1) What do you do when you’re not in pole dancing/lyra/aerial classes?
I’m a professional musician (keyboards, guitar, banjo, bass, vocals) and database designer. I describe myself as a pro musician with a bad poledance habit. If you wish to catch my rock alter ego, I’ll be playing lead guitar on the Canadian Country Music Awards on Sun Sep 27, airing at 7pm on Global. I’m part of the ‘house’ band that backs up the honorees.
2) How did you first discover pole dancing?
A forensic nurse named Kimmy taught me some happy spins. This is a long and thrilling story… ask me in person for the full tale sometime. It involves a swingers’ weekend (no, I did NOT participate) and a Bon Jovi tribute band I was playing keyboards for at the time. We were the entertainment. I have never messed up ‘Runaway’ so badly because I could not stop watching what was going on in the audience.
3) Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?
I took dance from ages 6-22. Tap was always my forte. I have been a gym goer since that time, and did obstacle course and CrossFit style stuff in 2014-2015.
4) What appealed to you about pole dancing that made you decide to try it?
I was getting so bored at the gym. I said to myself ‘there has to be a better and more fun way!’ There was.
5 ) How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
Back when you had the Jane and Bloor location, I bought a Groupon in summer 2017. That location closed shortly after, so I forgot all about the Groupon. Until I got a reminder in early September that ‘you only have this amount of time left to use your Groupon’. My Pole Anniversary is Sep 11, 2017.
6) What were your first impressions?
‘This is so hard!’
‘But I look so cool doing it!’
7) What keeps you committed to pole dancing?
The joy of learning new tricks, and the wonderful friends I’ve made through pole. Any day I show up at BV, I know it’s going to be a good day.
8) What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
Teamwork. I love how every class, you kind of naturally break down into ‘study pods’. Someone tries the move while someone calls instructions from the ground. And then you switch. We need that, because as soon as you’re upside down, you forget… EVERYTHING.
9) What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
Competing at the 2018 CPFA SuperShow and getting second in the Entry division. I incorporated elements of tap dance into my routine, and danced to ‘Razzle Dazzle’ from CHICAGO The Musical.
10) Do you have any pole goals you’re working towards?
Iron X, Spatchcock, and getting a consistent Janeiro! Right now the Janeiro is hit and miss — I’ve done it successfully twice.
11) How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?
I used to struggle with some really negative attitudes towards my body. Through pole, I focus less on what my appearance is on any given day, and instead on what I can accomplish.
12) What has surprised you the most?
You can get flexy at any age. I never thought I’d be closer to centre splits now than when I was 12.
13) Heels or no heels?!
I tend to be a barefoot goddess! I do love my Pleasers tho.
14) Favourite move?
Thanks for being a Vixen! 😘😘😘