License to Thrill Fundraiser Show

Events | Published on April 11th, 2024 by kash

This past November, X-POLE sponsored “License to Thrill”, a James Bond-themed fundraiser pole and aerial show for the Renton, Washington-based Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts. The show paid homage to the legendary women of James Bond, with more than a dozen performers captivating a packed theater on pole, fly pole, Lyra, and silks.

This show marked the five-year anniversary of Ascendance. One of the only 501c3 nonprofit pole studios in the United States, this pole and aerial arts studio is a unique place where everyone is encouraged to express themselves through movement in a safe, inclusive space, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status. Through benefit shows like License to Thrill, Ascendance raises funds to provide scholarships and other programs that help make these forms of artistic expression more accessible.

In the spirit of this mission, one audience member with a lucky raffle ticket even went home with an X-POLE SPORT pole, donated by X-POLE, to begin their own pole journey.

“This show was a labor of love and a tribute to the iconic women of Bond, but most importantly, it’s a testament to our commitment to the arts and the joy of movement,” said Tara Steed, cofounder of Ascendance. 

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Photo credit: Vanessa Gray

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