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Harlem Shaking Day

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Yesterday was a great day to be in Melbourne, Australia. Summer weather, looks of pumped chicks ready to harlem, cute costumes, poles, hoops, and silks.

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Pole Files Interview 39: Karry Summers Pole Dancer

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Interview 39 is with New Zealander Karry Summers, over the last year she has become one of the top Pole dancers.

Her Gymnastics background gives her a creative edge, we love her style………. Enjoy reading and watching her videos………

Quick Bio on yourself…..
I grew up competing in gymnastics and always loved the dance and artistry side of the sport. Finding pole gave me a chance to express that side of myself more than I ever could as a gymnast and yet still throw myself upside down and around. I started pole in UK and when I moved back to New Zealand I opened up my own dance studio, Altitude Pole. Over the past years I have been getting into bigger and bigger competitions, until last year I placed 2nd at the Pole World Cup in Rio and 4th at World Champs in Zurich. I have loved all the experiences I have gotten to have because of pole and love the passion people all over the world have for it.

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Over 4 years now.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The first time I got to try a Gemini. It was so exciting to use different grip points to hold this pretty move

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My favourite style to do is a very lyrical, emotional style. Very sad songs that I can really lose myself in.

Favorite move?

I love the Ice Skater move. The one with the arm pit grip side on to the pole. Especially on spinner pole!

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Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

My crusty old rosin sock.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I actually really enjoy computer programming. Especially writing android apps. Just a little different from pole
Can’t live without?

My husband and my hair straighteners.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Fashion designer

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Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Empire Records!!!

TV Show: At the moment its Vampire Diaries

Musician: Not a very cool answer but, Taylor Swift

Album: hmmm Christina Aguilera’s stripped album maybe?

Song: ????

Book: Prey by Michael Chrichton

Magazine: ????
Food: My best friend’s mum’s Chocolate Fudge cake!!!
Designer: Ted Baker or Mango

Thanks so much Karry:)

Pole Files Interview 38: Charlee Wagner Pole Dancer

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Our Next Interview is with the Oohhhh so beautiful Charlee Wagner. Charlee has only been Pole Dancing for the last 2 years and is already one of the top names in Pole dancing.

So let’s hear all about Charlee……….

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Quick Bio

Charlee Wagner spent seven years as a competitive All-Star Cheerleader where she earned a full-ride to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. While attending school she discovered aerial arts and fell in love with aerial hammock and pole fitness. Her strength and flexibility from cheerleading allowed Charlee to begin in upper level classes where she quickly exceled.

With her new love and obsession, Charlee began training to become an international competitor. She began overtaking the competition circuit overnight. She prides herself on creating never-before-seen moves that push the limits of flexibility and strength.

Charlee also loves teaching pole, aerial hammock, and contortion. She is a certified pole dance instructor and when she is not teaching at the aerial and pole studio in Utah, she travels the world conducting workshops.

Awards:

National Aerial Pole Art 2013 champion

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National Aerial Pole Arts 2012 – Tricks Battle Champion

International Pole Masters Cup 2012 – Female Champion

Pole Convention 2012- Bad Kitty Tricks Battle Champion

The North American Pole Dance Championship National Elite 2012 – Champion

Pole Expo Pole-A-Palooza 2012- Champion

 

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Sponsors:
X-Pole
Pole Fitness Nutrition
Bad Kitty
Dew Point Pole

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been Pole Dancing for a little over two years now. I started dancing January 2011 at Studio Soiree in Salt Lake City Utah.

The moment you realized you love pole dancing?

The moment I touched it! 😀 I was addicted, my first class was an Intermediate/ Advanced level class with Lorinda Kay as my instructor and it kicked my ass! After that I was hooked- you couldn’t pry me off it.  I was black and blue everywhere with little to no skin left and loved every second!

Describe your style.

I usually perform a more carefree style, and I just focus on the fun of pole. I like to push my limits and break out of my comfort zone every now and then. My favorite style is tricksy and daredevilish!

Favorite move?

OOOH I have lots! There are always new moves that I want to learn and want to master, and the hardest ones that take the most effort are usually my favorite! I love drops!

I do have to say I love my two signature moves, the contorted remi-bridge, and the reverse rainbow (swan).

