Mary Ellyn is a 52 year old mother of two. Married to her husband Jim since
2000, together they own a tax, accounting and financial services company. She had not worked as an exotic dancer
but began pole dancing for her own enjoyment in 2002 before pole dancing
became all the rage on television and in the fitness world.
With the encouragement and support of her husband Jim, she began sharing her skills teaching pole dancing in 2005 after
experiencing advanced pole dancing techniques while traveling abroad. She
became hooked on learning more about pole dancing and developed the desire
to teach it to others.
She started by giving private
lessons and hosting home parties.
Having no resources
in the Chicago area at the time, and through
painstaking dedication, she learned the
art of pole dancing without
the benefit of a live instructor or classroom.
Since that time she has
dedicated her time to networking and traveling to train regularly with
master level instructors and has received her master trainer
certification in pole dancing.
She has instructed hundreds of women - and men - in several countries in the
arts of pole and exotic dance. Her students have included housewives, moms,
teachers, doctors, accountants, exotic dancers and a wide range of other
professionals and everyday women. Ages of students have ranged from 19 to 68.
Mary Ellyn has also developed
Chicago's first pole dance instructor certification program,
using safe and correct techniques based on industry standards in fitness and
She has been
featured in Time Out Chicago Magazine , The Chicago Sun Times,
The Daily Southtown,
The Chicago Tribune and the Tribune Redeye, has appeared on WCKG radio and on
with Dr. Laura Berman on the Showtime Network.