Lady Kori: What work do you do?
Sarah: I’m a software engineer, specializing in iOS and Mac development. I’ve built a lot of weird stuff but I currently work on a vector drawing program. Helping artists do their thing makes me happy.
LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?
Sarah: I was working near Queen and Niagara streets and I saw the Brass Vixens sign on my way to and from the office every day. My best buddy and I decided that the best way to start 2015 would be with one-month trial memberships at the studio. We were right!
LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?
Sarah: Well, I was the only girl on my Little League team when I was 8 and that obviously makes me a star athlete! Beyond that though, my only fitness experience has been 12 years of dancing at goth and industrial clubs. As it turns out, that is not particularly effective preparation for pole!
LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?
Sarah: I really, really like being upside-down, and pole dancing offered many new ways to achieve that goal!
LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
Sarah: At first, I chose Brass Vixens because the Queen West studio was right next to my office. I stuck around because everyone is so amazing.
LK: What were your first impressions?
Sarah: It was love at first sight! Being a professional geek, I’m pretty much always surrounded by guys, so it’s amazing to take classes in an environment filled with so many amazing ladies (and some lovely men). Pole also turned out to be much more difficult than I’d expected, which made me want to stick around and prove that I could do it.
LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?
Sarah: I’m more fit than ever before, and I want to see how far I can progress. There are so many aspects of pole dancing to work on: strength, flexibility, fluidity of movement, etc. There’s no way I’ll ever master everything and there will always be something new to try.
LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
Sarah: I think it’s important to make students feel both safe and encouraged to push themselves. Every instructor I’ve had at Brass Vixens has done that very well — the environment is incredibly motivating but I’ve never felt like I was going to get hurt when trying something new.
LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
Sarah: I was incredibly excited to discover that I could hold a shoulder mount straddle; that felt pretty super! (My trap muscles don’t agree with that sentiment.) Also, I recently visited an obstacle course that had poles and I blew my coworker’s mind by going into a helicopter, a move I couldn’t reliably do for the first year I was in Inversions. It was so satisfying!
LK: Do you have any pole goals?
Sarah: So many! My 2017 goals include getting my handspring and nice, flat splits, and taking more choreo classes so that I’m not just muscling my way from one trick to the next.
LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?
Sarah: Physically, the functional strength that comes from pole dancing has made life much easier. I just moved and it was nice to be able to hurl around boxes full of books! Emotionally, I feel much more confident, knowing that I’ve gained cool new skills that I can use to awe the unprepared!
LK: What has surprised you the most?
Sarah: I was not expecting the arrival of a bunch of visible muscles around my shoulders and back. I don’t know what they are, exactly, but they’re doing good work!
LK: What are your favourite classes and why?
Sarah: I love InterPole because there are so many moves and combos to work on. Every instructor teaches it differently which increases my chances of figuring things out. I’m also a huge fan of the belly dance troupes! I think they’re helping me become at least a little bit less clumsy and sometimes we get to dance with props, which is its own reward. :)
LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?
1: The instructors make learning potentially scary things fun, and they’re always welcoming.
2: The other students are encouraging and friendly.
3: If you want to, you can spend all sorts of time upside-down, like a sexy sloth!
Thanks for being an awesome Vixens Sarah!