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Billie Jo Louden, 31, works at a law office by day and as an instructor at PoleKittens Fitness at night. She was a PoleKittens’ student before becoming an instructor. She is also a wife and mother of three.
Really, I just wanted to lose some weight. I went from a size 12 to a size 6 doing this. It’s addicting! Once you get your first spin, you’re like, “Oh, I want to try this.” You’re always wanting to try new things. Somebody will do something and you’re like, “Oh, show me how to do that.”
I was 28 when I started. I became the three-button striptease instructor in October of last year. That’s what I started out teaching, and I still teach that every Friday night at 6:30. Then I started with the pole. On Mondays I teach cardio pole, pole basics and pole fit, which is beginner pole. On Thursdays I do pole basics and pole fit again. On Fridays I do three-button-striptease. And I do the parties, if they’re scheduled.
I like it here because you get to work at your own pace. You’re only as good as the move that you’re working on. Nobody is like, “Oh, you should be here, doing this.” It doesn’t matter. They’re always encouraging.
Everybody — anybody — of all ages and all sizes can do this. Any size: big, small, in the middle, athletic. You don’t have to have worked out a day in your life, you can still do it.
When I did my pole orientation, I had a lady who was in class with me, she did it for her 50th birthday.
I think at first he (her husband) was kind of like, “I don’t know about this.” But, you know, only girls are in here. As I built up more confidence, I kind of carried myself different. My body changed. He (her husband) was like, “Ohhhh!” And of course he got a little treatment at the house! (Laughter.)
I even have a pole at the house. I do it at the house, too, when I can, when the kids are sleeping. My nephew lives in my basement right now. He’s getting ready to graduate from high school, so I don’t get to play as much as I want to. It’s only when he’s at work or gone (laughter).
My daughter, she can almost go upside down. It’s just because kids, they don’t think of the fear factor of falling, whereas adults, they’re like, “Oh, I’m going to hit my head.” I did fall once. It happened on that pole right there. Luckily I was close to the ground. It wasn’t a big thing, but I haven’t really bit it big time or anything like that.
My real job is, I’m a legal secretary – it’s full time. Until this year my boss did not know that I did this. A client told him. She [the client] was asking about pole classes, and at the time I was getting ready to start pole classes. He was like, “Oh really! You do that?’ He was surprised, but he didn’t give me any grief about it. Because once I leave there at 5, you know, I’m done there. This [PoleKittens Instructor] is what I like to do. This is what I feel, makes me feel sexy.
I get paid for it, but it’s fun! I like to come here [laughs]. I like to see girls get their first spin, be able to do the bow, or whatever. That’s awesome, seeing their faces. Most are intimidated by the pole until they touch it, and then they’re like, “Oh this is awesome; I want to try it.”
It’s so rewarding seeing women feel better about themselves and, like I said, get the moves that they’ve been working. Definitely! I would do it [fulltime] if it was more money. I plan on doing it for as long as I can – probably until I’m walking with a cane. V, the owner, still does it. I think she’s 45, 46. She’s a lot better than I am. I hope to be like her.
I think anywhere you go, whenever you tell somebody that you pole dance or pole exercise, they’re automatically going to think the worst. Until somebody actually tries it, they don’t realize that it’s an exercise.
There’s more to it than just the sexy side. There is exercise. A lot of people don’t realize that it is really a workout.
– Elese Daniel