Hi Ruth, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello, my name is Ruth. I am the studio owner of Forever Aerial in Coral Gables. At the studio we offer aerial classes open to all levels: Pole, silks, lyra, deep stretch, and more. What started my interest in pole is watching a Hindi film that featured aerial dancing in it that made me fall in love with Lyra & silks. It motivated me to get out there and take classes. I decided to take pole classes to improve my strength. I then fell in love with pole. Originally Pole Dance Miami offered these classes until they closed down. I was then inspired to make it my goal to open a studio of my own. Thanks to the help of my supporters, I was able to succeed and accomplish this goal. At the beginning of 2020, Forever Aerial became open to the public!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. I would say opening up the studio has brought a lot of challenges I had to overcome. Before opening the studio, I had to deal with unreliable contractors and finding professional staff. Of course, 2020 itself was an unpredictable year. I was then laid-off from my day job and the studio was forced to close for 3 months due to COVID-19. Financially, with a new business opening, it was not easy. My experience in logistics and project management has helped me to time manage running the studio, being an instructor, working full-time in the daytime, and spending time with family. I have had to overcome the stigma that pole dance is only for “strippers”. Or criticism from my peers that the studio wasn’t “sexy enough”. This motivated me to prove that pole is for everyone. At Forever Aerial, our mission statement is unique, in the sense that we focus on aerial creativity and sport. Through all of this, I kept my head held high and ready to overcome any obstacles that come along my way!
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
At Forever Aerial our aerial classes have benefits such as building strength, improving coordination, relieving stress, and gaining self-confidence! What sets Forever Aerial apart from others is our mission to empower your mind and body through the art of aerial dancing. Right now, we offer classes open to all levels for lyra, silks, pole, and deep stretch to improve flexibility. We offer private lessons for individuals and private parties to celebrate a special occasion. I am a professional Bollywood dancer and it has inspired me so much to incorporate it into the studio. We will eventually offer Bollywood and Russian Exotic for our students to enjoy, in addition to pole sport and entertainment.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I have made sure to keep in contact with my mentors and instructors I trained in Russia. Every year I visit them to aerial train and make sure to utilize these skills at Forever Aerial for the students to master as well. My mentors have supported me since the beginning, even while living in the states. At Forever Aerial, I’m grateful for the instructors. We created a bond and we make sure to push each other to our full potential. Make sure to always surround yourself with others who motivate you and want to see you succeed!
- Forever Aerial 4 Class Package $80
- Forever Aerial 10 Class Package $180
- Forever Aerial 20 Class Package $300
- Forever Aerial Unlimited Week $100
- Forever Aerial Unlimited Month $300
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