"Growing up, money was always tight. Taking dance, gymnastics, or fill-in-the-blank lessons was not an option. As I got older, the desire to learn pretty much ANY group activity never faded. If anything, it compounded with a feeling of being left behind as I watched other girls becoming good at various skills. The only thing I was good at was school, and that was in no way considered cool. It didn’t help that I grew up struggling to fit in with other girls. As a child I was quiet and tried to stay out of the way; it’s difficult to bully a person no one knows exists. However, even attempted-invisibility couldn’t fully prevent being picked on by other kids, most of whom were females. These encounters shaped a view of other girls as potential threats instead of potential friends. That urge to attend a dance class never faded as an adult, so my interest was piqued when I saw Flirt’s Groupon. Initially I thought there was no way I could do a dance class since my coordination is on par with an infant learning to walk for the first time. However, Flirt carved out a little niche in my brain and kept poking me with the craving to sign up. I tried to beat the thought down, but eventually one night I gave in and hit the purchase button for Flirt’s level one class. On the night of our first class, I staked out a spot and began scoping everyone out. Then Deana came strolling into class, I’m assuming laughing and telling one of her stories which makes you feel like you’ve been best friends for years. Deana is so full of instant warmth for other women, which was something I’d never seen. She quickly made it evident Flirt is one of the few places where women embrace, encourage, and accept each other. No questions asked. Since that first class, I’ve grown to see each of you as my friends; I’m thrilled by your successes both inside and outside of the studio. Though I’m still not a graceful creature and often require extra help with getting new moves, I cherish the assistance and encouragement each of you has given me. These garters represent much more than just checking another level off. They represent finally getting to do group classes and learn a talent. Perhaps most importantly, they represent the change of how I view other women. Can you imagine how wonderful the world would be if women built each other up like we do at Flirt? Anyhow, this pretty much is a long way of saying thanks to each of you for being my pole sisters."