This past Friday night Le Femme Suite celebrated its first year anniversary with a ladies’ night celebration at their studio at 2364 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. They pulled out all the stops for the event, including red carpet, professional photos, male models, disco lights, a DJ, and a delicious array of soul food samples, hors d’oeuvres, and LFS signature drinks. It was the ultimate celebration of femininity and fabulousness.
The evening started out with a cocktail hour where guests sampled cigars, sparkling wine drinks, hors d’oeuvres and other appetizers. The night continued with a welcome by host Lauren, performances by Le Femme Suite instructors, a tribute by the erotic poet and MC “MarXman” and special presentations by various sponsors and event attendees. DJ Sin was spinning the latest hits throughout the night.
Last week I joined Le Femme Suite for one of their pole fitness “Intro to Pole” classes. It is by far the best, most exhilarating workout that I’ve ever experienced. The class started with stretching, followed by the basics of pole, and finally a few pole tricks. The choreography is challenging but fun, the instructors are talented, and you’d be amazed at how much you can learn in a one-hour session. Likewise, it is a full body workout, and you leave feeling invigorated. Most importantly, besides having a beautiful space, the environment at Le Femme Suite is comfortable and relaxed. Most clients of Le Femme Suite drop into the “Intro to Pole” class on a regular basis as part of their workout routine.
Instructor Delijah Franklin got her start taking classes once a week in pole fitness, but slowly became obsessed. Her background is in gymnastics and hip hop dance so the skills came a little bit easier to her. What she loves most about the studio is the atmosphere. “I love the environment; it is very warm, very sexy and inviting,” says Franklin.
For owner Carmen Victorino, her greatest pleasure is in being able to give back to women that need the break, give them an opportunity to relax and do something for themselves. Victorino, who has experience as a director of a non-profit, was inspired to start the studio after she was laid off from her job of 5 years. She had experienced great success raising funding for the non-profit and decided to give entrepreneurship a try. The population she worked with previously was predominately women suffering from various issues including health concerns, substance abuse, domestic violence and single parent homes. She refers to the studio as a “women’s club”, a place to focus on wellness and renewal. Victorino chose pole fitness because it was interesting and not something everybody was open to doing inHarlem. She says what sets the studio apart is its ambience and vision. “The clients are the ones that drive me. I want to be able to give back, that is the world where I come from,” said Victorino.
The pole fitness and dance studio also offers spa services, burlesque instruction, yoga and belly dancing classes. For more information on Le Femme Suite check out their website: http://www.lefemmesuite.com
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