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Pole Files Interview 44: Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer

Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs
Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs
Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs

Our next interview is with Melbourne Girl Megan Blyszak. Megan B is an amazing pole dancer she only started Pole less than 5 years ago and has already won many awards that showcase her talent.  Megan inspires so many other polers and is setting the bar high in the competition world.

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

Quick bio

After doing competitive gymnastics for 11 yrs I played outdoor soccer for a good 10years and somewhere in between that I fell in love with pole and found myself teaching pole too! I started competing just last year and was very lucky to walk away with runners up at VPC and 2nd runners up at APC. I recently won Rising Stars and Pole Candy 2015 and am excited to make the transition from amateur/semi pro to professional at VPC later this year!

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Have been pole dancing about 4-5yrs now

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

My first class – absolutely loved it!!

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Describe your style?

I was never blessed with natural flex, even with my gymnastics background so I would say I’m more dynamic, enjoy tumbles and I’m very “gymmy” haha! luv me some flips and anything acrobatic!! Something to get the adrenaline pumping. I’m a HUGE fan of static so most of my routines have more static rather then spin !!

Favourite move?

There’s way too many but I do luv a good pole assisted back sault, flip up onto the pole and swing spin to punch front. Anything flippy haha!

Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs
Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs

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

I don’t use a lot of grip but when I do it’s always dry hands Luv my pole uggs and all the pretty pole wear!! Rarr Indi bad kitty – too many and definitely my iPad and iPod!! 

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Yes I run my own hip hop dance school and I work as a nurse during the day which I’m very passionate about !! Also addicted to watching dance moms haha!!

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Describe how it feels to be performing and competing amongst some of the best pole dancers in the world?

Have just started my transition from amateur/semi pro to professional this year and already I feel like the talent of our local and national polers is insane!!! I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be apart of it all! I have grown so much and continue to strive because I’m surrounded by so many inspirational polers!!

What does your training schedule look like?

I teach pole Mondays and Wednesday’s, and I train Monday Tuesday and Thursday. I see my physio every week and usually try and rest on the weekends. I run my hip hop school Friday nights.

Can’t live without?

The support of my boyfriend, family and friends!!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

A surgeon

Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs
Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Way too many!! Big fan of Disney and movies that have a twist!! Panic room, Taken, a hunger games!!

TV Show: Dance moms of course!!

Musician: Always enjoy listening to Drake, Frank Ocean and Banks, and anything rnb too!

Song: Ooo at the moment Go by Delilah

Book: A boy called ‘It’ – but generally anything non fiction!!

Magazine: Aus pole dancers mag!! And all the trashy ones of course! OK NW !!

Food: FOOOOOD all food haha!!!

Designer: EVIL TWIN

Thank you Megan for sharing your story with us. Xx

 

Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs
Megan Blyszak Pole Dancer Rarr designs

Pole Files Interview 43: Natty Stephens Pole Dancer

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

Our next 2 interviews we are staying local within our home town Victoria.

Our Next interview is with the amazing Natty Stephens……….. Nat is Melbourne based girl with an amazing Pole style. She has only recently hit the competition stage and has blown away audiences and judges.

Natty Trains and represents Pole Princess Studios. And its set to get on stage for VPC and MPDV in the next month.

So I know you are dying to hear about Nat. Hear is her story…….

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer
Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

 

Quick Bio

 

Born and raised in Melbourne I have always had a passion for dance, but made a choice to get a degree in IT which meant leaving my dancing behind.

I stumbled into the world of pole dancing as a result of a flyer in my letterbox for a free trial class at Pole Princess. I left that class with my first pair of pole shoes (5 ¾ inches – so low!!) and haven’t stopped since!

I started competing 12 months ago and in that time I have the following titles:

Victorian Pole Championships – Amateur 2nd Runner Up – 2014

Miss Pole Dance Australia – VIC Heats – 2nd Runner Up – 2015

Miss Pole Dance Australia – Champions Choice – 2015

Pole Candy – Pro Runner Up – 2015

 

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer
Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

4 ½ years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I realised I was addicted when attending classes wasn’t enough and I so I purchased my first x-pole, put it up in my garage and actually used it religiously! If I wasn’t at the studio in class I was at home on my pole.

