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How Get Rid of (and Prevent) Bruises

Friday, December 8th, 2017 No matter where you are in your pole journey, you’re bound to have experienced your fair share of bruises. You’ve probably found yourself rethinking outfits and opting for pants because let’s admit it: black-and-blue speckled legs can draw some questionable looks. And apart from how they look, bruises are downright painful. But don’t fret, there […]

Muscle and Joint Injury Prevention for Pole

Monday, December 4th, 2017 Being injured on both a muscular and a joint level is one of the most common types of injury from pole.  In pole dance, the focus is on the musculoskeletal system. The muscle movement patterns necessary to accomplish gymnastics-based moves comes from the muscles, ligament and tendons working together. So not surprisingly some of the […]

The Reality of Pole in the Olympics

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 Now that the Olympic games are one step closer for pole, it’s time to consider the reality of what the Olympics would do for pole as a sport. Pole’s acceptance from the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) to “observer” status is the first step toward full approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) […]

10 R&B Songs to Add to Your Pole Playlist

Monday, November 27th, 2017 This Thanksgiving season show yourself some gratitude by giving yourself some quality me time and letting your hair down. It’s time for some self-love! Instead of pouring a glass of wine and lighting candles (or in addition to that) try compiling a great music playlist and just dance all the holiday stress and negativity away. […]

Physical Therapy for Pole Dancers

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 Pole dancing is hard. I mean really hard. It’s hard for people who do it casually and it’s super duper hard for those of us that teach and/or compete. My husband was a college level athlete on the diving team for his University and during that experience he had several injuries – some from repetitive […]

Tips and Tricks for Holiday Eating

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the time of year when many people find themselves challenged by a number of things, from family to finances, and beyond. Staying healthy and eating well during the holidays is a demand that many of us face: is it really possible to enjoy that slice of […]

Circus Dream in Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 Hong Kong Circus, a non-profit organization, held a “Circus Dream” event at the end of August for 4 consecutive nights (Aug 29th to Sep 1st, 2017). It was a performance combining elements of aerial arts, fire dancing, contortion, juggling, and contemporary dance. HK Circus recruited high school students and adults with no previous training in […]

Famous People Who Pole Dance

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 Ever wonder what famous people have hit the pole and why? We do too! Some celebrities have had to learn moves for roles in movies or music videos, but others have decided to practice it as a sport or just to have some fun. Here’s a list of celebrities who have tried pole dance: Jennifer […]

Pole Travels: Berlin

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 Last summer I went to Berlin – and of course, I had to meet some local polers and check out local pole dance studios. The capital of Germany is a hip, alternative, cosmopolitan city with a very rich history. The city gives you a sense of freedom and there is something for everyone. Just like […]

How Close is Pole to the Olympics?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 The world was all a-buzz last week when the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) announced that pole had obtaining observer status from the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF). This sounds exciting, but what does it actually mean for pole? Murmurs of pole going to the Olympics have been happening for several years, though […]

3 Powerful Techniques for Your Pole Flow

Monday, October 30th, 2017 graceful pole dancer demonstrating the pole move Ballerina SpinHave you ever caught yourself sitting at work or on public transportation, listening to an inspirational song and imagining yourself dancing the most fluid, beautiful pole dance to that song? You choreograph a whole routine in your mind and can’t wait for the next training session where you can finally try it out on the […]

Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Nadia Sharif

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 Every few months, 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 Los Angeles to chat with pole powerhouse Nadia […]

How to Improve Wrist Strength for Pole Dancers

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 Before I started pole, I couldn’t open jars. In fact, none of the women in my family can. We always had to wait for a male family member to come home before having any pickles. I didn’t think much of this growing up – I just presumed that some people had strong hands and some […]

When Sweat is a HUGE Problem in Pole Dance

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 via GIPHY One of the biggest enemies in pole dance is sweat. Yes, we know that sweating is an important bodily function. But in pole it’s just as important to have a good grip, or you could fall and seriously hurt yourself! Most pole dancers learn how to deal with perspiration, but there are some […]

Proper Pole Attire in Class

Monday, October 16th, 2017 Someone has to say it, so I will: Dear polers attending class, please consider wearing proper pole bottoms and tops to class instead of the underwear you have been wearing all day at work. I surprise myself by writing this, since we are many years down the road from the advent of pole legitimizing itself […]

Our 10 Favorite Halloween Costumes for 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 Here at Bad Kitty® we love dressing up and Halloween is our favorite time of the year! But picking a costume can sometimes be tough. We went and ahead and did a solid for you by hand selecting our favorite costumes. We think they will be a big hit for Halloween 2017.   PlayBoy Bunny […]

Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: Daisy Gaviota

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017   At Bad Kitty® we take pride in uplifting, celebrating and empowering the diverse group of pole dancers in our community. As a part of our commitment to diversity, 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 […]

Pole Dance Competitions Outfits: What You Need To Know

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 Are you one of those people who obsesses about those beautiful, shiny pole dance outfits on stage? I know I am. Ever since I was little I have always loved sparkly things, and that is why I love pole dance competition outfits! Fortunately, I am not alone! Lots of men and women who pole get […]

