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Bring Pole Control Studios back to Hartford

To expand the already thriving pole dance community at Pole Control Studios into a bigger, dynamic, multi-use, integrative dance studio

Bring Pole Control Studios back to Hartford

To expand the already thriving pole dance community at Pole Control Studios into a bigger, dynamic, multi-use, integrative dance studio

$101
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
2
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 17 2019 8:20 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 17, 2019

About

If you build it, they will come

Background

When I first started Pole Control Studios I was renting a small apartment above Dulce' Restaurant, now a neighborhood staple renamed Salute, hosting 3 poles, Weekends I would drive to new Haven to teach at Alisa's house of salsa. I offered Free workshops at the colleges and often integrated a symposium of dance led conversation that helped break the stigmas of what sensual dance was in all its forms. I had a couple of poles that I would have to take up and put down each class and only a handful of students. 6 months later I had so many women that wanted to experience my classes that I opened our 1st location on Pratt st and hired my 1st Instructor Ashley Ford....


11 years later, We now have over 35 classes a week, 5 instructors, and in the last year over 2300 people have come in to take classes with us. Those Symposiums have turned into an annual workshop every Spring.


We also bring in dancers from all over the world so that our students can experience a wide variety of styles and learn from the Industries finest. 


Pole Control studios is a completely unique experience. We provide a safe, body positive space where women /Men are free to empower themselves from all the negative stigmas society has placed on dancers and artists. Our classes feature low lighting, loud music, and are designed to inspire self expression and creative freedom through dance and movement.


We’ve built up a thriving community of dancers, our classes are packed, we’ve outgrown our space and we’re ready to expand and return to where it all began! Hartford


Pole Control Studios is ready to evolve into Pole + Aerial. 


The vision behind the new Pole + Aerial is a big, sexy, dynamic, multi-use, community space featuring the following:


    Pole & aerial studio with high ceilings, because you deserve to fly higher!

    Large separate dance studio for movement based and non-pole classes.

    Social area so you can hang out before and after classes, complete with drinks and snacks. 

    Integrative gallery space set up to showcase immersive private events as well as live music and performances. 

    Boutique featuring Pole + Aerial apparel and unique, aerial, and exotic wear.

    Club quality lighting and sound.

    Multiple class offerings at once. All day, everyday.

    New classes (pole and non) including lyra and tribal belly dance.

    Regular live events, we need more space to bring it to the next level!


The spaces we're considering are 3 times our current size. We've met with contractors, lighting and sound designers, and artists to plan and budget for this co-created space. 


 Pole Control Studios values individual fitness goals and promotes body awareness.

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We strive to maintain an all-inclusive environment that welcomes individuals of all body types, backgrounds, and levels of dance experience to enjoy the great physiological and psychological benefits of pole dance and aerial fitness.  


We believe everyone has the capability to achieve the basic tricks and skill sets required in pole dance and aerial fabric, but each of us may need a slightly different modification to get there, as all bodies are designed differently. Innovative Concept!


How is Pole Control Studios different from competitors?

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    At the forefront of the pole and aerial industry, Pole Control Studios boasts fully trained and certified instructors, who engage in continued education annually. While the pole and aerial industry in mainstream culture is relatively new and minimum training is required, we put the safety and success of our students first with continued ongoing training, and the required understanding of body mechanics, emergency response, and appropriate modifications for all bodies. 

    Only local studio to create jobs that are benefit-eligible for pole and aerial instructors (in contrast to independent contractors) including workers compensation, health insurance, and paid CEUs.

    Only local studio that will offer a complete and progressive program for young aerialists and vertical gymnasts, with instructors certified in youth programming and childhood education.  Learn more about our instructors and their qualifications on our website!



Future of fitness

Pole Control Studios Pole + Aerial took shape when our co-founders, whilst pursuing more advanced tricks in pole dance and aerial art, started to notice that they, as well as many of their friends and fellow students began to experience stress and injury, as well as plateau in their own training.


There wasn't a strong incentive to push instructor training outside the New England area. A feeling of monotony was beginning to suffocate their experience.


Having no other industry outlet to turn to, co-founders returned to their background in Health Science (B.S.S., emphasis in Exercise Physiology) and Education (MEd) to find the solution for themselves. Taking a step back from the adrenaline of training, We realized that while many industry teachers are incredible dancers, there are also many who don’t understand how to teach the skills to a variety of body types in a safe and successful manner.


Through this, I found myself at the center of an unofficial support group for friends and students (including their soon-to-be co-founders) who were reaching out for ways to alleviate their own ailments sustained from unsafe training, and in dire need of suitable modifications. In this process Holly, John, Lacey, Alexis, Spencer, Tevin and Kristina and their students found themselves quickly and safely executing pole tricks that once seemed impossible – without sustaining injury, or succumbing to the crushing frustration of something seeming in-achievable.


From here, Pole Control Studios seemed like the natural choice of title for this growing pedagogy/androgyny.  We are building a community of enthusiasts, hobbyists and competitive performers alike. We hold your body in the highest care and are a leader in industry growth. How will you take control?

Upgrading the HVAC, emergency sprinkler, and lighting system to be up-to-code in our beautiful older building studio space, as well as "raising the roof" to be 20' high for aerial work ($32,000, one-time cost).

We are asking only for support to make this construction happen ASAP so we can open the doors to this beautiful studio for you.

About the  Pole + Aerial  space


    Prime location near the highway 91 and 84 and West Farms Square Mall

    One large open spaces with 20+ foot ceilings (after we raise the roof)

    Two 4 stall-user both gender restrooms

    Dedicated seating for parents and guardians (yes - we will have a robust youth summer program!)

