This is the video of our Episode 28: Meet Pole Dancer and Instructor, Mallory Nicole from Pole On The Call that aired Thursday, August 4, 2022.
In this episode, Cris Rivers & Mændy Mac interview the amazing Pole Dancer and Instructor, Mallory Nicole of Tease Dance & Fitness in Aurora, IL.
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Mallory Nicole's Bio:
So a little about me…. The first time I ever tried pole dancing was in 2006. I was barely 19 and needed some extra cash for a trip I was going to be taking. I was a single mother and had my daughter while I was still in high school. At the time of my first experience, I was a licensed hair dresser barely making ends meet. I figured I would do an amateur night as the first place prize was $500 and I needed it. I had zero idea what I was doing. I spent the last of my extra cash on some dance heels and got my butt on stage. I actually won the prize but what I realized was I felt at home on stage. I quickly realized that working in a gentleman’s club was what I needed to do for my daughter and I.
I worked in a couple of clubs during my early twenties. But then I got married and had more children. My love for the pole was so strong so I installed a home pole. I was not properly trained and only knew a couple basic spins. In 2013, I set a five year goal of starting classes, doing a competition and becoming an instructor. Unfortunately, one of the things I had fallen into while being a stripper was the lifestyle. I lived fast and I lived hard. My goals were mere dreams at that time as I was battling alcoholism.
I got sober in May of 2018. I was getting myself back but lacked any confidence to start taking classes. It wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to take the plunge. I signed up for beginner classes as Tease Dance and Fitness in Aurora, IL. I fell in love with the studio and the classes. But what I gained was so much more than fitness. I gained my sexy back. I gained my confidence back as a woman and a mother. I also gained a community of strong, badass women whom I now consider family.
I was only a few months into taking classes when the world shut down due to covid. I ordered a Lupit pole and self taught for a couple of months until we re-opened. Then we got shut down a second time. I fell into a deep depression and barely poled at home. Even after we re-opened again… I was having feelings of not being as far along as I would have liked. I was angry and discouraged but I kept showing up to classes. Some days at home, I would pole for hours. Other days I would touch it and then walk away because I wasn’t feeling it. What I have learned through this journey, is to give myself grace during the difficult times.
Pole has always been there for me in one way or the other. I just finished my instructor training and taught my first intro class last night. That is a whole new level excitement that I can not explain. I am reaching my goals. Maybe not on the timeline my ego would like but I am attaining them as and when I should. I have yet to do an in person competition but I did do an online comp during covid shutdown.