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

Chicken! Lol!! (I eat a lot of chicken)

Dry Hands, Dew Point, fun pole clothes (yay Bad Kitty), and danceable music!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Yoga, Acroyoga, Running, Hammock, and Contortion

Can’t live without? My snake! (Kinkee) she is my baby, and probably the cutest lil snake ever!

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What is your daily exercise regimen?

DON’T STOP! I do pole at least 2-3 hours daily, and stretch around 1-2 hours as well.  For cross training I switch between running, and Acroyoga!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Heart Surgeon! I was always fascinated by the human heart and loved learning anatomy.

My knowledge of anatomy has actually helped me a ton in learning and teaching pole and contortion. I like knowing what muscles I am using, stretching, the way they all work together, and how to access their strength.

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Favorite things of all time:

Movie: LOTS…. Savages, The Croods, Chicago, Liar Liar, and Super Troopers

TV Show: Dexter, Greys Anatomy, Friends, and Walking Dead

Musician: Brogan Kelby (my brother), The XX, Fun, Imagine Dragons, NeverShoutNever

Album: Night Visions, and It’s Time

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Song: It changes depending on my mood. I have a full Ipod of my favorite songs!

Book: The Way of the Superior man, The Host, Jekyll and Hyde

Magazine: Vertical Fitness

Food: Chicken, Chinese food, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Hummus

Designer: Bad Kitty lol, Lululemon, I pretty much just wear workout clothing!

Thanks Charlee, we have loved hearing your story <3

Pole Files Interview 37: Joanna Littlewood-Johnson Pole Dancer

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Today we have the great pleasure of interviewing Joanna Littlewood-Johnson !!! She has amazing strength, great routines and cute costumes:)
You would not know it but Joanna is 43 year old, so lets hear about Joanna and her pole dancing career…….

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I started classes at Bobbi’s after watching a friend compete in MPD in 2008, so about 4 ½ years ago, just before I turned 40

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

When I did my first show (comp) and, as well as the performing,

loved the whole experience of training, choreographing and the losing track of time that comes with playing with new tricks and putting together new combinations.

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Describe your style.

My style is based on dance, strength moves, leg flexibility and I hope my performances express my love of pole and dancing. I try to adapt my style and choreography to suit the music I have chosen. I prefer dancing barefoot because there are so many tricks and dance styles (I love big jumps) that are easier without shoes, but I also love to put on my heels occasionally.

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Favorite move?

No particular favourite, but I love trying different splits, dynamic moves like leaps onto the pole and I’ve been working on Jenyne’s iguana walk.

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

My iPhone to film myself as I train on my own in my loungeroom. Grip aids – Always Dry Hands and dew point or shaving gel, depending on the type of pole

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Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

My kids – I have two handsome, brilliant boys that I adore, although they keep me busy with all their out of school activities (mum’s taxi service … lol)
Pilates – I have been running my own studio for 10 years.

Can’t live without?

Being busy, goals and challenges, stretching, my foam rollers, Bakballs and supply of massage balls, my boys, sunny days, dancing

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

A dancer

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Favourite things of all time:

I’m not so good at picking favourites. I have such a wide variety of tastes which change and evolve in so many areas, but I’ll do my best

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TV Show: TV for me is for evening stretching or to relieve the boredom of ironing school uniforms, but I have always been a big Absolutely Fabulous fan and like shows like House and Elementary.

Musician: I love so many different styles, from classical to musical theatre, rock, dubstep, dance, jazz , blues …. some favs at the moment (which I seem to pick a lot for shows) are Muse, Florence and the machine and Sarah Blasko

Book: I love reading but don’t get nearly enough time. A couple of trilogies that have grabbed me are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hunger Games

Magazine: I subscribe to Pilates style magazine

Food: Coffee, Loving Earth chocolate, mangoes, scallops, Broccoli

Designer: Lululemon

 

Thank you Joanna has been a pleasure getting to know you. Xxx

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Pole Files Interview 36: Kristy Sellars Pole Dancer

The next pole files interview is with the current Miss Pole Dance Victoria, Kristy Sellars. Kristy is an amazing performer, I had the privilege to watch her perform at Miss Pole Dance Victoria competition. Kristy has the ability to capture the audience with her amazing choreography and theatre mixes.

Her Miss Pole Dance Victoria video is a must to watch, Kristy transforms into a air hostess and finishes the performance with a show stopping light up bra!!!!

