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Claire Griffin Sterrett – Editor-In-Chief

What is your favorite book ?
It’s a tie between “Whores and Other Feminists” and “Franny and Zooey”.

Why do you Pole ?
I pole because it frees me, because it inspires me, because it brings me into an amazing community of people. I pole because it lets me be wild, sensual, vulnerable and strong all at the same time without fear of judgment or shame. I pole because I’m passionate about movement and because without pole, I’m pretty sure my life would be a lot less juicy.

Fill in the blanks below: “I only eat _______ when I am ________”
steak….sure it’s so rare they just walked it across the kitchen on a plate.

Fill in the blank below: “Bad Kitty is _______” (adjective)
sexy, strong medicine for the pole soul.

Favorite quote
“Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”
—Susan B. Anthony


Claire Griffin Sterrett was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and started studying pole dancing in 2006 with a woman named Tara Moore at Simply Seductress studios. Since then, she has trained at S Factor Studio, Evolve Dance Studio and Chic Physique studio. She is a PFA certified Pole Dance Instructor and Xpert Certified Pole Dance Instructor and currently teaches at Chic Physique in Bethesda, MD. In 2008, Claire completed her MA in Somatic Psychology at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Her thesis topic was “The Embodiment of Female Sexuality Through Erotic Dance.” She was a speaker at the 2010 International Pole Convention in Washington D.C., the 2011 Pole Dance Convention in West Palm Beach, FL and an instructor at the 2012 Pole Dance Convention in Los Angeles, CA, in addition to teaching her workshop on sensuality around the country. She published her first book on pole dancing, “Pole Story: Essays on the Power of Erotic Dance”, available at and in 2011. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Vertical Art and Fitness Magazine from 2011 to 2012. Claire is one of the founding members of the International Pole Association for Wellness, which focuses on how to resolve female relational aggression in the pole community. At the 2012 Pole Convention she helped to facilitate a workshop on ending female bullying. Additionally, she sits on the International Pole Council. In 2012 Claire’s blog was nominated for a 10,000.00 scholarship. The Pole Story placed 5th out of 17 contestants. Claire is passionate about educating the public on the benefits of pole dancing and the ways in which it can help women to reconnect with their sensual, sexual selves. Currently Claire is the Editor of the blog at Bad Kitty, the premiere pole dance clothing company in the pole dance community. She is also completing a Masters in Social Work at USC, with a focus on Health and a subspecialty in Military Culture. Her goal is to assist veterans in transitioning smoothly back to the civilian world through both therapy and advocacy work. She is interning at the National Institutes of Health in the GI surgical oncology wing for her final year of school.