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Pole Files Interview 20: Karol Helms Pole Dancer

20th Interview is with the one of the most amazing women in the pole dancing world, Karol Helms. She is an inspiration to all but pole dancers and myself included. She has come up with some of the greatest pole moves, please take the time to look through Karols Youtube, there some awesome videos.

Lets hear from Karol……….

Quick Bio.
Karol Helms is famous in the pole community for her sexy, unique flow and dramatic drops and fall stunts. Also known as RED_KE71 on YouTube, Karol’s pole dancing obsession began in 2006 when she purchased an X-Pole and began self teaching herself and helping others through videos on YouTube. She started competing in 2008 and currently holds the titles of Charlotte’s Poleapalooza 2008, USPDF East Coast Champ 2009, and USPDF Miss Sexy 2010. Now, sponsored by X-Pole, and a Brand Director of the Pole Fit line by Bad Kitty, Karol loves traveling around the world performing and teaching others to find confidence and strength through the art of pole dancing.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?
6 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?
The first time I nailed my first inverted move, I knew I was hooked..!

Describe your style.
My Style is slow, controlled, and sexy!

Favorite move?
Superman fall,because its such a dramatic move when done right and because I created it..!

Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?
I cant live without my Glitter Heels, rubbing alcohol, Tite grip (for my sweaty hands) and my PoleFit shorts by Bad Kitty!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?
Well, you wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I love love love to cook..!! I also grew up loving to oil paint and draw thanks to Bob Ross..!

Can’t live without?
My friends, my family, my amazing fans who support me so much, and of course my new 40mm X-Pole..!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..
Growing up I wanted to be a lot of things, artist, rock and roll singer, and zoologist just to name a few, but never did I think that I would grow up to be a professional pole dancer..!

Favourite things of all time:
Movie: The Labyrinth
TV Show: TrueBlood
Musician: Pink Floyd
Album: The Lonesome Crowded West

Song: As the World Falls Down – David Bowie
Book: The Stand by Stephen King
Magazine: Vertical Art and Fitness
Food: Drumsticks with Caramel middle..!
Designer: Yard Sales, Goodwill and Walmart here..

Check out Karol’s Website & YouTube Page

http://karolhelms.com/

www.polepraxis.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/REDKE71
Check out Pole fit clothes

http://badkittyexoticwear.com/shop/polefit-c-126.html? zenid=537bfa5b63c15eee93588422aeaca76d

Thanks Karol for the interview, have loved looking at all your amazing videos

Pole Files Interview 19: Bailey Hart Pole Dancer

My Next interview with with the beautiful and amazing Bailey Hart. Miss Suqie Q recommended that I interview Bailey.

Bailey has been pole dancing for a while now but in the last year she has become a fantastic performer and has many awards to show.

Here are a few titles Bailey has;

International Pole Championships Semi-Finalist 2012
Australian Capital Pole Championship Runner Up 2012
Australian Capital Pole Championship – Best Musical Interpretation 2012
Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2012
PoleCandy Semi-Pro Pole Dance Champion 2011
Miss Perfect Pin-Up Australia Runner-Up 2011
Miss Perfect Pin-Up VIC 2011

I love Bailey’s performances this one below is my absolute favourite, one it is a great show and second it is using the music form the greatest movie of all time ‘The Little Mermaid’.

Here is what Bailey has to say;

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

6 1/2 years.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The day I started! I walked in through the doors of Bobbi’s Pole Studio – with Suzie’s smile and bubbly personality ( I think she was secretly freaking out that we looked so alike ), the amazingly positive energy that came from everyone in the room, then I learnt my first spin – from that moment I was hooked!

Describe your style.

I like to think of it as ‘Bailey’s Style’. I do what I feel fits the moment.

Favorite move?

I don’t know how to pick! I’ll give you a top five (at this current moment – as it changes constantly!)…
In no particular order – Any variation of the Allegra, the Fista aka the Blaze, Carpe Diem, shoulder mount body rolls :D, and…. Oooo Carlie’s Devils elbow!

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

Dry hands and Dew Point!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Theatre, film, and aerial silks/Lyra

Can’t live without?

My loved ones ESP my Terry dog, mangoes, and biscuits ‘n’ tea!

Growing up I wanted to be a….

