Pole Body and Arts is a pole fitness and dance studio based in Charlotte, NC. Founded in June 2020 by Christa Byrd, Olivia Carper, and Tiffany Baker, our studio was able to launch because of the overwhelming support received from other people like us who wanted to see this dance community be represented by many body types and backgrounds.
We are now starting this exciting journey offering an alternative option of fitness and wellness to both men and women in the Charlotte, NC area. Because of Covid-19, we have developed a strong virtual online program that we will continue even after this season is over. We are open to people of all ages and abilities. We provide a space for them to build strength, showcase the diversity of beauty and transformation within us all.
“I’ve always had my ups and downs when it came to how I felt about my body. With pole and the network of friends I made along the way; I’ve learned to feel comfortable in my skin as well as appreciate the strength I’ve built. Now I want to give that back to others, show them that there’s beauty in strength, and when you surround yourself in an uplifting environment you’ll accomplish more than you can imagine.”
“I never dreamed that being over 40 I would be in the best physical and mental shape of my life. Pole has changed me from the inside out and I want to share that change and make it a reality for others because pole is for EVERYONE and EVERY BODY type. My goal is to have a studio that meets everyone where they are in their fitness journey and to offer a judgement free space for you to dance away your stress and reach your fitness goals.”
“I've been poling since 2014 and instructing since 2016. Pole fitness has made me feel more empowered and helped me cope with traumatic experiences from my personal life. Dancing is my way of expressing emotions and feelings. It's my therapy.”
Due to Covid, we were unable to receive financial aid in the form of a loan. We raised almost $5000 in a month with our initial campaign, which we are so grateful for! The funds donated here will get our dance studio off the ground. It will allow us to purchase the proper equipment, flooring, and supplies need to for our studio to run safely. It will also help provide an enjoyable form of wellness taught by a diverse group of instructors, and build the community that represents us
We want to thank everyone who contributes to this campaign, whether it's $5 or $500, every little bit counts. We wouldn't be this far without and just know that you are playing a big part in the creation of OUR studio and the change we will see along the way.