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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