• we're so much fun, you won't realize how hard you're working out.

    We are currently running all classes at our downtown location, 417 S. Main St. #103, Memphis TN, next to the Blues Hall of Fame. Masks are required during all classes.

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    $22 / per class

    Bookings through Vagaro: 

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    Up to 25% off

    Packages of 4, 8 or 12 classes
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    $88 per hour

    for 1 or 2 people, + $22 for each additional (up to 6 total students)
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    $99 deposit, + $22 for each attendee (up to 8 attendees at Downtown studio, up to 18 in Midtown)

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  • WELCOME HOME

     

    Bendy Beast Fitness is Memphis and the Mid South's premier pole dancing and pole fitness community.

     

    Our diverse community teaches self love and self care through movement arts to all types of people throughout Memphis and the Mid-South.

     

    We are a safe space for all body types, genders, ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and ability levels. Whoever you are and wherever you're at on your fitness and wellness journey, we pride ourselves on accepting and supporting everyone.

  • why pole dancing?

     

    Most gyms and fitness professionals tell you to change your body so you can love it. In our experience, that's bullshit, and leaves people constantly at war with their body image.

     

    We believe that you can learn to love your body first, exactly as it is, for all that it does, and then choose to make healthy and lasting changes. At the heart of the pole community is a mindset of self love without shame.

  • CLASS SCHEDULE

    January 2022 Class Schedule

    All classes are 6 students max, and must be booked in advance. Sign up here. Read class descriptions here.

     

    • Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, Flexibility Training with Liz

    • Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm, Open Studio (No Instruction)

    • Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Pole Level 1 & 2 with Liz

    • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, Pole Level 3 & 4 with Liz

    • Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Heels Flow with Danielle

    • Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, Off the Pole with Kristian

    • Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Pole Level 1 & 2 with Liz

    • Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, Pole Conditioning with Marcy

    • Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm, Pole Level 1 with Liz

    • Saturdays, 1:00-2:00pm, Pole Level 2 with Deidre

    • Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm, Pole Level 2 & 3 with Deidre

    • Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm, Pole Level 1 with Danielle

    • Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm, Off The Pole with Kristian

    • Sundays, 2:30-3:30pm, Intro to Heels with Liz

  • CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

    Open Studio

    Our open studio hour is only $15 and is here for you to use any of the equipment and work on anything you'd like to practice. There will be instruction, though Liz will be on hand to answer questions and make sure everything is safe. Come out and practice and play!

     

    What you need:

    Prior classes recommended - this studio time has no instruction.

    Flexibility Training

    Let's get bendy and flexy! Increase your flexibility and mobility, especially stretching towards splits and bridges. We will do a full-body warm-up, and then go deeper into hamstrings, hip flexors, shoulders, and back. We'll help move through any muscle soreness and stiffness and get you feeling your best self, so you can move through the world with ease and make all the shapes you dream of on the pole.

     

    What you need:

    No experience needed, open to all levels.

    Pole Level 1

    Welcome to your pole journey! Get ready to transform the way you see your body and the way you move through the world. Our focus is on learning to relate to the pole, and building strength, grace and agility.

     

    What you need:

    No experience needed, open to all levels.

    Pole Level 2

    Congratulations, you've leveled up! This class is for the returning poler who is looking to grow their skills. Our focus is on learning to climb the pole, flow different tricks together, and carry yourself with confidence.

     

    What you need:

    Pole walk, basic spins, one climb up the pole.

    Pole Level 3

    Whip your hair and fly -- you've taken flight! This class is for students who are comfortably climbing and are ready to turn their world upside-down. We'll learn the art of safely going upside-down on the pole. We'll continue polishing the skills you know, stringing tricks together into flows, and mentally challenging yourself to bring confidence and grace to any situation.

     

    What you need:

    Comfortable climbing up the pole, solid pole crunches (leg lifts) from the ground, solid pole sit, jasmine and genie from the ground.

    Pole Level 4

    You are airborne! Now that you know how to fly, we're going to have even more fun with it and make it as fabulous as possible. We'll learn a variety of tricks and shapes, string them together into unexpected combinations, and continue working on bringing your signature style and flair to everything you do.

     

    What you need:

    Comfortable climbing up the pole, solid invert (chopper) from the ground, solid pole sit, jasmine and genie from up the pole.

