A letter to Tease from a student on her 1 year Tease Anniversary

Tease Dance and Fitness isn’t just about learning to move your hips around a pole or getting your body ‘bikini ready.’ At Tease, we love it when a woman can feel herself transform mentally and physically. The following is from one of our students on her 1-year ‘Teaseaversary’

There are going to be happy tears for me today, I’m all prepared with waterproof mascara. For those that don’t already know I have been doing a pole fitness class. No, we are not strippers. Today is my one year pole-iversary!!! In the past year I have lost 21+ pounds. I need to take a second and let that sink in…21+ pounds!

What started out as just a fun teaser class has turned into a lifestyle and passion for me. I can remember going with my friend, having a blast but at the end the instructor danced for us and she put on a particular song, she put on Sail by Awolnation and watching how she danced to this song that was it for me, I thought to myself, I want to be able to do that! I had been struggling ever since having my son with my weight. I had tried dieting, running, working out and nothing worked, the weight never budged. People have asked me what I did to loose weight, this is it…I pole.

I also later started Burlesque and love it also. I still have a ways to go to be at my goal but I am getting there. Even though I am not the weight I was before having my son yet I feel like my body is in so much better shape. I took some time this morning looking back at pictures of class graduations (the garters & certificates) and things learned to try to let it really sink in how far I’ve come. The first fairy, bracket hold spins, climb (which I worked and worked on), first invert, first crucifix, scorpio, side climb, my first show case and the list goes one.

Which brings me to how I was able to learn all these things, couldn’t have done it without having the most wonderful, amazing teacher and encouragement of my pole sisters. I can’t even begin to thank you enough Lynzhi, truly! What you have helped me accomplish this year, I can’t even find the words. please know how grateful I am, thank you so much, I love you. My pole sisters, I feel so lucky to have met all of you and can’t wait to celebrate tonight! I’d like to thank the Tease staff for all that you do for all of us, you have made it my home away from home. Thank you to the many amazing people I have met a long the way, it has been a wonderful thing to be apart of!! ♥♥♥

For ladies in the Chicago suburbs who want a similar transformation….what are you waiting for?

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Instructor Spotlight: Sarah Ritzman

Hello to all my fellow Teasers and FUTURE Teasers alike!
I know a lot of you know first hand how much work it can be, but it can also be extremely rewarding! If that’s not enough by itself…my husband Mike and I, also run an electrical contracting business. So, I greatly look forward to having that special “me” time that we all tend to put off ’till later.

I found Tease because of my fabulous hubby. He came home one day from work, I was having “one of those days.” He said, “well you never take time for yourself, what do you expect?!” I COULD’NT BELIEVE HOW RIGHT HE WAS! (you know how we hate for THEM to be right!) haha  So, I started searching for something for me to do….and came upon Tease!

I thought, “this is right up my alley! I used to dance and be in gymnastics….and I’d LOVE to feel sexy again!” WHY NOT?! So, I started as a student and not long after, Kristin insisted I become an instructor..so, just to shut her up, I said, OK! haha Just kidding, I was thrilled!

I’ve been an instructor now for 2 1/2yrs. I’m excited to share my passion for this beautiful form of dance and fitness. It allows me to stay fit and flexible and at the same time get that extra special “me” time that we all DESERVE!! I LOVE all my sassy ladies!!

I strive to be the best instructor I can be and to help them achieve what they never thought they’d feel about themselves and accomplish tricks they never thought they’d be able to do! I look forward to seeing you in class!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!

Some of my favorite songs:
Rag Doll
What Is It by Baby Bash
Is This Real by Lisa Hall
Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation
Black Betty by Spiderbait

A New Tease Student Blogs About Her Experience at Tease Dance and Fitness

There is no better feeling in the Tease studio than when one of our students offers a first-person testimonial about their experience at the studio. Liz, who recently took her first class, blogged about her first experience at Tease:

Moms Pole Dancing???

