This is an excerpt from the Pole Puma article in the premiere issue – a print version. You can use the link below to acquire a complimentary copy sent to you right away.
Time waits for no one and Ruth Rosene is telling all you young bloods out there with her pole performance to get off your tukas and get cracking on that pole. Quit your bitching, make less gum flapping and more workout. Life has no limit!
Speaking of limitless abilities, age not being a factor and putting your mind into what you desire to do, this would be the ripe time to share with you the story of one remarkable dame nicely tucked away in Charlottesville, Virginia.I was fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time when I found myself communicating with a lovely lady named Erica Shergold who had just finished performing a burlesque/pole routine at an event in the Washington DC area. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when she told me her 77 year old grandmother does pole fitness to stay fit. I, like anyone else who would have heard her, almost fell off my chair. The main event I was invited to cover suddenly no longer interested me, I became enamored and intrigued by Erica’s story. Now that I think of it, it was the highlight of my whole trip to that event! The story of her grandmother was like hitting a jackpot. The need to share it with the world became a matter of urgency; to publish this premiere issue without including her was a non-starter, the grand dame of them all, forget supermodel, this is Super Pole Puma. I hope Erica will get a T-Shirt made for her that reads just that. It’s a title she should be happy to flaunt in front of anyone with a set of eyeballs to see it. In my opinion, and I think I speak for most readers, she epitomes the strong willed woman of today, and men too if I might add.
Erica’s grandmother, Ruth Rosene “Coral Sky” was born by the help of a mid wife with her father in tow as the helper because the doctor was held in train traffic delay in 1932 in the rural village in North East of Ohio. “I was in a hurry right from the start and haven’t slowed down too much since then,” She says. Rose has been married 57 years to the same man, a grandmother of two girls and a great grandmother of a boy and a girl. She is an avid churchgoer and an active member of her church community. So if you are reading this thinking conservative era, American uptightness, take no nonsense bible belt, must be prim and proper in her days type, yes you guessed right. People from that strict type of upbringing are the last set of people you would expect to find whipping themselves around pole as a form of fitness. Rose is from a by gone era of strict old American traditions. It’s amazing how things have come full circle, times are indeed changing and it is happening very fast. President Obama said it best upon hearing his triumphant presidential defeat against his opponent John McCain, “Change has come to America.” Yes indeed it has, so why won’t Ruth change with it? She’s been smart enough to catch up with the times while making sure her age doesn’t hold her back. Judging from the most recent pictures she took for this article, she looks dynamite and ageless, and appears not a day over mid 50’s. You could easily mistake her for a young lady when up on the pole. Rose can hold her own like any other.
In addition to her activities on pole she still manages to stick to her other traditional passion such as gardening and spending time with family members. Her love of pole doesn’t hinder her daily chores for a woman her age and neither does it take away time spent with her 85 year old hubby. If anything the husband is on the sidelines cheering her on. After 57 years of marriage it goes to show there are still things you can do to spice up a marriage. We all could learn a thing or two from Rose. God bless them both.
I asked what she thought if pole fitness would have been allowed or frowned upon during her heyday as a young maiden. She says, “I was on the tumbling team in high school and our outfit was a midi blouse and bloomers. No I’m sure it would not have been allowed.” In addition to pole fitness as a form of workout, she participates in Zumba dance and stretch classes at her granddaughter, Erica’s, Shergold Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia, which she co-owns with her husband, Steve of 5 years. Erica teaches pole fitness, burlesque, exotic dance, lap dance, social/ballroom dancing at the studio. Rose is quick to point out that not all the students in her class are that young, she says many are in the their 50’s and 60’s. Asked if she is ever intimidated by younger women performing pole fitness around her she says absolutely not, but simply awed by the sheer strength, skills and flexibility. Erica’s involvement in pole fitness inspired her to take on the sport as her workout medium. She basically talked herself into it one day by joining in on the fun at one of Erica’s pole fitness session and has never looked back since. Rose is still surprised by her own growing strength everyday, amazed that she can still keep on going. She works on her strength by gardening, making sure she doesn’t miss any of the stretch classes and stays healthy by eating fruits, vegetables, fish and chicken.
Erica shared with me that when she first showed her grandmother, Rose one of her routines on DVD she couldn’t keep still on the couch. She was moving right along with the music and dancing. “She gave pole dancing a try soon after and hasn’t stopped since,” She says. “My grandmother has had people come up to her while walking at the mall and comment on the definition in her arms. And would tell anyone who would listen, “I takes a pole fitness classes with my granddaughter!” She has been said to do a few hip circles while standing around chatting at the end of church service. Erica prays whatever strength and courage that runs in her grandmother’s genes passes on to her too as she hopes to still be able to keep on teaching pole fitness at 77 just as much as her grandmother does it for fitness at that age now. I think she has a strong shot at it judging by what I saw of her performance at the Washington DC event. I think it runs in the family!
Ruth Rosene & Erica Shergold.
Besides her husband of many years who himself in his 80’s encourages her in all of her activities, other members of her family with equal passion for pole fitness as she does, is not surprisingly to say, are Erica and her husband/studio partner Steve, her other granddaughter, Christi whose husband also drops in on a few of the men’s pole fitness classes. Rose’s son, Dave (father to Erica and Christi) also partakes on a few of the men’s pole fitness classes. So in other words you’ve got three generations of her family who are avid pole fitness performers! The Jacksons and Osmonds have nothing on this family.
Rose describes her health as good and her strength and flexibility much improved when I asked how she would describe her body tone and overall health now compared to her pre pole fitness days. I asked her what vision she has for the pole fitness industry for senior citizens and if she thinks it should be taught in nursing homes. “I would encourage active ones to consider it. Maybe not nursing homes but retirement villages could be an option,” Rose says. She strongly advises men and women her age to try it, that they may very well love it. And what’s the worst that could happen if it’s not for them? At least they would be left with a conversation starter amongst friends to discuss while playing bridge!
Rose’s greatest fear while on the pole is not what would come to most people’s mind. When you hear of someone her age on the pole, most would think, “what if she falls?” That as it turns out is the least of her worries. The only thing that scares her most is forgetting the next move in the dance choreography! She has been well trained since she was a kid climbing trees and sees the pole as a mere child’s play. In other words, it’s a piece of cake for Rose. How much longer does she hope to keep doing pole fitness to stay fit? Rose replies, “I have been taking pole fitness for over four years and will continue until my body says stop”
This is a Pole Spin Magazine exclusive, written by our Editor & Creative Director Tinu for our celebratory complimentary issue now available to everyone. Check out the full article on the Pole Pumas (the over 40s pole performers) in the premiere issue. Get your FREE COPY now at http://polespinmag.com/welcome/freecopy/. If you are attending the upcoming American Pole Fitness Championships in NYC, pick up a copy there. Pole Spin Magazine is a proud sponsor of the event.