Are You Ready For #FILTHYFRIDAY? Interview with Beanie the Jet ❤️❤️❤️

Filthy Friday was the first showcase run by Beanie The Jet (pictured below), who started the #filthyfriday trend on Instagram. The evening was an absolute blast, with amazing performances from the likes of Lauren Elise, Davina Shewolf and more. So many different styles of sexy were on the stage, from fast paced rock chick, to sensual shape making. I decided to …

She Kissed a Girl, and Maybe We Didn’t Like It ; or, girl-on-girl tropes in sexy pole performances and what these mean to LBQ+ pole dancers

I have taken part in, and watched, my fair share of sexy pole performances. They are my passion – I love the costumes, the themes, and characterisation. But, as the performers get braver, the performances more outrageous, I have noticed a trend in our sexy performances, competitions and doubles pieces… The use of the quasi-lesbian girl-on-girl trope. Now, this trope …

Ask Peach: Making Money From Feminism, Competition Scores and More…

Here is our very first Ask Peach segment with official user submitted questions. Some of these questions have been edited for brevity. If you would like to submit your own questions please do so HERE. How do you feel about people making money of what seems to be ‘women’s oppression’? Services that revolve around charging women for a product designed …

A Guide For Instructors: What Every Plus Size Student Wants You To Know

I decided to find out what plus size students really wanted instructors to know about teaching them. So, here are their top tips for how to most effectively operate your studio and your teaching in a plus size friendly manner. Everyone Prefers Different Descriptive Words Fat, curvy, bigger, plus size. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it …

Am I Too Old To Pole Dance?

There’s always a specific number of questions we are always asked when we advertise our pole dancing classes, and I’m sure every other studio owner can relate. Whether this is, ‘Am I too big?’ or ‘Do you need upper body strength?’, we are always met with the same questions. People are  naturally nervous about trying pole dancing, and one of …

The pros and cons of doing pole competitions for self-confidence

Have you been thinking about competing in a pole competition? Maybe you have been wondering about how competing in a pole competition can affect your self-esteem, whether that is positively or negatively. I have been asked the question ‘Should I compete?’ many times. Honestly, there are both pros and cons to competing when it comes to how it can impact …

Do you feel like a Pole Impostor?

So… if you read my blogs on self-confidence you will know that I believe confidence is an ongoing journey, that you are always putting in work to improve and maintain it. As such, I’ve got confidence licked in most areas, but there’s one area that still rears its ugly head at me on a more regular basis than most. This is feeling …

Part 4: Pole Dancing, Power Dynamics and the ‘Male Gaze’

If you have been reading my Academic ‘An Art Historian’s Perspective’ blogs then welcome back! If you missed the first three installments then you can catch up below: Part 1: The Aesthetics of Acceptable Sexy Part 2: Cults of Superiority Part 3: The Nude vs Naked in Pole Dancing I mentioned in Part 3 the idea that power dynamics are …

How NOT To Treat Your Pole Instructor

I know the pole community is a lil’ bubble of love and glitter and unicorn farts, but we REALLY GOTTA TALK! This is for all you pole-curious, newbies and long-term students… How NOT to treat your pole instructor / studio owner. As pole instructors we are all too aware of the following issues. It can pretty damn difficult for instructors …