What is your fitness background?
I was trained in classical ballet from the age of four. I was also a competitive swimmer in school and a swimming instructor in a former life.
What is your fitness routine (on and off the pole)?
When I am on tour with a show I do very little training on the pole. As I am performing close to every night I get enough hours on the pole with out extra training. I have a lot of wear and tear injuries which are part and package of being a performing artist. When you do extreme things with your body repetitively you tend to develop tears and strains. I have to have regular physiotherapy and exercise regimes to help maintain the standard of my body.
Well, until recently I didn't follow any particular diet. I believe in food, good food and a healthy diet. Eating well is the best thing for your body, it is designed to process and extract nutrients from food and is highly efficient at doing so. If you feed your body fresh, lean, nutrient rich food it will function very well. I believe that supplements, unless recommended by a nutritionist or medical practitioner, are extremely expensive and unnecessary.
I recently broke my jaw which changed my diet completely. Now I can only eat soft foods until I can rehabilitate my jaw to it's former strength.
Do you have a dance background?
Yes I am a little ballerina at heart. I started ballet at the age of 4 and began competing in dance at the age of 9.
Which competition(s) do you like to do? Do you have any title(s)?
My favorite competition is Miss Pole Dance Australia. It is where I started and has a very very special place in my heart. I have won Miss Pole Dance Australia thee times and also won the World Pole Sport Fitness Championships two years consecutively in 2009 and 2010.
After 5 years of competing I am pretty much ready to retire from competing. I have no more urge or drive to compete. I want to focus more or expanding and growing pole dancing as an industry.
I train where ever there are poles! I do a lot of training in my down time at O.C. Pole Fitness in California. It's such a beautiful location inside and out, they also offer areal yoga and lyra (areal hoop) classes so I can indulge in my passion of swinging off just about everything! It's super close to the beach too which is just an amazing added bonus It is my wonderful manager, Collette Kakuk, who owns and runs this studio. How she manages to maintain such a beautiful studio and my hectic schedule is a mystery to me but that's why I love and need her, God bless that woman!
Do you have sponsors you'd like to acknowledge?
I have worn Tony Shoes since I was a pole fledgling and they are wonderful sponsors and such lovely people to work with. They are are family owned and run business and they really care bout their products, their customers and about me and my opinions.
What first interested you about pole dancing?
My Mother, she tried out a pole dancing class for a bit of a giggle with some girlfriends and my little sister who was 14 at the time.
Do you have a preference? "pole fitness" or "pole dancing"
Oh for me it is pole dancing all the way. I am a dancer and I like to watch dancing. I was never into fitness or body building before so while I am impressed by strength and athleticism unless it has a performance element and strong dance feel I don't feel moved.
What do you think about the stripper vs. pole fitness debate?
I have a lot to say about this debate. These are two very different worlds but we can't deny that one was born from the other. There are a lot of assumptions made about the striptease industry and I believe that unless you have worked as a stripper then you don't know what a stripper does. Both pole dancing and striptease tend to be frowned upon because of the highly sexualized nature of the performance and what people assume each performance entails. It is ignorance and misled predispositions that form such polarized opinions. I could go on about this for ever, I guess the point I am trying to make is that you can do the most sizzling, jaw-dropping, wolf howl inducing striptease on a chair and the chair will still be a chair. A pole is an inanimate object it's down to the performer to change the context.
What is your favorite product to help you stick to the pole?
Blood and sweat. No, I'm kidding. I am a very simple girl good old resin and alcohol will do for me. But it all really depends on your skin type and the climate. If you have oily skin and you live in a humid country you will need a magnesium or chalk based product to deodorize you and absorb extra moisture in the air and on the pole. on the other side of the spectrum if you are a super dry person (like me) you need to add moisture and tackiness.
I have extremely dry skin - in fact i have acute chronic atopic dermatitis. Or eczema so my skin is always dry problematic so I have to moisturize twice a day.
Where do you like to buy your pole clothes?
At www.felixcane.com! I designed my own line which I really love and wear all the time when I train. It should be all up online to see by the holiday season.
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?
I always perform in heels. I think it is more dramatic, it extends your lines and creates a certain feel or character to your movements. If i am training a new trick I will go bare foot but mostly I train in heels too. No point training bare-foot if you are going onstage in 7 inch stilettos!
What did you do before competing and/or opening your pole studio?
I was studying at university to become a geneticist.
What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?
Presently I am incapacitated, I had an accident (not pole related) which resulted in a fractured wrist and a shattered jaw. But I can't stop listening to INXS. So I think if I was pole able that would be my groove right now.
Do you have any other upcoming events/competitions you'd like people to know about?
Yes! My DVD's!! They are out! Done! Available!! I am so excited about them, it was a lot of hard work but finally they are here. Again go to www.felixcane.com and hit the Store button.
What else would you like people to know about you and/or your studio?
Ummmm.... I think everybody should know that I have had an accident and was badly hurt but I have a positive attitude and I will heal up as fast as I can. And I will post a video of my first pole attempts after 3 months of no training whatsoever on my website so that everybody can have a little giggle at me and with me.
I promise we will not be giggling and I hope to meet the lovely Felix Cane at OC Pole Fitness one day soon! Get better soon, Felix, we love you!!!!!