I may need to break this down into a few sub posts and continue editing while I am still processing the day.

The basics: I took a pole dancing class today. Yes. Me. Pole Dancing. Unsexy stay at home mom me started to learn how to swing around a pole.

A woman I know had taken these classes and raved about them and I always really wanted to be ‘sexy’. What better way to learn? I also have been looking for a way to get into shape, have fun, and have a little time on my own. Given my vision loss and the perspective that has been thrust into my lap I figured to go do it.

Of course a few days before the class was scheduled I came down with a nasty cold flu thing. In an attempt to knock out the virus I took massive amounts vitamin C- sadly I was unsuccessful and considered rescheduling the class. But my excitement took over and I was determined to make it.

It was an incredible work-out. Twenty minutes into the class my muscles were trembling- like they have not trembled in years.

There were so many unique things about this experience and this studio.

First my friend and I were driving following the GPS directions to go to the place and as we approached she and I discussed how nervous we both were. As we looked out the window trying to find the place we did not know what we were looking for or what to expect.

We we found it. With a huge sing reading “Pole Dancing”. We took a deep breath and went in. Inside we found a cozy looking sitting area with a comfy couch with beautiful pillows and brownie bites (clearly a woman was in charge). It was a warm and inviting space painted many shades of purple with a clearly feminine vibe. It was lovely. Suddenly we heard a ‘whoop’ from the room behind the door. My friend and I looked at each other uncertainly. The women there were kind and welcoming and very reassuring to those of us completely overwhelmed and very very out of our comfort-zone. We were invited to watch the advanced girls dance holy wow….did they dance. Climbing, flipping, swinging it was indescribable and hot. These ladies were beautiful and confidant and amazing. I wanted that.

We had to fill out some initial paperwork release of liability and such. Upon reading through the sheets I noticed something. The studio wanted to know more than about my income and address. They asked emotionally oriented questions. What were my goals…physically what did I want them to help me achieve? Emotionally was I looking to gain confidence- self esteem- body image improvement? What brought me there. Then even more than that they asked if we were having any challenging times that we needed support through. I have never been part of a ‘gym’ that openly and expressly cares for the whole woman.

It gets better (seriously- I think I fell in love)- they have a ‘code of ethics’ no negativity- you are not supposed to exude negative crap there- learn to love and accept and cherish ourselves- and that starts from the words we say. The founder and owner takes this very seriously- I will need to work on my positive thinking.

So in we went. Into a studio that had six poles, candle lit, with a wall of mirrors it was beautiful. We pulled out yoga mats and had a seat and our instructor (also the founder) and the co instructor told a little about their mission and how this studio came to be. The more I heard the more I loved.

She explained it is as connecting your physical and emotional selves through sensuality. Experiencing things in the moment. The fabric on your skin the scent of the candles. Touching your body and appreciating it for itself for the amazing things it has done and continues to do. Embracing the power that is in yourself physical and emotional. Understanding that your body will change but enjoying the journey appreciating the path and where it leads you on your journey- not just the end point.

Liz, We’re glad you found Tease and wish you many more sexy days to come!


Did you have a great experience at Tease? We want to hear about it. Email Erin, our blogmaster.

