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, Chic Physique and Pole Pressure. She is a PFA certified Pole Dance Instructor and Xpert Certified Pole Dance Instructor, a certified Fly Gym Instructor and currently teaches workshops in the Los Angeles area. She is also a licensed massage therapist who has been in practice for over ten years.
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 amazon.com and polestory.com in 2011. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Vertical Art and Fitness Magazine from 2011 to 2012. Currently Claire is the blog editor at Bad Kitty, the premiere pole dance clothing company in the pole dance community.
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. 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.
In May of 2014 Claire completed her Masters in Social Work at USC, with a focus on Health and a sub-specialty in Military Culture. Her goal is to assist veterans in transitioning smoothly back to the civilian world through both therapy and advocacy work. She also recently partnered with the Yellow Ribbon Fund in D.C. to offer free pole dance classes to the Wives of Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For her final year of school, she interned at the National Institutes of Health in the GI surgical oncology/Immunotherapy wing working with 3rd and 4th stage metastatic cancer patients. She is currently employed as a medical social worker at an inner city hospital in Washington, D.C. She has had CEU training in both military sexual health and sexual health for medically ill patients as well as pain and palliative care and hospice care. In March of 2015 Claire gave a poster presentation at the NIH Social Work conference on Basson’s Model of the Female Sexual Response Cycle. It is her goal to continue to work in multiple areas of health and healing with an emphasis on dance movement and sexuality.