Recently we asked our fellow polers about what they felt was holding them back in their pole practice. We received many responses - from strength related to confidence to pole techniques. One of the questions was on strengthening your air inverts also known as aerial inversion.
Last night, I had the honour of performing with A Lyrical Affair at Burlington Performing Arts Centre. This cabaret show was a mix of singing, dance and celebrating their 10 years of this singing duo. I had a blast, loved it AND learned a valuable lesson…
And here we go!!
I Heart Pole Challenge 2019 is back!
It's been 3 years since we have had fun with this Instagram challenge!
This is a fun training challenge that we started back in 2016 and I'm thrilled to bring it back. It's great to check out and use as a training guide.
Meet Karol Helms..
She is one of my pole heroes - one of the people who I look up to in this industry.
She is a legend.
And... most likely you have learned a move or two indirectly from her.
Karol has been pole dancing for 16 years, and she has made major contributions to our industry - especially our studio.
And - she is a total badass!
We are super thrilled to welcome Chris Gismondi to our studio! Chris brings a wealth of information and pole skills to share with our community. He has been poling for 2 years, started in Montreal and visited our studio over the summer.
A student at McGill University, Chris is also a resident of Oakville.
1. Why did you start pole dancing for fitness?
"I began as a self taught yoga enthusiast and runner as a teen when I was unhappy with my body image. I took matters int o my own hands and tried to adopt a more healthy lifestyle. I took my first pole class in university and I was absolutely hooked from my first spin! It was such a fun and exciting workout I completely forgot I was exercising. Four years later, many bruises and pole kisses later I will hang off of any street pole or tree branch I can find!"
2. A Day In The Life...
"My typical school day involves research, being in the library, attending classes at McGill, and working on endless papers. I break up my day with pole training and teaching, being with friends, social justice organizing, and making art.
During the summer I have been working at a Government archive, and teaching and training with PoleFit Nation, while also working towards my CPFA certification, and training to defend my title at the Canadian Pole Fitness Championship."
Preferred song to dance/work out
"My all time favourite pole song would be Wicked Games by the Weeknd, turn down the lights and get me a pair of pleasers!"
I love teaching because...
"I love watching students grown and improve. Its such a a rewarding feeling to see students achieve their goals, get their split a little deeper, or their ayesha a little less shaky. In return, it is so amazing to be a part of a community, and pole has introduced me to so many wonderful friends and colleagues!"
Ever have a goal that you wanted to achieve? If you are like me, goals are important and will set you on the path towards success!
One of my goals was to compete in the Ontario Pole Fitness Championships, specifically in the Masters Division. You see, I believe that pole dancing is for any age and being in my 40s, I felt it was important to represent the over 40 crew!