This past summer, I had the honor of performing with my friend Patricia Boylan-Riggs, owner of Pulse Fitness and Dance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in her professional pole dancing performance group, Aerial Evolution. Little did I know, that performance would set the stage towards a powerful duo in the pole dancing community that would capture the essence and powerful meaning of pole dancing as an artistic form of expression. Coming into this experience, we had no expectations of where this opportunity would lead us. We both danced as though we always do and at the end of the night, we were happy to have been a part of such a unique show. In October 2013, we were informed we'd been selected as semi-finalists to attend the season finale RAWards local Indianapolis event. Again, with little expectations of what the night would truely mean for us, we went and showcased our interpretive routines and called it a night. Neither of us believed we'd be waking up the next morning with a new title of recognition next to our names. At the moment of reveal for the winners, neither of use were around when we were officially recognized. I, who also works full time as a Registered Nurse in a public health and community management role as well as being a small business owner and solo operator of Pole Harmony part time teaching 7 classes a week, left the event around 9 o'clock because I had to report to early riser duty the following morning. Patricia broke down the portable stage and went to replenish her energy by having a delicious meal with her husband. The thing about pole dancing is, it strips you of all your energy and reserves and if you don't eat shortly thereafter, things could get unpleasant fairly quickly. For the dancer and everyone around them. (Ha-ha). Our sincere apologies for being absent during the big reveal. I can honestly vouch sleep and hunger won the debate with these two performers.
Aside from our own personal win, there were many other artists in attendance that won in their respective categories. The show was certainly a "circus-like" event as described in RAW's own words. It was thrilling to performers who attended and I can only imagine it was even more so for those experiencing the event for the first time or as a repeat spectator. The organizers did an amazing job at presenting such an ecclectic assortment of artists under one roof for one night. I am extremely happy to have been a part of this magnificant event in Indianapolis. Much gratitude to all those who attended, organized, volunteered, and especially to Patricia for choosing me to be a part of Aerial Evolution. I look forward to next year in hopes that we will again experience RAW as we continue to show Indianapolis what pole dancing is really all about. Reference What is RAW? (2013) Retrieved from: http://rawartists.org/about/what-is-raw