From Stage Fright to Center Stage: A Beginner’s Guide to Performing with Confidence.
Hi hi! Yvette here, owner of FM Aerial and also Fargo’s resident aerialist. You may have seen me around at different events, hanging out at 20 feet in the air accomplishing daring feats of strength and wonder. (small chuckle because this sounds like I am really full of myself, when the reality is it is just a lot of sweating and heavy breathing that I hope the music drowns out.) At this point in my life I embrace performing opportunities and find them a fun way to express my creativity and to tell a story. However, not that long ago I was petrified at the thought of performing and would overthink every possible scenario and not be able to sleep weeks leading up to an event. I’m writing up this little bloggy blog post to tell you a bit about how I went from sad to rad (insert finger guns) when it comes to performing, including tips that I learned the hard way, and some confidence boosting cheerleading. Let’s get into it!
TL;DR: a young woman who moved to the area, didn’t know how to make friends, finds pole studio.
I want to share the story of FM Aerial & Movement Arts, so that you get a better understanding of the history, how we came about, and what are our hopes for the future. This first part is to share a bit about me as a person, and how I came to both Fargo, pole, and made the decision to become a studio owner.
**This story is mine and from my point of view. I cannot elaborate on the stories of others, but can only share how the experiences shared impacted my life and story**
Commence: The Long Version:
Hi! My name is Yvette Reyes and I moved to this area after the painful realization that a traditional four year college was not a choice for my debt-ridden family.
Growing up, I thought I had checked all the boxes: 1. Get good grades in school. Check. 2. Aim to excel in all things academic, community, and leadership to appeal to higher education institutions. Check. 3. Apply and be accepted into an international boarding school to better my chances of applying and being accepted into prestigious colleges. Check. 4. Get accepted into the first women’s college established in the USA, with copious amounts of grants. Check.
So... what happened?
Me in the very front with open arms. First year of international boarding school at United World College- USA in Montezuma, NM. Living my best firstie life.
As far as I remember I have been dubbed “ambitious.” All I ever knew was that I was going to go to college and help make life better for my family, and eventually the world. Ok… these are *very* big ambitions, but as a youth I had the entire world ahead of me if I just worked harder, applied myself, and outworked everyone alongside me. My priority was clear: enter the most prestigious college I can find, and the rest will unveil itself in due time. I want to make the world a better place, and this is the way to do it.
FM Aerial & Movement Arts is a pole fitness/dance and Aerial Arts studio located in Fargo, ND. The owner is Yvette Reyes.