This New Yorker is the National Pole Champion
A full-time instructor at pole dancing studio Body & Pole, Shaina Cruea, 32, was a contemporary dancer with over 20 years of training. After college, she moved between cities in pursuit of a traditional dance career but didn't find the right opportunity, until she took Googled "alternative dancing" and found pole dancing. "When I started pole, I realized nobody judges," Cruea says. "It's amazing."