The Poles on Tour family is growing, adding six new artists to their touring schedule. Owner, touring manager and pole mom, Kristy Craig recently welcomed her new ‘babies’ to her ever growing family of pole and aerial stars. Over the coming weeks, we will be announcing each individual and giving you the story of the person behind the performer. First up we would like to introduce Amber Wolf, an OC California native who recently got hitched (sorry boys, she off the market). She took her first pole class in 2010, teaches at Fembody Fitness and has an abundance of titles to her name: Central Pole Championships Level 4 Junior 2014 1st Place Queen Mary Pole Championships Professional Division 2014 1st Runner up Pole Classic at Pole Expo Professional Division 2014 1st Runner up California Pole Dance Championships All Star Division 2014 3rd Place Sponsor’s Choice Most Athletic Pole Championship Series Elite Level Competitor 2015 Concourse Performer Guest Instructor National Aerial Pole Art All Star Division 2015 Most Flexible Queen Mary Pole Championship Professional Division 2015 3rd Runner Up People’s Choice
Behind all of these pole titles is a 25 year old Behavior Consultant who works with children on the Autism spectrum. We spoke to Amber in depth about her ‘big girl’ job, her pole career and what inspires her through life. SE: Firstly can you tell us what Autism is and what a Behavior Therapist is? Autism is a mental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate verbally and engage in social interactions. The majority of individuals with Autism also engage in stereotypical or repetitive behaviors. AW: I started as a behavior therapist right out of college and loved it! I recently left my “big girl job” supervising a team of Behavior Therapists in order to have more time for pole. Now I work with children with Autism in a private capacity as a Behavior Consultant. As a behavior consultant, I work directly with children and their parents to develop an intervention protocol to deal with any maladaptive (not socially appropriate) behaviors the child may engage in. My dream is to one day being certified to teach aerial classes to kids with Autism for the purpose of sensory therapy. SE: What did your family and friends think when you told them you are taking up pole? AW: I actually didn’t tell my mom until the day before my first competition which was for Pole Sport Organization’s National Championships in Las Vegas. I thought she would react poorly, but she actually drove all the way out the next morning to watch me compete!! My twin sister warmed up to it after awhile and occasionally pops into class. I’m always trying to talk her into it, she learns really fast and I would love a doubles partner! Lol!
SE: What was a defining moment when you decided you wanted to follow your dream as a dancer and performer? AW: I fell in love with pole dancing and after being offered a teaching position at Fembody two and a half years ago I’ve been addicted! My husband has been amazingly supportive and has always encouraged me to pursue pole. I think after being added to The Poles on Tour roster for 2016 I realized I could actually make a career out of poling. SE: What has been a highlighting moment in your career so far? AW: From getting offered a teaching position at Fembody, being invited to teach for Cleo’s Rock N Pole, and being added to the Poles on Tour roster have been the biggest moments in my career so far! SE: Will you continue work with children with Autism in some capacity even when you’re a famous poler? AW: Hahaha well I don’t know if I’ll ever be a famous poler but a girl can dream though! I will absolutely always work with children on “the spectrum” in some capacity. I honestly love seeing my client’s progress. It feels so amazing to know that you’re improving a child’s life, even if it’s just in a very small way. I guess you could say it almost feels like the moment when you finally nail that nemesis trick you’ve been working on forever. You can’t help but jump around and scream and laugh.
SE: Can you describe the highs and lows over the last few years? AW: Most of my pole journey has been very positive and uplifting. I feel very lucky to have been offered so many amazing opportunities!! Almost two years ago I was practicing at home on my pole and didn’t warn up properly when playing with a super bendy superman variation and ended up in the emergency room. It turned out I had severely sprained my back and was out of pole for almost three months. That was probably my lowest point so far. It’s hard being away from something you love so much for so long! SE: Can you tell us some of the artists/events/shows you have worked on/for? AW: Oh my gosh. Fembody by Night, Summer Sizzle Showcase, Rhiannan Nichole’s Summer Pole Show and a Breast Cancer Fundraiser called Ladies Who Ride. SE: Describe you dance and performance style? AW: I love fluid movement, bendy pole transitions, and sexy contortion inspired floor work. SE: Whom do you admire and who inspires you? AW: I admire SO many polers from powerhouses like Nadia, to bendy boneless artists like Anastasia and Brynn. I love watching everyone’s pole videos!! Keep them coming! SE: How would you recommend others to take charge like you have? AW: I’ve honestly just trained my booty off, and have gotten ridiculously lucky for the last several years and have competed non-stop. Find what you love and put everything you have into it. SE: Is there anything else you would like to mention? AW: I owe all of my success to the amazing people around me. From Michele Miller, owner of Fembody Fitness for inviting me into her amazing pole family, Cleo the Hurricane for giving me the opportunity to shoot tutorials for her online community, all of my pole friends for spotting me, cheering me on, and telling me when my ideas are just a little TOO dangerous, and of course, Kristy for inviting me to join the Poles on Tour roster. I love you all so much and I am so excited for what’s to come!!
To book Amber for workshops or private lessons, please contact Kristy Craig: firstname.lastname@example.org