This month’s blog hop for pole dance bloggers is a Q&A post answering a few of the most common questions posed to pole dancers everywhere. It’s eye-opening to see all the different answers from different dancers to the same questions. It goes to show that as aerialist, we are a diverse bunch with a lot to offer! Here’s my contribution:
1) How long have you been pole dancing?
I have been pole dancing since the October of 2008. I’ve had several months hiatus scattered throughout.
2) Whats your favourite song to pole dance to?
My musical taste is all over the place, so I can’t even pinpoint a genre, let along a single song. I like to pole to anything rock, rock-based industrial, trip hop, basically anything with a medium slow beat. Artists include: Tricky, Portishead, Perfect Circle, Tool, Manson, etc.
3) What’s your favorite pole dance move?
I love the jade. It was one of my first “goal” moves and I still love it today. Not just performing it myself either, I love looking at a perfectly flat (or even beyond flat) jade. It’s just so perfect!
4) What inspires your movement? Why do you dance?
When I’m dancing, it is the only moment I feel completely free to be myself. I am unapologetically me.
5) Do you study/participate in any other kinds of dancing or other kinds of training?
I’ve dabbled in aerial silks and hoops. However, I have had no formal dance training what so ever.
6) Any tips for training?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else in your class. The best point of comparison is your past self.
7) Do you train on both sides when you pole? Why or why not?
I try to, I really do. But I always end up favoring one side over the other when I’m not paying attention.
8) If you’re not a full-time poler, how do you balance work and pole? Friends and pole? Life and Pole?
This question deserves a blog post of its own! Currently I feel as if work is crowding out the rest of my life and pole is forced to take a reluctant back seat. I’m working to reorganize my life so that pole can take its place at front and center.
9) Is pole dancing, which happens to be a hobby for most, worth the investment?
Does anyone really expect a non bias answer to this question? Of course it’s worth the investment.
10) Why did you start a pole dance blog?
I needed a place to share! Pole bloggers and youtubers before me have helped me on my journey so much and I feel it is time for me to give some back and help strengthen the community.
11) Heels or No Heels?
I personally like to practice and perform barefooted. I feel more connection with the pole and I treat the soles of my feet as a grip point. But heels are a lot of fun and I occasionally perform with them, especially if they fit the character.
12) What are your favorite pole clothes?
Extremely short shorts and a bra top. The more skin to pole contact, the safer.
13) What’s your favorite pole? Size? Material? Height? Static? Spin?
45mm, Chrome (or brass, depending on climate), 10-12ft, static. Spin still makes me dizzy after a while.
14) If you have ever performed, how do you usually prepare your performance?
Yes, I have. I usually prepare by hyperventilating backstage… just kidding, please don’t hyperventilate. This is a case of do as I say, not as I do. But seriously, every time I perform, it still feels like a miracle I got through the whole routine without freezing.
15) Looking back at your life, are you surprised that you’re a pole dancer?
Nope, I’ve always had a tendency to gravitate towards the unique and novel. I was never a very fit person though and always looking for a form of fitness I can stick with. Pole dancing was the perfect fit, it feels like a natural progression.
16) What’s one pole stereotype that you wish would go away?
I’m going to over extend on this one and give two stereotypes. The stereotype that pole dancing is synonymous with stripping still grinds my gears. Upon overhearing a conversation between myself and a female co-worker (who has also tried pole dancing), a male co-worker asked why I even bothered to work my day job since I should be making double in tips. I took all my will power not to slap him across the face. the second stereotype, often heard from women who want to try pole dancing, it that it is only for people who are already strong and fit.
17) Best reaction when you told someone that you are a pole dancer?
My aunt is amazing! She was a gymnastic mom with an entrepreneurial mind and her first reaction was to tell me to open a studio and start a training program for kids.
18) Also, since its May… does your Mother [or any maternal person in your life] know that you pole dance and what does she think?
Both my mom and my grandmother knows about my pole dancing. My mom expressed concern that my arms will get too big, like a man’s. As for my grandma, she learned to use Facebook and “likes” a lot of my pole pics. Ain’t she cute?
19) What’s your pole fantasy or dream?
My dream, which is in the works, it is open a pole studio in an underserved area help bring this life changing hobby to more people.
20)Finish this sentence. Pole dancing is….
…my way of life!
Click on a link below to check out other blogger’s responses!
Until next time, be sure to live it up!