Winner of our Tell Us Your Story Giveaway - Candace Laxamana

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This past month we held a drawer where 1 lucky winner would receive two tickets to the Sold Out SF Movements Arts Festival at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. We asked clients to email us with their Pole/Aerial Dance story to be entered to win.

Our Lucky winner was Candace Laxamana!!!

Here is the story Candace so graciously shared with us and allowed us to share with you!

I started pole back in November of 2018 because some of my girlfriends have been taking classes in Oakland. I took one class and was hooked, although I could only do turns and could not yet climb or invert. I live in the Mission and had to find a studio near me and SF Pole and Dance showed up. I found a morning foundations class that worked for me, with Sammy. After two classes with her, I found her enthusiasm and support so inspiring, I bought a pole for my bedroom so I could condition. I soon found myself going to choreo classes at SFPD every week and just living a more happier life. My grandma passed away unexpectedly right before the holidays (I swear there's a happy/funny ending here, don't be too sad). I focused a lot of my energy into my activities, such as biking, climbing, and most importantly pole. At my grandmother's wake, a lot of family members and friends commented on how fit I have become and how good I looked. Because I did not know how my old fashioned elders would take my pole dancing passion, I simply said I've been taking dance classes, but my mother interjected before I could finish and said proudly, "She's actually pole dancing, she's really good and she's really strong, you should see her dance." Having my own mother be so supportive of my passion for pole was the highlight of a very sad day. Something I hope and aim to do while pole dancing is to destigmatize the art. Those who judge, simply do not know the joy and therapy it can bring to so many people.

I am so thankful for this accepting and loving community.

xoxox,

Candy Mae