So lets hear all about Kristy…………

 

BIO
Kristy Sellars started her professional dance career in 2003, she has since then worked in Australia and overseas choreographing and dancing in live shows, music videos and TV series such as So You Think You Can Dance.
She started pole dancing in 2007 and quickly became addicted. In 2009 she competed in her first ever professional competition Miss Pole Dance Victoria. She then went on to place second runner up the following year and receive a wild card entry to Miss Pole Dance Australia where she wowed the crowd with her creative Pirates of the Carribean performance.
After taking a year off competing to have a baby, Kristy returned to perform at Encore Sydney Pole Show with unique pole interpretation of a psychotic mental patient. Later that month she competed once again in Miss Pole Dance Victoria and took out the title!
She then choreographed 4 pieces, and performed in 2 of them for Encore 2013 including ‘Train’, which showcased the talents of some of the top pole performers in the co

untry in a unique and fun routine.
Kristy is thrilled to be running the Victorian Pole Championships this year in May, and in June she will tour the US to teach, and will be performing at ‘Girl Next Door’ and the ‘International Pole Convention 2013’.

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?
Almost 6 years but was not really training properly for a year around the time I had my baby Rylie  She’s 18 months old now.

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The moment you realised you love pole dancing?
After the very first class I did! I got in the car and put my drink bottle between my legs because the skin was so sore, and all I could think was ‘this is so painful but I’m so coming back next week’! haha

Describe your style
My background is in all types of dance so I guess that’s what I do on the pole. I like to do as many different types of performances as I can… keep surprising people

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Favorite move?
That’s a ‘tricky’ question  I guess the move I’ve always loved training and creating different variations of is the shoulder mount. There’s so much you can do with it ie: The Sellars Bomb! and the walk down!

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?
I use tite grip and then a little bit of itac, as well as jogging on the spot and holding a plank right before I go on stage so I’m just a little bit warm/sweaty so I can grip to the pole easier.

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Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?
Family  love watching my little girl grow every day.
I love movies/shopping/girly catch ups too

Growing up I wanted to be a ….
Dancer/ choreographer  even since I was about 6

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Favorite things of all time:
Movie: Chicago/ Memoirs of a Geisha
Tv Show: SEX AND THE CITY!
Musician: Hans Zimmer
Album:
Song: ‘Titty Dancer’ haha- bit naughty but oh such a fantastic sexy pole song!
Book: Illusions/ The Alchemist
Magazine: –
Food: my weakness is chocolate biscuits!! ahhh
Designer: I probably need to shop more to have a good answer to this question… I live in Ballarat… good shopping is very limited

Thanks Kristy for taking the time to tell us your story, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for the rest of 2013…..

Pole Files Interview 35: Miss Filly Pole Dancer

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Our next interview is with Melbourne Girl Philippa Rasidi aka Miss Filly. Miss Filly is an amazing pole dancer has has won many awards that showcase her talent. I have always known about the awesome Miss Filly in the pole dance world, but after seeing Miss Filly perform and watching her on you tube I am totally inspired.

This is a great interview and Miss Filly has some amazing videos that are a must to watch. Enjoy the story……

 

Quick Bio on yourself…..
After I started competing in my first comps, Miss Filly was born, because I thought it sounded more girlie than my current nickname….Phil. I slowly worked out that I don’t or can’t always dance like everyone else, but I also realised that was ok. I don’t have a dance, gymnastics, Callisthenics or an anything background. I was a musician and so adapting to this new sporty lifestyle was the biggest change I made to my life.
Also the best decision EVER!
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– 2nd Runner Up 2013 (3rd Place)
– Finalist 2011 & 2012

Australian Pole Championships 2012
– Winner Best Trickster

Fit X – Pole Power Champion 2012

Miss Pole Dance Victoria:
– Solo 1st Runner Up 2011,
– Solo 2nd Runner Up 2012,
– Doubles Champion 2010, 2011, 2012

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?
I would have been a student about 4 years ago now I think, at Pole Divas in Melbourne.

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The moment you realised you love pole dancing?
My sister and I started Pole Dancing together and after a few months we realised we were spending more on Pole classes than on food. I think that was the moment we realised we were addicts!!

Describe your style.
My style has evolved a lot in the last couple of years. I was really against barefoot pole dance and now I can’t get enough of it! I’ve become more, fluid, acrobatic and strength trick based rather than flexi tricks.

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Favorite move?
I love giant dropping combos but right now, cup grip combos, the Fonji/Kamikaze and the Janeiro.