SHATTERED: An Interview with Diana Varco

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 [A version of this interview was originally published by LA Stage Alliance. It can be read here.] All her life, pole dancer, writer, and actor Diana Varco hasn’t really hit it off with the fellas. In third grade she kicked her crush in the crotch and her dating life didn’t really improve from there. “Shattered […]

Crowdfunding for Pole

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 The phrase “struggling artist” exists for a reason. A life in the creative arts tends to mean a life without a ton of money. Whether you’re an actor, visual artist, musician, poet, or dancer, the truth of the matter is that you will likely find yourself living through lean times at some point in your […]

Pole Theatre Recap 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 Pole Theatre USA has moved back to Denver after a brief year in Boulder, Colorado and into the Oriental Theatre for its third and final installment. The event is run by accomplished photographer and event organizer Nina Reed. Held during one action packed day and night this cycle, the Semi-Pros kicked off the competition in […]

Pole Expo: A Journey Through the Ages with Lux ATL

Friday, September 15th, 2017 This year marked my fifth Pole Expo! I’ve seen a lot in this pole world–and I’ve changed a lot too, in the meantime! Come along with me on a journey through my career as well as the changing landscape of pole community, which features photos of your favorite old school parties (Bad Kitty® suite, anyone?), […]

8 Ways to Deal with Pole Dance Haters

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 As pole makes its way into the mainstream, it’s becoming more widely accepted. Still, every pole dancer is eventually bound to cross paths with a pole dance hater. Pole dance haters are people who hold one or both of the following outdated beliefs: They think pole dancing has to be sexual all the time. They […]

Becoming a Touring Pole Star: Step 1, Create Your Menu

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 So you want to a touring pole star but aren’t sure how to start? There’s no official process for going on tour. If you think you’re a great instructor with something unique to offer, maybe you want to branch out from your home studio or maybe you don’t. The first step to making the leap […]

Sunset Aerial Party in Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 Aerial Arts Academy (AAA), an aerial dance studio in Hong Kong, hosted an aerial showcase party in mid-August at CeLaVi in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. It was an eventful evening full of talents, laughter, and, of course, delicious cocktails! Traditionally, the showcases were held on-site in one of AAA’s studios, where students spend dozens […]

What to Wear? What to Wear?

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 We all know pole dance takes on many styles, schools of thought, and raison d’etre. What you wear when you dance, and how and when you wear it, makes a huge impact on the dance experience. Both for you and any lucky audience you may have. We all have our old faithful pole gear, and there’s […]

Quiz: What is Your Ideal Pole Height?

Friday, August 25th, 2017 Has your pole become too short for you? Is it limiting your pole practice? That’s what has happened to me. At some point, I realized that my home pole is too short for the pole stuff I do. On the other hand, sometimes you don’t need a high pole at all. If floorwork or low […]

Media Training for Pole Dancers

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 Whether you are officially talking to the media in some capacity or just talking to friends about your new passion, it’s easy to get sucked into the stripper/poler discussion and inadvertently slut shame strippers in an effort to claim legitimacy for what you are doing in your competition, your studio, and your own practice. This […]

How Social Media is Driving Pole as a Sport

Monday, August 21st, 2017 Social media is an undeniable force in the growth of pole as a sport. Some people eye the rapid expansion and change that has happened in the last five years in pole and will argue the negatives, but in general the growth surrounding the pole industry has been wholly positive. The major positives include increasing […]

Chinese Pole vs. Pole Dancing

Monday, August 21st, 2017 Chinese pole is dated all the way back to 221 BC. Evidence of this beautiful art can be found on mural paintings and brick carvings, according to the website Vision Times. The website also says this type of acrobatics was mostly developed during the Qin and Han dynasties in China. The poles that were used […]

Autoimmune Disease and Pole

Monday, August 14th, 2017 Photo by Alloy ImagesAutoimmune disease. Chances are that there is someone in your life who has an autoimmune disease, even if you aren’t aware of it. What is an autoimmune disease? An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system treats your healthy cells as foreign invaders and attacks them. With as many as 80 to 100 different types […]

10 is the new 6 inch – How to Rock 10 Inch Monster Heels

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 There’s no denying that the pole dance market has seen a climb in heel height in recent years. The increasing popularity of exotic dance style in pole lends well to the need for tall-ass sexy platform heels…and we love it! However, these extreme platform spike heels are not exactly a piece of cake when it […]

What Guys Look For When They Pick a Pole Studio

Monday, August 7th, 2017   What features do men look for when they pick a pole studio? It’s a question I imagine some studio owners ask themselves. So, I decided to do a little research. What I found is that guys consider the following elements when contemplating a pole studio (in no particular order): atmosphere, the ceiling height, the […]

5 Tips for HOT Summer Pole Practice

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 Summer’s here and it’s hot as ever! Your home studio is probably blasting the AC but here are 5 tips for embracing the heat – both literally and metaphorically – that will help deepen your pole practice. 1. Bring the outside in!  What clothes, smells, and textures evoke the spirit of summer vacation in your […]

How To Stay Fit While Traveling

Monday, July 31st, 2017 Summertime usually means vacation in the Northern Hemisphere. And that means traveling! Which means less time at the pole studio. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip to the mountains or the beach, or a two month European tour, if you’re a pole dancer you don’t want to lose the hard work you’ve put into training. […]

Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sarah Scott

Monday, July 24th, 2017 Each 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 England to chat with a beautiful powerhouse named Sarah […]

Pole Dancing Scientists Break Down Stereotypes Part II

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 About a month ago I interviewed Laura Shankman, a research scientist at the University of Virginia , on why pole and aerial are important to her. She shared a lot about how pole gave her a space to be feminine and empowered in a male dominated world. In this interview I speak with another intelligent pole dancing […]

What Does it Mean to be Pole-fessional?

