What do you do besides pole dancing (profession, hobbies, interests etc.)?
I love movies, board games, children, and anything to do with a puzzle. More recently, I’ve gotten into 3D puzzles, you wouldn’t believe how hard these things are but I love a good challenge. I also crochet for fun, but mostly only during the winter months – animals, characters, scarfs, hats… you name it I’ve probably tried it.
When did you first discover or hear about pole dancing?
I have always wanted to try it, except none of my friends wanted to try it with me. I was reluctant to go on my own because I didn’t really know what to expect. What if everyone was really good and I dragged the class down? Things like this bothered me because I don’t like to inconvenience others. But after some hunting I finally found a friend and a studio close to home, and my life hasn’t been the same since.
Do you have any previous dance or fitness background?
Not at all, I am – or was – one of the clumsiest people out of everyone I knew. Friends knew me as the girl who tripped on “flat” ground (which wasn’t flat, there were cracks I swear!). I’ve tried yoga in the past, but other than that I have no dance or fitness background.
What surprised you most about pole dancing?
The amount of bruises and callouses you develop, as well as, the strength you need in ALL parts of your body. When you see a pole dancer they look so graceful, that you wouldn’t even think about these things, until you actually practice and realize the amount of work that goes into each and every move. At this point, every bruise is like a badge I wear with pride.
What keeps you continuing to pole dance and attend classes at Brass Vixens?
Most definitely, the people. I find myself constantly encouraged and supported by a team of wonderfully attentive instructors who have not only taught me killer tips and tricks, but also celebrated my accomplishments. The other girls have become like family to me, we all laugh, cry, and hurt together – in the best possible way.
Do you have any pole/aerial goals?
Splits, splits, SPLITS! One day I will conquer you. Other than that, I would like to try inversions or a spin class in the future. But for now, I don’t feel quite ready to challenge that area of pole just yet. I am just simply enjoying the art of flowing into spins and just building my strength up for the time being.
Do you have a favourite class and why?
Erotic pole and erotic chair. These classes are definitely teaching me to embrace the inner Vixen. Through these classes, I have been taught to infuse some sass into the choreography, and transition beautifully from spin to spin or floor to pole. Thank you for always challenging, guiding, and teaching me.
How has attending classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?
After coming to Brass Vixens, I have not only noticed a change in my body physically, but also in my perception of self. I have learned to embrace my body, and shed insecurities – growing in both confidence and self-love. I have also learned the difference between a sore and an injury, and how to listen to my body – thank goodness for that!
How do your friends and family feel about your pole dance passion?
There are a handful of friends and family that are fascinated. Most have noticed that something in me has changed but they can’t quite put a finger on it.