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2017 Pacific Pole Championship Recap

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 The Pole Sport Organization (PSO) is a nationwide pole competition that gives everyone the chance to be on stage through their events. Levels go from amateur to pro and which are comprised of different categories including championship, dramatic, entertainment, exotic, and now a new category called Floorwork and Low Flow. PSO events are a great […]

5 Quick Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Pole Workout

Friday, May 19th, 2017 Over the last ten years I have been a pole dancer, and many students have asked me for tips on helping them to get stronger, achieve that next pole trick, or even how to overcome certain mindsets that can hold them back. Here are some of the tips I often share with my students.   […]

Social Media and Mental Health for Polers Part 1

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 In recent years a plethora of studies have investigated the impact of social media on mental health. Researchers have tested the mental health components of social media from several angles, but most studies have reached the conclusion that social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram, can depending on the situation, create a negative impact on mental health. […]

How to Be a Good Pole Mom

Monday, May 15th, 2017 Just so we are on the same page: What is a pole mom? A pole mom can often be your very first pole instructor, but that isn’t a hard and fast rule. He or she can be anyone you feel connected to and who made a great impact on your pole practice at some point […]

Slay the Shoe Game

Friday, May 12th, 2017 Heels. Many polers love them. Even more don’t reaaaally know how to use them. [raises hand] While heels can be a beautiful and sexy addition to your pole work, the fact is that they are more than an adornment: they are their own apparatus. Utilizing your heels properly takes skill and technique, but it’s not […]

9 Reasons Why Men Should Learn Erotic Dance

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 BK Writer Katie Johnson   Last week, a friend of mine who works as an exotic dancer, mentioned to me that her dream date turned into a nightmare when her date found out that that she danced for money. Apparently, he went from being respectful and romantic to bad mouthing her and trying to coerce […]

Expand Your Flexibility Training: Special Populations

Friday, May 5th, 2017 Photo by Alloy Images   In the last part of our 3-part series on helping flexibility teachers and their students improve their training we address special populations. While this isn’t a universally accurate statement, for the purposes of setting some clear expectations and boundaries on the scope of this post, let’s presume that the average […]

When Phones Get Banned in Pole Classes

Monday, May 1st, 2017 I’m an addict. I admit it. My phone goes everywhere with me. There is nothing more fun to me than to video a newly conquered move in pole class, and then post the video to Facebook or Instagram. It seems like once you get past the music copyright police you are home free when it […]

Back To Basics

Monday, May 1st, 2017 Over the past few months I’ve really been trying to get back to a comfortable and happy place in my pole practice. It’s been hard. Because I’ve taken such a long time off I realize that I’ve lost a lot of the strength and basic moves that used to come naturally to me. It can […]

Pole Dance Levels Around the World

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 As of right now there is no “official” guide or method to teaching pole dancing that is universally accepted around the world. Unlike in ballet or gymnastics,
 there’s nothing written that you HAVE to follow regarding what pole level you are in and how to know when you are ready to advance in pole. These […]

The Honest Truth About Push-Ups for Pole

Friday, April 21st, 2017 push-upThe push-up is not the most beloved of exercises, but most of us enjoy the results of doing push-ups: strong upper body and core, better endurance and lovely toned arms. Polers and aerialists generally use the push-up with gusto, from warm-ups, to strength training to home workouts. It’s common to be doing push-ups at least once a […]

Reconnecting Your Dance with Nature

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 Spring has sprung! It’s is in the air! Here in California, our famous orange poppies are in bloom. In Japan, the Cherry Blossoms are enjoying their own festival. Passover, Ramadan, Easter, and Ramanavami are close upon us. May poles are going up for traditional May Pole Dances. Everywhere people observe in their own styles as the […]

Expand Your Flexibility Training: Tools (Part 2)

Monday, April 17th, 2017 In continuing our discussion on increasing flexibility for your students or even for yourself as a teacher, Part 2 of the flexibility series(read Part 1 here) focuses on what tools may help your practice and how to use them. While technically you only need a mat or even a clean patch of grass to stretch […]

15 Things To Bring to Your First Pole Class

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 At Bad Kitty® we frequently get asked the following question by pole newbies: “What should I bring to my first pole class?” In an attempt to get a complete list we crowd sourced our team of writers for answers. The result is a comprehensive list of items you will need for your first pole class, along […]

Can Pole Be Taught Like Ballet?

