Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out to me! I love talking about S, sharing my passion for elevating the feminine, which has become the passion of so many women, and every opportunity to "wake the S up" in the world. It wasn’t the sensuality of traditional exotic dance that became a part of S Factor, it was the natural sensuality of a woman's body that I began to acknowledge in my own body. The no make-up, hair undone, no frills, pure, organic S shape of our hips, butt, shoulders, wrists, the inside of a woman's elbow, everything top to bottom, right down to our baby toes. Women are sexy! Right out of the womb. And that sensuality in the shape of our hips, also lives inside our hips. We are circular natured and we are built to move naturally in a circular, sensual way. It's enticing to men in an exotic dance environment because (well they are enticed by women whether we are moving or standing still!) we're exaggerating those S shapes. But for women at S, we're just doing what comes naturally in the privacy of our S studios, and the sensuality of it is inherent.
I designed the S Factor Workout to cover every base of feminine fitness that I (and so many of my girlfriends) had tried for years to find in multiple forms of exercise. We were taking Pilates for the ab work, yoga for long lean muscles and stretching and meditation, different kinds of dance, jogging, biking, hiking, treadmilling, weights, ahhhhhhhhhH! It was too much and none of it worked. I tried everything alone and in every conceivable combination and it just felt like this uphill battle that one could never catch up with, especially after having children. When I built S Factor I wanted to create something "total body" that could be achieved in 2 hours once a week. That's why S Factor's copyrighted sequence of circular fluid feminine movements is multi-directional and isometric. You feel it in your entire body because a woman's entire body needs and craves movement in order to feel balanced. It is designed to prep women to do polework too! In Level 1 and 2 of the S Factor Original Series session women learn signature S Factor polework that builds their upper body and abdominal strength, which then prepares them for more advanced signature S Factor climbs and inversions as they progress to Levels 3 - 6 of their Erotic Creature Journey.
You were at the forefront of bringing pole to the every-day woman. How do you feel about it going mainstream?
It's like...I keep waiting to wake up. It's really something. I never imagined when I was teaching S Factor to women in my house back in 2001 that something like this could have such a tremendous affect on the world and history. Nothing like S Factor existed on the planet. And there we were, these extraordinary women and me, just celebrating our femininity and having fun. To be an innovator of something brings with it a lot of responsibility. I receive thousands of letters from all over the world from women who have tried "pole dance fitness." Some I have to say have had a different experience than what S Factor is defined as. While I love that there is a growing community of women exploring new ways to move their body, I wish I could be everywhere in the world at once with an actual S Factor studio on every corner because we do more than just dance on a pole. And that "more" has become the impetus behind my Soulfully Sexy DVD Series and the Wake the S Up movement. S = Feminine. The idea of women having a culture of their own is what I hope will become mainstream, versus simply the act of pole dancing.
I have met many amazing dancers who have come from S Factor backgrounds: Natasha Wang, Claire Griffin Sterrett, Amy Kim, Sheena LaShay, and my own friend here in California, Jenny Gain. I'm sure there are many, many more I'm missing. How proud are you of your ladies being in the pole world limelight?
The women who currently teach S Factor at our studios are some of the most phenomenal women I have ever met in my life. Our highly trained staff have inspired many women in the world. S teachers do more than just guide women through the workout, or teach them pole tricks. They dramatically change lives. They are therapists, body whisperers, confidantes, nurturers, healers, they are in the limelight of each and every life they touch through the two hours they share once a week with women from all walks of life. And I am proud to have them as sisters and friends.
Do you participate in pole competitions?
Recently, some of my pole dancing friends who are mothers have had issues with their children's friends making fun of their mom for being a "stripper." Did you ever have to deal with that. If so, how did you handle it? If not, how would you advise someone to handle it?
Hmmmm...this is the first I've ever heard of this happening. I guess I would say that children tease other children about a whole slew of things that are untrue. There really isn't anything that can be done about it, it's just kids. I know that many S moms bring their daughters in to our Mother-Daughter classes and events and the little ones have a perfect understanding of the difference between S Factor movement and "pole dancing."
Men on the pole is a very hot topic right now. S Factor is very famously a place for women only. Do you foresee a change in that policy any time soon?
What kind of "diet" do you follow?
Diet is an evil word and I don't do it. I eat clean and healthfully, and I do S Factor!
Do you like to dance in shoes or barefoot?
I love, love, love my 6 and 7-inch stilettos. They make me feel larger than life. But some days a girl's just gotta go barefoot!
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, any upcoming events or S Factor?