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Pole Files Interview 33: Flying Laura Pole Dancer


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.


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! 🙂


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.


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,


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


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?


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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

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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Pole Files Interview 28: Rony Lebovics Aerial Artist

My Next interview is with Rony Lebovics, our very first aerial artist. I meet Rony at aerial hoop workshop earlier this year in Melbourne. Rony knowledge and strength was inspiring but also her way in which she instructs. Check out Rony’s Website…


Let’s her what Rony has to say……………..


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How long have you been doing aerial arts?

How long have you been doing aerial arts? training for 12 years, performing professionally for 10 years

The moment you realised you were in love?

The first time I got on the silks!

Describe your style.

Strong, graceful and fluid

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Favorite move?

They don’t really have names yet! But I love creating new tricks on all the apparatus I work on

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

Rosin, chalk and sparkly things!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?


My man and my dogs

Can’t live without?

Training.. I go stir crazy

Life goal…

To run one of the most successful circus schools and aerial entertainment companies


Growing up I wanted to be a…


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Favourite things of all time:

  • Movie: Ghost
  • TV Show: Dexter
  • Musician: Florence and Rob Thomas
  • Album: Florence and the Machines latest is awesome
  • Food: LOLLYS!

Thank you Rony for taking the time to do this interview. It is great having you as our first aerial artist. And thank you for being such a great instructor in the hoop class I attended earlier this year.

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Pole Files Interview 27: Sarah Scott Pole Dancer

Sarah Scott - Pole Dancer

Its been such a long time since my last interview and I am coming back on a new site with an amazing pole dancer to interview.

I saw Sarah Scott for the first time at the L/A Pole Convention in June 2012, she was absolutely amazing. I was blown away by her strength and style, I left the convention and you tubed her straight away.

Her story is inspiring and her her videos are fantastic.

Lets hear from Sarah……

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Sarah has been Pole Performing and Instructing for the last 4 years.

Over the last year she has entered different competitions and has won titles including Miss Pole Dance UK 2012 Womens Singles and Doubles



1st Place Miss Pole Dance UK 2012

1st Place Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles 2012

2nd Place World Pole Sports Doubles 2012

Sponsors Choice – UKPPC 2011

As an X-Pole and Dewpoint Pole representative Sarah is a great believer in trick saftey and pole safety and delivers this within her workshops.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Around 4 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

It was pretty instant!

Describe your style.

I guess my style would be strong and as controlled as I can get it without going in slow motion.

Favorite move?

Right now I’m loving shoulder mounts and cup/chinese grip handsprings.

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

Dew Point is an absolute must, along with dry hands. X-Pole is definitely the pole of choice and bad kitty booty shorts.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I love travelling and seeing new places, and I’m currently trying some new skills but not sure which ones I will share with the world yet!

Can’t live without?

My Bulldog – she’s a princess

Growing up I wanted to be a…

think it changed every week – but never thought I’d become a pole dancer – great job!

Favourite things of all time:

  • Movie: True Romance
  • TV Show: I’m partial to a bit of Facejacker or Suits
  • Musician: Way too hard to pick!
  • Album: Pretty Lights Glowing in the Darkest Night for driving and anything Chase and Status for working out.
  • Song: Love dancing to The Dead Weather – 60 feet tall
  • Book: Slash’s autobiography is a good read
  • Magazine: Vertical Art & Fitness
  • Food: Peanut butter…or artichokes
  • Designer: I live in either squishy clothes or hot pants but a great clothing label is Dancers Inc – they do great harems pants.

Thanks so much Sarah for taking the time to tell us your story. I hope that once day I can have the pleasure of doing a workshop with you.

