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Your Pole Tribe

Monday, December 5th, 2016 Pippi doing shots with the DorzeHi BK readers, haven’t seen you in awhile! I had to take a few months off because I had two back-to-back activities consuming all my time. These activities were completely unrelated on the surface, but strangely enough they both revolved around the theme of the “tribe.” And while neither of them directly relate to pole […]

Preventing Pole Injuries Through Communication

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 spottingBefore I purchased my motorcycle I took a safety class. The very first lesson the instructor taught us was this: At some point in our riding lives we were likely to “lay the bike down.” This term refers to when the rider takes a serious action that may damage their bike and/or themselves to avoid […]

December is #LegTwirlChallenge Month

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 legtwirlchallengeTis the season to be twirling! It’s December and we’re celebrating with all the Twiry Legs! Capture your favorite spot to get your Twirl Legs on…watching TV, tanning by the pool, on the pole, in a tree, in a box with a fox while eating lox….get creative and show us what you got. Don’t be shy […]

Play is the Secret Bond Among Couples and Pole Communities

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 badkittycommunity“Couples that play together stay together,” is what I say when friends ask about the secret to my lengthy (twenty-six-year) joyful marriage. My husband and I met in college playing intramural softball in the Spring and fell for each other that Autumn as he caught my passes on the Football field (women had to quarterback […]

Creating a Positive Pole Studio Environment

Monday, November 28th, 2016 7bjcxuap1pxqu7kyhgqtxkur9h1vs_lszqfh-h-1p1kIf you visit different pole studios around the world, it’s apparent that different combinations are taught in those studios, diverse teaching methods are employed and there is a distinctive vibe in each studio.  From a business perspective, this is all well and good, but the real art behind a pole studio is having a positive […]

When Pole Meets Health, Race, Religion, and Courage

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 15060256_10157754388545506_1969994262_o2016 has been a roller coaster ride when it comes to social issues: there was a mass shooting incident in Orlando, Florida killing many people of different sexual orientations, there has been misogyny and shaming from a major women’s center and a popular feminist blogger against women who pole dance, and of course racism, homophobia, xenophobia, […]

Should I Get a Pole at Home?

Monday, November 21st, 2016 Mariale's pole at homeEvery pole dancer has thought to themselves at least once in his or her pole dancing life about getting their own pole. I know I wanted mine about six months after I started poling. I ordered it from Amazon. I had to have it sent by ship to my country (Venezuela) because no one sold […]

When Women Gather: A Personal Response to SK Live

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 14468213_1039168142818714_2548832042956807978_o  There’s something special that happens when women gather. From prayer groups to political protests and everything in between. Pole dancing retreats are no exception. The journey of women and girls on this planet has not been an easy one. Our story as a gender has been marked with the labels like weaker sex, cause […]

Breaking Up With Your Pole Family

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 pexels-photo-14303Breakups are distressing and painful, even when you aren’t the one who has been left. If you have been frequenting a pole studio for a long time, and one day you just don’t see yourself going there anymore, it’s very likely that you feel confused and troubled. Leaving your pole family is a tough decision. […]

The Competitor’s Golden Hour

Saturday, November 12th, 2016 PerformanceShot_Colleen_smallCompetition is a strange thing, particularly for adults. As a kid in the United States, there seem to be few options in sports, dance, art, or even spelling that don’t, in some way, culminate in a competition. For most adults, while some may argue that life in itself is the ultimate competition, it is much […]

Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: Meet Alana Grayson

Saturday, November 12th, 2016 001-3Here at Bad Kitty®, we take pride in uplifting, celebrating and empowering our diverse group of pole dancers. As a part of this commitment, we have enthusiastically and wholeheartedly embraced sharing your stories about pole. In our Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series, we interview dancers who have faced and overcome extraordinary challenges in their health, and […]

How Pole Dancing Taught Me To Truly Love My Body

Friday, November 4th, 2016 _dsc4503Have you ever noticed what runs through your mind when you see your body in the mirror? No doubt there are certain body parts that your attention is always drawn to. We live in a world that is filled with photoshopped and filtered perfection in images. My journey of loving my body started when I […]

What Is Your Pole Play Personality?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 13502715_10101486854179115_4023200088058237388_oPlay is as necessary to our health and wellbeing as sleep, sex, food and water. When we don’t get enough play we accumulate a deficit similar to sleep deprivation. In both cases, research shows that extra sleep and extra play are needed to catch up on what’s been missed. As adults, we believe we must […]

