What I Did For My Birthday May Shock You

OK maybe it’s not that shocking.

I got the brilliant idea after trying to figure out how I was going to conquer my Fitness Bucket List. My birthday was rapidly approaching and I wanted to celebrate it, but how on earth would I combine the two? Then I got a genius idea, and made it happen.

I threw a pole dance party.


Yes I did.

Let’s start from the beginning shall we? The best in and I arrived to the studio, got everyone acquainted and it really wasn’t until this moment that I realized that most of the people that I keep close to me, know each other in some way. Even though they came from lots of different parts of my life, work friends, blog friends, family, there wasn’t one person there that knew no one. I think that helped set the mood for the entire night.

Our instructor

Our instructor was amazing. Her body? I have no words. I don’t even think my description could possibly give it justice. The first thing I noticed was her arms. Ripped. I have never seen arms like that in my life.

Then she took off her tee to reveal her back which was the most defined back on any woman person I have ever seen. Every single muscle was popping. I realized then that she was going to be REAL!


Class Begins!


The 8 of us started class with a warm up that seemed light but it was like a mini workout! There were a lot of uh…suggestive poses, including getting on all fours and popping the booty. If anyone had any reservations they were quickly eliminated with the sexy warm up. I mean, whoa.

Time for the pole

Once the entire warm up was done we got up and started the real fun. We were taught how to walk around in a sexy way, how to slide down,  crawl, flip our hair (a la flashdance), we even got taught how to do a jump! By the time we were finished we had a full routine!

Can I tell you that my girls were fabulous?! Like amazing. I was in awe of them, all off that hotness in one room! The dim lights and short shorts definitely helped the situation :) I was quite surprised how naturally it came for some of my girls. I was like a proud mama.


IMG_1860At the very end, after we had learned and perfected our routine, the instructor put me in a chair in the front and I whooped and cheered as my girls gave me a SHOW! It was so awesome. Then they leaned on to  the wall as she put on Rihanna’s Birthday Cake, and I gave them a show of my own! *pop it pop it* lol! I had a lot of picture of the event, but 90% were completely inappropriate and may be used against my besties as blackmail. Just in case. I did find this pic though, it is super close to being sexy. Really.


Time to eat!

After working up an appetite we walked a block away to Tre Dici Steak. I changed into my birthday dress (of course, did you expect anything else?!) and it was time to eat!


We had amazing conversation and even better food. I am so so blessed to be surrounded by such strong, supportive and beautiful women. I don’t know where what I would be without them!


The entire night was beautiful and we all had a great time and bonded forever around our pole experience :).  And of course, there was the dress!



What is the weirdest thing you have ever done to celebrate a birthday? Have you ever been pole dancing?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. That is best idea that I’ve seen to celebrate a birthday! There is pole dance studio here in Buffalo so I should really look into that for my 45th next year. Hopefully I will be in shape like your instructor. Wow! I’m so glad you had a chance to do that for your birthday. You are truly blessed with the friends you have!
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  2. Gotta love hitting the pole! How much fun was that? Good for you! I have never done this myself but we have a studio near to where I live. I LOVE your birthday dress – you look beautiful! So glad you are surrounded by all your besties on your birthday – just awesome.
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  3. Omg, Nellie, I loved your birthday party. And seriously, you have always been a bit of a hero to me, but today totally my hero. And loved your birthday dress. You looked so pretty and just so glad you had the best birthday ever!! :)

  4. Yes, I am crushing on those arms of your instructor – but you? Look. At. You!!!!! You look gorgeous! That dress? So pretty! And I love that y’all did the pole dancing thing. How much fun must that have been?
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  5. SO FUN!!! I’ve never tried pole dancing, but it looks amazing (and like a really hard workout!) And Nellie, that dress is fabulous! You look great. Happy Birthday!
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  6. …but I gotta know… did she offer a bonus twerking class?
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  7. I have to say I have never been pole dancing but I am impressed! Happy birthday! it sounds like it was a fun time Nellie!
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  8. Look at you – you are a HOT Mama in that dress!!! Your arms look awesome!!!
    I’ve always heard pole dancing was a good workout – sounds like you had the perfect group of friends to enjoy such a fun experience.
    Happy birthday – might as well keep the celebration going!
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  9. You look fabulous! I have never been pole dancing but I see many ladies give a try these days… I feel like I’m too shy! lol
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  10. Although I voluntarily became the photographer about a third of the way in, it was a great experience with some great women! Fantastic way to kill 2 birds with one stone! : )

