Karrie set up her pole dance class company in March 2014. Starting out in a small room at a club house with 3 second hand X poles, you know, the old ones from back in the day!
She quickly got a great response and moved to a larger gym facility to cater for her busy classes.
KPF expanded to the neighbouring town running from a dojo, and in 2015 set up classes in another town in a beautiful ballroom with 4.5 metre competition X-Poles.
KPF branched out into aerial hoop classes, aerial yoga, flexibility training and in 2018 set up Europe’s first plus size pole competition Kick Ass Curves, for competitors size 16 and above, which has its next date set for March 2021.
A few months before lockdown Karrie signed for a huge run down industrial unit as a purpose renovated studio after 4 months of planning permission got passed. The lease started on the 1st if April 2020, and we were of course closed before then.
It was a terrifying time, with the council advising we weren’t signed in time to receive any help with grants.
Karrie set up online classes in stretch, pole, and some free relax and meditation classes to help with everyone’s anxiety and mindfulness.
As lockdown was in full swing, she took a job at the local food shop, began renovating the studio with her husband Dale, and was looking after her 2 children, 4 year old James who was struggling with the vast routine change due to autism, and 9 month old Emily.
After a few months family life settled, the studio started to look like the dream she envisioned, and finally received some government help.
With the studio being almost ready by mid May, Karrie decided to make a pole and off the pole challenge that everyone could take part in by recording and taking videos and pictures to give students the challenge and motivation via Instagram @karriespoleandaerial
Karrie was astounded that people in the UK and all over the world were taking part in the challenge which is something KPF had never done before.
Now we have an opening date, the latest technology in pole and aerial equipment from a wide variety of companies to keep training diverse, highly qualified instructors, new covid policies and plenty of space for distancing, Karrie’s Pole & Aerial are super set and excited about taking on our classes again.
And this nomination? The absolute icing on the cake! To get nominated and get through to the final round is an absolute dream, it really makes the blood sweat and tears absolutely worth it.
So eternally grateful to whoever nominated us, very emotional.