How To Handle Your Pole Performance Anxiety

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 pylon-1287823_1920Ah performance anxiety: sweaty hands, racing heart, dizziness, nausea, elevated pulse, the knot in the stomach, debilitating anxiety, self-doubt, the fear of embarrassing or injuring yourself on the stage… What if you forget a part of your routine? What if the poles are slippery? What if your boob falls out and you get disqualified? Sound […]

What To Do When Your Pole Students Are Better Than You

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 POLE-SIT-SPOTWhen you transition from pole student to pole instructor, your pole experience changes. You’re suddenly spending evenings and weekends writing class plans. When you hear music you like, you start thinking about how it might fit into your next warm-up. You learn how to describe your favorite moves in a dozen different ways until every […]

Shoulder Imbalances Part 3: Corrective Exercises

Monday, October 24th, 2016 dwtcbloem_esytzxkbyq4rzu65-ld2i4k6ccd2rhjlyAs discussed in previous articles in this series, the body is an integrated system and when one muscle group becomes imbalanced another muscle group will often react to the disparity.  The upper back muscles of the aerialist and poler get substantial use and creating lopsided muscle groups is completely plausible and probable. Our previous posts […]

Submitting a Pole Dance Trick for IPSF Approval

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 13451218_888611651267160_1283890708_nMany have tried classifying and defining pole dance tricks as a way to standardize our skills and build a universal language in pole. One organization working to define pole dance tricks and assign them each a value for the purpose of their competitions is IPSF (International Pole Sport Federation). Soňa Kochová, a pole dancer from the […]

Similarities and Differences in Pole Communities Worldwide

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 POLE COMMUNITIESAROUND THE WORLDNo matter where they live in the world, pole dancers have many things in common. We wear our bruises as badges of honor, we stare at ceilings and street poles wherever we go, we stretch in our offices, and obsess over new trendy tricks. However, there are some things we don’t share, like a cultural […]

Honor Your Age: The Everyday Poler Over 40

Monday, October 17th, 2016 When Bad Kitty® asked me to write an article on poling at an older age I was slightly verklempt. I wondered – at 48 am I that old and how much of an effect on pole dancing, aerial or exercising in general does age have? I like to believe that everyone at any age can […]

Poler Opposites

Friday, October 14th, 2016 badkitty_sergiaLast month our community was rocked by this headline: Pole dancing not welcomed at Take Back the Night event Everyone took to their keyboards to fire off articles about what pole dancing is and isn’t, feminism, sexism, sexual assault, abuse, power, strippers, male Chinese pole dancers, and whatever else they felt backed up their assertions […]

Introducing X-Purr!

Monday, October 10th, 2016 20160827_183819000_iOS.00_00_41_43.Still008It’s rare nowadays to see a truly original pole product make it to the market, so we were stoked to hear about X-Purr, the new pole-inspired cat scratcher created by Natasha Wang and Arloa Reston. Since we at Bad Kitty® are clearly cat fans, we wanted to know more about this new product and how […]

Insight Movement Seoul Pole Camp

Friday, October 7th, 2016 img_4245Pole Camps are becoming increasingly popular. They are a great way for pole dancers to train and vacay at the same time (hence the term “traincation.”) Many pole camps are set in a tropical beach destination to attract those seeking fun in the sun and water. However, there are so many amazing places to see […]

What Happens If I Get Hurt At My Studio?

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 2i8zdZ-3gtcVEUSTCq0i9240s7f9K1RoF9GrHTptjJkIf you’ve been training for a while, then you may have hurt yourself unintentionally at your studio at least once. I have had several accidents that I consider to be entirely my own fault. However, two separate times, I believe my instructor had something to do with my injury. The first time was when I […]

Meet Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Amy Hazel

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 IMG_2358Every month, Bad Kitty highlights one of our amazingly talented Brand Ambassadors on our blog. The goal is to get our readers familiar with some of the personalities behind our clothes and to give our Brand Ambassadors a little BK Love. This month we travel to Australia to chat with Amy Hazel, aka “The Pole […]

Tips for Nailing the Titanic

Friday, September 30th, 2016 Sarah Scottvia GIPHY For me, the Titanic move was love at the first sight. It is still my favorite pole trick, and one I will include in every routine. Invented by Phoenix Kazree, this pole move impresses everyone. There is something so graceful and powerful about seeing a dancer up in the air, holding their body […]

Meditation and Pole Dance

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 4y16gtky-n939cxm4ytafvyp6auesscavniesgqmi4ab7mhkgj1gnzyxh9qwdjkuyfcmtgqgqx_zhrgqnfyqaqau5sputke-wuhvdldqulci7lk4gan2dm5s-qodqiycMindfulness, meditation, self awareness, self soothing, focusing on the breath… We all have different names for it. We all have different practice styles. You might already be incorporating meditation with your pole practice and not even know it! I used to think meditation was a nice idea. Really good in concept, and probably great in […]