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Pole Files Interview 26: Rafaela Montanaro Pole Dancer

Rafaela Montanaro - Pole Dancer

My Next interview is with the lovely and beautiful Rafaela Montanaro, she is an amazing and even better pole dancer. She has
graced the stage some some amazing performances. And sure knows how the excite a crowd.
She is an inspiration to all pole dancers……
Lets hear from Rafaela…

I was born in a family of athletes. When I was three my parents put me in gymnastics, which I did until I was 12. I quit due a knee injurie, and started to take dance classes. At the age 16 I joined a local circus school. I also did a lot other sports on the side, like pole vault, and kung-fu! I made it to the national wushu ( a kind of kung fu) team in 2006!
In 2008 I graduated from college in physical education, and found pole at the next year

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Now it’s been three years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

When I first saw it! it was Felix Cane in Miss Australia 2006. I thought : hey I think I’d love to do that!

Describe your style.

I don’t think it’s up to me to describe my style… I just do what I think it’s going to be the most impressive for the audience. Those who watch can say what my style is, better then me.

Favourite move?

The one I call Hellspin.

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

Like the one they use in gymnastics, circus, wall climbing…. I guess it’s because of my past, but that’s the only grip that works for me!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Does faceboook count as a hobby?

Can’t live without?

My dogs!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..


Favourite things of all time:

Movie: terminator II

TV Show: 2 and a half men

Musician: Chico Buarque
Album: queen of the damned soundtrack

Song: Joana Francesa from Chico Buarque

Book: It from Stephen King

Magazine: Galileu, it’s a brazilian magazine about science

Food: Skittles

Thank you so much it has been great hearing your story.

Pole Files Interview 25: Bonnie Black Pole Dancer

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The 25th interview is with Bonnie Black a absolutely strong individual. Bonnie has a studio in New Zealand check out there website

I have enjoyed so much looking thru all her you tube videos and check out her amazing, amazing moves. I love the Ayesha jumps, very inspiring.

Lets here what Bonnie has to say…….

Quick Bio.

I have studied dance, Ballet and American Jazz for fourteen years, prior to starting pole, as well as gymnastics and various other sports.
I started pole in the clubs, but when I went to Australia I saw how they had developed it as a sport and this is when my interest was really taken with it. I competed in Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2008 and came 2nd runner up, then was given the opportunity to compete inn the finals against Felix and Suzie Q. I was ranked 11th in Australisia. After that I came back to NZ and opened Vertical Aerial Dance. I have since been a finalist Asia Pacific Championships (unable to compete in finals due to the ash cloud that grounded airlines), World Championship semi finalist 2010 and 2011 singles as well as 2011 doubles and made finals preselection wih Amanda McCrae and runner up NZ pole Championships 2011.
I have successful studio with my students winning and competing in National and international competitions.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been pole dancing for about 5 years.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I realised I loved pole earl on when I was dancing in the clubs and saw what some of the others girls were doing on the pole and wanted to learn more, it just got addictive from then on.

Describe your style.

My style is grace with strength and then the odd piece of insanity. I studied ballet for years so I have the fluidity of a dancer, but I am exceptionally strong so alot of my moves are holds. Im also a bit of a nutcase when it comes to tricks, so in amongst all the pretty transitions all of a sudden I’ll do a drop or a flip of some insane kind

Favorite Pole move?

Favourite move is a tough one. Love the Iron Cross because its so hard and I am able to hold that one forever. Also, strangely enough I like shoulder mounts and holds.

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

Can’t live without Titegrip and iTac. Don’t need wax on a pole but I need to know my body is sticky and my hands are dry

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Outside pole I exercise racehorses and break in the babies. It is great exercise that helps me with pole. Thats about all I can fit in my day.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Growing up I wanted to be a dancer and a horse trainer, so I am fulfilling my dreams.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Shooter


Musician: anything with a good beat

Song: to dance to, Russian Roulette by Rhianna and Roxanne chicago.

Book: the Mortal Instruments series

Magazine: don’t really read them

Food: chocolate

Designer: chocolate

Thank you Bonnie so much it has been a pleasure hearing about your story.

Pole Files Interview 24: Gracie Buntine Pole Dancer

Gracie Buntine - Pole Dancer

Our next interview is with the amazing Gracie Buntine. She is an awesome performer and a even better pole dancer. I have had the honour of watching Gracie perform live and was blown away. She performed a fantastic routine which blew the judges away and lead her to win the Australian Pole Fitness Championships.

