¡Viva la Fiesta!

Karina preps for Cinco de Mayo

We had an amazing turnout and a fabulous time at our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday the 8th of Mayo. Karina the sexy Latina taught a booty shaking, heel clacking, twerktastic routine to Jason Derulo’s “Mamacita”. Check out our Instagram for pics and video clips.

We plan to resume our seasonal parties and workshops as Covid restrictions are eased and more people are vaccinated. We are also planning a student SHOWCASE in August. More details are forthcoming as we get the dates pinned down. All skill levels will be featured in solo and group performances. I can’t wait to see our talented students showing off their mad skills! We’d love to see you on our stage as well. You can plan your own routine or get help from our BOMB instructors.

We embrace women of all shapes, sizes and skin tones. Come on in, you sexy beast!

— Lady K

Twice as Nice

Kristin Briggs wins again!

M asked me what we would do if we drew the same person’s name twice for our monthly drawing. I told him that was very unlikely. Well…congratulations for winning twice, Kristin Briggs!

She says “I can’t believe I won again!! There’s no way I would be in the drawing if not for my teachers. I would like to thank all the amazing teachers at Carousel for helping me build my self confidence with a body and mind workout.” Kristin wins a second month of free classes. She added “I will gracefully decline if it happens again!”

We thank all of the students who worked hard to nail those tricks and for mentioning us on social media. We love our students!!

— Lady K

And the Winner is…

We are thrilled to announce the winner or our first monthly drawing. Kristin Briggs has been attending classes at Carousel Pole Fitness since September of 2020. She particularly enjoys aerial yoga and tricks classes. She says “I’m so glad that I joined! Everyone is so nice and encouraging. It really builds self-confidence.” She wins one month of unlimited classes and her entries will be retained for our end-of-year drawing for 3 months of classes. Congratulations Kristin. You are amazing!

The April ‘Shout Out’ board is beginning to fill up and new friends are being added to our community weekly. Mention us on social media and receive additional tickets for our next drawing on April 30.

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor,

-Lady K

Coming out of Hibernation

March came in like a lamb! Over the past several weeks, I have left the studio after classes and had such love and excitement in my heart. We have such a wonderfully encouraging and supportive community and I am so thankful for my BOMB instructors and their untiring commitment to our little studio and our awesome students. I love us!!

Some BIG things are in the works. Zumba classes will begin this week on Thursdays at 5 pm. Sign up now. Also, beginning this month, Carousel Pole Fitness students are welcome to enter our new monthly drawing for one FREE month of unlimited classes. The drawing is open to all current Carousel Pole Fitness clients. One name will be drawn on the last day of each month and you need not be present to win.

Here’s the breakdown:

One entry for each of the following:

  • New entries on the Shout Outs board: one for each new trick
  • New review or recommendation
  • Every time you “check in” to Carousel Pole Fitness
  • Unique social media posts (ie, one for FB, one for Instagram…)
  • Purchases made in studio or on the MINDBODY app
  • Tagging Carousel Pole Fitness

Five entries for each:

  • Bring a new friend to a class or workshop
  • Refer a client who purchases a membership of any level
  • Book a private lesson
  • Book or refer a party

You will also have the opportunity to have your name or stage name and photo or video posted on our social media. 

Good Luck and stay tuned for more exciting news to come.

–Lady K

Peace in Turbulent Times

If we have learned anything in the past year, it’s that human connection is so important. We are able to make short term sacrifices to personal comfort and freedom but, man, it’s hard to do it alone. I miss my friends and family. I miss seeing people’s smiles. A Zoom call is nice but it’s not quite the same. I read an article once that stated that humans need twelve meaningful touches every day at a minimum for mental health. And we know how important our mind is to our physical wellbeing.

The importance of physical touch was the primary thing that drew me to the profession of physical therapy, and over the past 20 years, I have been able to provide healing touch to thousands of patients. Early in 2020, I was in a horseback riding accident and sustained multiple orthopedic injuries and fractures. Above is a photo of us two months before the accident. (Pepper Jack is fine, by the way. He was happy to meet the sheriff and first responders.) I am healing remarkable well but I am no longer able to perform the essential functions of my job as a PT and as of December 31, 2020, I am “retired” from my day job. I am now free to devote more time and energy to nurturing Carousel (my Happy Place).

It’s all new and different and kind of scary…but when I step inside the cocoon of our studio, the atmosphere is different. I feel a little strut in my step. Tension eases just a bit and I feel stronger, bolder, more confident. As I strap on my heels, unroll my mat, feel the silks in my hands or the smooth steel of the pole, I know that I have a community of sisters that support me and clients that rely on me to keep them safe.

We are not immune to struggles but we can help each other to rise above them. Together.

–Lady K

Open For Business!

Pole dance is the perfect workout as we come out of quarantine. 

Consider the recommendations for preventing the spread of disease.