Performer – always wanted to be singing, dancing and acting.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: The Wizard of Oz

TV Show: Anything that Louis Theroux hosts.

Musician: At the moment James Blake and Lana Del Ray

Album: Self titled “James Blake”

Song: Songbird

Book: In This Skin

Magazine: Don’t read magazines…but if it’s poke related I am sure to love it 🙂

Food: Mangoes

Designer: Alannah Hill

Thanks again Bailey:)))

Check out more videos from Miss Bailey http://www.youtube.com/user/BaileyHart23/videos

Pole Files Interview 18: Mary Kolacinski (Mary Aston) Pole Dancer

The 18th Pole interview is with the amazing Mary Aston Kolacinski. Mary was recommended to me by my 1st pole interview, Crystal Gibson. I started researching Mary and was instantly impressed. I went thru her youtube page and found some great videos of her pole dancing. http://www.youtube.com/user/marykolacinski89

So lets hear what Mary has to say.

Quick Bio.

My name is Mary Ashton Kolacinski! I am 22 years old and married to an amazing man named Justin! I have been pole dancing for 4 years! I am trained in traditional styles of dance such as ballet,jazz,hip hop and contemporary. I placed 3rd in 2011 California Pole Dance Championship and I am a principal cast member in Girl Next Door LA.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

was during my first class ! I fell in love right away! I loved how challenging the pole was … It kept me coming back for more!

Describe your style.

My style is more on the artistic side. I like to incorporate my dance experience to make it different !

Favorite move?

I love so many different things…

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

Hmmm … DRY HANDS! Firm grip! And I just recently found out how amazing iTac is! And MUSIC of course but that’s a given!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I like excercise in general, working out is definitely my hobby. But I am also a hairdresser and I really enjoy my job ! I recently learned how to crochet so i have been making beanies and scarfs and things on my down time ! It’s so fun !

Can’t live without?

I can’t live without Oreos ! Haha they are so good I can’t resist.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

a professional dancer in New York!!!

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: OK! I’m a HUGE movie buff ! I can’t possibly pick one …. But if I must!!! Hmmmm…. Anchorman!

TV Show: I watch alot of the food channel lol… But my favorite sitcom is probably King of Queens

Musician: Adele!!!! Gosh she is awesome! I want to dance when her music comes on…

Album: Right now probably 21 (Adele haha )

Song: so many favorite songs … I love anything that tells a story I can relate to and gives me chills !

Book: I don’t read alot of books unfortunately. I read The Shack about a year ago and it was pretty amazing…

Magazine: I don’t have a fav

Food: I love FOOD! Anything… Mexican, Italian, Japanese yum yum !

Designer: haha I don’t know! anything cute … It doesn’t have to be a designer !

Thanks Mary it was been great getting to know you better and look forward to seeing more great videos from you.

Pole Files Interview 17: Kimmi Kay Pole Dancer

Today I am interviewing Kimmi Kay. She is absolutely full of energy and excitement, she has an amazing positive aura about her. I have been so lucky to be able to train with her and learn from her.

So here is some more about Kimmi…..

Quick Bio.

My name is Kimmi Kay and i am 27 years old and am the advance instructor for
Polarise Dance Fitness Studio In Newcastle. I am the 2nd runner up in
the Newcastle Pole Championships 2011. I do many competetions because
I just love performing and love hearing the cheers and claps of an audience.
I also love meeting other pole dancers to learn new skills and make new friendships.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been doing pole dancing for 4 years and teaching
for the last 3 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

Oh my god i was addicted the very first day i started
I wanted to learn so much so quickly and 3 days of pole
a week wasnt enough for me haha so i decided
to buy myself a pole within 6 months of starting!! i was hooked

Describe your style.

I love dancing sexy and exotic. I have a background
dancing jazz ballet and latin so it makes it easy.
In my routines i usually do a gypsy, belly dancing or a bikey
chick theme.

Favorite move?

Its usually the move ive been working on. But my signiture move is
serpintine and the iron cross (finally got that move haha)

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

Dew point and Dry hands!! oh and my pole girls of course!!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Love going to the gym. Love hanging out with my pole girls.
Love going out dancing non stop at a club. Oh and my family

Can’t live without?