xoxo

Flirtease Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Kristin Hubbard

Kristin Hubbard is the founder of Flirtease Dance and Fitness in Naperville, Illinois. She recently took some time to answer a few questions about herself and the philosophy behind Flirtease Dance and Fitness and pole dancing as fitness. 
Q. What is your fitness background? 
A. I am a certified fitness specialist through Cooper Fitness in Texas.  
I decided to become a personal trainer/fitness instructor shortly after having my third daughter.  I had always the results from working out (especially during and after all 3 pregnancies) however, I didn’t particularly like working out.  So my conundrum was how do I motivate others when I don’t really enjoy sit-ups and kickboxing that much? 
Q. How did you get started in pole dance fitness? 
A. My husband was heading to Los Angeles for a business trip.  I decided to tag along just to take several days of pole dancing lessons while he was working.  I had heard about it initially on a television show, and was amazed by what I saw.  I had no idea what to expect.  I was also pretty nervous.  I mean, I was working at our church at the time!  What would everyone think of me?  
But my first swing around the pole made me feel like the sexiest super-hero there ever was!  Watch out Wonder Woman…Here comes Pole Girl. 
Seriously, it feels like flying.  By the end of that long weekend I could barely move.  I couldn’t believe how effective this exercise was, especially because the entire time felt like “playtime” and certainly not a workout!   When we returned to Naperville, I immediately got online and looked for a school in our area.  Of course, there were none. I guess it takes time for hot new workouts to reach the Midwest.  
So I went to Naper Olympic Health club and told them I would like to start teaching the art of pole dancing there.  I turned their basement training room into a candle lit haven.  I only offered the class to women, however whenever we opened the door there were always a bunch of men hanging around outside just to get a peek into the “taboo workout” we were doing.
With all of our hooting and hollering I can’t blame them!
Soon after, unfortunately, the health club closed and so I did the next best thing.  Turned my basement into a studio!  Which we quickly outgrew just in time for the girls to begin learning to climb the poles.  We remodeled our garage into a studio, which turned out very nice, but we quickly outgrew that too.  So Flirtease Fitness now resides in our beautiful Studio in Naperville on the corner of Wehrli Road and Lisson Road.  
By the time we had moved there, we had learned what worked and what didn’t and developed what is known now as our “signature workout.”  It includes a sensual journey meditation, then our warm up and workout, pole tricks, and my favorite, putting it all together to dance!
Q. How long did it take for you to feel ready to be an instructor? 
A. I took pretty quickly to the pole, so after I was able to perform each trick and dance with confidence I was ready.  That probably took four weeks.  I put a pole up in my home, and voila!  Teaching came naturally to me and I enjoyed it so much that it became second nature.  I liked it when the girls followed my instruction because my kids never do!  
From there, I found stand-out students with fitness backgrounds who became the rest of our teaching staff.  They were all easy to train and they have become amazing, nurturing instructors.  I’m so proud of each of them! 
Q. What have been the common misconceptions you’ve heard about pole dancing fitness?  
A. The misconceptions about pole dancing are becoming fewer, as pole fitness becomes well-known.  But in the beginning there was a lot of taboo surrounding the movement. Mostly, people would ask me if I taught strippers or if I was a stripper.  Easily answered with “no, I’m a personal trainer with a background in classical dance.  Our students range from co-eds, to soccer moms to grandmothers!”
Q. What effects, other than physical, have you noticed about yourself since you started pole dancing? 
A. What we teach is more that just the pole.  The pole is a tool, just like the floor, the wall, and your body to express yourself through dance.  And yes, the dance is soooo sexy,  it makes you feel incredible!  Losing pounds and inches is a happy by-product that you notice one morning when you’re getting dressed and you can’t keep your pants up!
Personally, I have become more comfortable in my body and learned to truly love every part.  Even the “wobbly bits” (as Bridget Jones would say).  Physically, I have become longer and leaner (we take a lot of our moves from yoga and Pilates) as well as more flexible and strong.  I feel very proud that I can pull my body weight up, flip myself upside down and hang by my toes!
As far as the confidence, well, I’ve always been a pretty confident girl.  But I would be doing a disservice to you if I didn’t tell you about the bedroom aspect.  Being a married woman of 10 years, I remember years ago trying to do a strip tease for my husband and laughing nervously through the whole thing (not sexy).  Now I can prance and slink around our bedroom in a confident way that my husband finds incredibly sexy!  
Also, being intimate with my husband has been taken to a whole new level.  I’m sure this comes from having a loving relationship with my own body, and therefore more relaxed and comfortable in sharing it with my man.  (I hope that’s not too much info!)
I also now see other women in a different way.  I don’t have a critical eye when I look at them anymore.  Each woman is beautiful in her own right.  I’m able to see that all the time.  Now I notice more how she carries herself and I wonder if she knows how beautiful she is. You can tell a lot about a woman just by watching her walk.  The relationships I’ve built with my students (we really are close) has taught me so much about what it means to be a woman, and how we can take that down to it’s most basic level.  
At Flirtease we let our bodies move naturally, swinging our hips in round circles and arching our backs in an alluring way.  I believe that’s the way a woman’s body is supposed to move.  We weren’t built like men for a reason!  We play up the natural wavy lines of our bodies and it’s incredibly freeing (and easier on your back and joints) when you stop fighting your curves and begin to move into them.
Q. Any words of wisdom for someone contemplating taking classes?  
A. My advice for any woman who is contemplating taking a class is this: Stop contemplating and get to a class!  No matter your size, age, or anything other excuse you might think of, you are missing out on such a gift for yourself if you don’t at least try.  Go to a “teaser” introduction class.  It’s the best 90 minutes you’ll ever have…until you come to your next class of course 🙂
I have seen so many women who have stepped so far out of their comfort zone to attend their first class.  Those are always my favorite women to watch.  How brave they are to “just do it.”  They come in a little nervous, but they push themselves thinking “what do I have to lose?”  By the end of that first class they are walking taller and feeling sexier.  It’s that “a-ha!” moment when you can see that they understand why they were brought here and how it’s going to change their lives dramatically.  I mean, talk about rewarding for me and their instructor!  I am in awe of these women. 