    Pole Conditioning

    Let's get strong! This class focuses fully on mat-based bodyweight strength training. We will have you doing drills, drills, and more drills to get the muscles you need to nail your tricks and dance flows if you’re a pole person, or simply to keep your body happy, healthy and strong if you’re not. Unleash your beast!

     

    What you need:

    No experience needed, open to all levels.

    Off The Pole

    Working the floor is hard work. It can be very uncomfortable to dance in the middle of the floor with no pole or props, nothing to hide behind. The essence of pole dancing and unleashing your inner goddess is NO LONGER HIDING YOURSELF. It’s loving yourself and believing in yourself enough to let your whole light shine.

     

    Finding that level of self love and self confidence will change your entire life, whether or not you ever want to dance outside the safe space of the studio. This class will teach you the inner workings of working the floor, and bringing your movement off the pole.

     

    What you need:

    Wear SOCKS to glide in, and you may want pants or kneepads. No experience needed, open to all levels.

    Intro To Heels

    Are you ready to add the magic of heels to your pole life? No experience required - this class will answer your questions from what type of shoes to get, how to adjust them best, how to successfully use your weight in different parts of the shoe when you dance, and how to build proper strength in your feet and ankles. Y’all know Miss Krystal doesn’t play when it comes to shoes and she will get you looking and dancing RIGHT no matter what experience level you’re coming on with.

     

    What you need:

    No experience needed, open to all levels. Bring your shoes, or socks to glide in.

    Heels Flow

    Heels add a whole new art and skill set to your movement, and we're going to teach you how to best use them to your advantage. We'll work on presenting your legs and feet while dancing to show off the shoes, as well as building the strength in your feet, calves, and hips to move in stilettos with confidence. We recommend wearing Pleasers or other shoes specifically meant for pole, however for your first few classes you may wear street shoes or work flat-footed in socks for gliding.

     

    What you need:

    Pole Level 2+, bring your shoes! Pleaser brand or other style specifically meant for pole is highly recommended.

  • CLASS INSTRUCTORS

    Danielle Pierce

    Danielle Jenice Pierce is an award-winning competitive dancer with more than 15 years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern. Danielle started taking Pole Fitness classes in 2010 at Eccentric Fitness and fell in love with Pole. Since then she has taught at 3 Pole studios and over 100 Pole parties spreading love, building strong minds and bodies, while having fun. She’s excited to be a part of Bendy Beast Fitness.

    Deidre Pride

    Deidre started her pole fitness journey in 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with the art of pole dance and the strength it embodies. She gravitated to exotic fitness and has been studying it ever since. In 2017 she learned the importance of including strength training in her fitness journey and quickly started focusing on placement and injury prevention.

    Kristian Thomas

    Kristian has been teaching chair dance and sensual movement for 6 years, as well as being a certified instructor in Liquid Motion. Kristian blesses us by teaching Off The Pole here at the studio. She'll teach you to love yourself and believe in yourself enough to let your whole light shine, both on and off the pole.

    Liz Kinnmark

    Liz Kinnmark is the founder and owner of Bendy Beast Fitness. She has been poling for 11 years and teaching for 7. She loves sharing her passion for movement and teaching people to love their bodies. Whoever you are and wherever you're at on your fitness journey, our gyms support everyone.

    Marcy Merritt

    Marcy is a badass dancer & instructor with 17 years of competitive gymnastics experience, 7 years of coaching gymnastics, and 2 years of teaching and competing in pole. She teaches our Pole Conditioning class to help you increase strength and endurance in all your muscle groups.

  • are you ready to start your journey?

     

    Pole dancing will increase your strength, grace, agility, and coordination, and teach you do things with your body that you never thought possible.

     

    This new-found respect and love for all that your body can do may deepen into a discipline and commitment to self-care that ripples through all parts of your life. You may find yourself changing the way you exercise and eat, and even how you treat work and relationships.

  • SIGN UP Now

    $22 / per class

    Bookings through Vagaro: 

    Book Here

    Up to 25% off

    Packages of 4, 8 or 12 classes
    Book Here

    $88 per hour

    for 1 or 2 people, + $22 for each additional (up to 6 total students)
    Book Here

    $99 deposit, + $22 for each attendee (up to 8 attendees at Downtown studio, up to 18 in Midtown)

    Book Here

  • SPECIAL EVENTS

    Poleluminati XI

    Our 11th show will be held on February 11th, 2022. Save the date! Check out past shows at poleluminati.com.

     

    Located at Black Lodge

    405 N Cleveland St,

    Memphis, TN 38104

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