Business consultant Soozie Campbell fell in love with pole dancing in Phuket and has now set up her own retreat in France
A BUSINESS consultant has quit her job to become a professional pole dancer, at age 60.
Soozie Campbell got hooked after seeing acts on a family holiday at Phuket, Thailand, in 2015.
She is now training to be an instructor and has opened a retreat in the South of France for clients to stay and learn.
She said: “My body is a bit slower than it was, but since I started pole dancing I feel healthier, stronger and fitter.
“It’s a fantastic sport. I can’t wait to help more people discover it.”
Soozie has installed a pole in her lounge at Hove, Sussex, where she lives with hubby Phil, 58.
She said: “Pole dancing takes a lot of work.
“At first I was in pain. My muscles would recover from one lesson just in time for the next class. Then I’d be sore again.”
Daughters Kitty, 28, and Matty, 25, have a go too.
Soozie said: “They’re both talented, but don’t do it as regularly as me. When they were children we’d play sports, so it wasn’t a massive leap.”
Mrs Campbell added: ”Pole dancing takes a lot of work, and I really admire the professionals who can perform proper dancing routines. For me it was difficult to recover the muscles I’d lost over the years – but sometimes it takes longer to achieve the things you want, at this age.
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Soozie is set to take her first group to her holiday home – named ‘Activity Retreats’ in May. As well as pole dancing, she wants to offer courses in aerial silks and assault courses, and tamer activities like wine tasting and photography.
She said: “We’d already built an assault course there, thinking we could do boot camps – but after falling in love with pole, I knew we had to offer that too. I spoke to my teacher and she jumped at the chance to come and teach there! We also bought four ex-stage poles.
“We’ve had a great response to the retreat, especially on Instagram as it’s so visual – I can’t wait to help more people discover pole.”
“My daughters have a go too. They’re both very talented, but don’t do it as regularly as me – Matty is very graceful, and Kitty is small but strong.
“We practice together in the Pole Den sometimes. When they were children, we’d always play sports together, so it wasn’t a massive leap to do pole as well. Kitty also practices trapeze, which she tried to teach me – unsuccessfully!”