Gracie has a beautiful dance style and really knows how to engage the audience. Gracie is currently teaching at Pole Divas in Victoria, Australia.

Lets here from Gracie and watch some of her amazing performances…….

Quick Bio.

Gracie is a true dancer and throughout her career has been involved with dance on numerous levels. From Ballet and Swing to Disco, Hip Hop and aerial hoop, Gracie’s dance background is broad and includes features in music videos and documentaries! After gaining diplomas in dance technique and performance, Gracie travelled around Australia and New Zealand as a dancer, before making her way back to Victoria to choreograph. Over the last 2 years of teaching, peforming and competeing professionally in the pole industry she won her first national title as the Australian pole Fitness Champion 2012.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been pole dancing for 2 years properly

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I realised i loved it the actual moment i stepped into the studio for the first time, i looked at the instructor on the stage and just thought “o my goodness, i want that”

Describe your style.

my style…hmmmm….i think one of the things about my style is that i am super malleable, i have been trained in many styles of dance and i think i can perform in a variety of different styles effectively. but when im just alone dancing, i think i have a very musical and buttery style. i love dynamic and as lame as it sounds, my favorite thing to do is to freestyle and just moooooove! but when im on stage i want to engage my audience, put on a real show

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

x-pole, dry hands, for those natural slippers like myself. music..loud music. heart.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

outside of pole dancing…. pole is my whole life, but i am a big nerd, i love to chill and play video games, i read loads of fantasy novels, comics, cartoons, dance, pin up culture, tattoos, music and im obssessed with youtube beauty channels lol (dark secret)

Can’t live without?

I cant live without animals! I have so much love to give to them hhahaha

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Growing up i wanted to be a ballerina…. ofcourse.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: well The Lord of the Rings trilogy for sure, but i am a disney freaaaaaaaaaaaak!

TV Show: Game of Thrones and Sex and the City and My Little Pony

Musician: thats tough!!!! i love Bring Me The Horizon, but I also love Chris Brown and Maxwell. some ssongs or musicians just make you feel something.

Album: so many. most recently in terms of a full album probably What seperates Me From You by A Day To Remember

Song: at the moment, 1+1 by Beyonce to dance to

Book: Perfume, the Story of a Murderer..

Magazine: Inked Girls

Food: Chocolate!

Designer: Iron Fist for shoes

Thank you so much Gracie for the interview, look forward to seeing more amazing performances from you.

Pole Files Interview 23: Aerial Amy Pole Dancer

Aerial Amy is one of my great pole dancing inspirations, and I am so happy to share her story on my blog. Amy has her pole dancing blog which she everyday post new and interesting things about the pole dancing world. She shares all the things she has learnt, and from that has an amazing fan following.

Here are some of the links to Amy’s pages



I admit it I am a huge Aerial Amy fan….. So here is what Amy has to say………..

Quick Bio.

I don’t have any background in dance or gymnastics.
A few years after graduating from college, in 2007, I found myself looking for a way to lose the post-college sluggishness that came from transitioning to a desk job. On a whim, I signed up for pole dancing classes at a local studio. During the demo that the teachers performed at the end of class, I found myself completely enthralled by their strength, power, and sensuality. As I watched, I thought: I would love to be able to bring this to people and introduce women to this potential in themselves. Literally from that moment on, my goal was to eventually teach.
I started taking regular classes and found pole dancing to be a means of staying in shape and re-connecting to my sensual side. I found amazing, open-minded, gracious, and introspective new friends that helped me grow as a person and challenge myself. And eventually, I found abs– long lost old friends that emerged from under a few layers of late-night-carb-loaded-dinners– and biceps, and deltoids, and traps. I found I was in the best shape of my life, and empassioned about this new type of movement that had brought so much positive change into my life.
Early in 2010, I found myself with an opportunity to teach, and finally felt that I was ready. I jumped at it, and have since been introducing men and women in their 20′s, 40′s, and 60′s to the joy that is dance– specifically, pole dance!
I truly believe that all women are beautiful, that all hips are inherently sexy no matter what size, shape, or color, and that there is nothing more attractive than self-confidence that radiates from a healthy place within. Currently I live and work in Manhattan, managing construction by day and flying weightless at night teaching pole classes at Shockra Studios.
I am certified in CPR/AED with the Red Cross, group fitness through AFAA, and pole instruction through the X-Pert Pole Fitness program. I’m a PDC Approved Level 1 instructor. I’ve performed in Polesque, the Great Midwest Showcase, and Pole Superstar. I am also a staff writer for Bad Kitty’s online blog, Vertical Art & Fitness magazine, and United Pole Artists.
I completed my BS from NYU’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in Marketing, Psychology, and Entertainment Marketing & Technology. I have done MA work in Clinical Psychology and am currently obtaining a MA in Motor Learning from Columbia University.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Since 2007.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

