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#whatpolegaveme

“I’ve wanted go do this for a long time.. So here goes ??
Pole has given me so many things. Confidence, a career, loads of beautiful friends.. Just to name a few.
But probably the best thing it’s given me to date, is the ability to love and respect the body I’ve been given. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my days where I hate my thighs but my body allows me to do the thing I love the most. Pole. And I’m proud of it.
8 years ago I was 21 and I had battled an eating disorder for years. I had struggled to accept the skin I was in for as long as I could remember. But then I started pole. And I got stronger inside and out. And I started to respect and love my body and what it could do.”
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Probably the thing I am most proud of in 2015 is a personal story I posted to Facebook, that gained significant momentum and brought about a really amazing sense of togetherness and support from the broader pole community. After a student told me that she wasn’t sure she could come to class, because everyone else “seemed so perfect” I shared with her my story about how I came to be a pole dancer.

I had had an eating disorder. I had hated my body and the idea of dancing in front of anyone made me sick. But then I started pole. And I started to see that my body was strong and allowed me to do some great things. I started to respect it. She seemed genuinely surprised that I had shared some of the same issues as her. It made me realise that perhaps other people had those same issues too, and that maybe pole had given them something too.

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So I posted a picture of me from a recent photoshoot, posted my story and hashtagged it #whatpolegaveme. Almost immediately I was inundated with personal messages of people thanking me for my honesty and relating to my story. Then the posts came. People were posting their pics and stories of #whatpolegaveme. I don’t know how many people posted but I do know how amazing it felt to be part of a community where no matter your background, that this same sport/artform/hobby/obsession … pole … had all given us so much.

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Dallas Dee was recently names #40 in the APDM Top 50 most influential members of the Aussie pole community for 2015. She is also owner of Showpony Pole & Burlesque located in Sydney’s northern beaches. If you would like to know more about them, check out their Facebook and Instagram, or contact them via their website.

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