I happened along the May Pole Blog Hop on http://sheenalashay.com and thought it would be fun to try – and I wanted to feel like a little part of the collective fun! I thought it was especially interesting to come from a perspective of a returning poler – as I can now say I am
- How long have you been pole dancing?
I was dancing the first time around for nearly two years, but I’ve had a break of nearly two years in between. I started back to beginner/intermediate classes just two short weeks ago and it feels great to be poling again.
- What’s your favourite song to pole dance to?
The one that gets me most in the mood for pole dancing I think is Muse – Supermassive Black Hole, but my pole playlist has all kinds on it from fun rubbish to soppy slow songs. I’m an awful freestyler so it’s just mood music really.
- What’s your favourite pole dance move?
I love so many but I am especially impressed by uber strong flexible stuff like Felix’s spatchcock
Or starfish and deathlay…. lots of scary and near unattainable impossible stuff to strive for! Don’t think I’d even attempt them let alone get to any point of perfection!
- What pole move is your nemesis?
It used to be this one…..
But now that everything is back to square one I’m sure I will have many more as I re-learn everything again!
Damn this move for people making it look so easy and pain free!!
- If you have to classify your dance style, what would it be?
Less dancing, more tricks usually – I look like Monica from friends doing her ‘fat dance’ whenever I try to look sultry!
- What inspires your movement? Why do you dance?
I do pole dancing in a less dance motivated way (because I’m not fantastically coordinated). I’m inspired to do it because of how fit you feel for doing it. There are so many amazing strong women pole dancing – that in itself is inspirational.
Pole dancing also made me think a little more about life – If something is worth doing you usually have to go through some hard work and pain to get there.
- Do you study/participate in any other kinds of dancing or other kinds of training?
I do other kinds of fitness – swimming, strength work, yoga, Pilates, dog walking… but I’ve never been interested in other kinds of dance.
- How often do you train, dance or attend class per week?
I have class once a week, and had intended to train at least once a week on the pole as well like I did first time around, but it’s been trickier to fit in this time. I try to exercise about 3-5 times a week if I can.
- Any tips for training?
I found classes invaluable to my motivation. I could only push myself so far with YouTube tutorials at home. I feel more confident learning in classes so I would recommend them to any beginners. They can be a lot of fun as well as getting you fit.
- Do you train on both sides when you pole? Why or why not?
Trying to – but I find my weak, left, side so cumbersome. Perhaps it’s because everything feels new again? But I intend to try as I get back to the point I was at. It would be nice to simply look more even!
- If you’re not a full time poler, how do you balance work and pole? Friends and pole? Life and Pole?
As with everything else – you just make time for the things you enjoy
- Is pole dancing, which happens to be a hobby for most, worth the investment?
If you are like me and started as a new fun way to workout it’s totally worth it. I bought a pole after my first couple of classes (as I knew I would need the extra practice!) and have never been as fit as when I was dancing twice a week at least. You find muscles you never knew existed. It’s much more addictive than the gym as well!
- Why did you start a pole dance blog?
Technically my blog is about all sorts – I don’t reel it in to any one thing. I write about pole on my blog because there is such a community of polers out there and it’s a fun world to be a part of. It’s good to share the highs and lows.
- What does your pole dance blog mainly focus on?
When I write about pole I try to focus on my perspective on issues (such as children pole dancing) and my own journey and what I have learnt. If any wisdom I pass on helps anyone else then that’s a bonus.
- What’s your favourite post on your pole dance blog?
Probably my first, because the pictures I put up then have a nice shape to them….and I probably miss my pink hair!
- What’s your favourite non-pole blog?
I follow lots of lovely people from a range of areas – each can be found on my ‘people I follow list’
- What is your favourite dance studio? (If you teach or own a studio, please list one other than where you teach.)
I workout in Belfast at Pole Kittens. The girls there are great and make it so much fun to do.
- If you teach, why did you start teaching, and how did it change your practice? If you don’t teach, do you think you’d ever want to teach? Why or why not?
I thought about teaching, when I was at a much better level, but looking back I don’t know how wise it would have been, as my form was never that good. It was nice to pass on tips to girls one to one but a whole class might have been a little overwhelming! At the moment I am just keen to learn. If an opportunity comes up years down the line when I’m much improved I might rethink – I might even bring pole dancing to the sleepy community of Weardale yet
- Heels or No Heels? Also any good recommendations for heels?
Love to look at them but can’t dance in them very well! I always wear bare feet because I found it easier. Although warm up squats in heels is much more of a workout…
- What are your favourite pole clothes?
I would love fun poling outfits, but I just workout in usual vest tops and a pair of tiny shorts – bit boring really. At least you don’t really need any specialist stuff to get stuck in, and it doesn’t feel like a fashion parade like it can in some gyms!
- What’s your favourite pole? Size? Material? Height? Static? Spin?
I have a 45mm x-pole sport at home and I work out on a 50mm pole in class. Haven’t had much experience of spin but might be fun to upgrade in future. Taller the better! My ceilings are so low I clang my feet off them inverting!
- If you have ever performed, how do you usually prepare your performance?
Happy to stay out of the spotlight and cheer on others! Pictures are fine – but I’m not pretty in motion….I’m not exactly pretty static but you get my jist!
- What’s something you love to do or experience aside from pole dancing?
Animals and travel are my two other big loves. If I can combine the two it’s even better.
- How has pole dancing affected your life?
First time round everything was about pole dancing. Friends, going out, working out. This time I’m hopefully a little more laid back about it. I hope it will make me a lot fitter and healthier again though.
- Looking back at your life, are you surprised that you’re a pole dancer? Like were you a nun five years ago and now you’re a pole teacher? Or does pole dancing seem like a natural fit into the progression of your life?
There have been a few times in my life where I’ve made an unexpected decision – so perhaps that’s become accepted about me? So in that way, choosing to start pole dancing was total normal! It’s nothing as drastic as moving country or shaving your head really! It’s a small step for man…
- What’s one pole stereotype that you wish would go away?
That pole dancing is ALL about sexy strippers, and that you easily look sexy on a pole - it’s bloody hard to make pole dancing look sexy! I certainly can’t manage it! People would pay me to put clothes back on to cover up the bruises!
- Best reaction when you told someone that you are a pole dancer?
Think the only different reaction has been ‘Really?!’ Think everyone understands it’s not me going out and stripping so they just see it as unusual. I haven’t had any negative reactions thankfully – although in my life I have been criticised on the street for outfits I’ve worn to go out clubbing, and someone thought I was the devil because I had a naval piercing as a teenager…. maybe those sorts of people would have a problem? Their problem, not mine!
- Also, since its May… does your Mother [or any maternal person in your life] know that you pole dance and what does she think?
Course she does – secretly she would love to herself
- What’s your pole fantasy or dream?
To be graceful and amazing on the pole making even the most extreme moves look easy! Total fantasy
- Finish this sentence. Pole dancing is….
….Fun, challenging and addictive.
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