It’s only February and and I’ve already been in 2 showcases this year. YAY! And I still have a big big one in June and perhaps some little ones in between.
At the end of January, SASS Studio put together a student showcase for our family and friends. For most of us, it was their first time performing in front of an audience so this was a big deal. It was an awesome turn out that night. A lot of people showed up. Even my pole dancing mother in law performed in the group performance! I’m so proud of my pole mommainlaw!
Last night was the Vertical Love Teaser Showcase. The Canadian Pole Dance & Artistry Showcase is putting a big big 2 night show in Hamilton this June at the Lyric Theatre. There are going to be some big names there that weekend too. Aerial Amy and Karol Helms just to name a couple! GASP!!!!!!!!!!!
So any ways Vertical Love was a great event. Wow it really takes a lot of work and teamwork to put together events like these.
If he or she is a pole dancer, he or she would most likely want pole related stuff.
1. Lululemon or gift card. *caughimsize2cough*
2. Mika Yoga Wear or gift card.
3. Pole Fit wear from Bad Kitty Exotic Wear.
4. Leg warmers. Brrrrr it’s cold in some studios. They sell leg warmers pretty much anywhere.
6. An Allen key (for her xpole if her hubby stole hers and lost it) :p
7. A JayBird Bluetooth headset!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just imagine, your wife can pole to her own music in her head instead of blasting the stereo when you are trying to play video games.
Happy Holidays!Read More
Did I ever tell you about my mother in law? Well if I didn’t, here it goes. I have the coolest mother in law ever!!!!
A couple years ago my mother in law came to one of my studio’s open house to check out my new found love of pole. Like most mothers, I thought she was just concerned about my new hobby that she wanted to make sure I was okay. Little did I know she had been secretly plotting behind my back to actually try pole! LOL!
Kelly is fearless, strong and tom boy but with lots of bling. She’s not afraid of being nice to people and she has a huge heart of gold. Long story short, so Kelly comes to my open house and tries pole and by the end of the day she bought 10 prepaid classes to learn pole and get fit! *gasp*
I find out later the only reason why she wanted to try pole was to get to be able to spend some more time with her daughter in law! LOL! But then she ends up liking pole…. maybe more than me now… :p…. She poles with or without me now! She’s already surpassing me in pole! She’s SUPER KELLY!! LIKE HOLY CRAP I HOPE I AM LIKE HER AT HER AGE!!!!
The other day she kicked one of her sons out of his own bedroom to turn into a pole room.. LOL!! No I’m kidding she didn’t really kick him out, I think he moved his bedroom or something but the point is my mother in law now has a pole room! She’s hardcore! She even drove all the way to Ottawa to see me compete in the Ontario Pole Fitness Championships!!!
One thing I am really envious about my mother in law is that she is more flexible than I am! NOT FAIR!!!!
So that’s my mother in law. Isn’t she amazing?Read More
While I was competing in Ottawa in the Ontario Pole Fitness Championships, I had a beautiful moment with my dear pole pal and friend, Kathy. We were hanging out in the dressing room waiting for our turn to go up on stage to compete. She asks me, ‘why don’t you dance sexy any more?’.. or something along those lines. I explained myself. That since I am no longer apart of the adult industry, that I’ve reinvented myself with a different style and I choose to leave super sexy out of it. We chatted about the whole theory about S Factor and women reclaiming their bodies and taking back their sexuality. Then I blurted it out and confessed. “Okay I still have major issues about my own sexuality.”
And it’s true. I’m still healing. I’m not totally liberated and free. I’m almost there. I’m progressively working through my issues.
The conversation I had with Kathy is deep and personal and I will forever remember that moment in the dressing room.
Since September 29th, I have been thinking about that night. Anyways long story short, I’m gonna work on reclaiming my body as MINE. I’m going to reclaim my sexuality as mine. And I thank Kathy for turning a light bulb on in my brain. She inspires me.
Anyhoo, check out this old article by The Huffington Post. I need to take an S Factor class for therapy!
S Factor Helps Women Take Back Their Sexuality
On Saturday in Los Angeles, 12 slightly nervous women (myself included) entered a dim-lit room with hardwood floors (a little bit like a yoga studio, but with five “stripper” poles). We were greeted by teachers Janelle Giumarra and Kerry Anne Aldridge. Both women told us right away that it was natural to feel a bit nervous, and asked if any of us had taken an S Factor class before. None of us had.
After introducing ourselves to the group, Janelle turned on some hot, thumping music. She then led us through a series of floor exercises — hip circles, pelvic lifts, and something called leg flirts (use your imagination here). They were all aimed at helping us get deeper into our bodies and appreciate our own sensuality. It was working. I was feeling hot.
As we hip swirled and lovingly caressed our own bodies (yes, even our breasts), there was a wonderful sense of feminine camaraderie in the room — a sense of group acceptance for being women. “We’re all in this together,” shouted Janelle over the music. Yes, we were all in this together — getting over inhibition, getting over shame that for many of us as females had been programmed into us from earlier experiences.
So when were we going to learn some tricks on the pole?
