Alethea Austin

Alethea Austin

Health Professional in Nashville, TN

Alethea was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. Her “Heartland” belly rocker tattoo conveys fond memories of childhood in the rural Midwest. At an early age Alethea found an outlet for her athletic and artistic talents in competitive gymnastics. Determined to pursue a life and career in the visual arts, she left Indiana to attend the Rhode Island School of Design where she focused on interior architecture and photography. She graduated from RISD in 2002 and soon established herself as a young “raw edged” photographer in both the art and print worlds. In 2004 her collaborative work “From Indiana, With Love” was featured in a New York City gallery and exhibited at Indianapolis Museum Of Contemporary Art. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2005 Alethea was involved in a severe automobile accident that resulted in debilitating neck and shoulder injuries. The next two years of surgeries and physical therapy forced Alethea to put her photography work as a cover and feature photographer for music magazines on hold. Determined to reclaim her body and her creative life, she began pole dancing in 2008 at BeSpun Studio in Los Angeles as an alternative to traditional physical therapy. Her background in gymnastics, her love of dance and the supportive environment of pole dance enthusiasts at BeSpun Studio ensured both a remarkable recovery and a passion for the pole. Within the year Alethea entered her first pole dance competitions to become US Pole Dance Federation Runner Up 2009 and US Pole Dance Federation Miss Sexy 2009. By creating her own unique style of performance that marries fluid movement and raw sensual expression with strength, fierce moves and daring drops, Alethea quickly secured her place as one of the most influential Pole Idols. Today Alethea is recognized worldwide as one of the top Pole Dance instructors and elite competing performers. Her slow controlled flow, flexible lines, isolated body waves, and ability to emote through dance helped her claim the title of US Pole Dance Federation Champion in 2010 are now distinctive elements of her Sexy Flexy style.