Growing up a bit of a tom-boy,
Karol Helms loved rollerblading,
dirtbikes, and climbing trees. Typical
"girly" activities were just not
appealing to her. Her mother tried to
get her interested in gymnastics or
dance, but neither lasted for very long.
She was a fearless tomboy and never
let the boys out-do her in anything!
Always into sports and athletics, Karol
was on the track team in Junior High
and most of High School. Her love of
movement started when a friend
talked her into trying out for the new
High School dance team with her, and after venturing outside of her comfort zone, she went to tryouts with her friend. To her surprise, she secured a spot on the dance team with her friend and soon discovered how challenging dance actually was. She was immediately hooked! Soon she discovered that she loved performing and dancing was a fun way to express emotion.
Karol soon discovered pole dancing at 19 while visiting a friend who worked at a strip club. There was one lone dancer who did a few easy moves on the pole and being the first time she had ever seen "pole tricks", she was amazed! She immediately researched online to find lessons or instruction and was astonished when she finally found Fawnia's Pole Work Vol 1 DVD. She constructed a home made pole, self taught from the DVD at home, and immediately fell in love with pole dancing. "Its challenging, acrobatic, and feels like flying!!"
A couple years later, after YouTube
had become popular, Karol was online
searching again for new pole dancing
moves and people who shared her
infatuation with pole. To her surprise she
found a couple videos of women pole dancing.
One of those women was Alena Downs.
After stumbling upon her videos, Karol
realized there was so much more she could
learn and so many more possibilities for pole
dancing. She purchased an XPole, self taught
from Alena's videos, and started posting her
own videos to share. Karol diligently answered
questions about moves, provided feedback
to others, and showed support to new polers
in any way she could. She never knew that she would inspire so many women (and men) to discover pole dancing as exercise as well as a beautiful art form