Monday, April 10th, 2017 If you have taken pole dance lessons with different teachers, then you might have noticed similarities and differences in their teaching methods. This, of course, has to do with the instructor’s style, but it also has to do with the studio’s style. For example, in Venezuela, where I live and train, there are studios that […]

Expand Your Flexibility Training (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 Teaching flexibility to adults is challenging. They tend to come with chronic injuries, wacky schedules that prohibit consistent training and a fear of pain they’ve had decades to cultivate. So how do you help adults reach their goals of splits, backbends and all the other crazy moves we polers want in an environment that is […]

Pole Dancing in Hong Kong

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 Moving from a western society to an eastern culture can be quite shocking, even if that means moving back to your home town. As the airplane took off for my journey back home to Hong Kong, I knew things would be very different once I landed. But I also knew that pole dancing was the […]

Discover Your Inner Divine Feminine

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 Though I grew up Catholic, experiencing three heartbreaking miscarriages, the shocking death of my forty-four-year-old mentor and reading Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd in my thirties killed my Catholicism while simultaneously awakening a yearning to connect with the energy of the Divine Feminine. My S Factor pole dance and feminine movement […]

Cleaning Up Your Pole Choreography

Monday, March 27th, 2017 In dance, sometimes the details can make it or break it. If you’re not completely satisfied with your choreography, but not sure what and how to modify it, it’s likely that there are just a few touch-ups that could do wonders. For example, spicing up your choreography, highlighting your strengths, and covering up your weaknesses. […]

How to Perfect the Basic Inversion

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 The basic inversion is often the official first foray into the upside down world of pole. It’s exciting, scary and empowering all at once. But whether you are a newbie or a seasoned poler, the inversion is a move that can always use some fine tuning. A significant amount of technique and strength are required […]

Cleaning Up Your Pole Life

Monday, March 20th, 2017 It’s not only your house and closet that need a big spring cleaning. It’s time to look through your proverbial pole closet, tackle the clutter, and throw out everything you don’t need in your pole life. It doesn’t matter whether you are still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions (Keep up the good work!) or you […]

How To Take Proper Care of Your X-pole

Monday, March 20th, 2017 We’re pretty sure you already own an X-pole, but if you don’t you might be thinking about getting one soon. Having your own pole at home can be a great tool for many pole dancers. Not only can you train at home on the days you don’t go to the studio, but you can also […]

PinUp Pole Show Takes Us Back to the Good Ol’ Days

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 I might be biased, but to me pole shows are one of the most entertaining ways to spend your night. There’s so much excitement, athleticism, glittery costumes, hot bodies…. I mean what more could you ask for? Living in LA we are lucky to have access to a nice variety of pole shows and much of […]

Recap of PCS #PoleattheArnold 2017!

Monday, March 13th, 2017 For now the third year in a row, I went back to visit – and compete in – the Arnold Sports Festival (or just “the Arnold”) (see last year’s coverage here ). The U.S. event (there are now several international events), located in Columbus, Ohio, is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger (who does actually show up!) […]

Loving Yourself And Your Pole Journey

Monday, March 6th, 2017 If I’m going to be completely honest I can’t remember the last time I was in a pole class – and I’m not completely sure why I stopped going. The crazy thing is while I don’t go to pole class, I actually own a studio and I sneak in to pole dance (alone) all the […]

How Deep Does Your Pole Love Go?