My family- They mean the world to me, been with my husband for 12 years
and have a beautiful 4 years old boy.
Poledancing – I dont even want to think about the day i stop poledancing it is my life my passion and is the love of my life
Chocolate – who can live without chocolate??

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

I wanted to be a famous dancer….i dreamt of having my own studio and be proud to see my students succeed when competing and
performing.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: AVATAR especially in 3D, Silent Hill, Resident Evil

TV Show: True Blood!!

Musician: Christina, Britney, Rhianna, Lady GaGa, Katie Perry omg the list is endless

Album: Christina – burlesque

Song: Theres too many i dont have a favourite….anything with a good beat

Book: Anything Stephen King

Magazine: “Take 5” and “Thats Life” Its nice to read real life
stories from everyday people….

Food: Sushi i looove sushi ….spend way to much on it so i
taught myself how to make it now i can have it whenever i want it

Designer: dont really have a designer….anything that shows off my figure,
something eye catching

Thanks so much Kimmi, look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

Pole Files Interview 16: Sass Kirkham Pole Dancer

I have had the great pleasure of interviewing Sass Kirkham from New Zealand. She wears beautiful costumes when performing, I think truly adds to the performance.

Here more about Sass.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

It will be 5 years this coming April I think.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I think it snuck up on me really. By the time I got up to three classes a week, had a pole at home, went to every show and comp I could here in NZ, and offered to be in the pole shows put on by people I knew, I knew I was completely and irrevocably hooked

Describe your style.

My practice and freestyle style is a bit different to my performance style because when I’m in the studio mucking round, it’s just for me, while I feel it’s important to take an audience and their potential needs into account when you’re doing a show. My stage persona is called Sassy Minx (there’s a fanpage on facebook, if you can find it) and that’s what I generally try and embody on stage – something a bit sassy, a bit fun, maybe a theme or a prop included. I particularly like using older music that maybe people haven’t heard before or certainly haven’t heard in this context – Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore.
I’m starting to explore more lyrical routines though; my last show routine was a slow one and my next one for a show in March is to another slow, melancholy tune.

Favorite move?

Ooh there’s favourite moves to do and favourite moves to watch! For both though, I don’t think you can go past a well-executed extended butterfly; great lines, great extension, beautiful

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

I am a recent convert to Tite Grip and I LOVE it!! I went for several years without using anything but I wasn’t confident at the best of times with some of the aerial moves. I started using Mighty Grip, and then moved on to Tite Grip. I also need music that moves me!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I’m a keen runner (not fast, but keen) too. I like travelling as well when I can.

Can’t live without?

My pole, running, and gym. My friends and family and partner. And chocolate

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

an author then an archaeologist. Or maybe both…

Favourite things of all time: I find these questions really hard to answer because I like different things at different times!

Movie: I have different movies I like at different times so this is tough to answer! I do love 10 Things I Hate About You though.

TV Show: At the moment, Supernatural for drama, New Girl or Community for comedy

Musician: Probably Bic Runga or Brooke Fraser (both are beautiful Kiwi songstresses and musicians)

Album: I can’t pick one!

Song: Fields of Gold by Sting

Book: I’m a fan of junkie books and they’re very easy come, easy go in my memory so I can’t cite a fav recent book

Magazine: I don’t really buy magazines

Food: Chocolate

Designer: I guess I’ll seem hopelessly gauche to say this but I’m not really into designers because most fashion I see round flatters so few people and I’m a firm believer that people should wear things that look good on them, regardless of what everyone else is wearing.

Its been a pleasure hearing your story Sass:)

Pole Files Interview 15: Suzie Q Pole Dancer

Interview 14 is with the absolutely amazing Suzie Q. I had the pleasure of attending a class with Suzie Q last month. She walked into the room and you could feel her positive energy, I was totally inspired after the class. The way she works with her partner Toby J is truly inspirational.

Lets hear from Suzie.

Quick Bio.

