Sharilynne Sabio never touched a pole until she set foot inside Inversion Dance Studios in 2014. She’d been belly dancing, was seeking a good workout and had heard good things about Inversion from previous students. After only a few sessions, she fell in love with the combination of athleticism and artistry.
It was the instructors and classmates that kept her coming back, however.
“Everyone at the studio is really encouraging,” she says. “It’s like a family.”
With a bachelor’s of science in psychology from the University of Southern California and a nursing license, Shari spends most days helping patients recover from illness and injury. On nights and weekends, she has now found a new way to focus on whole body wellness through her classes at Inversion.
Shari credits her instructors’ insistence on technical mastery and precision with allowing her to quickly rise to the advanced classes. Within a few months, she was performing in student showcases. While her favorite pole dance tune will alwayss be Ginuwine’s “Pony,” she has performed to everything from obscure electronica to Britney Spears.
After three years as a student, she decided to pass on what she’s learned to the next generation of dancers as an instructor.
“It feels really good to perform in front of an audience,” she says. “Especially here—everyone’s so positive and encouraging.”
In addition to teaching, Shari also continues to expand her repertoire by taking various dance classes, advanced pole classes and learning tricky new maneuvers. She credits the combination of physical challenge, mental preparation, grace and determination with giving her newfound confidence in the rest of her life.
“This has been a life-changing experience for me,” she says. “Just like my instructors did for me, I want to pass that on to my students and help them grow, too. Plus, it’s just so much fun.”