6 Skin Lotions That Actually Give You Better Grip

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 lightsweatyogaThis article is composed by the author based on research and personal experience on some, not all, of the moisturizers below listed in the article. Some moisturizers might contain harmful chemicals. Please read labels before applying.   There are many obstacles a person must face before they can truly become pole dancers. It is not your […]

Teaching During THAT Time of the Month

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 h3nsis28ftrjf9ti0vgsxtskm8powjbjemrg6lh8aqu-copyWhen you’re a pole instructor, you often end up teaching in all conditions. Not feeling 100% but not necessarily sick? You’ll probably still teach. Dealing with a pulled muscle? You’ll probably still teach. Didn’t sleep well? You’ll probably still teach. And one of those circumstances that may be uncomfortable but you’ll probably still teach through…is […]

Writing for Pole Dancers

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 T-D7QQ8QCfUv0JX5B6boicvjWfhlXZHEXRJJOKPFr9Q,TGeWoCkhoOjzTPMLxw56BNHT_wv3V3NnNu3iPiMw2ck,xYdjAEsXSukVt9-Nq8GWQePwVZuN9dMpVwtRv2kRbPkNo matter what your pole pleasure, writing helps you get more of what you want out of your pole practice and play. If you teach, writing deepens your learning and enriches student experiences. If you choreograph, perform or compete, writing captures creative ideas and helps them blossom. If you’re into pole and sensual dance for the […]

Back to School: Building Your Fall Pole Syllabus

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 Pole BooksIt’s time to go back to school! No books or quizzes required for your first day. Instead, pack up your favorite pole heels, find your favorite notepad, and get ready to craft your pole syllabus for the coming semester. Your personal pole syllabus will guide your pole studies, so take some time to get focused […]

How To Take Pole Pics With Your Pets

Friday, September 9th, 2016 Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 5.33.09 PMIf you have a pole and a pet at home then you have probably done this before: posed with your furry loved one while trying to do a trick. Am I right? It seems like a simple enough task, but taking a pole pic with your pet can get pretty ugly if your pet gets […]

Pole Theatre USA 2016 Recap

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 PTSquarePole Theatre USA kicked off on an unseasonably chilly summer night in downtown Boulder, Colorado on August 19th with competitors in the semi pro and later the pro (on the 20th) vying for titles in four unique divisions: Pole Art, Pole Drama, Pole Comedy and Pole Classique as well as for the overall champion title. […]

Choosing the Right Pole Class

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 nBzJi0xOJh4LTtwKPdrvWX2ha2bdStJGPdBdpdULMFQLooking to get into pole? Yay! Find an intro to pole class. You’ve got a background as a gymnast and want to give pole a shot? Great! Find an intro to pole class. You’ve been dancing for years and think pole could be your next journey? Awesome! Find an intro to pole class. As an […]

Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Nicole The Pole Williams

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 2016-nicoleAs you may know, Bad Kitty® has a team of Brand Ambassadors who represent the BK mission and values in the pole community. They are each extraordinary dancers in their own right and we decided to highlight them in a series of interviews. Our first BK BA to be interviewed is Nicole “The Pole” Williams. […]

10 Tips For A Healthy Pole/Work/Life Balance

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 When I was fifteen I thought I could do it all and I had no fear of death. I was go, gadget, go – I did all the things. I was young; I had stamina and the support of my parents to pursue my dreams, not to mention I didn’t have a mortgage. School, studying, […]

Pole Dancer vs. Pole Star

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 2016-sergia-3If you’ve been pole dancing for a while you can probably do many impressive tricks and poses. You can invert, maintain a nice upside down position, and even spin with just one arm. (Which you may have thought was impossible to do in your early pole days, right?) But, still, even after many hours of […]

Mind and Body: Reasons Aerial Arts Can Benefit Pole Dancing

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 10373007_10152969380863054_8069647669098950051_oIt’s easy to get stuck at a certain level of difficulty with pole, also known as the notorious plateau, where a student discovers she is standing alone in the icy wind of non-progress. It can be frustrating to hang in suspension, and often plateaus are mental blocks. Perhaps the body needs to get stronger, or […]