First person: Why I decided to take pole dancing classes

 

Erin Erickson is a level 4 at Flirtease
Erin Erickson is a level 4 at Flirtease

Few people just decide to take pole dancing classes. Some do it for an emotional or physical release, some do it to get over a broken heart, some do it for the sake of physical fitness. 

A lot of people do it because they want to feel good about themselves. 

I was one of those people. 

It was Fall 2007. I’d just had a miscarriage and I was feeling extremely low personally and physically.  I needed a serious pick-me-up. 

Once the doctor cleared me for workouts, I was on the look-out for something that would stir up the excitement in me again. 

I’ve always loved dancing as a workout so I was hoping I could find something fun and local. 

My prayers were answered one morning on my way into work. I’d heard Melissa from The Mix talking about the pole dancing classes she was taking. I was so intrigued that I googled Pole Dancing, Naperville (the closest big town near me). I found an article in the Daily Herald that mentioned Tease Workout in Naperville. 

“You’ve got to be kidding me. There’s a pole dancing studio in Naperville? AWESOME!!!!” 

I called Kristin immediately after and signed up for a Teaser class. 

That Teaser class was in late September. I remember bragging about it to my friends at dinner the night before. “I’m taking a pole dancing class tomorrow!!! Isn’t that a hoot?” 

I’d heard a few weeks later that the friends of the friend I was out with thought I was so cool for having tried it. 

The first class felt good. I was little nervous that my size 18 behind wouldn’t be able to stay on the pole, but I did really well. And I loved it…..a lot. 

I called my husband, who was on a Vegas Boys’ weekend and told him I was signing up for pole dance classes right away and that I wanted a pole in the basement. He was the life of the weekend. 

I started out at Tease in October 2007 and made my way up to level 2 before I took time off to try to have another baby. 

When the fertility medicines I was on didn’t work, I needed that pick-me-up again and right away, I went back to pole dancing. 

I re-took Level 2 and have since moved up to Level 4 which I’ll start in January. The second go-round also helped me lose 25 pounds and several dress sizes which has made the tricks even more fun!

I couldn’t have made it through the past year without my pole dance classes. Aside from the mental and physical strength I’ve gained, I’ve also started amazing friendships with my classmates and with Kristin. My Flirtease Sisters have become an extended family that I almost couldn’t live without.