 

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?
Dry Hands! …. and YouTube!!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?
I love film, and do a tongue-in-cheek weekly film review with my bestie, we think we’re hilarious, but it doesn’t seem to be catching on

Can’t live without?
My 2 cats, the Pole Divas Moonee Ponds Studio, a massage.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..
Well there’s written evidence by a younger me I wanted to be an assassin. What a terrible child!! But I really loved the universe, I wanted to be an astronomer.

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Favourite things of all time:
Movie: The Usual Suspects… Clerks, Dogma (wait, anything by Kevin Smith)…The Third Man… Shawshank Redemption… I can’t choose one!

TV Show: Red Dwarf (hands down) but Arrested Development adn Black Books are a close second and third

Musician: George Clinton, John Spencer, Coltrane, Ray Charles, Fishbone

Album: Give a Monkey a Brain and He’ll swear He’s the Centre of the Universe – Fishbone
Graceland – Paul Simon
Black Album – Metallica

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Song: I ain’t got you – Alicia Keys, Everyday Sunshine – Fishbone, 50 ways to leave your lover – Paul Simon

Book: Micro (Michael Crichton), Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

Magazine: NW. It’s just unashamedly trashy and I love it. And I am a Crozzle master!!

Food: All of it. And Gin.

Designer: Black Milk. Toi et Moi. House of Harlow. But you get get awesome stuff at Kmart too

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Thanks Miss Filly

Pole Files Interview 34: Venessa Clack Pole Dancer

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For our 34th interview we have the strong and beautiful Venessa Clack from South Africa. I had the pleasure of meeting and attending 3 workshops with Venessa at the WA Pole Camp 2013.

Venessa’s knowledge of the pole industry, moves and other pole dancers is to be commended. Not only did she teach unique pole moves but she would quote them back to pole other dancers she has seen perform these moves.

After 3 workshops with Venessa, she has become one of my favorite pole dancers and can’t wait to attend another workshop with her.

Let hear Venessa Story……..

Bio

Venessa Clack is currently ranked among the top pole dancers in the world. She has recently just finished a successful tour of Australia where she covered 5 cities in 8 days conducting;Veness Clack rarr designs interview• 14 workshops,
• 16 private lessons,
• and was an international guest instructor at the West Australian Pole Camp, and performed at WAPPS 2013.
2012 was an incredibly successful year, she placed 5th overall at the World Pole Sports Championships in London (held alongside the 2012 Olympic Games), won the South African Championships, was runner up at Miss Pole Dance South Africa and was named Sports Women of the Year 2012. Equally in 2011 she was the winner of Miss Pole Dance South Africa and reached the semi-finals of the World Pole & Fitness Championships in Budapest.
Venessa has quickly made a name for herself on the international pole fitness stage, having risen to the top of the South African field in the five short years since she discovered the sport. Having an extensive background in fitness, she had been dancing for just six months when she was named runner up in Miss Pole Dance South Africa 2006 (a spot she retained for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 competitions). Now the owner of Ladies Alternative Fitness, a small but highly successful studio in Johannesburg, she is constantly at work developing her signature strength-oriented style of dancing, including the aerial combinations and move transitions that have made her the dancer to beat at both local and inter

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national competitions.
Her love for fitness and sports started late in life where she started her competitive career in IFBB Miss Fitness. She is a wife, mother to a 3 year old little angel, studio owner and competitive dancer.

Favourite move –

The wrap or cradle spin as I use it for all my transitions and tumbles. It allows me to create horizontal shapes without exerting too much energy. Second favourite would be the Wilde, my elbow hook horizontal move

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Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing –

My camphor cream and dry hands. Without them I wouldn’t be able to execute my signature transitions and body switches

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing –

Yes, Champagne and shoes!

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Can’t live without –

my daughter, I believe in laughing every day and she brings me endless supplies

Growing up I wanted to be –

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Favourite things of all time –

Food, I love cultural cuisine. Because I get to travel I get to experience the fusion of food and culture
Movie – Not a big movie buff, but I am a sucker for “Rom Coms”TV Show – Anything from the 80’s. McGyver, all-time favourite show
Musician – Too many to choose from, over the years of pole dancing I now like music that I can see myself dancing to
Album – Black Album Metallica
Song – Nothing Else matters, Metallica, it was my wedding song
Book – I read a book week, so have a whole library of favourites.
Magazine – What are those, too busy dancing in the studio teehee
Food – Mediterranean, love tapas type meals that way I don’t have to choose I can have a little bit of everything.
Designer – Stoned Cherry

 

Thanks Venessa, I look forward to meeting you again.