Suzie Q is an internatioanlly renowned pole teacher and performer. She recently won the title of “Best Australian Performance Artist” in the prestigious Eros Shine Awards. A frequent finalist in the Miss Pole Dance Australia competition, she is now the proud co-owner of Suzie Q Pole Studio in Sydney and creator of “PoleCandy” Australia’s only Semi-Professional level pole competition. Together with her partner Toby J, they form the stunning aerial and acrobatic duo “Allure” – Winners of the Open Pairs division of the Asia Pacific Pole Dance Championships in 2010 and featured on the 2011 season of Australia’s Got talent.
www.suzieq.com.au
www.polecandy.com.au
www.suzieqpolestudio.com.au

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

12 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The first time I turned myself upside down on a pole and got a huge cheer from the crowd in the club I was working in

Describe your style.

Theatrical.

Favorite move?

Anything were I can spin nauseatingly fast.

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

Metho and my Spiderman cloth (a face washer with Spiderman on it). If ever you see me backstage, I guarantee I will be clutching it like a security blanket

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Aerials

Can’t live without?

Toby J

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

“An exotic dancer”… Seriously, I looked up my “memory book” the other day and that was what I wrote under “Ambitions” at the tender age of 15!

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Tank Girl

TV Show: Glee

Musician: P!nk

Album: Maybe Enya’s “Memory of Trees”

Song: Walking in Memphis

Book: Lord of the Rings

Magazine: Women’s Health

Food: Sushi

Designer: Ummm… I mostly shop at markets or thrift stores…

Thanks Suzie!!!

Pole Files Interview 14: Anastasia Skukhtorova Pole Dancer

My interview today is with Russian pole dancer Anastasia Skukhtorova. She is an amazing pole dancer with a graceful, theatrical style and captures an audience beautifully.

Lets hear from Anastasia…..

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I’m doing pole dancing since December 2008. 3 years and couple of month.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I was 18 years old. was looking for a way to be more feminine, beautiful,sensual.
And somehow the word Pole came to my mind. I thought why not? It’s so interesting.so different. Nobody of my friends tried this.
And I decided to go. And fell in love.

Describe your style.

A lot of people told me that is a ballet on the pole. It’s very funny because I didn’t do ballet before pole dancing. And I don’t have any experience in sport or dancing at all.
But may be its coming inside.from the soul, from heart.

Favorite move?

Rainbow and iron-x, Mexican.

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

Can’t live without good music. It must be something that toched you. Breathtaking.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Aerial silk and hoop. It gave me a lot of power.
Switzerland chocolate and italian coffee ;))

Can’t live without?

Can’t live without my family. my mum and Evgeny,my brother,my best friends. They helped me a lot in everything. So happy I have these wonderful people

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

President ;)) hihihi

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Don’t know the title in english. Cause in Russia we have different names.

TV Show: friends.

Musician: Tracy chapman

Book: Russian books. Some books from Palanik,King And russian authors.Memoirs

Magazine: don’t read magazines.

Food: oh… Eat everything. Love food yammi yammi

Designer: I don’t have favourite. don’t care about the name of the dress.

Here is one of my personal favourites from Anastasia.

Check out more of her videos. Thanks Anastasia, it has been great finding out about you.

http://www.youtube.com/user/AnastasiaSkukhtorova

Pole Files Interview 13: Gemma Bardsley Pole Dancer

My lucky 13th Interview is with Gemma Bardsley. Gemma is an amazing pole dancer, she has extreme strength and a never give up attitude. Gemma has instructed me over the last 2 years and taught me so much. I want to thank Gemma for all her support and for being an awesome teacher.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

4 1/2 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

My first lesson

Describe your style.

Strong lines, Drops, Pretty moves, expressive and I like things to flow.

Favorite move?

All drops – I love the WOW factor and the adrenalin and all types of Butterflies

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

Mighty Grip and Dew point

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Aerial silks, Crossfit, Kick Boxing

Can’t live without?

My Family and Friends, Music and all forms of dancing

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Primary School Teacher

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Pretty Woman

TV Show: Packed to the Rafters

Musician: Pink

Album: Pink – Greatest hits so far

Song: Paradise City – Guns n Roses

Book: Dont have one

Magazine: Shape

Food: Chicken

Designer: Guess

Thanks again Gemma:)))

Pole Files Interview 12: Valérie Blain Pole Dancer

It’s been a while since our last interview, today we have Valérie Blain. A beautiful pole dancer but also someone who adds an extreme amount of personality to her dancing.
I am totally in love with some of her videos. Enjoying watching they are great.
So lets hear from Valérie!!!