Describe your style.

My style varies and adapts to the scene. On one hand I love being very playful and dynamic, I want to captivate my audience when I perform; and on the other hand, I love taking the time to appreciate losing myself in a bare foot routine and dancing for myself.

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Favourite move?

Depends on the day! I am always trying something new that I come across and want to work out or change. I always love split tricks, cup grips & elbow grips.

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

Shaving cream, tite grip, dew point, YouTube & my favourite training buddies!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

When I’m not pole dancing, I’m watching pole videos and planning my next training session. I also love bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but not as high and with no ropes!

Describe how it feels to be performing and competing amongst some of the best pole dancers in the world?

It is surreal. I never imagined getting to this level. I pole dance for the love of it and to be able to share the stage with so many people who inspire me is just incredible.

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer
Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

What does your training schedule look like?

I train most days, making sure to fit in at least one rest day per week.

Can’t live without?

My husband, my Myo & food!

Growing up I wanted to be a…

A dancer! Ha, well that kinda worked out

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer
Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

 

Favourite things of all time…

Movie:  can I say I don’t have a favourite? I do enjoy a good horror or action movie and anything that makes you think.

TV Show: ok don’t judge me… Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Grey’s Anatomy, Game of Thrones

Musician: Love me some Bruno Mars or Foo Fighters but I have a pretty diverse taste in music, it generally goes with my mood at the time.

Song: Right now my pole candy song is in my head and all over the radio so I’ll say Hey Mama. But I don’t play favourites with music, that changes daily.

Book: I am just not a reader!

Magazine: Australian Pole Dancers Magazine & Volare

Food: Pizza, Pasta, Ice Cream, Chocolate. Actually… wait… all the foods!

Designer: House of Moira, Cleo RockNPole, 007Heaven, RarrDesigns (best.hoodies.ever!!)

Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer
Natty Stephens Rarr designs Pole dancer

 

Thanks Nat for taking time to answer our questions we look forward to seeing you on stage and around in our cute Rarr Hoodies <3

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/missnjm

Instagram: natty_stephens

Pole Candy Routine: https://www.facebook.com/natalie.stephens.779/videos/10153874506484418/?l=3071203795650844180

Miss Pole Australia Routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzn2ZpLWEd0

Pole Files Interview 42: Bendy Kate Pole Dancer

Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer

 

Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer

Omg our next interview is with the amazing Bendy Kate. Bendy Kate has been a personal favorite pole dancer of mine. Her style and flexibility amazes the pole world.

 

Let Hear about her…..

Quick Bio

Bendy has been competing at a professional level for the last three years.
Some of her recent titles include:

World Pole Sport and Fitness Champion 2014
The UK Professional Champion 2013
The UK Professional Champion 2012
The UK Professional Champion 2011
World Pole Dance Doubles Runner up 2012/11
World Pole Sport Doubles Runner up 2012
Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles 2012
Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles 2011
UK Amateur Champion 2010
Pole Divas Champion 2010

Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer

 

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

5 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

When I went to my first practice session and made lots of silly things up on the pole because I didn’t know what else to do!!

Describe your style.

I would say my style is quirky, bendy and acrobatic. I also love story telling in performances!

Favourite move?

This changes weekly! At the minute it is this eagle over split move that I keep posting on Instagram at the minute. But I don’t know the name

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

Good music when I’m training or teaching!!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Yes I am a qualified sports therapist too! And I love to do crafts like knitting and sewing. Also love taking my dog on walks!

Describe how it feels to be performing and competing amongst some of the best pole dancers in the world?

Very inspiring!!

What does your training schedule look like?

If I’m not teaching or travelling all day I tend to train two disciplines a day (pole, gymnastics, aerial) And I either stretch or do some cardio work too.

Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer

Can’t live without?

Nutella! Aeroplanes and my dog peanut!!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Vet, lawyer, journalist then physiotherapist!!

Favourite things of all time: Dancing for myself smile emoticon

Movie: Pulp fiction

TV Show: The walking dead!

