Hi, I’m Annie Berry, I’ve been practicing pole dance for 7+ years, and teaching for 5+.
I grew up in Saint George and Washington Utah. I have a natural love of staying active and I grew up hiking and camping with my family in Southern Utah. Ever since my grandma took me to see The Nutcracker Suite ballet when I was little, I wanted to be a dancer and would choreograph little dance numbers for my sister and cousins to perform for our parents. I had friends who were in tumbling classes and some taught me cartwheels and backflips on their trampoline, which I loved. The only dance class I ever took pre-pole was a dance class for P.E. credit in high school, and I was probably horrible, but I ate it up.
Fast forward to adulthood after I had my first baby. At the time there weren’t any adult beginner dance classes offered in St. George. I would regularly scour youtube for yoga, dance, and stretching videos. When I stumbled across pole dance videos on youtube, I instantly fell in love with the dance and acrobatics involved. In 2009 I ordered a pole and started practicing in my living room.
There were no pole dance classes in town so I did the best I could learning from youtube tutorials, and DVDs. Although I started out self-taught, I eventually started driving to Las Vegas for classes. After giving birth to my youngest child I started all over building strength and eventually started going to Las Vegas to classes again. To date, I’ve attended Pole Expo in Las Vegas every year since it’s inception in 2012 to learn from international pole competitors and performers Zoraya (and her trainer/husband Nic Judd), Nadia Sharif, David Owen, Steven Retchless, Josiah Grant, Bendy Kate, Charlie Wagner, Karol Helms, Marlo Fisken, Michula Nunez, and Veena (of StudioVeena.com).
I consider staying active to be the greatest recreation there is. My other loves include hula-hoop dancing, backpacking, and trail running. I also love camping and hiking with my Husband David, and our daughters Madalynn(13), and Ailee Mae (6).