Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts is a nonprofit studio coming soon to the downtown Renton, WA area.

Meet our Instructors | Annalisa

Next up we have Annalisa, another member of our board. Get to know her better with our interview questions below!


How long have you been pole dancing? How did you start?

My pole journey started in April 2015. Prior to pole, I have tried all types of fitness programs but quickly lost interest. One day, I decided to take a pole class and got hooked! 

What made you try Pole Dancing?

I saw a pole dance performance on YouTube and thought it was the coolest thing ever. The pole dancer executed her moves with such strength and grace. I was intrigued and told myself I need to find a pole studio! 

Why did you start teaching?

I have gained so much self-confidence and strength from pole, and I wanted to help others who also want to achieve the same.  

What advice do you give beginning pole dancers? Advanced students?

Beginning pole dancers - Allow yourself to be vulnerable and believe in yourself. You can master any move your heart desire if you train for it. Look to your pole sisters and brothers for inspiration. They will be your biggest fans! Fun fact - my intro pole class instructor is now one of my besties.  

Advance students - Pole is an addiction and it's common to feel pressured to master every move and compare yourself to other people. This will hurt your morale! When you're feeling this way, bring the focus back to your training. Revisit the moves you've mastered and be creative with it. Maybe find a different transition in and out of it. Always remember, this is for you and no one else! 

What do you do in your free time off the pole?

When I'm not in the studio training, I like to hike, practice photography, find good eats, and hang out with my two daughters and friends. Sometimes, I get to do enjoy them all at once :)