Quick bio.

I am an actress and theatre teacher for 15 years . When I turned 30 I tried an exercise that would keep me motivated and I discovered the pole fitness through a television report. I immediately fell in love with the sport that was totally unknown in Montreal and I worked hard to make it known. I opened Studio 409 in spring 2008 and since then I meet and work with wonderful women.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

6 years

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

The first time I touched a pole, and I remember that I was certain it would become very important in my life.

Describe your style.

Certainly unique! As I am an actress, I love making videos and interpret the characters, touch and make people laugh. It’s like a pole theatre. In my studio, I like my students to feelimportant. We work hard but always with humor and love.

Favourite move?

Always the one I just finally succeed!

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

Alcohol and powder … for the pole, not for me!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

I love animals, arts and spending time with my family.

Can’t live without?

The love and support of my family. I still need to learn something new to feel alive…and my chiropractor!

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

An actress but I never thought doing theater around a pole!

Favourite things of all time: Feel that I can make a difference for someone and a good coffee with a friend.

Movie: American beauty

TV Show: Six feet under

Musician: I like some songs in particular, they must inspire me and touch me

Song: Billi Jean is my song!

Book: My favorite book for many years is “Pulling Your Own Strings” by Wayne W. Dyer and of course my mother’s books who is an author of children’s psychology.

Food: Indian and healthy food.

I love this video!!!!

Thanks Valérie for your time.

Pole Files Interview 11: Marion Crampe Pole Dancer

The Latest interview is Marion Crampe from France. She has been a amazing dancer all her life, so she picked up pole dancing so easily. She has performed at some amazing places and I have attached my favourite video of her on the beach. This is what Marion has to say.

Quick bio

Born in 1983 in Lourdes, France, Marion started her career at a young age with classic ballet & ballet jazz. Later she discovered street jazz and hip hop.

In 2009, she entered the first French Pole Dance Competition where she won the third place and sponsor choice. In the 2010, she won the first runner place. In September 2010, she was selected to perform in the showcase of POLE ART Competition in Stockolm.

Since October 2010, she is the leading teacher at MILAN POLE DANCE STUDIO contributing to pole dance expansion in Italia and in the world.

Marion is now working on her acrobatic skills with hoop.

She is an active member of the French Pole Dance Team, a group of the best French pole dancers.

She participated to the POLE DANCE SUMMER CAMP‘s second edition in St Marteen with the world top pole dancers and will teach to the first week of the POLE DANCE SUMMER CAMP’s 3rd edition with Natasha Wang.

She finished in the top 5 after the I WORLD CUP in Rio de Janeiro in September 2011 and took the second runner up place in the French championship this year. She was also finalist in Pole Art in Helsinki in October 2011.

This year, she travels around the world to share her knowledge and passion. She will make a South America tour during January and February and on March in South Africa.

Next steps will be Europe, US and Canada.

“AVEC PASSION”

Latest achievements:

– Best Show Award at Aerial International Competition in Bern, March 2011

– First runner up at French Pole Championship 2010

– Top 5 finalists at I WORLD CUP in Rio de Janeiro, September 2011

– Finalist in Pole Art Competition in Helsinki, September 2011

– Second runner up at French Pole Championship, November 2011

How long have you been doing pole dancing? The moment you realized you love it?

The year 2006 was a revelation for me since I took my first pole dance class. I felt in love instantly with this art, train everyday and started teaching six months later.

Describe your style

My pole style is very similar to a dancer because I aim at moving fluidly with lightness on and of the pole with precision and beautiful lines.

Favourite move

“The eagle” (also called Bielman) and “Rainbow Marchenko”.

I, normally, prefer to focus on combos instead of single moves. I really think this is where we can be the most creative.

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

I actually don’t need anything, I am a 100% natural. LOL.

Any hobbies or passion outside of pole dancing?

I love travelling and meeting people from all around the world, laugh to tear with my girls, cappuccino and my physiotherapist which I could not live without.

Can’t live without?

Capuccino, poledance, sparkles… and LOVE.

Growing up I wanted to be a …

A dancer…

Last year my mother found my “secret’s book” written when I was 7 years old. At that time, I wrote that I dreamed to be a dancer.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: I have a preference for Biopic movies.

