I have been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2003. I worked in Gym's while going to college and always loved taking group fitness classes to stay motivated.
I am not going to lie, I eat terrible. I am so busy that I figure fast food is better than nothing at all! I do love sushi though and eat it at least 3 times a week.
I have no formal training in dance, I am completely self-taught.
I have won over 15 dance competitions including 1st Runner Up Miss Pole Dance World and Best Pole Tricks in 2005.
I was never very athletic as a young adult and Pole Dancing was something I actually picked up quite quickly. As a young adult that wore big glasses and didn't weigh more than 75 pounds, I was always picked last for the sports teams. I couldn't catch a ball, run very fast or jump very high lol. Pole Dancing was one of the first things I was actually really good at.
I prefer Pole Dancing, as I think the dance and transitions in between the tricks are part of the beautiful artform. I often use the term Pole Fitness just because I know the association people have with the term Pole Dancing, they instantly think stripper.
I am constantly standing up for Pole Fitness as a sport. I am not trying to fool anyone, Pole Dancing has predominately been for stripping but it has also been used in Cirque (Chinese Pole) and Mallakhamb (an traditional Indian Sport). It is really just a vertical pole compared to a parallel bar. If you do not take your
clothes off while you are on it, it's not stripping. It's frustrating to me to know that people are so closed minded that they cannot see that. The type of people involved in Pole Fitness are gymnasts, artists, computer techs, students, housewives, etc... not strippers. We are slowly educating the public to see it as a sport and there will be a day that people see it as a fitness rather than something only for strippers.
dry hands for my hands and shaving cream for my legs.
Aveno!!! I have tried all different lotions but I have really dry skin and Aveno actually helps me stick. If I don't use it, I slide right off. I don't know if it's the oatmeal in it or what but it's magical.
Lululemon, Bad Kitty and Light Activewear.
Running shoes or heels, can't do barefoot.
I was an exotic dancer for 10 years. In the beginning this was very tough for me when I was trying to convince people that Pole Dancing was for fitness, yet I was a stripper! I really had to prove myself, I needed to be more professional, more articulate, more polite.... It really does add to my credentials as I have such a giant library to teach people. This combined with my Fitness education really gives me the tools to be able to teach anyone from someone who wants to learn it for their loved one to someone who wants to get in shape and everything in between.
Tantra is a positive word embracing the vision of the whole of reality as an expression of a joyous divine consciousness. Tantric spiritual practices and rituals aim to bring about an inner realization of this truth, bringing freedom from ignorance and rebirth in the process. Many people mistake Tantra for a sexual meaning but it is not unless applied to that.
To me, this embarced the whole idea of what pole dancing is so this is
how I decided to call it Tantra Fitness.
Black Betty the remixed dance version. So high energy!
We just had the Miss Pole Dance Canada Competition that we held in a theater for the first time. It was amazing! We always invite the other studio's to be a part of it and we had such an amazing turn out. We are hoping to organize a Showcase for everyone to be a part of no matter what school they are from. It is about individuals sharing the same passion rather than competing studios. We will announce it everywhere when we pick a date. We will probably make it a fundraiser to give back to the community.
We just renovated and expanded our studio and will be adding an Aerial program in November that will include Silks, Hoop and Aerial Yoga. We also just started franchising.