Please meet our Student’s Inspiration of the Month February winner – Karen O’Kane.
Karen takes our Advanced level classes and is well known for her strength, persistence and creative performances during our Pole Craft – Student Showcases. She can transform into any character she wants – from a naughty schoolgirl to a possesed child (see the pic below!). Read her inspiring story below.
“Over 3 years ago as a 48 year old mother of 2 and grandmother of 1 I started my pole journey. The studio was under different management when I started so when Edyta took over it seemed natural to stay with The Coven.
I’ve always like trying new things and challenging myself so when I saw an ad for a taster pole class I decided to throw caution to the wind and sign up. Although, as a quiet(ish) individual, it took me a couple of weeks to pluck up the courage to do so.
Like every beginner I didn’t know what to expect. Thoughts like what do I wear, will I look stupid, will I be too old raced through my head beforehand. By the end of the class all of those fears dissipated quickly. I was hooked.
Due to working nights I chose to stick with 1 class so I look forward to the advanced class every week. From time to time I squeeze in one of the other classes available.
Pole has taken me outside of my comfort zone quite a bit. Things such as wearing very little clothing (yes it has to be done if you want to stay on the pole),choreography and performing in front of others would have sent me running for the hills years ago. Over the last few years my upper body has become a lot stronger and energy levels and flexibility have increased . I never could have imagined after that first class that I would be doing the moves I’m doing today. Some clothes however are getting a little snug around the shoulder area due muscles expanding but they’re not that pronounced that I look like a body builder . I’m proud of myself now, at almost 52, of having accomplished the things I have. Age is but a number.
My advice to anyone who wants to start pole (or who have already started) would be give it a go, you’ve nothing to lose. Confidence and strength are not something you need to bring with you. They develop over time. We all have different levels of learning so don’t get upset if moves don’t work the first couple of times. The great thing about pole is that it’s continuous learning.
All the instructors are great and keep us on our toes but they never pressure anybody into doing something they’re not comfortable with. A laugh and joke are always on the cards no matter what class you choose. The studio is a safe space and we all enjoy learning new things. Our skin may be bruised afterwards and muscles may be crying out in pain but we know we’ve worked for it and had fun doing it. Everyone is welcome. There are no restrictions on age, size or gender.
The Coven is a family of lovable lunatics who encourage and support each other through thick and thin.
Pole dancers I like to follow are Marion Crampe, Lisette Krol and of course our own merry little band at The Coven as we all inspire each other .
There are 2 quotes that I think best suit pole dancing and they are from the same person Brian Tracy:
1. There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.
2. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
Thanks to all of you for choosing me as your inspiration this month and for thinking of me while I recuperate from my broken neck (done at my other hobby by the way and not at pole! Just in case I frighten anyone off ). It’s been a long few months and I can’t wait to get back to you all.
Love and pole kisses!”
Thank you so much for sharing Karen!
Team The Coven