My first intro class!

Describe your style.

I try to connect dance to the music and to my breath so that it’s fluid. I love booty popping down and dirty with heels and stomping and clacking them, but I also love barefoot spin mode emotive and lyrical dances!

Favourite move?

I have so many, but the shoulder mount was my nemesis for such a long time that even now I am thrilled to be able to do it. It was a big accomplishment for me! Otherwise, I love the corkscrew (body spiral) spin because it feels like floating.

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

I have sweaty hands, so I love Tite grip and dry hands. Pole-safe lotion and dew point are pole must-haves for me too. Aside from that – my Bad Kitty Brazil shorts, a Lululemon sportsbra, and some thigh high leg warmers for warmup. And I love my 6-7” heels!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I love teaching pole dance and I am super passionate about it! I also love learning–I’m going to grad school right now and focusing on motor learning (at Columbia University) to try to grow my knowledge and expand my abilities as an instructor, and maybe make a shift into teaching movement of all kinds.

Can’t live without?


Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Neurosurgeon, until I realized what brains look like.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Oh. That’s really tough. Top Gun, Say Anything, 16 Candles are in my top 10. Recently saw Blue Valentine and it stuck with me for weeks.

TV Show: The office, maybe? I don’t watch much TV.

Musician: That’s not even fair. I have hundreds. I post 10 songs I loooove in Tuesday Tunes every week!

Album: See above

Song: See above

Book: Oh. I read a lot too. Recently, I just finished 1Q84 and The Night Circus, both amazing and transcendental in different ways

Magazine: Vertical Art & Fitness! I write for them too


Designer: Don’t like to name names but I’m partial to buying red soles and motorcycle bags.

Thanks Amy keep on poling and blogging, I love reading your work. xx

Pole Files Interview 22: Amy Lewis Pole Dancer

So its been a little while since my last interview. I have been a bit slack with easter break.
Our 22nd Interview is with Amy Lewis from New Zealand, another beautiful pole dancer. I have loved doing this interview with Amy as she has such unique interests outside of pole dancing.

Here is Amy story………….

Quick Bio.

Hi, my name is Amy Lewis. I started pole dancing from scratch nearly five years ago with no dance or fitness background. In fact, before I took up pole I hated all forms of exercise! I found pole really hard to start with, but after coming to class twice I was determined to get better, and started coming twice a week. After three months I was coming three times a week, and about another 5 months after that I began teaching beginners. I’ve been teaching pole for around four years, and even met my soon-to-be husband when he came in to take pole lessons with me. 🙂 Together, we opened Polaris Pole Dance in Wellington nearly two years ago. I have performed in a number of pole and burlesque shows held here in Wellington, and competed in the first Miss Pole Dance New Zealand competition. I was also lucky enough to be chosen as a Wild Card to go through to the final of the New Zealand Amateur Pole Performer competition last year. Somehow I managed to fit all that in while studying, earning a PhD in Biomedical Science.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

Nearly five years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I’m not sure… I became determined to learn pole dance during my second lesson, so I started watching pole videos on Youtube. The first time I realised how beautiful and amazing pole dance could look was when I watched Felix Cane’s 2006 Miss Pole Dance Australia routine on Youtube, and then later when I saw Amy Richardson perform an amazing aerial pole routine while blindfolded. 🙂

Describe your style.

