Ascension : the act of rising or ascending; especially : the act of moving to a higher or more powerful position.
Ascension began to take shape when co-founders Kate and Megan, whilst pursuing more advanced tricks in pole dance and aerial art, started to notice that they, as well as many of their friends and fellow students began to experience needless stress and injury. While a small percentage of students excelled without injury, it seemed to Kate and Megan that preference to a select few was being given. Moreover, they began to experience a plateau in their own training. Without a strong incentive to push instructor training outside our small community, a feeling of monotony was beginning to suffocate their experience.
Having no other industry outlet to turn to, Kate returned to their background in Health Science (B.S.S., emphasis in Exercise Physiology) and Education (MEd) to find the solution for themselves. After taking a step back from the adrenaline of training, Kate realized that while many industry teachers are incredible dancers, there are also many who don’t understand how to teach the skills to a variety of body types in a safe and successful manner. After healing from the injuries they sustained while training in a less-than-ideal way, Kate found themselves at the center of an unofficial support group for friends and students (including their soon-to-be co-founder) who were reaching out for ways to alleviate their own ailments sustained from unsafe training, and in dire need of suitable modifications. In this process, Kate, Megan, and their students found themselves quickly and safely executing pole tricks that once seemed impossible – without sustaining injury, or succumbing to the crushing frustration of something seeming unachievable.
From here, Ascension seemed like the natural choice of title for this growing pedagogy. Ascension Pole and Dance registered as an LLC in January 2018, with the inspirational motto; “How will you Ascend?”