Much Media attention was given to this subject matter and it was a privilege to continue to advocate for pole fitness.
September 12, 2012
The Winnipeg Sun and SunNews Network
September 6, 2012
Charles Adler, CJOB 680
carolyne with charles
Country songs are great for two reasons - they are basic and get right to the point. Kenny Rogers said it best when he wrote “you have to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em and know when to walk away and know when to run.” With the recent closing of PoleFit Canada the lyrics hold significant meaning to my life.
PoleFit Canada was a female only boutique fitness studio primarily offering pole fitness and the culmination of seven years of my hard work, my vision and my dreams. And in eight short months I watched it die and quick and painful death.
Build it and they will come was total bullshit in this case. For two years I listened to women ask me to offer fitness classes. For two years after that I ran classes out of a community centre. With market research in hand, a new business partner, and financing secured, I took the leap and opened my first bricks and mortar location. Waiting for the flood to arrive, the reality was too few showed up, and I ran out of money.
For months I dug deeper and deeper to find the creative energy required to sell a product I loved in ways that people wanted to buy it. And many did buy it but just not enough.
The studio was more than just fitness classes. It was supposed to be a place where women could fully discover and embrace the notion that sexy is a combination of confidence and sensuality. It is the belief in one’s self coupled with the acknowledgement of being a woman. When these two forces – strength and beauty – are brought together, it is a powerful force which can inspire, empower, and change lives.
And to a certain extent I succeeded. Many times I would hear wonderful stories of women who were transforming their inner selves as a direct result of being a part of the studio and taking the classes. On the flip side I would hear stories of women who were branded as whores and sluts just for walking through our doors.
In the end it was simple math - too much going out the back door and not enough coming in the front. So, I was faced with the option of finding more cash or walking away from my dream. Being a good business owner( and I firmly believe that even though this venture did not work, I am still an amazing business owner) I decided, just as the song says, to fold’em.
During the same period of time, I watched an amazing man who had captured my heart and soul, drift away from me. The timing of the business coming to a crashing end had nothing to do with the failure of the relationship – rather it was the universes cruel test of my spirit and fortitude. Like with the studio, I dug deeper and deeper to find the love required to keep it alive. I tried for months to bridge the gap between the reality of what was and I hoped it would be. In the end, it was just time to walk away.
Losing both my business and an amazing man in the same three weeks was devastating but only one of the them made me cry.
Today, months later, just like the song goes – “Now ev’ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin’ Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowing what to keep,” – I decided walk away from two dreams that I knew were not coming true with the hope that I would be dealt a better and stronger hand. things are better. I had four job offers, the week I shut my doors and am loving the view from my new desk; I opened a new business that was a simpler version of the studio and one I could easily handle on my own and from home; and my heart healed enough to allow someone new to come in who is proving to be a wonderful addition to my life.
Diary of a Pole Dancer
Proud mother of two children, active volunteer, and friend to many, I enjoy sharing my trials and triumphs of being a business owner, a woman, and a parent.
Art of Striptease and Art of Lap Dance Private Lessons
Private lessons are prefect for those who want to experience the sensual side in an intimate learning environment. Dancing Diva Parties Instructors facilitate striptease and lap dancing instruction in private lesson and workshop format.
“I must admit, when I signed up for the striptease private lessons, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into!! Carolyne was very patient in dealing with my “in experience” and soon showed me how much fun this class can be! She taught me how to give a performance that “no man” could resist responding too!! After performing for “my guy” I wonder why I hadn’t taken this class a long time ago! Wow!! He can’t get enough now! I love it!! I would recommend this to anyone, whether your love life needs spicing up or you just want it to get hotter than it already is!! It really works, and is a great confidence builder for yourself! Take the class, if you don’t your really missing out!!” Karen
In a safe, fun and supportive environment we will teach you how to put on the ultimate show. This experience will focus on both your inner and outer beauty. The goddess that exists inside you, regardless of your age, shape or size, will fully come to life through the class.
Dancing Diva Parties Private Lessons for Art of Striptease and Art of Lap Dance
Art of Striptease
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Art of Lap Dance
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Host your Pole Dancing, Chair Dancing and Burlesque party in-home or in one of our many partner locations including Aspire Photography Studios, Nightclubs, and Restaurants.
1. Studio Venue
Aspire Photography Studios
Aspire Studios located on the 3rd floor of 289 King street, has 4 unique warehouse style rooms that we are able to host parties in. Ample parking available. Please contact us for rental fee information to use this space.
2. Host your party in a nightclub!
Let us take care of all of the details and arrange for your party to be held right in the nightclub. At the end of the party take your new found skills and show them off on the dance floor all night long!
At Canad Inn Nightclubs receive:
Tijuana Yacht Club - Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
Always the trend setter with ten thousand square feet of party space offering a cool and hip Mexican party playground for those who are really looking to shake their thang!
Area – Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry
Area Nightclub is a modern chic nightlife experience. Featuring multiple dance platforms, a stage, visuals, an amazing light show and much more the club itself will take South Winnipeg by storm.
essence – Canad Inns Destination Centre Garden City
essence, sophisticated, modern chic, a destination that is about the experience. Features a unique, one-of-a-kind lighting display over the large dance floor, illuminated cocktail tables and sophisticated decor.
The Oak- Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona
“Where new and old friends meet”. The Oak is the ultimate neighborhood bar with mass citywide appeal . Featuring a large dance floor, elevated stage, boardwalk patio, great entertainment and lots of friendly people.
Additional Nightclub Venues:
Whiskey Dix – In the Exchange District (Additional $100 charge for the room applies)
Host your pole dancing party in the private SKYY Box at Whiskey Dix. Receive priority line access, private use of the room, and no cover for your entire group. Your hosted party is from 9:00pm to 11:00pm in the private SKYY box overlooking the dance floor.
Burlesque Parties can be hosted at Whiskey Dix in the private Rock Lounge area from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
3. Add Dinner to your evening and host your party at:
Tavern United – Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona or Garden City location
Tavern United is a new world sports pub for all ages where friends gather for Frothy Fun, Fabulous Food and Guaranteed Good times!
Brooklynn’s Bistro/Boa’s Lounge
Enjoy dinner at Brooklynn’s Bistro, an authentic Italian restaurant located at 177 Lombard Ave. Once you finish dinner with all of your friends, your Dancing Diva party will move to the attached Boa’s Lounge.
Dancing Diva Parties offers a wide variety of parties for women only to celebrate any occasion. We provide the opportunity for women to let their hair down and allow the DIVA inside of them to come out and play for the night!
Formally Pole Dancing Winnipeg, we have been offering parties since 2005 under the direction of Carolyne Braid.
Carolyne Braid, President
Carolyne has been involved with pole fitness since 2005. After seeing an episode of Oprah featuring Sheila Kelly and pole dancing as a form of fitness, Carolyne was intrigued. Teaching herself the basic moves and then being formally trained by some of the worlds best, Carolyne has turned her passion for pole dancing and fitness into a thriving business. To date, through Dancing Diva Parties, thousands of women have experience the exhilaration of hosting the ultimate girls nite!