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.
I know what you are probably thinking "A pic of Jane in regular clothing and she is NOT on a pole!"
Last night, I attended a fancy soiree in Toronto and I wore my favourite dress.. it had pockets!
Whenever I go to networking events, the typical question I receive is "what do you do for a living?".
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…
In between pole classes, I would turn to youtube for inspiration and dream of becoming a strong pole performer. I could invert and climb to a sit. I was hooked!
I would watch these two videos - over and over again - dissecting the moves. In all honesty, the sequence of moves are simple compared to the pole moves now…
One of the most popular questions asked by brand new students!
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!"
How to stay injury free as you go along your pole journey...
"I've never been one for traditional fitness. Not that there's anything wrong with that choice. I find activities hold my interest longer then the gym. I always joked with my friends who are big gym goers that I'll go to the gym if there's like "stripper-cise" class so when a Pole Dancing studio opened up in my neighbourhood I had to at least take an intro class so I wouldn't be a hypocrite. That decision changed my life. I became hooked instantly and have been dancing for 8 years now in total and been teaching for almost 6 years now."
Oh it’s wedding season and we love hosting parties in the studio! Whether it’s pole dancing, chair cabaret dancing or learning a striptease routine- we love the excitement and fun which comes from Bachlorette parties. This is where we shine!
When I receive a call to book a party, many times ladies will ask- “what happens at a party in your studio”.
The sun is shining, it is super hot outside. We are in the heart of the summer and it's a Sunday afternoon. Deep inside I'd rather be by the beach or poolside.. instead I am at the studio, practicing. Here are my tips on how to train, when you just don't feel like training!
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!