Catch up on previous Pantera posts here:
Now, here is Pantera, Pioneer of Pole!
You are one of the pioneers of bringing pole dance/fitness to the mainstream. According to your bio, you started as an exotic dancer in 1999. What made you decide to leave the clubs and start your journey of becoming the World's Most Famous Pole Dancer?
Let me say I've never left the clubs. I perform at events in strip bars all the time. If there is one thing I am not is ashamed of my past and where it has brought me today. I firmly believe that knocking the exotic foundations or the people that made this art form so popular is the most ridiculous thing as many respectable pioneers who were or still are strippers. To quote Jesus, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
All that being said when I won the national title there was nothing left for me in that world. I loved the performance and I wanted to do more of it. I wouldn't have been able to do it without some of my dearest friends and long time business partners. As always its the people behind the scenes, the trainers, teachers and family who deserve the credit. I am just the face.
Who are other pole pioneers that you admire?
I respect the other pioneers because of their success and contributions. I admire people for different reasons.
You have traveled the world, bringing the joy of pole dance to so many people. Which country is your favorite and why?
That is too hard to answer. The world is a place full of tradition, heritage, customs and attractions and I have been fortunate to witness and be apart of so much of it.
|From Pantera's Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/PanterasPoleWorld|
There will not be any additional DVDs. I am hoping to do an internet based library of moves, progressions and personal training. Although I love to travel I am getting older and I love being at home more and more. Living out of a suitcase is losing its luster.
Your tattoos are so amazing. What is their meaning?
My tattoo's meaning is solely for myself. However, there is a note on my fan page with answers to many questions if you are curious. [Note: see below for link and copy/paste from the fan page.]
Tell us one thing about you that people might be surprised to hear.
I'm amazingly prudish and shy. :) Not kidding
What does 2012 hold for you?
2012 hopefully holds the key to where I will put down some roots and a permanent pole.
Please visit Pantera's fan page on Facebook. You can read her note about her tattoos here:
Full Body Tattoo...All Your Questions Answered