Upward Pole Dance Studio owner Amanda Cobb, left, cheers for her student, Sarah Ward, as she balances herself on the pole. Ward said Cobb pushes her students to challenge themselves while also being encouraging.
Sarah Ward gave a groan of frustrated effort as she completed a carousel movement around the metal pole she had been swinging on for the past half hour.
"You did it. That was amazing," shouted Amanda Cobb as Ward completed her dance set.