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 If you really like pole dancing then you’ve probably signed up for regular classes, have your own pole at home, and follow all of the pros on Instagram to see what they’re up to. You don’t miss a pole event near you, and if you travel you try to take a class if you happen […]

How to Cross Train for Pole Fitness

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 Cross training is not a new concept, but thinking about cross training from a poler’s perspective produces a fresh twist. Cross training is defined as trying a new sport, one that is different from your main sport. The idea is to generate improvement in sport performance and potentially learn new training methods that can be applied to […]

Resolution Revival: Refocus On Your New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 Remember, many, many moons ago, when it was January and you were all hopped up on New Year’s excitement and enthusiasm, thinking of all the ways this year might be different, ready to tackle some fresh goals with passion and zest? Oh wait…Was that really just a couple months ago? If you had big aspirations […]

Tips for Nailing Your Exotic (Pole) Dreams

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 One of the great joys of pole is the diversity in style available to dancers. There’s something for everyone, whether you are seeking out the gymnastic power moves, or the floaty, ballerina flow of spins, and more. It seems though, that the most elusive style to nail is exotic. Which might seem funny, considering that […]

Climb Off The Pole Plateau

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 The human body is a marvelous creation. No matter how challenging the workout, eventually the body adapts. Each week, we have a routine: we attend the same pole classes and for the most part work on the same moves or related moves. Of course this depends on the level, but once past the beginner realm […]

Treat Yourself! Upgraded Indulgences For Your Pole Body

Monday, February 20th, 2017 In the month of love and hearts and flowers, it’s easy to find yourself up to your elbows in cheap department store holiday-themed candy. And while I’m certainly not here to tell you that you can’t enjoy some clearance-shelf Valentine’s Day SweeTarts, this is a great opportunity to think about how you indulge—and how you […]

Trusting Your Pole Dance Partner With Your Body and Soul

Friday, February 17th, 2017 What do you look for in a partner if you decide to try a pole duet? Typically, you might think of things like body type, musicality, gymnastic ability, personality, stage presence and a number of other requirements that are largely related to the technical side of the pole work. What we don’t always think about is […]

3 Super Sexy Outfits For Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 You don’t need an excuse to be a bombshell. Dress like one any old day! However, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of the year to show off all your seductiveness and allure. With V-Day approaching, you might be planning something special for your loved one. Whether you need a sexy outfit to take your love’s breath away […]

Dance With the Full Moon to Journey Home to Your Wild Soul

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 The full moon is magnetic. She captivates us, lighting the dark, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west and setting in the morning as the sun rises. At midnight she’s at her peak in the sky calling to the untamed nature of our souls. Perhaps this explains why we sometimes have […]

Teaching Pole Dance From Home

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 Not everyone has the means or the will to open up their own studio. But some teachers want to teach pole dance so badly, they teach from home. It’s a simple way to get started as a teacher and also to get teaching experience. The first thing to consider is that just because you can […]

The Glitter Theory: Renewable Energy Of Pole Dancers

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 The spoon theory is a metaphor created by Christine Miserandino to provide an intangible unit of measurement tracking how much energy a person who is chronically ill or otherwise abled (physically, mentally, emotionally) accesses in a day. “Regular” people have theoretically a limitless supply of “spoons” whereas someone who is differently abled only has a […]

Pole Show L.A. Celebrates 10 years of BeSpun Studio

Monday, February 6th, 2017 On Saturday Jan 28, pole dancers flocked to Boulevard3 in Hollywood to attend the famed Pole Show L.A. The show is one of the original pole dance performances in Los Angeles and boasts a hefty line-up of pole talent along with performances from pole students from BeSpun studios. This year, Pole Show L.A. creator Leigh Ann Reilly […]

How To Pick Your Ideal Pole Partner

Monday, January 30th, 2017 Pole dancing as an individual is a task that requires effort, passion, time and hard work – if you want to make it big of course. So, can you imagine what it takes if it’s not only you that needs to prepare for a competition, but your pole partner as well? It’s the next level […]