I haven’t done any type of dance except for pole, so I’m very much influenced by the polers I’ve seen on youtube. I guess I would describe my style as sexy and confident. When I’m performing and free styling my main consideration is connecting to the music, so I place a lot of emphasis on musicality. I want to let my audience experience music the way I do by expressing how I connect to it, and not just doing a series of pole tricks.

Favourite move?

Oooh, It’s close! My favourite would have to be the Gemini, because it’s such a beautiful pose, but it’s very closely followed by the Ayesha because I feel amazing doing it. I love both because they’re both so versatile.

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

Mighty Grip, my Bad Kitty crop top and shorts, and great music.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Science, and my fiance Peter. 🙂 I don’t have much time for anything else… I work full time at my day job, and run a pole dance studio in the evenings 🙂

Can’t live without?

Pole, and cheese. I like cheese.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Dinosaur (when I was 4); Paleontologist (when I was 6); Veterinarian (when I was 10); and a Geneticist (when I was 12).

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Too many to list! A random selection: The Shawshank Redemption; 10 Things I Hate About You; Love Actually; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

TV Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It helped me through some tough times growing up. 🙂

Musician: Pearl Jam and Green Day

Album: Dookie, by Green Day

Song: I don’t really have any favourites, but I’m really enjoying Sail by AWOLnation at the moment.

Book: Embarrassingly I read the Twilight series all the way through four times, but definitely not a favourite!

Magazine: I don’t read magazines. I really want to get Vertical Art and Fitness but they don’t sell it in New Zealand. 🙁

Food: Cheese, and Chocolate (but not together)

Designer: I quite like Mika Pole Wear at the moment

Thank you Amy for the interview, I have loved hearing your story and more about what inspires you.

Pole Files Interview 21: Cleo ‘The Hurricane’ Pole Dancer

The next Pole file interview is with Cleo ‘The Hurricane’. She rocks the stage with her rocking music and awesome stage presence. Cleo has an awesome ability to capture a audience will she is performing. She has the most unique style I have seen in the pole world.

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This is what Cleo has to say……..

Quick Bio.

Cleo is a force to be reckoned with, she has an appetite for destruction and will rock you like a Hurricane! Sydney’s very own rock chick ‘Cleo’ is Miss Pole Dance Australia 2012. Having pole danced since 2007, Cleo packed up her life and moved to Sydney in 2010 to teach at the world renowned Bobbi’s Pole Studio Sydney where her unique ‘pole power’ style was developed, giving her the nickname ‘The Hurricane’ by Bobbi herself.

Cleo only likes to dance to awesome bands like Steel Panther and Motley Crüe because there is nothing better than rockin’ out on a pole! She is also a musician, playing drums and guitar and has played in rock bands since she was a teenager. Cleo rocks.

International Pole Championship Finalist 2012
Miss Pole Dance Australia Winner 2012
Miss Pole Dance NSW Winner 2012
Miss Pole Dance Australia 2nd 2011

Cleo’s Website & Youtube page




How long have you been doing pole dancing?

since 2007

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

after taking my first class

Describe your style.

it rocks like a hurricane! Flexy, strong and powerful

Favourite move?

at the moment it’s the Hurri-copter.. a freestanding headstand into a head spin then split. Also love my scissor kicks from a static V position and the horizontal jade split is an oldie but a goodie!

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

my 7 inch stilettos!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Music!!! I play drums, a bit of guitar and sing in a new band. still looking for a name so if anyone can help i’m open to ideas!! it’s sexy dirty rock

Can’t live without?

black eye liner

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

a rockstar

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: The Lost Boys

TV Show: Rock of Love (season 1)

Musician: Trent Reznor from Nine inch nails

Album: Appetite for Destruction – Guns n roses

Song: Rock you like a hurricane by Scorpions

Book: The Dirt

Magazine: don’t have one

Food: thai, japanese, mexican..

Designer: if i had to say one it would be wheels and dollbaby

Thank-you Cleo, you are truly an amazing performing and I personally love your style. Keep inspiring pole dancers……


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