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Pole Files Interview 33: Flying Laura Pole Dancer

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The amazing Laura Martin AKA Flying Laura is our next interview. I have had the pleasure of spending a fair bit of time with Laura and she is not only an amazing pole dancer but a beautiful person. She is so inspiring and after spending over a week with her she reminded me to follow my heart and dreams. She is a great performer and instructor and I personally love her style it’s fast and fun.

Check out her website http://www.flyinglaura.com

Lets hear from Laura………

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?

12 years.

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The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The instant i saw a ballerina invert high up on a pole, i knew i wanted to do it. and to be the best! 🙂

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Describe your style.

I have a lot of explosive power, and am very quick. transitions are what i am best at. i would call my style energetic, and heart centered, and daring.

Favorite move?

The flying laura of course ! i really don’t know if my name is more my style, or actual moves i have created… but its also known as leg switches, electric leg switch, body switching, ect. I have perfected this over doing it for most of my time as a pole dancer, nearly 12 years! and invented it with straight legged switching, its so fun to perform!

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

  1. fun, can’t live without the fun.

2. a song that i connect with on a deep level, VS. a song that i think others will like. its always has to come from an organic connection, and to trust that connection. it is so liberating this way.

Favorite pole dancing memory?

Man, there are SO many moments with my career that stand out. But the one that has made the biggest impact and momentum in my life is winning the american pole fitness championships. Everything from the training leading up to the competition, to the mental preparation of the performance, and actually living in the performance, and hearing my name called, which I was so wrapped up in being present and letting it all out on stage, that I wasn’t even concerned with the win. I was not expecting it, and quite frankly, it was a huge validating experience for me. I have been pole dancing for so long, and have competed and never won a title, so it was a huge day for me. I worked really hard too, so that day taught me a lot about believing in yourself and your dreams, because if you put in the work, they come true.

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Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Outside pole dancing, I would say my passions are good conversations with interesting people and great friends, reading, journaling, and letting my imagination run wild. Besides creating and people, and hanging out on the beach in the summer, I love experiencing culture, spirituality, helping others and nature from all over the world. This world is a really beautiful place if one is open to seeing it, and this is something I am grateful for.

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Can’t live without?

Spirit…i cant live with out it, because I would be nothing with out it. it is me, it is what drives me, it lives through me. No, I am not a religious person. Religion is different to me… the spirit I am referring to is that thing on the inside that inspires us to believe in more, I just look inside, and that has been my best guide. I would not be where I am now if not for it.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

hahaha… well, what I wanted to be was a rockstar, but everyone else told me I couldn’t do that, but it didn’t matter, because I always ended up not listening, and doing what I wanted to anyway…  So, now, I get t

o perform, and I am SO grateful for that!

Favourite things of all time:

Movie:  from the 80’s…dirty dancing, and don’t mind watching the occasional dry or high brow humor. recently, saw “blueberry” known as “renegade” in the US.. really great cinematography and story.

TV Show: Frankly, I don’t watch TV… its a waste of my emotional and mental energy.

Musician: this is a tough one for me, because i am one of those people that appreciates music for what it is, and appreciate all its qualities… though, I will say one band that sticks out in my head is Tool. Others that stick out in my mind are legends like led zeppelin,  and michael jackson. However, I cant go without hip hop or soul, like Jurassic 5, john legend, marvin gaye, stevie wonder. But I love the new movement of more underground electronic genres like Bird of prey, phutureprimitive, bassnectar, to name a few.

song: well, I have one song, that I heard as little girl, it changed my life. its corny and old, but the message is beautiful. its called ” love song” by an 80’s rock band.. testla. I don’t know if I would call it a favorite, as much as a song with an endearing, sweet  memory. It warmed my heart with hope at a very young age.. i’ll never forget that.

Book: I love books! I especially seem to love self help books for artists, like “war of art” or “do the work” by steven pressfield, or “the artist way”, I also REALLY love the book ” the alchemist” by paulo coelho.. a book of following your heart and adventure, oooh, and i love reading poetry by the sufi poet rumi… especially ” the book of love”.

