They love to freestyle; living the process, inspiring and encouraging others along the way. These are our Brand Ambassadors, and you may even see them from time to time swinging and flying in their FYF apparel.
“I look forward to encouraging fellow freestylers to reflect on their own journey, pull from experience, dive deep, practice often, and dance from within…whatever your story is, it’s beautiful.”
One sleepy Sunday morning in May of 2014 a pole dancing workshop lead by a warm and welcoming redhead changed my life forever. For the first time ever I felt connected to myself, mind and body. My scattered brain and emotional soul seemed to merge to form something that was finally making sense; movement was healing me, it was grounding me, awakening all the feelings that had been swimming inside of me for hours, days, weeks, years. I felt at home, I felt relieved, I felt like me again, even in the first few seconds, I was finding myself through freestyle. And from that day forward it has been a constant in my life and dance practice since the first few moments I discovered everything it could be.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH EMILY (NYC)
Freestyle was always something I enjoyed when first training pole dancing because it was simply enjoyable. The more comfortable I got with exploration in movement the more I realized just how much the practice could do for me. Coming from no technical dance training background, I only ever dreamed of calling myself a dancer, but because of freestyle and what it has awakened within me, being a dancer is what I now identify with most.
Being a big part of this brand is a perpetual experience for me and I am so proud to be linked to something that continues to shape my life. FYF for me is about growth, change, acceptance, exploration, connection and sharing. There is no right or wrong, better or worse; it just IS. Freestyle is a journey, and a beautiful one at that…it heals me when when I am too broken for words, and lifts me ever higher when I feel whole. Freestyle has constantly provided me with comfort, release, and creative freedom, and for that I am forever grateful. As a brand ambassador, I look forward to encouraging fellow freestylers to reflect on their own journey, pull from experience, dive deep, practice often, and dance from within…whatever your story is, it’s beautiful.
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“In my pursuit to find my freestyle I have learnt that it is actually freestyle that helps me find myself.”
When I first discovered Finding Your Freestyle, this kind of movement was absolutely new to me. Letting go of moves, not thinking and just surrendering to the music felt scary, but so thrilling! At first it was like playing a game, it was fun and it was a great challenge, but it soon became a very important part of my dance practice and movement exploration. When I freestyle I feel like anything can happen, that is when I truly see how my body wants to move, how I respond to the music, and I learn more about myself every time I do it. It has helped me enrich my dance and it keeps renewing my passion for pole. Dance has always been a very meaningful part of my life, grounding me when I’ve felt unbalanced and freeing me when I’ve felt trapped. Freestyle has enhanced this feeling, opening new doors for me and enabling me to express myself further.
Every time I freestyle I take one step out of my comfort zone and I make my movement and range of expression one step wider. In my pursuit to find my freestyle I have learnt that it is actually freestyle that helps me find myself. I hope to transmit this love of movement to others and see them grow as they find new ways to take what is deep inside them and dance their hearts out with it!SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH TERESA (MADRID)
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Aggie’s main drive is focusing on movement, expression and communication using pole as the catalyst. The work she produces focuses on tapping into inherit human motion, fully utilizing one’s individual movement qualities, and trusting in one’s instinct. She believes that dancing is a part of being a human being and is accessible for anyone regardless of age, sex, gender or technical ability.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH AGGIE (BROOKLYN, NY)
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Freestyle has been a part of my pole journey since the very beginning, but my relationship with the process has deepened over time. What used to be a fun challenge has become an essential practice that influences every movement I make. Through freestyle, I have become more conscious of my movement choices, continually learning where my body wants to go and finding new directions to explore. With regular practice, it has helped me to become more confident in these choices both in the studio and on the stage, and it is now an indispensible part of my choreography process. For me, freestyle is also a practice in mindfulness, and it has strengthened my mental and physical connection to my own body, to my apparatus, and to the space and people around me. Most importantly, it has given me valuable tools with which I can access parts of myself that I unconsciously suppress throughout the day, providing balance not only to my training, but also to my life outside of pole. Freestyle is my meditation. It’s my creative process. It’s my therapy. And sometimes, the results are pure magic.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH BRYNNE (NYC)
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My mom tells me that when she watches me dance, she sees the 6 year old version of me playing alone on the playground, endlessly making up stories and living in fantasy worlds. Although we tend to lose our ability for creative play as we grow older, I hold on to it as much as I can. My playground has transformed into a pole studio, and at the epicenter of my training is the same creative exploration I made as a kid. I believe creativity will set you free! And freedom, of course, is necessary to freestyle.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH MERI (BOULDER, CO)
I studied animation and the visual arts for many years and I like to think of freestyle dance as equivalent to gesture sketches. They are quick, energetic studies that try to capture the very essence of a larger idea. Like every new drawing, every new dance and every moment in a dance is a fresh opportunity to explore, experiment, and create. I freestyle every time I am in the studio, arguably more than I condition or train technically complex sequences. It has become the glue that binds all of my past dance experiences together in my movement, making that movement uniquely my own. I hope as I continue to pole and expand my impact on the community to I can help facilitate creativity in others and give them a chance to find freedom in their movement as well.
