Carissa was first introduced to pole in 2012 and was immediately enamored. With minimal dance background but a strong lifelong interest in gymnastics, Carissa was excited to discover a passion that combined dance and fitness. As she began her beginner classes, she realized pole was not only increasing her strength and flexibility, but also strengthening her connection to others and, most importantly, herself. Pole gave Carissa the gift of self-confidence, creativity, and emotional awareness, which is how a hobby turned into an obsession. Carissa loves spinning pole movement and floor work and is certified through advanced. She also works full time in the education field.