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Hometown: Charlotte, NC


  • ★ Charlotte's Poleapalooza 2008
  •  USPDF East Coast Champ 2009
  •  USPDF Miss Sexy 2010
  •  3rd Place in USPDF 2012 Pro Championships



Karol Helms grew up a tomboy. Typical "girly" activities were just not appealing to her. Instead, she loved things like rollerblading, dirtbikes, and climbing trees. A committed athlete, Karol was on the track team through junior high and most of high school. Karol first discovered her love of dance in high school. She found dance challenging and was immediately hooked. Karol found that performing and dancing were a fun way to express emotion.

At 19 Karol discovered pole while visiting a friend in a strip club. She immediately went home and researched pole classes online. She was happily surprised when she found Fawnia's Pole Work Vol 1 DVD. Karol built a homemade pole, taught herself from Fawnia's DVD , and promptly fell in love with pole dancing.

A few years later, after YouTube had become popular, Karol discovered Alena Downs. Her understanding of what pole dancing could be shifted profoundly, and she realized she had much to learn. She purchased an XPole, taught herself with Alena's videos, and started posting her own videos to share on YouTube.

Karol quickly became famous in the pole dance community for her incredible pole stunts and unique dance style. In the fall of 2009, she entered the USPDF East Coast Regionals and was selected as a competitor. Training for weeks on end paid off when Karol came in 1st place and was awarded pro status with the USPDF, and the title of USPDF East Coast Champion 2009. In March of 2010, Karol geared up to compete in the USPDF Pro National Championship in NYC. Again, her training and preparation paid off when she was awarded runner up and the title of USPDF Miss Sexy 2010. In 2012, Karol placed 3rd in the USPDF Pro Championship.

Bad Kitty approached Karol and offered her the chance to design a line of pole clothing that catered strictly to pole dancers. She traveled to Arizona with three other pole dancers to develop the first line of workout clothes designed exclusively for pole dancers, by pole dancers. The PoleFit line was born! Today, Karol is a Brand Director and co-creator of the PoleFit line by Bad Kitty. Karol thinks Bad Kitty has a unique place in the pole industry because they were creating pole athletic wear long before anyone else. She feels Bad Kitty takes an authentic path in the industry by doing research and trying to understand the community. Additionally, she thinks PoleFit is special because so many people in the pole community have been involved in the process of designing the clothing through beta testing and feedback. To Karol, the PoleFit line is a reflection of the pole community.

Currently Karol travels all over the world teaching workshops at pole dancing studios and performing at events. She is sponsored by Bad Kitty and X-Pole. Karol is an attentive instructor and finds great pleasure in teaching others to discover their confidence and strength through pole dancing.

Karol's Picks

Favorite Movie Quote?

"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." – Ferris Bueller's Day Of

Q. If you could be an animal what would you be?

      A. Kitty Cat!

Q. Which Super Power would you like to have?

     A. Invincibility

Q. What is one of the things you would put on your "Bucket List"?

     A. Jumping out of a plane with a parachute.