5 Ways Being a Stage Actor Makes You a Better Poler

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 b69d2f2e4b86a38ce644ddb8818c811ePhoto jesuschristsuperstar-101_filtered.jpg by daniel_dimarco, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Actors and other theatre-dwellers are drawn to performance-based sports such as pole. As such, there are plenty of polers with a theatre background! I was a high school theatre kid, got my bachelor’s degree in opera, and spent most of my adult life pursuing a career on the […]

Men Pole Dancing in Heels

Monday, August 22nd, 2016 poletheatresteven-9035-LThe first guy I ever watched pole dance in “stripper heels” was Steven Retchless. It was a YouTube video and I was floored. He was able to pole dance in heels as gracefully as any woman. When I showed the video to my wife she gave me that, “Isn’t being a male pole dancer enough […]

A Slut by Any Other Name

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 SlutI almost can’t believe I need to write this article. Can I be candid? I’ve had a mental wall up about writing it for a while now. I pitched it, I clearly think it’s important, but it feels… redundant? Or maybe it’s that it should be redundant but sadly… Isn’t. It’s 2016, we have a […]

Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Business

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 T-D7QQ8QCfUv0JX5B6boicvjWfhlXZHEXRJJOKPFr9Q,TGeWoCkhoOjzTPMLxw56BNHT_wv3V3NnNu3iPiMw2ck,xYdjAEsXSukVt9-Nq8GWQePwVZuN9dMpVwtRv2kRbPkI caught part of an episode of “Shark Tank” the other day. While I’m not particularly interested in watching regular folks beg for money from a room full of rich people ranging from slightly to obnoxiously rude, I am fascinated by entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are strange creatures who,  amongst other odd habits, would rather work 80 […]

Quiz: Do You Know Your Pole History?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 history-of-pole-6How well do you know your pole dance and fitness history? Test your knowledge with our Pole History Trivia.

How Pole Can Help You Persevere on a Project

Friday, August 12th, 2016 warrior-625002_960_720We all face challenges in life that sometimes feel insurmountable. We have a goal that we desperately want to accomplish; however we face obstacles, opposition and even failure. It can be particularly challenging to persevere when what we desire is something life changing like quitting smoking, running a marathon, starting a business or writing a […]

The Dangers of Street Poling!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 urban1Have you ever walked down the street when suddenly you notice a lamp post, a fence, maybe a traffic sign and had the uncontrollable urge to climb it, do a pole dance pose and have your picture taken? Well, you are not alone in this world. Almost every pole dancer I know has felt the […]

7 Things Every Pole Studio Should Sell

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 11896329_10153522470259870_7909153629433255581_oThe pole studio reception desk can be both an oasis in the sweaty studio and a hotbed of shopping temptation. They can range in size from a box of grip aid behind the counter to full-on clothing and accessory shops. While some studios are a little more retail-heavy than others, there are certain items that, […]

Conquer Your Fears and Start Pole Dancing

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 Photo of a beautiful woman dancing on a poleJoining a pole dancing studio can be intimidating. It feels like everyone else knows what they’re doing and where they’re going while you nervously wonder what you’ll be doing in your very first class. But fear or embarrassment shouldn’t hold you back, especially because you have so much to gain by walking into a pole […]

How to Correct Shoulder Imbalances From Pole

Monday, August 1st, 2016 Naked Caucasian Woman with back painPole and aerial are sports in their infancy, but have movement patterns related to mature sports such as gymnastics and dance. Yet the injuries and imbalances of pole and aerial are still collectively undocumented. Around the studio most of us know from observation that there are common injuries and imbalances amongst polers and aerialists.  The shoulders are employed […]

Why Pointing Your Toes Can Save Your Life

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 Photo by Alloy ImagesYou’ve heard it. You’ve yelled it. You’ve seen the t shirts. POINT YOUR F**CKING TOES. Why do we do this? There’s the obvious: pointed feet and toes are aesthetically beautiful. The pointed foot creates an elongated line to the leg. It finishes your shapes and movement. It’s the cherry on top. But…would it surprise you […]

Set Yourself Free with a Pole Dance Do Over

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 Photo by Fabien Benhamou
The frenchlab photographyWhen I saw a recent free dance assignment (we have them every other week at S Factor) called “high school heartthrob,” I thought: Been there. Done that. Boring. Then I smiled, reminiscing about the “high school prom” assignment from many years ago. For that one I chose to dance to “Every Breath You Take” by […]

Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Pole Business

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 6.06.20 AMIf you’re a studio owner then you probably promote your business on social media. Or maybe you have a pole-related business, like a clothing line, jewelry line, or maybe you even organize pole dance events or competitions. All of these businesses can harness the power of social media as a marketing tool, but do you […]