Musician: James Bay

Song: Too many to choose

Book: The princess bride

Magazine: I don’t really read these unsure emoticon

Food: Roasted vegetables

Designer: Aude kouture

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Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Bendy Kate Pole dancer

 

Thank you Bendy Kate, We love you Xx

Pole Files Interview 41: Amy Hazel Pole Dancer

Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer

 

Its been a long time since our last interview……. So lets start back with a bang!!!

Miss AMY HAZEL, current Winner of the Aerial All Stars Pole Art Winner 2015.

She is a super nice chick, with a beautiful personality and she is pretty short too.

We can’t wait to see her on the main stage a lot more but lets her about her. Xx

 

Little Bio –

Australian born, Hong Kong raised, I began dancing at the age of 6 along side tennis and swimming. My love for pole at the age of 18 inspired me to push myself to the extreme and as a result become one of Australia’s bendiest pole dancers winning aerial all stars 2015!

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

4 years

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The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

As soon as I started and I realised how sexy and fit I could be!

Describe your style.

BENDY!

Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer

Favourite move?

Rainbow marchenko

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

Bad kitty Brazil shorts, pole uggs and bling it heels oh and my iPhone camera!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Fashion designing and nutrition

Describe how it feels to be performing and competing amongst some of the best pole dancers in the world?

Incredible and surreal! A dream come true for sure!!! I still dont believe it

What does your training schedule look like?

Whenever I teach, I do about 2-3 hours extra to that or more!

Can’t live without?

Food and mascara!

 

Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer
Rarr Designs Amy Hazel Pole dancer

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Singer hahahahahha can’t sing to save my life! Then a fashion designer!

Favourite things of all time: catching up with friends and traveling

Movie: blue crush

TV Show: breaking bad

Musician: ed Sheeran or eminem

Song: stairway to heaven

Book: a million little pieces

Magazine: Australian pole dancers magazine

Food: breakfast! All things breakfast!

Designer: one teaspoon!

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Thank you Amy for your beautiful story and inspiring us Xx

Pole Files Interview 40: Ekaterina Guseva Pole Dancer

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Our 40th interview with the beautiful Ekaterina Guseva from Russia. She ha amazing flexibility and is a beautiful pole dancer.

Quick Bio

I was born in small town and never been involved in professional sport or dance. Based in Moscow I started train pole dance in early 2011. After a year training in the dance form, discovered the role of acrobatic gymnastic tricks on the pole when joined Elena Shishkova’s ‘Poledance’ school.
the Flexibility title in the ‘Pole Dance Unity 2012′ competition held in Moscow, and was also a finalist in the “Pole Dance Battle 2012″ in St.Petersberg, winner of “Pole Dance Fest 2013” category artistic profi. Now semi-finalist of IPC 2013.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

2.5 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

Of course from my first training day and when I tried spining pole.

Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns
Ekaterina Guseva rarrdesigns

Describe your style.

I try mix pole dance and tribal dance. Shaman and mystical style. It’s the beginning)

Favorite move?

I’m not sure of the correct translation. It’s on pics (attached). And all another moves I trying to do.

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

it’s some resin and platinum grip.

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Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

When I was a child loved drawing now it’s my profession- makeup artist.

Can’t live without?

good music, art in all its forms. Can’t live without my imagination.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

lawyer

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: films of Jim Jarmusch, Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, Blake Edwards.

TV Show: The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Friends

Musician: a lots such as Nina Simone, Angelo Badalamenti, Ray Charles, Jamiroquai, Mike Patton…

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Album: ..

Song: Mike Patton (Mondo Cane) – Ore D’amore

Book: the last one was The Night in Lisbon by Remarque. Great!

Magazine: HBazaar, Vogue

Food: pasta with cheese. Love it)

Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier – exciting looks nonstandard.

Thank you Ekaterina Guseva for sharing your story. Xx

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

Karry Summers rarrdesignsDescribe your style.

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

 

Charlee Wagner Rarrdesigns

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

[youtube_sc url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54PaUAfTOxE”]Joanna Littlewood-Johnson pole files rarrdesign Movie: I don’t watch many movies because I don’t like to sit still for that long! But the most recent movie I saw was Les Miserable which I loved as it’s one of my favourite musicals

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!
Miss Filly Pole dancer Rarr DesignsMiss Pole Dance Australia:
– 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 🙂

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