TV show: I don’t have a TV I prefer to read books.

Musician: All different styles of music (except for country).

Song: “Iris” of Goo Goo Dolls.

Book: Douglas Kennedy.

Food: Grilled chicken cooked by Dad.

Designer: I like new trendy designers.

Pole Files Interview 10: Elena Koroteeva Pole Dancer

Now for the 10th Interview, we have Elena Koroteeva from Moscow, Russia. Elena is amazing flexible which gives all her moves a beautiful feel.

Her is Elena’s story.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I’ve been doing pole dancing for 2 years and 3 months

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

When I saw a video of Felix Cane wearing a hat for the first time

Describe your style.

My style depends on my mood. Actually I haven’t decided yet.

Favourite move?

Rainbow, Mexico

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

Only liquid chalk for alpinists can help me

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Aerial silk. I also like doing acrobatics in my free time very much.

Can’t live without?

I can’t live without stretching. I like stretching my muscles very much. That’s why I’ve reached fruitful results. Such results are very good for a person who has never done pole dancing before.

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

I wanted to be a teacher. That’s why I study at the pedagogical college

Favourite things of all time:

TV Show: Dexter, Nip/Tuck

Thank you Elena, I absolutely love your pictures.

Pole Files Interview 9: Michelle Shimmy Pole Dancer

The 9th interview is with Michelle Shimmy from Australia. I am so impressed by all of Michelle’s great routines and videos on you tube, I love how she captures an audience so easy.

So here is more about Michelle Shimmy.

Quick bio.

I started taking classes and became more and more obsessed, until I decided with my sister to open our own studio, The Pole Dance Academy in Bondi, Sydney, Australia. I did a lot of gymnastics as a kid, and when I discovered pole I thought, this is like gymnastics for grown ups! I teach pole at my studio, and I compete and perform around Sydney and overseas as well, which is awesome – I love that I can travel and pole dance pretty much wherever I go. I also work part-time as a lawyer in a community legal centre, which keeps me pretty busy.

http://www.poledanceacademy.com.au/

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

5 years.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

From my first class!

Describe your style.

I suppose mainly my style is strong, slow and sexy. I like power moves – aerial phoenixes, dead lifts, iron x’s etc. I love the feeling of strength that pole gives me, and I love being able to bust out moves that most guys can’t even begin to do.

In terms of dance style, I’m a bit of a pole traditionalist – I like my pole very sexy, and as much as I admire the beauty of contemporary dance, my personal preference when I perform is definitely sexy pole dancing (maybe that’s because I can’t do contemporary dance very well!).

That said, I really admire the girls who can incorporate contemporary/lyrical styles into their routines, because I think it brings diversity to the sport and also (let’s be honest) a bit more credibility! I usually wear stripper shoes to perform, but I like dancing barefoot because it allows you to incorporate more moves into your floorwork that would otherwise be quite unsafe in heels.

Favourite move?

I can’t pick just one! At the moment, I’m really excited about being able to do a dead lift with a normal grip (i.e. not twisted grip), and also a scorpion handstand into a drop split. I’m also working on a forward spinning cupped grip lift into a static V, which I love because it looks so strong.

I’m a bit of a youtube and facebook fiend, and I always post new moves/combos/tricks that I come up with on facebook because I like to share what I’m working on. So if what I’m talking about makes no sense, have a look at my videos on facebook!

http://www.youtube.com/user/poledanceacademy/videos

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

Stripper heels, Mighty Grip wrist guards (I have a persistent wrist injury), and also – my awesome sister Maddie and the other Pole Dance Academy teachers, who make pole so much more fun for me!

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Ha ha not really… I love my dog and cat!

Can’t live without?

My sister and my boyfriend, my dog and cat, and my pole! Not sure what order though…

Growing up I wanted to be a…..

Corporate lawyer, until I found out what it was really all about…

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: Labyrinth, Never-ending Story, the Dark Crystal

TV Show: Family Guy

Musician: Kurt Cobain/Jeff Buckley

Album: Nevermind by Nirvana

Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Book: Ada or Ardour by Vladimir Nabokov

Magazine: Not into magazines

Food: anything vegetarian

Designer: Supre (only Aussies will get why that is funny!)

I would like to thank Michelle for taking the time to tell us her story.

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