Marion Crampe – Feeling Alive Through Pole Dancing
Marion is often described as the "Pole Fairy”, a name that you will understand completely once you meet her. Her work as a performer and instructor is uplifting, empowering, and makes people feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. She is a firm believer that everyone is different; that everyone will tell a different story with their body and their dancing. She embraces and develops this diversity in her dance, her workshops, and her everyday life.
"I dance. It makes me feel so alive. It makes me feel joyous, and I feel being happy makes me look younger and healthier."
Why do you love to sweat?
My body takes very hot temperatures to finally sweat. On cold days, it is a bit hard as my skin dries a lot. I need to moisturize it as often as possible.
But I love sweating for many different reasons, depending on the activity I'm doing. After running, dancing, bending or hiking, it is a nice feeling of an accomplishment, physical and mental. When I pole dance, it helps me to grip better and so to feel more secure in the various positions. Sweating is also a bit like crying. I do believe it is a sign of GREAT exercise. I like to say "Crying is your soul taking a shower and cleaning". I think sweating is bit the same for your skin cells, and everything else that makes this "human envelope" an incredible gift of life.
How did your pole dancing career begin?
I have always been passionate about dance, ever since a very young age. I tried several forms, but never really excelled in any. In fact, I was actually pretty bad but I was very, very dedicated!
In 2006, in Paris, a friend invited me to take part in a pole class. I instantly fell in love and never stopped practicing. Pole Dance has changed not only my entire life, but I grew so much: as a woman, and as a human. I learnt to accept myself the way I am, and to develop abilities I could never imagine. It changed my body form, and the perception I have of it. I’m in peace with that part of me. I learnt how to love and cherish what I have. Even now, I’m still discovering the incredible things I can do with work, discipline, believe and love. I'm glad Pole and I found each other.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
I'm convinced I could not survive without being passionate. It is a bit like asking me ¿Why do you breathe? I'm so blessed and grateful for it, and to be able to share it with others. Every day I open my eyes and I'm instantly full-on! I’m thinking and smiling about what comes next and how my day is going to look, filled full of doing things that I love.
Are you involved in any social or environmental causes that you would like to share with the FRÉ community?
As much as I can, I try to take part in different events and. My latest contribution was to help to protect the Jarawa indigenous people. With my Pole and aerial community, we are moving our world in order to help our friend Jason for his rehab after a tragic accident. A few months ago, we organized an "EYE CONTACT EXPERIENCE" for the community, and raised money for him.
Can you share an inspirational tip about wellness/fitness/beauty that really helps you?
I dance. It makes me feel so alive. It makes me feel joyous, and I feel being happy makes me look younger and healthier. It is not about technique or any skills in particular. It is about moving and feeling. I believe if you have a beat inside you, dance is for you.
Is there anything else you would like to share with FRÉ's community?
The human body is an incredible resource that life has created for every single soul. As important as it is to care about the inside, I am a firm believer the attention you give to your outside will have a huge impact. I do treasure and give the best respect I can to my skin, hair, nails... I listen to the signals and adapt constantly to find the right way (for myself) to be, and to feel a bit happier every day.
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