  11. The dress? Fantastic. The french fries? Fantastic. The idea for a birthday celebration? Fantastic. Having such awesome friends that you truly love being around? Priceless!
    No, I have never done this, but I will tell you the weirdest birthday thing ever. When I turned 26, my boyfriend hired a petting zoo to come to his house. And he invited my family too. I had no idea!! It was..hilarious.
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  12. That has to be the best birthday with the girls ever! And you look HAWT in that dress lady!

    Happy Birthday Nellie :)
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  13. So glad you had a great time and you looked so beautiful as always! :)

  14. Love it a great way to spend your birthday. my friends took me to a wine tasting. I am not a fan of wine so it was different but fun. Loving that dress ma’am
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  15. What a fun and cool way to celebrate your birthday! Happy Belated Birthday to you Nellie! I love the dress on you, it looks awesome!
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  16. You look so fabulous in that dress!!!! Love it!!!

    Pole dancing is so much fun! I went kind of frequently with some girl friends and it was always a good laugh. I loved letting my inner diva out!
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  17. Your birthday was the business! Great idea! I am glad you all had so much fun. You look cute and happy in your birthday dress! I haven’t been pole dancing before but it has always been on the the to do list.
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  18. Girl! I had a blast at your party AND I already told you that I’m stealing your bday idea…

    OH! And thanks for not posting any pics….lol. The world doesn’t need to see my skills. :)
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  19. Nice way to celebrate your birthday with girls! I love your dress and I want that steak!!!
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  20. How fun! I have a friend who’s gotten really into pole fitness and keeps trying to get me to go. I’ll have to try. Glad you had a fab birthday!
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  21. Looks like so much fun! I love doing active and new things with my girlfriends, and this looks like a healthy combo of both :)
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  22. What a fun birthday idea! I’ve never taken pole dancing, though I’ve considered it…I could definitely see you just have to let go and have fun with it! I hear it’s a great upper body workout!
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  23. I would love to try pole dancing! I think the women who do this competitively have amazing bodies that are both strong and flexible. How fun that you gave it a try.

    The dress is gorgeous!
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  24. Well you only live once. Sounds like you had a good time. Happy Belated Birthday.
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  25. Of course you found a way to keep your goals going while you celebrated your birthday! The arms on your instructor are amazing…I wouldn’t want to make her angry!!! Love the dress too! Show off your fantastic curves!
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  26. LOVE
    I want a pole in my house :-)
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  27. Welcome to pole dancing club. Once you try it once you are hooked to the empowering feeling you get from it. I did pole dancing for my birthday last year and now I crave it all the time. I can’t wait to move to a bigger place so I can get a pole in my home.
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  28. loooooove! I can’t imagine myself on a pole right now! I want to get a little it closer to my goal weight before I try it, but I hear it is an AMAZING workout! Happy Belated Birthday!
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  29. You look gorgeous in your birthday dress! I’ve never taken a pole dancing class, but I definitely want to take a class with my girls! I’ll have to bring them all to Atlanta to make this happen! This looks like an awesome birthday!
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  30. I haven’t really done anything weird or wild for any of my birthdays, sadly. However, there’s still time to fix that. I’ve thought about a pole dancing class and know friends who have taken them. Love the birthday dress!
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  31. You look so, so fabulous!

    And such a great idea for a birthday party. Looks like a blast!

  32. I read this last week, but couldn’t remember if I commented or not…I guess I didn’t. What a great way to celebrate. I’ve been invited to a pole dancing class before but declined. I would probably try it with close girlfriends though…although I think I’d be very shy 😉 That instructor was fit. man! You looked stunning in your dress btw.
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    Great post and Happy Belated Birthday! Can’t believe I’ve never taken a pole dancing class but its definitely on my list of things to do!
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