“While your life could change by doing these exercises, that is your journey.”
– Marlo Fisken
– Marlo Fisken
My entire life has been immersed in movement. When deciding where to train, the first question I ask is, “Is there space to move?” and when deciding what to wear, I ask, “Can I move in it?” My desire to learn about the structure, mechanics, and incredible potential of the human body has been my constant guide.
I’ve studied dance for over 25 years, and have taught professionally (not just to the neighborhood kids) for over 15 years. I’ve practiced dance styles from around the world including African, Caribbean, Brazilian, Arabian, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.
I always knew I would incorporate fitness with dance; I celebrated my 18th birthday by taking my first group fitness exam. I’ve since taught group exercise classes for dozens of major health clubs and presented at fitness conventions such as ECA and IDEA. I hold certifications from ACE, AFAA, and NSCA for fitness and strength training and I graduated from both the KANE school mat Pilates program and Leslie Kaminoff’s Anatomy of Yoga course.
While my dance career began in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and led me to the University of Miami where I earned a degree in anthropology, and later New York City, I’d only dreamed that it could take off and bring me all over the world.
But eight years ago I did something that changed my life. I started dancing on poles….I’d liked what I saw on YouTube. It was an edgy dance fitness activity requiring significant strength and flexibility. I found that I could go high, play with momentum, and create. I could be sensual, I could be an animal, I could train myself silly. I spent a lot of time observing myself and experimenting. Gradually, I developed a style that was different and….me.