We Did The Thing! $25,000 raised in 25 days, to fully equip our new fitness studio in Memphis, TN.
This campaign was crowdfunding at its best - an amazing community coming together to make a dream come true, and bring something special to our city. Click on the "Updates" section of this campaign to see all that's happened on our journey. It's been a wild ride, and we couldn't be more thankful for everyone who made sure to get us to our goal. Now, we can't wait to fulfill the project mission and DO THE WORK with these new resources! What an adventure is up ahead. 🚀
What's This For?
Hi there, I’m Liz Kinnmark, and I’m a pole dancer who lives in Memphis, TN. I’m the proud new owner of 1202 Minna Place, the building you can see in the video above. It’s my dream to transform it into a local pole and aerial dance studio, with your help.
The money from this campaign will go directly to funding the equipment that will be used by our students every day. Here's the budget breakdown:
- $5,000 - 8 Removable Lupit poles, 10' high, with quick spin/static transition and installation cart
- $4,000 - 8 Lyras and rigging hardware
- $3,250 - 16 hammocks rigging hardware
- $2,500 - 8 Lupit premium crash mats
- $2,000 - Full wall framed dance mirrors
- $2,000 - Flooring
- $1,000 - Organizing, storage cubbies, retail display, and cleaning supplies
- $1,000 - Lighting and sound equipment
- $1,000 - Free weights and strength training equipment
- $1,000 - Yoga mats, blocks, and accessories, myofascial release tools
- $ 500 - iPad for front desk
- $ 500 - Nest security cameras
- $1,250 - Kickstarter fee = 5% of money raised
I need your help to get this space open. My goal is to open for business in September 2019, with a schedule of 30 weekly classes, employing a team of amazingly talented local instructors. As a community, we need your help to make this dream come true.
How Can I Help?
Even though the Kickstarter campaign has ended, we still need your help. We are a brand new business introducing our classes, events, and space to the greater Memphis community, and we need as much support as possible to make the vision a successful reality.
Our website is our hub! Visit http://www.bendybeast.com to sign up for classes and keep up with latest news and upcoming events.
2. Follow us on social media.
3. Share, share, and share again.
The more people see this page, our website, our social media posts, and hear about our mission and our story, the more likely we are to connect to the right members, instructors, and future community resources. Please help us by getting your friends and connections involved! Tell people you know what we're doing and what we're about. Word-of-mouth has been the number one thing that has gotten us this far. This is a grassroots movement, and we need as many people to see it as possible to succeed.
4. Tell us what YOU would like to see happen at the space.
We are a community business, and we are here to work for you. Please keep in touch! Let us know what classes you'd like to see. What workshops and events? What instructors? What can we can do to support you and make you feel the most safe and welcome? Let's make this the greatest that it can be, working together.
5. Come out and visit!
Our new location is at 1202 Minna Place, Memphis, TN, 38103. Click here for a map. We've already begun work on the space. Whether you live in Memphis or elsewhere, we absolutely hope to have you out to the studio to see it in person!
We are available for interviews, articles, podcasts, and any other form of press. Please reach out, and let's connect.
Head on over to read The Daily Memphian article about this campaign.
“The big thing that will make it different from other gyms is that it will be a safe space and diversity is a huge value,” she said. “All genders, body types, ages, races and sexual orientations. That’s very important to me.”
One of the best things about this campaign ending... is now we can get on to getting you your rewards. Messages will go out to all of the backers with details, and asking for any information we may need. If you ever have any questions about what's going on with your rewards, please send us a message, and we'll be happy to get you specific answers.
$25: 1 drop-in class at the new studio
$75: Fire Safety workshop with Chris Brown
$150: 3-hour Circus Sampler workshop with Macy West
$225: 4-hour Private Lesson with TheStilettoGirlz
$500: Receive 10 private lessons with the Bendy Beast herself, Liz Kinnmark, over Facetime/Skype/Videochat
$901: A *very* special deal, that will ONLY be available right now. Just $901 for an entire YEAR of unlimited group classes - giving you access to everything that we offer on the schedule. This comes out to $75 a month - a 50% discount off what unlimited pricing will be when we open. 5 available.
Patron Saint of Pole. In one fell swoop, you will perform the miracle of guaranteeing that this campaign will reach its goal, and we will receive the funding.
Train with us!
Wherever you are in the world, through the magic of video chat, we can meet you and thank you face to face! Schedule a day and time to meet, and the Bendy Beast herself Liz Kinnmark can work with you on Pole training, Flexibility training, Yoga, Hammock, Lyra, or Strength/Conditioning. Every private session is customized to your training goals. Learn more about Liz as a teacher at http://bendybeast.com.
Attend the Backers Party!
Ready to party with us? Grab a ticket to our backers party, held at 7pm on Saturday, June 29th in the new space! Featuring live performances from many local pole, aerial, flow, and fire artists. If you've been to a Poleluminati show before, then you know what a treat you're in for. If you haven't check out www.poleluminati.com to learn more.
Be forever memorialized on our Donor Wall!
If you donate to this campaign at a Sponsor Level, we will create a customized plaque for you that will be displayed on the Donor Wall in the lobby of our new space. All of our students will pass this on their way in and out of classes, and our community will forever remember your contribution.
Glitter Sponsor, $50: Your chosen name memorialized in the plaque on the third tier of the donor wall, as well as 1 ticket to our donor party and a voucher for any group class once the studio opens.
Bronze Sponsor, $100: Your chosen name memorialized in the plaque on the third tier of the donor wall, as well as 2 tickets to our donor party and a voucher for any 2 group classes once the studio opens.
Silver Sponsor, $250: Your chosen name in a custom high-heel plaque on the second tier of the donor wall, as well as 4 tickets to our donor party and a voucher for a 1 month of unlimited group classes once the studio opens.
Gold Sponsor, $500: Your chosen name in a custom high-heel plaque on the top tier of the donor wall, as well as 6 tickets to our donor party and 1 voucher for 3 months of unlimited group classes once the studio opens.
Diamond Sponsor, $5,000: Your chosen name in a custom high-heel plaque embedded in the cement outside of the building, next to our centerpiece outdoor pole!!! As well as inside, you will be recognized on the top tier of the donor wall. Plus, to show our undying love for your patronage of the pole arts, you will receive 1 Diamond membership for unlimited group classes at Bendy Beast FOREVER, as long as our studio is open.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is really us not raising enough money to complete the project, which is why we are going for a $25,000 goal.
Before we can put your money to work to buy the equipment, we need to do a complete renovation of the space. It is not a large building, so the renovation should not take too much time, but the work is significant: repairing the roof, leveling the floor, taking down the existing interior walls, redoing the electrical and plumbing, and more.
We have a strong network and contractors who we have worked with before, so we believe we will be able to manage this work well, once the funding is raised. We own the building in full. Between the collateral from that and from this Kickstarter campaign, we believe we will have no problem raising the rest of the money needed for the renovation, as well as 1 year of operating expenses cash-on-hand to ride out any future problems that come our way.
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