And pole dancing, especially in Portland, makes one think of strip clubs and the sex industry, which is appropriate as aspects of pole dancing originated within strip clubs. While pole dancing has in many circles moved into a more fitness based culture, at Kiska, we feel it is important for us not to shy away from the history of pole dancing… the erotic, open minded, sex positive side of pole. We love high-heeled pole shoes and strongly encourage wearing them to class regardless of your gender, body type, or job description! We are excited to help industry dancers safely master tricks, build up a large variety of floor work, and smooth out movement into the exotic flow that makes pole dancing so alluring and exciting- to watch and perform! The word pussy reminds us to embrace the provocative industry where pole dance was born, and to not be afraid to embrace whichever style of pole suits you.
When we opened our studio in 2015, we opened our doors to everyone. We wanted to be a place where you could just come and focus on pole dancing no matter your religion, color, sexual orientation, political beliefs or anything else. We wanted to create a safe place for people where all of their differences could be left at the door. Kiska is not a place for hate or bullying. We love seeing our students smiling faces when they walk in our doors or jump into an online class. To see everyone so comfortable with themselves in our space means that we are accomplishing what we originally set out to do.