This week’s Women of Ace is encouraging women to be bold, take chances, own their confidence and sometimes break their own rules to truly tap into their passions. It’s time we own the unique spark each of us has and become a more energized, more powerful version of ourselves.
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Jane: I just got home from teaching a pole dancing class! For the last 10 years, I have been teaching people how to get strong through pole dancing for fitness. I own a studio named PoleFit Nation, and have taught over 10,000 women how to pole dance. I am also currently writing a book about my experiences in how women feel confident and empowered based on those 10 years of teaching. The first draft is due in a week — oh my!
I also engage in speaking opportunities where I share how women have transformed their lives and feel strong, confident and are an overall rockstar, owning the life they want.
Lastly, my podcast “Reclaim Your Spark” is back into production for its third season. The episodes and conversations are designed to give you simple strategies you can implement to become a more energized, more powerful version of yourself.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Jane: I know how it feels to be unhappy, bored and uninspired in life. I felt this way for three years, as though I was in a rut — every day was the same and I was stuck. I never thought I would feel strong, sexy and confident.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Jane: Growing up, I wanted to be a dancer, a teacher and a performer. I was told that I was a mediocre dancer so I gave up on my dancing dream and became an Early Childhood Educator. Thinking I was on my way, it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s, I was feeling unhappy and bored, so I returned to dance. I was on maternity leave and I took my first pole dancing class. I fell in love with it, changed my life and opened my own studio. So now I am a dancer, performer and a teacher!
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Jane: Badass. Dancer. Leader.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Jane: Gracie Allen. When I was a teenager, I was a part of a clown/magician’s act called “Everything’s Funtastic”. I modelled my clown character after Gracie Allen, comedian, vaudeville, and radio star of Burns and Allen. I am an old soul who loves vintage radio and vaudeville performances. A performer at my heart’s core.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Jane: Through movement and sharing stories, I try to help women understand that we can lift and cheer each other on. I love seeing women discover their strength.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Jane: “Don’t compete with other women. We work together, not against each other.”
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Jane: I learned to no longer place my value on success or failure. I am already valuable and have worth. The results of my projects and work are simply that – results. The day I realized to detach my value from outcomes, I felt free and able to create more opportunities.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Jane: There is a book called “The Artist’s Way” it helps you sort out overwhelm and when you feel stuck. I highly recommend giving it a read.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Jane: “She had big dreams and a brass pole!” I hope people remember me for helping women realize that it’s okay to want to feel sexy, strong and confident.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
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