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Improvisation has always been a big part of my dance journey. Going into a space and feeling completely free in my movement was what dance was all about to me. Being able to find complete freedom in my own movement, allowed me to access and interpret other people’s movement in a way that became deeply personal. Finding Your Freestyle helps push my investigation with dance and the edges of movement even further, and deepens my conversation on and around the pole!
“The Greatest Freedom Is Believing In Yourself.”
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As a dancer, improvisation is a necessary component to understand strengths and develop movement quality, in myself and others. I utilize dance improvisation, or freestyle, in various ways such as warming up for class, moving energy around, or using it as the creative process of choreography.
Freestyle is personally unique, which means it is experienced differently from one person to the next. For me, staying present is key. I focus on an intention, or prompt, to keep myself challenged. As I start moving the intention or prompt takes a life of it’s own, which often triggers an unexpected inner dialogue that’s both cerebral and emotional in my body. I observe, listen, and allow my breath to guide the timing.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH ANNA (NEW YORK, NY)
I enjoy freestyle because it pushes me out of my comfort zone, allows me to consciously be in my body, and keeps me creative.
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Each time I step into a studio, a conversation happens. Pole dancing and freestyle has allowed me to tune into a frequency where unexplored internal dialog lives. At first, these chats were nonsensical but I knew these 2 things were true; 1) I knew moving made me feel joy and 2) it felt like something I craved to explore. When I found the Finding Your Freestyle movement, it was almost as if Google Translate has turned on and these conversations finally started making sense as patterns emerged and movement prompts guided me on a journey of finding personal truths and freedoms.
“You do not need to be a technically trained dancer to enjoy movement and let it light you up.”
Not long after this discovery, a Finding Your Freestyle Intensive cought my attention and I knew very intuitively it was something I had to partake in. It was transformative. Ever since, my freestyle journey has become a regular practice – giving me energy when I needed it, giving me guidance when I felt lost, giving me space to reflect, absorb and heal. Freestyle for me is meditative, a creative outlet and a place where I feel connected. One additional truth I learned is that you do not need to be a technically trained dancer to enjoy movement and let it light you up.
As an Ambassador for FYF, I really hope to help others bring awareness to their internal dialog via movement. Finding comfort and surrendering to moving freely is beautiful and can be healing. I look forward to helping spread the message of love and encouraging others to find their freedom of movement.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH JANE (DOYLESTOWN, PA)
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I grew up doing competitive Irish step dance, and after a while, craved a more free-form expressive style of dance. My first exposure to freestyling was when she started taking tap dance and African dance classes in college. The practice of jamming or improvising was at first extremely intimidating but it eventually became a part of taking classes that I looked forward to. When I discovered pole dancing in 2012 I knew I found an apparatus and dance form that would feed me with the kind of freedom and creativity I had been looking for. Freestyle was incorporated into almost every class I took, and as my vocabulary expanded, it became my favorite part of class. I’m so grateful that I met Tracee when I moved to NYC in 2014, and my freestyle practice has been gradually growing since. I’ve always been disciplined in physical movement practices, but realizing that I could approach freestyle and creativity with the same attention and focus was a revelation for me. I love using freestyle practice as a time of self-discovery, a well of creativity, and especially as a tool to maintain my own emotional health!SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH EMILY (BODY & POLE) SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH EMILIY (BROOKLYN PRIVATES)
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Bio coming soon.SIGN UP FOR CLASS WITH CARMINE (BROOKLYN, NY)