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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.

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meet the BGP team

The Founder

Dalijah Franklin

Dalijah Franklin is a dancer, performer and obsessive life giver She loves to inspire and help women of color dream big and reach their goals. She has been a dancer and mover her entire life. An Ohio native, She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of science degree in Nutrition. She recently graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Dalijah has been pole dancing for over 10 years and teaching Pole all over the world. She is an instructor at the world renowned Body & Pole in New York City, 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 was not enough representation of Women of color in the Pole community. As a pole instructor, she 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 and built a community of over 40,000 followers of all colors, shapes and sizes.

Dalijah lives in Harlem NYC with her pupper Wesley the Yorkie Poo.

Follow Dalijah on IG

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Our Ambassadors

 
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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, #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