Essential – Summer Yates

Why did you pick this video? 

This is a routine that I have been practising over the last week. It’s not perfect or polished and is a video in my home…but it shows what my art looks like 80 percent of the time.

Where did the idea for this art come from?

I felt inspired after seeing an article about the Olympics considering including pole dancing. This is so exciting for us in the aerial arts world. However, the article made it seem like pole artists are not really artists or athletes and that it’s almost disgraceful for us to be included. This of course all stems from the stigma that all pole dancers are strippers. Which couldn’t be further from the truth.

I was angry and upset because for as long as I’ve been a pole dancer I have fought this stigma. I’ve fought to be taken seriously in my art. So…as always, the best way to let go of my emotions was to dance. I wanted to show the world that pole is beautiful and difficult and freeing.

What does this art mean to you?

Pole and aerial arts helped me find myself again and heal my heart and soul. For years I had been going through hell and those years ended with a divorce. As I began to heal I stumbled across aerial arts. I never looked back. 

Aerial arts has brought healing to me and it encompasses who I am and what I’ve gone through. When I perform, everyone sees the beautiful result of hours and hours of hard work. When I train, my body develops bruises, cuts, calluses. It aches and is sore often between sessions. The dedication this sport requires is ridiculous and you learn how to push past discomfort and pain to achieve success and beauty.

It’s a metaphor of my life…and every time my feet take off my soul is free.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I am a pole dancer and aerial acrobat!! Come see my Instagram for photos and videos of pole and Lyra (aerial hoop).

I manage 21 people at a large investing firm.

I am now happily married to the most incredible man (he’s my number one fan)!

We are parents of three wonderful fur babies. 

Other arts I love include: writing, dancing, drawing and singing. I also sew and have made my own aerial costumes.

What more can you tell us about your art?

Pole dancing is an incredibly difficult but rewarding sport. It pushes you past limits and helps you embrace fears and use them to soar. I recommend anyone who is interested, to find a reputable studio near you and give it a try. You may just fall in love like I did.

To see more of Summer’s art please follow the link to her instgram page Here

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