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4 NEPA women break stigma of pole dancing with new Scranton studio opening Oct. 30

4 NEPA women break stigma of pole dancing with new Scranton studio opening Oct. 30
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From a press release:

A studio specializing in an often misunderstood art form, pole dancing, will open soon in downtown Scranton.

Four local women – Ashley Matthews of Dunmore, Anjannette Roczniak of Old Forge, Shyla Lintz of Pittston, and Francesca Goldsack of Gouldsboro – teamed up in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic to open a pole dance fitness studio. With the goal of connecting the Northeastern Pennsylvania community with its inner femininity through the art of dance, the studio looks to make its debut to the public this October.

“Pole dancing can often be perceived negatively if you don’t know much about it. It’s a very fun and supportive exercise that offers a full body workout with individual goals. There are national and international competitions too! Pole dancing is a way to connect with your body without feeling shame,” Matthews explained.

“We pride ourselves on keeping our studio a private space where you can feel comfortable with connecting to your body. We want you to feel your best!” Lintz added.

There is no “one size fits all” for pole dance, and styles can vary between theatrical, sexy, and sporty. High Priestess Pole Studio will provide women with the foundation for the sport, and they can customize their progress in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

“We understand everyone’s definition of femininity and beauty is different, and we aim to help you connect to your own interpretation. Each of us [the owners] discovered a new sense of confidence and discovery of our inner selves through our individual pole dance journeys. We believe everyone has the ability to reach their greatest potential, and we can help you achieve that,” Goldsack said.

High Priestess Pole Studio (409 Spruce St., Scranton) is conveniently located in downtown Scranton and will be hosting an open house and drag show fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. that will include tours, staff introductions, raffles, and giveaways. Complimentary drinks will be provided, and the drag show and costume contest start at 9 p.m.

The studio will officially open for classes in November. Enter a contest to win a five-class pass here.

For more information, visit and follow High Priestess on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Photo by Ashley Matthews/Simply Lush Portrait Boutique

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