Magazine: I prefer online resources,

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Food: I LOVE food!! I love green stuff, I love thai cuisine, I love fruits and veggies, and ooh, sweet potatoes !!  I am a predominately vegan, clean eater. I am very passionate about this, with the growing external costs of our way of life being so traumatic to our environment, I know food to be a great way to be an active part of eliminating on polluting the world, and our bodies. Please don’t mistake what I am saying as an extremist, I am not saying meat is bad for everyone, however, I do feel as our industries stand now, we have a lot of changing to do to become more in balance with our planet. Clean eating, and organic, is one strong and reachable way to be involved in our day to day lives.

Designer: I love having custom designs made for costumes, ideas, and any creative project i may have. I would love to be more in the fashion loop, guess thats on my to do list 🙂

Pole Files Interview 31: Nadia Shariff Pole Dancer

Nadia Shariff is our next pole files interview. I have the pleasure of doing a workshop with Nadia last week and she is an absolutely amazing instructor  plus an energetic performer. I am always so engaged when watching any of Nadia’s performances, she attracts and engages the crowd. I found her a warm and bubbly person with the most amazing hair:)

Lets hear from Nadia..


Quick Bio on yourself…..

I’ve been pole dancing for 5 years. Started teaching myself tricks from watching YouTube and then quickly started competing, teaching, growing and sharing the love of pole. I am proud to say that I am the 2012 National Aerial Pole Art Champion, the 2012 California Pole Dance Champion and the 2012 Pole masters Cup Doubles Champion with my amazing partner Mina Mortezaie.

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?

5 years

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The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The moment I saw Felix Canes first winning Australian routine

Describe your style.

I would say my style is energetic, aggressive and entertainment based with a taste of acro and contortion

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Favorite move?

My favorite move is the Chinese Phoenix because I worked so hard on creating it thru theoretical physics

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Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

Pole dancing makes me feel powerful and the community makes me feel whole.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I am passionate about teaching math to anyone willing to learn.

Can’t live without?

Pole!

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Growing up I wanted to be a…..

biomedical/neural engineer in hopes of making a “Terminator”

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: The Wedding Singer

TV Show: Daria

Musician: Mariah Carey

Album: Live Through This by Hole

Song: Dazed and Confused

Book: The Immortals

Magazine: Vertical

Food: Enchiladas

Designer: BCBG

Thanks taking for giving us some more insight into your life. Xxx

Rarrdesigns PhotoShoot

Rarrdesigns Photo Shoot

Today Rarrdesigns launched there range with an amazing photo s

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hoot. Set in a studio in Narre Warren on the outskirts of Melbourne.

The Models, hairdressers, make-up artists and photographers arrived around 10ish, and it started straight away. Crimpers, curling irons, fake lashes and lots of glitter.

There were a few hiccups with the lighting but what photo shoot doesn’t have hiccups. It didn’t take long of that to be sorted and we were on a roll again.

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There was rollar skates, pole dance, hoop, lot’s of laughs and lollies……….

The bright colours in the room were amazing, with 80’s fluro make-up and big hair the photoshoot was a success.

Cheek out the pics……..and stay tuned to hear more about the Western Australian Pole camp. Xxx

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Pole Files Interview 30: Michelle Stanek Pole Dancer

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Today’s Interview is with Michelle Stanek she is very well known in the Pole dance industry. Her styles in unique and fluid. I really enjoy watching Michelle perform she a a different way of capturing a audience.

So Let’s hear all about Michelle…….

Short bio…
Michelle Stanek grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania sneaking out of bedroom windows, camping and dancing. In college, she studied art history, business and dance. She went on to graduate school to earn her Master’s degree in art history. She abandoned dance to be an art history professor, program curator and tour guide in Italy. In 2008 she found pole dance. She became addicted and began to develop her own style, finally utilizing her dance background. In 2009 she was laid off. Although a shock, it allowed her to teach pole dance, train more, eventually enter and win 5 out of 6 competitions and make a full time career out of something she loves. When she is not traveling, Michelle lives in New York City and teaches at Body& Pole.

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How long have you been doing pole dancing?

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5 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

NOT my first class. It took a while for me to love it. I think that happened about a year into it when I realized I had my own style. I could use my contemporary dance background with a subtle hint of sexy. At first, I think I was trying too hard to be like everyone else I was seeing in the pole world. And although I was having a great time whipping my hair, humping the floor and uncovering a wildly sexy part of me, my dancing felt contrived. When I stopped imitating and started moving the way I felt, then I started to soar.

