Student Testimonials

A variety of people have come through the doors at The Pole Academy LLC. Each has had their own unique personal experience and all of them have left with their degree in Strength, Beauty & Confidence! Here are a few students that have shared theirs. 

Ally Cat
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Crescent

  • Student of the Month: Aug. 2014

  • "Teachers Pet" 2015 & 2016

Ally: For me pole started with a video when I was younger with a girl deadlifting from a wall bar, then to her poling. I was so fascinated because of her strength,confidence,& dancing. Sadly there wasn't a place around here for me to try. But ,then Jax & kilo came to Greenville with TPA, where everything changed! I had no strength/confidence when I started; I've also struggled with anxiety & depression for as long as I can remember. It's like poison ivy you get and it spreads; but with pole I've learned to control it in time. Pole has changed my life: I've gained all the things I wanted strength, Confidence,& flexibility.  We all come to our therapole home from different backgrounds, & became the greatest thing possible :a family!

Rapunzel: I walked in the doors of The Pole Academy not knowing what to expect, and I walked out with a new passion.  I’ve been attending TPA for about a year now, and I’m happier with my body than I’ve ever been.  Equally important, from the very first class, I felt a part of the TPA family. I’ve never been part of such a supportive, caring, loving, and encouraging community! I’ve learned so much about myself, and I literally can’t imagine my life now without pole fitness. You forget that you’re working out, because all the classes are so much fun! The instructors, Jax and Kilo, are both amazing at what they do. They make you feel so comfortable and they truly care about helping you become the best you can be. Pole fitness has become something I look forward to everyday.  It is my therapy <3 Come join the fun (and the family)! You won’t regret it!

Stephanie "Rapunzel"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Student of the Month: February 2015

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Cocoon

  • "Most Likely To Street Pole" 2016

Christian "Star"
  • Pole 201 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Hood Ornament

  • Student of the Month: October 2015

  • "Most School Spirit" 2016

Star: Pole fitness is something that I've always loved watching. Everything about it. From the sexy flow to the crazy spins and tricks. I always wanted to do that but I never had the upper body strength for it. The day I stepped into the studio with Jax changed my life forever. I've gained so much muscle in the 7 months I've been attending classes than I ever gained in the gym. I've gained a family. A family made up of people from all different walks of life. We all love and support each other. No matter how long you've done pole or if it's your first class. I can personally promise if you want to better your life in so many ways, come take a spin with us. I'm forever a pole addict now and I wouldn't have it any other way! TPA is my home away from home. ❤️

Luna: Poling at The Pole Academy has changed me forever. I mostly do it for fitness, but with that I have gained flexibility and confidence in myself    ---Plus some sexiness too--- I have seen more results poling in 5 months than going to the gym 4-5 times a week in 2 years. Jax and Kilo are both great instructors and they know how to push you to do your best. TPA for life <3

Samantha "Luna"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Dragonfly

  • Student of the Month: May 2015

  • "Most Studious" 2016

Katie "K-Pac"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Tulip

  • Student of the Month: Dec. 2015

K-Pac: The Pole Academy has changed my workout regimen for life, or for as long as I'm able to pole ;).  I love that every class is different, the variety of classes/workouts, the wonderful people that are all so supportive, and especially the amazing instructors who are so caring, so talented, and so amazing in every aspect. I love the feeling of nailing a move/pose that I thought would never happen.  I remember finally having the strength to climb to the top of the pole for the first time and how excited everyone was for me.  I also love being able to witness new students progress from week to week as well as sharing the passion for poling with the entire pole family.  Not only have I learned so much about myself but I have gained more confidence than I ever thought was possible.  I think I was prouder of myself making it into 201 than when I graduated from college and I can't wait to see what's to come in 201. 

Thank you Jax and Kilo for being so supportive and an inspiration to us all!!!

Brittany: Before I started this class I had no upper body strength, my flexibilty was gone, and I wasnt losing any weight. Now a little over 2 months in I’ve built up muscle, flexibilty has come back better than before, and I’m losing weight and inches every week it seems! this is the most fun i’ve ever had working out and Jax is just an amazingly awesome person to work with. we have loads of fun in every class, never a dull moment. Jax is the greatest mommy ever! BISCUITS!

Brittany "Barbie"
  • Pole 201 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Butterfly

Ben "Beemonada"
  • Pole 201 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Star Gazer

  • Student of the Month: Nov. 2015

  • "Class Clown" 2016

Beemo: I've always struggled with my weight. I kept wanting to drop the weight but going to the gym felt like a chore. I then heard about pole fitness and stumbled across The Pole Academy. I went to my first class and was instantly hooked. Jax and Kilo are fantastic teachers, they really knows how to take the feeling of working out and turn it into a blast. Ever since I've started taking pole classes I've noticed a full body transformation. Clothes fit better and my self Confidence is way higher. The Pole Academy has made my weight loss dream start to become a reality!

Toni: I love the unique challenge of pole fitness!  There’s always a new goal to strive toward and the feeling of accomplishment when you achieve something you never thought you would be capable of is indescribable!  I became a student at TPA in 2014 and immediately could tell this was gonna be an amazing experience!  Jax has such an awesome, personalized approach to teaching that plays up your strengths, while helping you work on your weaknesses.  I am stronger and more flexible than ever in my life!  When you enter TPA, prepare to become addicted and constantly inspired, by not only the instructors, but fellow students as well!

