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

Q1 Scholarship Recipients - Meet Kosa

This January, we had the wonderful opportunity to launch our Scholarship Program. We had many incredible applicants. The first two recipients of our Scholarships were Erin and Kosa. We loved getting to know them better and hope you’ll enjoy learning a little more about them too!

Here’s what they had to say when we asked them about their time here at Ascendance.


Meet Nkosazana!

- What drew you to Ascendance?

I was actually checking out a shop that had opened nearby and stumbled across the studio. I was genuinely excited about this find because I live so close and my current studio was further away. Talk about fate!

- Tell us about your decision to apply for scholarship and the outcome of it.

I opted to apply for the scholarship program at Ascendance for two reasons. First, it was the first time I’ve heard of a studio so invested in the community that they made it a priority to make the Aerial Arts accessible to everyone. The second reason was because I had just been furloughed by the government and had to start considering cutting out my extracurricular activities. With the uncertainty of when I would be paid again I had to put living expenses first which was unfortunate because although I had just recently started at the studio I already felt as though I belonged. From the instructors to the kick butt students you feel instantly apart of the “family”. 

- How was your experience in classes?

Every instructor is different and so is every class but, that’s what makes the Aerial arts so exciting - how dynamic it is. Regardless of what class you attend and who the teacher is one thing you can always expect is to come out of class more accomplished than when you went in. I have a ball every single class because the energy of the space is so inviting but the classes are also challenging. 

- What are your pole/aerial goals?

Recently I went to a competition and saw how much fun it seemed to perform in front of a crowd. My goals are constantly changing but I think i would like to try my hand at competing within the year because, why not! 

- What has been the most challenging to learn?

To be patient with myself and my body. Pole is a journey and sometimes you have to realize you aren’t going to get a move down perfectly in one class. It takes patience and every body is different. Yes some people may very well nail it but remember to be kind to yourself and realize your journey is your own. 

- What would be your advice to students who wants to try pole/aerial/dance?

I get so many questions about the aerial arts and I tell just about everyone the same thing TRY IT. That’s it because you never know you needed something until you try it. I’ve become more in tune with my body, sensuality and have gotten so much stronger both mentally and physically since beginning pole. I’m not sure what you will get out of the experience but I do know it will be something positive. 

Thank you, Kosa! We feel privileged to be a part of your journey. <3


Want to know more about our Scholarship Program or apply yourself?