  • Maintain a distance of six feet from other people — CHECK
    • Our poles are spaced greater than six feet apart so we don’t kick each other while doing the Monkey spin wearing 7-inch stilettos
  • Hand hygiene — TRIPLE CHECK
    • Pre-class hand washing to remove oils from skin so we don’t slide off the poles
    • In-class frequent use of alcohol spray to clean the poles
    • Post-class hand washing to remove grip aids from hands
  • Avoid touching your face — CHECK
    • I don’t want Dry Hands or Firm Grip on my face. Eww.
  • Physical exercise improves immune function — CHECK
    • Pole is a great total body workout…for an hour 
    • All the major health organizations recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or at least 75 minutes per week of intense activity 

Soooo…you should be doing at least two pole classes per week because…science! 

In health,

— Lady K —

Greetings from Quarantine!

While I understand the importance of social distancing to prevent overwhelming our thinly stretched healthcare resources, I am seriously missing some pole time and my community of friends at the studio. Waiting is really hard. I am looking forward to a sweet reunion where we can release all the pent-up SASS! I feel a party brewing.

Memberships have been suspended but will be reinstated when the Safer at Home order is rescinded.

In the meantime, I have re-watched the Super Bowl half-time show, explored pole competitions on YouTube, reviewed video of our own student and staff showcase performances and dreamed up choreography for future routines. It seems that Carousel instructors have been dreaming and scheming as well. They have some awesome ideas for classes when we are finally free to fly again.

One exciting new offering that is planned is the Post-COVID Flight School. It will be a four week series designed to regain strength, flexibility and muscle memory for pole moves, tricks, spins and transitions—skills that are firmly in the “use it or lose it” category. I will keep you posted.

Please take care of yourselves, nurture your inner diva and create habits that feed your mind, body and soul. You are beautiful, powerful and sexy.

In the waiting,
— Lady K —

January’s Happy Surprise

It’s hard to believe that one year ago this weekend, I walked into my normal Saturday morning Abs and Booty class to discover that the previous owner was planning to close the doors of my Happy Place for good. Not five minutes earlier did I ever dream that I would have the incredible privilege of owning this wonderful gem of a studio. M needed a little convincing, but he has taken to it quite well–creative beast that he is. I am also very thankful for the wonderful instructors that stuck with us through all the renovations and rebuilding process. I love these ladies with my soul!

We had a wildly successful Student and Instructor Showcase on January 4 and saw some amazing performances. Four of our performers: Emmy, Jesse, Breezy Lee and Tomi are sure to make a splash at LOL Pole Fest January 17-19 in Minneapolis. I can’t wait to see them shine.

We close 2019 with a strong vision and lots of SASS and look forward to adding more instructors and classes this spring as well as hosting more events and workshops. Tony the Pony is looking forward to parade season again this year. Stay tuned!

Make 2020 a year of kindness. Of lifting others up and inviting them to rise and become the best versions of themselves. It takes nothing away from us to help others to succeed.

— Lady K —

Greetings from PSO Chicago!

Five travelers from Carousel Pole Fitness just returned from Pole Sport Organization (PSO) Great Lakes regional championships November 21-22 in Chicago. There was some pre-competition drama due to a last-minute venue change as the Vittum Theater suffered water damage from a sprinkler system malfunction. We braved the brutal traffic on the Magnificent Mile to the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel who offered their Crystal Ballroom to host the competition.  Scores of performers from at least a dozen studios showed us their very best in more than 20 different divisions. It was an atmosphere of support for all competitors from novice to elite levels. The competitors and the audience were a diverse group. One competitor was a grandfather in his 60’s.  

Friday night, our own Emmy Young performed an emotional tribute to her grandmother set to Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Life in Her Yet” and took first place in the Dramatic Level 3 Senior division.

She was one of only two competitors that performed on both days this weekend. On Saturday afternoon she performed a beautiful dance choreographed to “O Fortuna” from the opera Carmina Burana and won a second-place medal.

Before the competition Emmy said, “I just want to medal. Any medal. And I don’t even care if it’s by default!”

It was such a fun weekend of camaraderie and encouragement. The group of five from Carousel Pole Fitness enjoyed time together at the event and at an AirBNB apartment in Little Italy. You can be sure that Emmy, Jesse and Breanna have some new inspiration and are energized to prepare for the Land of Lakes Pole Festival in Minneapolis in January of 2020 where at least four competitors from Carousel will take the stage.  More to come about that later.

We are so proud of Emmy and excited for those who plan to perform in January.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Lady K

November in a Nutshell

November 2019 Calendar
(download the PDF below)

Freezin’s Greetings!

Check out our November calendar. We want to offer more of the classes you want, so please let us know what you are thinking. Shoot me an email at lady-k@carouselpole.com or chat with us in person at the studio.

We had a spooktacular time and a full house for the Dia de Muertos workshop on Friday, November 1. Karina cast a spell that had us all dizzy. We are hoping to pack the house twice for our Santa Baby burlesque workshops on Saturday, December 21 at 5 and 7 pm. Sign up now as spaces fill quickly.

PSO Championships are right around the corner and we will be there cheering on our own EMMY in her performances on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23. Stay tuned for the results.

We are so grateful to our clients and friends for allowing us to do what we love.

Stay warm and keep a smile on your heart.

Lady K