F*ck Limitations, F*ck Perfection – Let Pole Set You free

All of our lives we have been told that we should not ‘boast’, or ‘brag’ about what we achieve, or what we love about ourselves. When I started university I had already worked to build up my self-confidence after some teenage bullying, and I did not see any problem in paying myself a compliment or stating that I was good …

A Letter To Pole Dance

Dear Pole Dance, I am writing this letter to thank you. When I first discovered you I was booking in classes thinking you would simply be a fun way to get in shape and meet some new people. How far we have come since then. You have changed my life immeasurably, much to my surprise and the surprise of my family …

Long Live Stripper Style: The Authentic Pole Competition

I am a classique poler; when I try to demonstrate any other style, whether lyrical, ballet, or salsa, my pole buddies just shake their heads at me and say ‘Peach, that was totally stripper’. I love this style of pole dance, and that is why I am so grateful that competitions like The Authentics, Dance Filthy, Pole Theatre, and some …

Top 5 Tips To Deal With ‘Negative’ Feedback

Perhaps you have recently performed, or maybe you have a competition coming up, in either case you want to know what you can do if you have gotten some feedback that might hurt your feelings, or perhaps does not reflect how you felt the performance came across. Any feedback that isn’t a straight up compliment may be seen as ‘negative’, but I …

The Pie Chart Of Sexy

The ‘Pie Chart Of Sexy’ is my favourite way to describe the elements necessary to be a good classique or stripper style pole dancer.     As you can see, there are three aspects that I believe make up a successful performer. When I went to see The Authentic Pole Dance Competition this year there were great examples of all three …

I Wishes Are A Waste Of Time

I was training the other day, preparing a new routine and suffering the usual self-doubts and worries that come when you begin training pole for something other than giggles. When you open yourself up creatively you also open yourself up to new challenges and criticism. It is easy to slip into wondering why it is so difficult, why can’t it …

Top 3 Tips To Find Your Sexy Alter-Ego

Do you love sexy and sensual pole dance? Want to explore your exotic side but don’t know what type of sexy you want to be? Are you struggling to find your pole alter-ego? When we pole dance we never just dance as ourselves. The person who runs errands, does chores and goes about daily life is often not the same one …

Why Visualisation Should Be Your #1 Pole Training Tool

When it comes to training for a performance or a competition you more than likely already know the usual things you need to work on: Strength – learning those difficult tricks and transitions, building up your power and stamina. Nutrition – making sure you eat healthy and fuel your training ensures you do not get over exhausted or injured. Rehearsals – …

Why You Gotta Be A Hater? – Pole, Sexuality & The Panopticon

You are probably all bored of the Strippers vs. Pole Fitness debate by now, and I’m not here to throw my two cents into the ring because it isn’t necessary. What I want to explore is why some in the pole community still have an issue with the sexy side of pole, and stripper style dancing, even when it is quite …

Why Your Practice Might Not Be Making Perfect… Yet! – Part 2

I left you in the previous post (click here for part 1) with some understanding of body awareness and what it means to your dancing. And now I am going to run over some simple techniques and exercises to help you improve your body awareness to make you a better dancer and athlete. Body Isolation Exercises  You will probably have some …