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 is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and 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, 2015 top scoring female of Pole Theatre USA and 2019 Pole Sport Organization Dramatic Champion.

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.

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