Toni "Belle"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Superman

  • Student of the Month: January 2016

Joy "Skittles"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • "Most Athletic" 2016

  • Student of the Month: April 2015

Skittles: When first stepping into TPA in March 2015, I expected to take the three classes that came with my Groupon, have a fun experience and story to tell, and that would be the end of that.  Almost two years later, I’m still a regular at TPA, attending classes three to four days a week.  Often I enter the TPA doors tired and irritable, and by the time l leave, my mood is lifted and I feel good again. My favorite things about pole fitness are the infinite possibilities to push yourself.  There’s always something new to learn.  And every person, regardless of their abilities or strengths can find something to interest them.  There are splits and contortion moves for flexy bitches, Poleartry and Floorwerk for sultry dancers, strength moves and boot camps for those who enjoy beast mode (that would be me) and Twerk for wild people who just want to shake it!  The pole community at large, and especially the TPA family, is fun, crazy, inspiring, challenging, but best of all encouraging.  We have all shapes, sizes, and ages side by side cheering each other during this journey.  We would LOVE to have you join in our adventure!

Gwen: I love Jax. I been going little over a month now and I have began to see a difference. I have been toning and I havew way more upper strength than I have when I started. Jax gives us “homework” that we can do at home until we come to the next class. I really like the flexbilty of time she has. I work all day so I go after work. I have fell in love with class. I am going to keep coming as long as I can. ***Down 30lbs to date!***

Gwen C.
  • Pole 101 Student

  • Student of the Year 2013

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Back Hook Spin

Fabiana "Starburst"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Bendy Bitch

  • Student of the Month: April 2016

Fabiana: Hi, my name is Fabiana, aka Fabi Face, aka Starburst, aka stupid cat.  I started my pole journey on December 1st 2015.  I always wanted to pole dance but never was brave enough to go to a class. For a while my horse friends and I talked about going but never had the courage.  After selling my horse and going almost a year without riding, I figured this is what grown up life is, you go to work and there’s no time for fun.  Eventually, I built up the courage to go to my first intro class, even though I knew I would probably look ridiculous because I can’t walk in heels or look sexy.  I fell in love on the first walk even though the only thing that I was doing right was pointing my toes.  After a couple of pole walks Jax came by me and asked where I got my feet from!  To my surprise, for once, my toes were welcome somewhere.  My feet never felt at home in the 18 years of riding because the toes go in the opposite direction, but I loved the sport and never thought I would find another place where I would feel so welcome.  After my first class I immediately bought a membership because I knew I wanted to go to every single class.  Quickly, I made so many forever friends, pole sisters and pole moms.  I love TPA so much and can’t wait to continue growing and mastering my degree in strength, beauty and confidence.

Poe: When I first stepped into TPA I was a hot mess. I was underweight, my life had hit rock bottom, and I could barely get myself out of bed let alone up a pole. TPA gave me more than physical strength, it gave me a family of amazing women who are always there for me, gave me my confidence back after the two roughest years of my life, and gave me back a sense of pride in myself. Jax and Kilo are amazing pole moms and I couldn't ask for better pole siblings, I can't thank everyone at TPA enough for everything they've done for me and showing me life is better upside down!

Bethany "Poe"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • "Most Unique" 2016

  • Student of the Month: July 2015

  • Favorite Pole Trick: Archer


I walked into The Pole Academy in July of 2014. I warned Jax Spencer ahead of time that although I was slender, I was not in shape at all. I had never done a push up in my life and failed PE every year of high school. I was physically weak, but more than that I was mentally weak. I just didn't know that both would be fixed when I walked through the glass doors of TPA. I couldn't hold myself up on the pole. I also only did privates because my social anxiety was too severe to be in class with a group of strangers. I watched videos of champion pole dancers and dreamed of one day just being able to go upside down. It was a dream, because in reality, I quit every hobby/passion/job/interest within a month. 

But I kept going back. Why? Why did I stick with pole when I've quit everything else? A big part was Jax. Her excitement and encouragement made me want to push myself to impress her. I started doing group classes and making friends. I was in love with everything pole. 

Yet six months in I got injured outside of TPA. I wasn't able to pole for 3 weeks. Those were some of the most trying three weeks of my life. 

That's when I realized that pole wasn't just making me physically stronger, it was making me mentally and emotionally stronger. After I came back from my injury, everyone was ahead of me. I couldn't use impressing people as a motivation, I felt defeated. That's when I finally learned to impress myself. To be proud of myself. To motivate myself. I know it's cliche to say "pole dancing saved my life", but it literally has saved my life. I can promise you I wouldn't be alive today if I hadn't walked into TPA that July afternoon. When the world is crashing around you, and you don't think you have the strength to keep going, you decide to give up. I don't give up now. I decide to pole. Seeing how far my body has come shows me that I can do anything. When I'm sad, angry, frustrated, whatever; I pole dance. I learn moves fastest when I use negative emotions to fuel my determination. How can anyone make you feel weak or bad about yourself when you can defy gravity? Nothing in life hurts as bad as the first time you learn Superman on the pole. (Kidding....sort of) 

So here's my success story: I'm alive. I went from physically weak to being able to lift my own body weight. 

But more importantly, I went from being emotionally weak to being able to survive even the worst life has to offer. 

I've never loved my body before. Now I don't even see flaws, I just see what it's capable of doing. 

Everyone can see that pole takes physical strength, but I think it's mental strength too. 

I'm so grateful that I've gained both. 

Emily "Piper"
  • Pole 301 Student

  • Student of the Month: Oct. 2014

  • "Most Changed" 2015