about black girls pole



Black Girls Pole is an organization striving to diversify the pole community by inspiring, empowering, and educating women of color about pole dancing. BGP is a movement to  both celebrate and introduce new faces to the transformative power of pole. BGP aims to provide a platform for women of color to embrace their bodies, challenge their body, mind and spirit and express their own unique individuality.



meet the BGP team


The Founder

Dalijah Franklin

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Dalijah Franklin is a dancer trained in ballet, jazz, tap and gymnastics. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Nutrition & Exercise Science, she moved to New York City to dance. Dalijah began pole dancing in 2009 when a friend invited her to take a class. Since then Dalijah has become an instructor at the world renowned Body & Pole in New York City. She is the 2013 Level 3 champion of the Atlantic Pole Championships, the 2015 U.S Aerial Championship winner, and the top scoring female of Pole Theatre USA 2015. 

Dalijah found the need to start Black Girls Pole because she felt there weren't enough women who looked like her in this sport. As a pole instructor, Dalijah wanted to empower more women to start pole dancing, and have a platform that would help to change the stigma around what it means to be both a pole dancer and a woman of color.

Dalijah founded BGP in March of 2014. Since then, BGP has gone on to host events and retreats around the world, from NYC to London.

BGP has built a following of over 30,000 followers, of all color, shapes, and sizes from around the world. Some faces of Black Girls Pole include: Roz "The Diva" Mayes, Crystal Belcher, Sasja Lee, and Zippora Lewis (see our Ambassadors below!).

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Our Ambassadors



What People Are Saying

  • Black Girls Pole... Yes they do. ...Last night [at the 2nd annual BGP in NYC event], I saw a celebration of African American Women who express their talent and their femininity through Pole Dance. The grace, the poise, the sensuality, the technique was off the chain. I saw bold, empowered women, making a very important political statement while finding each other and strengthening their tribe.
    — Phillip Deal, "Switzerland" #poleroyalty
  • Black Girls Pole is EPIC. Thank you so much for this movement. When I began pole I had no one who looked like me. Now I'm surrounded by women from all backgrounds who share the love of pole. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    — Deanna Flynn
  • Wow! Wow! Wow!!! BLACK GIRLS POLE. Wow!! I may need to learn another language to find the words to express how I feel about this group, movement, event. I am overwhelmed with excitement and feel blessed that I was aloud to be a part of it all. A weekend filled with insane laughter, encouragement and love. So much fun with my pole sisters!!
    — Zippora Lewis, BGP Ambassador