doris Collier
Hooray Recognition
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:48 AM

Goddess Dance has given me not only confidence and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, but a place to make new friends. My waist size has dropped 3 inches since I started 6 months ago and I plan to continue to do the same!

Posted by: Jo Beth E.
Charleston Police Officer's Wives LOVE LOVE this Blog
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:46 AM

There are many things I can say that I have lost from coming to Goddess Dance - pounds, inches, and pant sizes but the things that I cherish most is what I have gained. I have gained friends, strength, flexibility but most of all my sense of self. I have a confidence now that no one can take away from me and that I enjoy that the most! Muscle Strenght is one thing but Strength of Self is the greatest accomplishment I have gained at Goddess.

Posted by: Goddess Kristy
Send Paul out to the Hanahan Studio, we want to be represented!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:44 AM

For me it's all about the shoes. In reality they lift me up about six inches but, when I put them on I feel ten feet tall.

Posted by: Janet M
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:43 AM

Goddess Dance Studio has helped me become more adventerous in life. I have higher confidence and am more likely to try new things. I'm stronger and have better endurance and body strength. Thanks Goddess Dance Studio and thanks Summerville Journal Scene for posting this blog!!

Posted by: Goddess Kendra Griggs
I love MY pole class!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:41 AM

I have so much to be thankful for since I've started pole fitness. Of course my body has become much stronger and I've become more comfortable in front of a mirror. But just the sheer support of the other women and the instructors, the whole sisterhood support system has been upmost important to me. You may be having a "fat" day or just down in the dumps, but when you go work your butt off you feel so much better and the ongoing encouragement is contagous. I never thought that I could do some of the things that I can do now and it's just the beginning. A lot of what I learn in class I put forth in my daily life, such as never giving up and if there is something that at first seems impossible, I know that if I just keep practicing and learn not to say "can't" there is nothing that I "can't" do!!! What a wonderful life lesson!!! Thank you Summerville Journal for Posting this blog!

Posted by: Giovonnia Lewis


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