Well, as it turns out, “S Factor” is MUCH more than that. “S Factor is not pole dancing. S Factor has pole dancing in it. S Factor is about learning the feminine language of the body and finding your sexy alter ego … finding your erotic creature,” Sheila told me in an interview after I took the class.
Finding our sexy alter ego is important because, “If you do not take your sexuality back, you will forever run in a gerbil circle going, ‘Give me equal rights. Give me equal rights. Give me equal rights.’ You know what? Take your body back. Take your vagina back. Take your breasts back. Take your ass back. Live happily in them,” said Sheila.
According to Sheila, taking our sexuality back as women is the final frontier of feminism. I have to agree. When we, as a group of women, come together loving our bodies and loving who we are as females — from the inside out — something miraculous happens. We claim our power. We claim our space. And everyone seems to be better off for it.
“When you come to class, you start to notice all of the little beautiful details in the women around you, then you start to notice the beautiful little details in yourself,” said Janelle.
S Factor classes are offered around the country. If you are new, it is best to take an introductory class. After that, you can sign up for Level One and then move up through the seven levels. Each level is eight weeks, one class per week, with the same group of women in each class. “These girls are tight,” said Janelle. “It’s an amazing group of support and compassion.”
Compassion is key to the group experience of S Factor. Many women are working through some old, rough stuff. One S Factor student-turned-teacher described how her parents used to tell her it was too embarrassing to go to her dance recitals when she was 12 or 13 years old. “That’s a pretty awkward time,” she said. “But now I’m doing this,” she said with a confident smile.
Building confidence is one of the main takeaways for women who venture into the S Factor experience. Even Hollywood stars from Teri Hatcher to Kate Hudson say it has increased their confidence. “[This] is about Empowerment … it’s about finding this place of comfort and confidence in your own body,” Teri Hatcher said in a testimonial.
For me, just one class opened me up to more of my feminine sensuality — and I am loving it! Not only do I feel more in touch with my power, I am having so much fun feeling good about being me — a beautiful female who has a lot of joy to share.
As Clarissa Pinkola Estes says in her bestselling book, Women Who Run With the Wolves: “When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.”
S Factor puts women back in touch with their wild nature. Oh, and what about the pole tricks? Guess you’ll have to come to class.
For more information about how you can get started with S Factor, visitwww.sfactor.com
To hear what other women have to say about S Factor, click here for testimonials.
I don’t know who she is. I don’t know anything about her. All I know is that after watching her performance, I declare her the best pole dancer in the world and she’s my new pole idol!!!! She’s only 8 years old!!!
So I heard some controversy about a 8 year old performing a pole aerial dance. I’ve probably only watched the video 9 times now and I still cannot find anything wrong with her or her performance. Every move, every trick, everything about her was totally appropriate.
She is just amazing. I’d like to her to come to SASS and teach us!!! I just had to share this.
I love teaching kids pole! I teach two 7 year olds, a 12 year old, 13 and 14 I think? LOL I lost track of their ages. Everything is severely innocent and strictly fitness and pure athleticism.
Those that have a problem with kids learning pole .. your the problem and you need to give your head a shake!Read More
Wow. For the first time in my pole life I never felt so comfortable in front of an audience. Normally I’d feel like I’m about to piss myself but not this time! I dragged my hubby out and made him wait a few hours before seeing me perform so I had to do my best and make it worth it for him.
It was jammed packed that night. I mean jammed packed! You could hardly get around in the entire club. But I guess that was a good thing. The turn out was amazing! My performance was not until the end so I was able to sit and watch half the show before I had to go change and warm up. Unfortunately due to the high turn out, I was unable to see much from where I was standing. It was difficult to record the dancers.
Was I nervous? Strangely the night before and the morning of I felt a bit nervous but once I was there I wasn’t any more? Weird. Hahah! I had a routine but I left some spots open and optional depending on how my grip was doing. Surprisingly my grip was AMAZING that night. I think I squeezed a half bottle of Dry Hands before I went up! LOL! How ever, I did leave out a few parts. I forgot to do my floor work in my routine. I skipped huge bunch lol! Oh well.
I am expecting some pics and a HD professionally recorded video of this soon.
Work, eat, sleep, train, work, eat, sleep, train, work.. The pole life has been busy, yet wonderful. Last night I climbed the poles at the Devil’s Martini in Toronto. I’m sure I wowed the audience. It’s a rush for me! Considering I have a severe case of social anxiety, performing pole drops 15 feet in the air in a night club crowded with people kind of gets me off I’ll admit. :p Yes I know that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But it’s liberating? It’s super dangerous too. What if I fell?
Well done Anastasia! I saw this video last night and I thought it was beautiful. I loved Ana’s gracefulness as flowed from one pole trick to another. This video is added to my list of favourite pole art videos.
I just wanted to share some polespirational (inspirational) pro pole fitness videos. I love what Sean O’Conner is doing for the pole community. I don’t think pole will ever lose it’s stigma ever since pole started being used in clubs as something provocative. And for the record I have nothing against that! Everyone enjoys a lil stripper show every now and then. But it’s nice to see that so many are trying to push pole FORWARD as something Olympic!!!!!!!!