    Comfortable lounge space for  members

    Secure belonging storage area

    Two exterior entryways

    Generous parking

    Coffee/snack bar

We’re ready to make the new Pole + Aerial Studio a reality. We’ve got an amazing group of dancers and artists on board, we’ve got the support of the community, and now we need you.


We’ve put together some awesome exclusive offerings that you can only get right here through this kickstarter campaign so be sure to check out the rewards section. 


Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don’t reach our goal we don’t get a single penny, and we need this campaign to be successful to bring this dream to life so every little bit of your support counts and we can’t do it with out you. 

We are so grateful for every dollar that is pledged and will spend it wisely. $45,000 (on top of the funds we have saved) is really just enough to secure the space we want and do the bare minimum build out. We really need $70,000 to fully execute the vision in all it's glory. 


If you’re not able to back our project at this time it’s ok, we still love you! We just hope you’ll consider sharing it with a friend. 


THANK YOU from the bottom of our stilettos!

Risks and challenges

We have learned the hard way. When manufacturing products from scratch, and promising services it's hard to know what can go wrong. And over the last few years, we realized that unless you know how, everything can go wrong.
But now that we've launched the product line of apparel, we're well protected by our knowledge and understanding of the whole process. We've got the production side covered, so aside from any shipping issues, we will be able to get our products to you, safe and sound.

We need YOUR HELP to get us from where we are, to where we want to be. Or, rather - where you want us to be.
We need far, far more than $45,000 to achieve our goal, but this amount would be JUST ENOUGH to kickstart this dream into reality!

So get pledging, and join us on this journey of self discovery for so many deserving enthusiasts.

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Support

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    The Enthusiast

    Supportive and always there when we need you. This could easily be named the Friends and Family contribution. We appreciate everything you do to help our vision come to life.

    Includes:
    • Monthly Newletter with studio updates and Live stream footage
    • Team Swag Bag: Includes T Shirt, Cup, Hat, Keychain
    • Party Pack for 5: 1 year to book private party
    • 4 VIP tickets to Events
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    Fanatic

    You see where we came from so you truly understand where were going, You have no idea how much we appreciate your support. You are loved and well respected in our community and we cant wait to show you what you've invested in

    Includes:
    • Monthly Newletter with studio updates and Live stream footage
    • Team Swag Bag: Includes T Shirt, Cup, Hat, Keychain
    • Party Pack for 5: 1 year to book private party
    • 8 VIP tickets to Events
    • 2020 Calendar from Studio Owner
    • 30 Class Pass to use or gift
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    Polefessional

    The Ultimate pole party pal, we will obviously be well acquainted over the next year as the studio grows with your loving support and backing this project at the level of true investor. We appreciate all your support.

    Includes:
    • Monthly Newletter with studio updates and Live stream footage
    • Team Swag Bag: Includes T Shirt, Cup, Hat, Keychain
    • Party Pack for 5: 1 year to book private party
    • 8 VIP tickets to Events
    • 2020 Calendar from Studio Owner
    • 50 Class Pass to use or gift
    • Holly's Ultimate Fit to Strip Guide
    • 1 Year of Bed+Ucation Exotic Entertainer training
    • Monthly Access to Heels Skills and Thrills Radio Show
    • HollyWood Hottie Outfit from Honey Bunny Boutique
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    Pole Partner

    The Pole Partner is a highly prestigious position to hold because you are now a honorary chair holder of the Pole Control Studios corporation. Help us create magic over the next year as the studio grows. With your loving support and backing this project at the level of pole partner. We appreciate all your support.

    Includes:
    • Monthly Newletter with studio updates and Live stream footage
    • Team Swag Bag: Includes T Shirt, Cup, Hat, Keychain
    • Party Pack for 5: 1 year to book private party
    • 8 VIP tickets to Events
    • 2020 Calendar from Studio Owner
    • 50 Class Pass to use or gift
    • Holly's Ultimate Fit to Strip Guide
    • 1 Year of Bed+Ucation Exotic Entertainer training
    • Monthly Access to Heels Skills and Thrills Radio Show
    • HollyWood Hottie Outfit from Honey Bunny Boutique
    • Investors Insiders-Semi annual currated newsletter
    • Private Photo Session with Studio Photograher
    • Custom Home Pole by Aerial Enviroments
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    Aerial Alchemist

    We are going to kill it in this region with this amazing opportunity to grow substantially. We want your whole family excited about the road you are paving in the aerial industry. No where in New England do you have a facility like this With your love support and professional investment backing this project at the level of Aerial Alchemist, we will reach our goals much faster. Thank you We appreciate all your support.

    Includes:
    • Monthly Newletter with studio updates and Live stream footage
    • Team Swag Bag: Includes T Shirt, Cup, Hat, Keychain
    • Party Pack for 5: 1 year to book private party
    • 10× 8 VIP tickets to Events
    • 2020 Calendar from Studio Owner
    • 50 Class Pass to use or gift
    • Holly's Ultimate Fit to Strip Guide
    • 1 Year of Bed+Ucation Exotic Entertainer training
    • Monthly Access to Heels Skills and Thrills Radio Show
    • 10× HollyWood Hottie Outfit from Honey Bunny Boutique
    • Investors Insiders-Semi annual currated newsletter
    • Private Photo Session with Studio Photograher
    • Custom Home Pole by Aerial Enviroments
    • Custom Home Yoga Hammock
    • Custom home Lyra
    • Aerial Crash Mat
    • Summer Camp/PoleExpo/PoleConvention Ticket
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