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.
October 16, 2012
Sheena is fit, strong and the proud recipient of a bronze medal all due to an up and coming sport — pole dancing.
While most picture a scantily clad woman working the pole in a dimly lit night club when they envision pole dancing, that is no longer the case. A large population of women are turning to the new sport of pole dancing as a way to meet their fitness needs. Winger is one of those women who feels the most fit she ever has thanks to pole dancing.
“I didn’t see it as something sexy,” said Sheena, who won a bronze medal in the professional division at the Canadian Pole Fitness Championships. “I saw it as acrobatic and fitness.”
And it certainly takes a lot of physical ability to perform some of the moves that helped Winger garner the bronze at the competition held Sept. 29 in Ottawa.
Her instructor, Grimsby resident Shanyn Pollard, who owns Sass Pole Fitness in Stoney Creek, was crowned Miss Pole Dance Canada in 2011, after taking a gold at the provincial level and going on to take gold again at the national level.
Pollard opted out of competing this year to focus on teaching. She was also able to cheer Winger on from the crowd, as she danced her way to bronze.
Sheena is Pollard’s second student to compete in pole dancing and the first to compete in the professional division.
The studio has grown in the three years since it opened, first in Fort Erie and then to Stoney Creek. Sass not only offers pole dancing lessons, but pole parties, which are popular for bachelorettes, as well as cardio classes, yoga and aerial fitness classes. The studio will be offering a new suspension yoga program beginning next month.
The public, said Pollard, is beginning to understand that pole dancing isn’t just for night clubs, but a great way to tone the body. She has women of all ages and abilities signing up for classes at the Barton Street studio.
“It doesn’t feel like work,” Pollard said of the sport. “You can have fun and be goofy, just don’t be afraid of a little sweat.”
“It’s addicting,” said Sheena. “I was a runner and a gym goer before. All I did was cardio. I was obsessed with losing weight and looking skinny. Now, I don’t worry about my weight anymore. I am stronger and healthier than ever before. And I get to have fun doing it.”
Sass Pole Fitness is located at 687 Barton St., Stoney Creek. For information and a class schedule, visit www.polefit.ca or call 905-643-0013.
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
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.
Have a pole dancer in your family? Is her birthday coming up? Perhaps she is your wife or girlfriend and you are not sure what to get her? Don’t fear! Let this blog post be your gift guide to your pole dancing significant other.
If she’s into pole dancing, then she’s probably addicted to pole dancing. Pole dancers are usually really serious about their sport because it’s a passion. Being a pole dancer can be a little pricey at times. For a good home dance pole, your paying at least over 300 dollars or more! Pole attire, shoes, and accessories also do add up and are sometimes hard to find. So let me help you!
If she doesn’t already have a dance pole in her home, it’s time to get one for her! My favorite home dance pole is the X-Pole! I’ve also heard some good reviews about the Lil’ Minx dance pole too but I haven’t tried one.
2. Grip Aids!
Every pole dancer goes through grip issues. And grip aid needs can also change from day to day. Sometimes it can be a MightyGrip day or it can be a Dry Hands day. It all depends on the environment (temperature, humidity). Having multiple choices of grip aids can be essential to pole dancers. There are also pole gloves if grip aids are not working for you. Right now I am going through a sweaty hand stage when I pole so I am looking into buying a pair of the MightyGrip Gloves with Tack just to have around for those sweaty hand days. Remember, the gloves with tack are meant for doing tricks on spinning poles. The gloves without tack is better for stationary poles. Which gloves to get for your pole dancer friend all depends on the type of poleling she enjoys more. Having both types (with and without tack) laying around for just in case days is always good to have. I may purchase the gloves with tack because I enjoy doing aerial tricks on a spinning pole and I need the best grip possible!
3. Pole Attire!
Pole clothes used to be hard to find when I first start poleling over 2 years ago. Since then some pretty great businesses have come around to selling clothing to pole dancers. I have an Online Shop here where where I have collected some great products for pole dancers. Check it out HERE! Some other clothing sources are I love are Sweet Vixen Couture, Pole Fit, Bad Kitty Exotic Wear, and Mika Yoga Wear. I’ve recently purchased a pair of the black side tie shorts from Sweet Vixen Couture in extra small and I freaken LOVE THEM!!!
4. Pole Lessons!
Does she take pole lessons, walk in classes or pole workshops? Depending on the pole fitness studio, she may enjoy having a gift card or punch card to her favorite pole dancing studio.
5. Pink Her Pole!
Has she pinked her pole yet? PinkPolePower.com was started by Sean O’Conner of Toronto. It is a pole dancing inspired, non profit organization that takes donations for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. All you have to do is go to his site and fill out the form and Sean will get in contact with you regarding ‘pinking your pole’ photo. 100% of the proceeds goes to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. PinkPolePower is about inspiring, educating, sharing is really what lives inside each successful pole fitness dancer. “I have found inspiration in their kindness, I get continue education on the benefits of pole fitness from the dancers, and the whole pole community shares their passion with one another. Inspire, educate, share is how I live my own life. I give to live.” – Sean O’Conner. I plan on pinking my pole soon as I have the most perfect photo. Watch out for that update.
So there you have it.. I hope this helps as your official gift guide to your fellow pole dancer.Read More
Once I was done teaching for the morning, I cranked my vocal trance tunes and jammed in my own little world.
P.S Can you guys leave comments telling me to point my damn toes and keep my legs straight on inverts please??? Hahahah! I’ve been focusing on cleaning up my skillz the last couple days.
Here is my spin practice from the other day. I love spin mode! It’s my fav!!!! <3