Monday, July 17th, 2017 Like many of us polers, I don’t just work in the pole industry. I have another industry that shares my time. This “other industry” is very corporate and involves supporting mostly defense and intelligence contractors as they attempt to win billions of U.S. Federal government dollars. It can be interesting work and it can also […]

3 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Pole Practice

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 Whether you’re a home poler or you frequent a local studio, chances are you’ve encountered obstacles along your pole journey that keep you from progressing as quickly as you hope. Some of these might be completely out of your hands. We can’t necessarily help it when our studio’s class schedule changes and conflicts with work […]

An Interview with Pole Superstar Felix Cane

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 Felix Cane is a pole dance household name. A three time winner of Miss Pole Dance Australia, two time winner of the World Pole Championships, former Cirque de Soleil solo artist, inventor of the Spatchcock and the Eagle – two of the most famous pole tricks, host of Felix Cane Championships and owner of Felix […]

Social Media, Mental Health and Pole Part 2

Friday, July 7th, 2017 Our current culture tosses around the term narcissist flippantly, pointing out self-absorbed or selfish behaviors and then quickly labeling them as narcissistic. With the rise of social media we are frequently barraged by a deplorable amount of Instagram selfies, Facebook statuses and pole videos. There needs to be further exploration into what is healthy behavior […]

Sh*t My Pole Dance Teachers Say

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 Ah the sh*t pole dance teachers say. Most of the time it’s to make your lines a little longer or cleaner, your toes more pointed, your face more sexy or just to get you to relax a little. Sometimes it’s an alert (as in a nip slip). Other times it’s encouragement. And where else will […]

Street Pole Shenanigans

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 Street Pole, Guerilla Pole, Urban Pole – whatever you want to call it, we polers can’t resist inverting, climbing, and otherwise showing off our skills outside of the studio by attacking the nearest cylindrical object and documenting for the ‘gram. Natch. As soon as you start poling you’ll never look at a tree or a […]

#KittyBanditz Contest

Monday, June 26th, 2017 Bad Kitty® and RubberBanditz® are joining forces to host the #KittyBanditz contest for the month of July as a way to share ideas, spread the love, and inspire the community through participation. So feel free to use your creativity and offer helpful tips to others. This collaborative contest is based on RubberBanditz Pole Band Training.  […]

Summer Workouts with Bad Kitty®

Monday, June 26th, 2017 The summer months bring about new opportunities to exercise in the great outdoors! Here are some of our favorite outdoor workouts that can benefit your pole work: Pull-Ups We all know that polers love their pull-ups! The benefit to your pole work is obvious: increased upper body strength = bad ass pole strength. If your […]

Pole Con 2017: Family Reunion Y’all!

Monday, June 26th, 2017 Colleen Jolly simply has a way about her, doesn’t she? I’ve attended every Pole Con she has run from New Orleans to Ft. Worth, and this year, Atlanta. Each year it seems as though she and her staff of magicians invent new and exciting ways to say “you belong here.” I’ve heard Pole Con described […]

Pole Dancing Scientists Break Down Stereotypes

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 For non-poling human beings, it can be somewhat difficult to understand that pole can be a safe place in a person’s life. Moreover, society often demonizes female pole dancers as sex workers and attention seekers who self-exploit in pursuit the “male gaze,” or they perceive male pole dancers as gay or disgusting. Sadly, it seems as […]

The Encyclopedia of Splits

Monday, June 19th, 2017 Splits, spreadies, straddles—whatever you want to call them we pole dancers are OBSESSED with them. We do them every chance we get and if we don’t yet “have” them, then we spend countless hours improving our flexibility on our journey for the perfect split. Once we have finally achieved our perfect split, we discover something […]

10+ Games To Play In Your Pole Class

Monday, June 19th, 2017 One of the biggest challenges as a pole instructor can be continually finding fun and creative methods for teaching skills or reviewing material. One way to change up your normal teaching routine is to incorporate games and learning activities that challenge your students in new ways and encourage them to think on their feet. I […]

More Feminist Than Thou

Saturday, June 17th, 2017   There’s a reason the cliche “a picture’s worth a thousand words” is in our cultural lexicon. This picture, originally posted with Elle Stanger’s “I’m a Sex Worker Who is Sick of Female Misogyny“,  left me both speechless and ready to pen 1,376 words in yet another manifesto. The image hit me in the most […]