Describe your style.

Not just traditional sexy. Not just traditional contemporary. But a unique blend of both.

Favorite move?

All flips, spins, leaps and handsprings with a Chinese grip. The Jade. Fast, explosive combos juxtaposed to slow, gooey combos. Floor work!

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Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

Dry Hands. Arnica.

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Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Facebooking?! Fitness. Movies. I love art, exploring museums and walking around NYC. I am also a competitive board game player and dirty martini connoisseur. But mostly what I do is directly related to pole and aerial dance.

Can’t live without?

Coffee. Body & Pole. My fiance. My acupuncturist. I’m not sure which order…

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Broadway star in New York City. Wait a sec…close enough!

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Goonies.

TV Show: The Walking Dead. I love it. I hate it.

Musician: Oh, I can’t pick one. Otis Redding always gets me good.

Album: Of all time?? Hmm…U2 The Joshua Tree; The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill; Adele 21. Pearl Jam Ten; Michael Jackson Thriller; Florence and the Machine Lungs; So many…

Song: Right now I am feeling Madness by Muse a LOT.

Book: The Birth of Venus; The Red Tent; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series

Magazine: Vertical Art & Fitness. Smithsonian. US weekly.

Food: Wine. That counts right?

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Designer: Roberto Cavalli. Should anyone ever want to buy be a Roberto Cavalli dress…realistically, I’m happy with Forever 21.

 

Thanks Michelle, Keep on competing as we love watching you. Xx

Pole Files Interview 29: Lisa D Pole Dancer

My Next interview is with the beautiful and talented Lisa D. I find her to be an absolutely amazing performer, her performances are mesmerising she knows how to work the stage.

Lisa has performed at many of Australia’s major competitions and the Asia pacific too.

You must watch her latest video from the ACP, her performance is brillant. The way she has captured the audience with her unique style and subtle humor.

Let here Lisa’s Story………..

Quick Bio on yourself…..

I have been pole dancing for about seven years, and over that time people have often told me they remember me for my “Lisa-ish” style of movement, my passion onstage, and my love of unusual tricks and combos. I’ve got a background in gymnastics, martial arts and circus, and have performed on trapeze, tissu and with hula hoops, but pole will always be my first love.

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1st place, Miss Pole Dance Queensland 2008
3 time finalist in Miss Pole Dance Australia, 2008, 2011 and 2012
2nd place, Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2011
3rd place, Asia Pacific Pole Championships 2011
Performer, Encore Sydney Pole Show 2012
3rd place, Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2012
2nd place, Australian Pole Championships 2012
Performer, Encore Sydney Pole Show 2013

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

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Roughly seven years.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

When I made up my first unique trick on the fireman’s pole in a children’s playground late one night when I had gone for a walk because I couldn’t sleep.

Describe your style.

It’s hard to describe yourself. Passionate, unusual, stronger than I look, musical. Fluid, but not clasically so.

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Favorite move?

One I made up and called the Triangle.

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?

Dry Hands for the hands, iTac for the body, and metho for the pole!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Reading, eating out, playing with my cat, writing, talking on the phone (wow, I sound like a 16 year old!)

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Can’t live without?

The feeling that my direction is mine to choose and that there are many possibilities available to me.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

I didn’t know, and I lied to the adults about wanting to be a lawyer or writer. Probably a musician or a dancer if I had realised those things could be your job!

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Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Solaris, Edward Scissorhands, In the Mood for Love, Leaving Las Vegas, Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander, Lust Caution, Punch-Drunk Love, Anchorman.

TV Show: Deadwood.

Musician: Too hard!

Album: Run Come Save Me by Roots Manuva, Like Swimming by Morphine, Picture Book by Simply Red, Hell Hath No Fury by Clipse.

Song: Use Me by Bill Withers, Zombie by Fela Kuti, Afro Blue – the John Coltrane version, People Everyday by Arrested Development, Witness by Roots Manuva.

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Book: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Magazine: Love a good gossip rag. I could look at bad plastic surgery all day long.

Food: Sushi, Japanese in general, Korean, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai.

Designer: I don’t care about clothes, but for dance shoes I like Pleaser, and for walking shoes Naot or Trippen.

 

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to do this interview, it has been an absolute pleasure.

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