New Moon, New You and Wishes Too

Friday, January 27th, 2017 The moon’s most profound magic is her rhythm. As la Luna waxes from new to crescent to quarter to gibbous to full and then wanes back to gibbous to quarter to crescent to dark and new again, her phases are a consistent reminder of circular time. This pattern is one we live each day as […]

How It Feels to Be a Pole Newbie

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 What do you remember about your first pole class? It’s usually hard to forget your first spin around the pole. Most of us have gone through the awkward anticipation of our first brush with the pole. Perhaps it was after agreeing to accompany our friends because hey, it might actually be fun. Or maybe it […]

Natasha Wang: the Pole Meow-nificient

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Natasha Wang is more than a pole dancer or a pole teacher—She is an icon. She took her first pole class at the age of 29, and quickly gained recognitions through multiple national and international competitions. IPDFA “Instructor of the Year,” and Pole World News “Inspirational Artist of the Year” are just a few of […]

Bad Kitty ® Business Bite: Start Your Own Pole Business

Monday, January 16th, 2017 So you want to start your own business in the pole world? Maybe you want to open your own studio, maybe you want to create a new grip, maybe you even want to organize an event (if it’s an event – read this). The point is, you’ve got a great idea, some extra time on […]

5 Ways to Spicy Up Your Dance in the New Year!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 Here we go, 2017! The new year has started. It doesn’t matter if you’ve kept your resolutions, broken your resolutions, or didn’t make any at all – this thing is happening. Sometimes (if you’re anything like me) going back into the pole studio after the holidays can be a potentially rocky start. But, the good […]

How To Teach a Pole Bachelorette Party

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 Have you ever been to a pole dance bachelorette party before? If you haven’t then you are definitely missing out! They are (usually) fun, girl power evenings where women really let their hair down. If you are a pole instructor, you could also potentially make some extra cash by teaching other girls how to shake […]

Men and Floorwork

Saturday, January 7th, 2017 I posted the following question on Facebook, “When someone says, ‘Floorwork’ who comes to mind, and what are they wearing?” I asked the question because I wanted to see if a male name would pop up. Within an hour my wall was filled with names. All champions of the floor. And all of them belonged […]

What Are Your Craziest Pole Dance Dreams?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 pole dance dreamsHave you ever woken up from a dream only to realize that the extreme flexibility you thought you had is not real? It was only a dream! Disappointing, I know. Your dreams can be a place where the things you normally struggle with in pole are all within your reach. And it can feel so […]

Sacred Female Sexuality

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 This time last year I wrote about “Giving the Gift of Your Sexy” – a “how to” on sharing a sexy dance with your partner. This holiday season, I want to explore a personal, sensual, element of female sexuality: its sacredness . sa·cred ˈsākrəd/ adjective 1a : dedicated or set apart for the service or […]

Pole Personalities in the Classroom

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 If you’re a pole dance teacher then you know that you regularly encounter different kinds of people. And I don’t mean body types. I’m talking about personalities. Not everyone in your class is  super outgoing and sure of themselves. Conversely, not everyone is shy! In my experience as a teacher, there are some students who […]

Quiz: What Kind Of Pole Dancing Shoe Are You?

Monday, December 19th, 2016   Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year! I love searching for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Christmas, to me, is all about giving. I don’t need a lot of gifts. Unless shoes are involved. Then it’s all about me, because I could never pass up a good pair of […]

Simple & Sane Habits for Healthier Holidays

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 When the holiday season gets underway, it’s easy to get caught up in one of two mindsets: Mindset #1: The It’s-The-Holidays-I’ll-Do/Eat-What-I-Want Mindset Mindset #2: The It’s-The-Holidays-So-I-Have-To-Buckle-Down-To-Avoid-Disaster Mindset While both of these directions can be tempting, I think most of us actually want to fall somewhere in between. We want to indulge during the holidays but […]