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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 […]

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 […]

What Are the Best Bad Kitty® PoleFit® Shorts for You?

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 best pole shorts quizWe all know how important it is to find the perfect pair of pole dance bottoms. When you feel uncomfortable or too covered or too exposed in your pole shorts it can really distract you from your training. However,  with so many options available, it’s not easy finding the ideal pair. What are the characteristics of […]

Mindfulness in Pole

Monday, June 12th, 2017 Embracing in the moment Gliding through the air upside down on the pole, I free fall, dropping head first. I stop inches above the studio floor. A lot of people would freak out at this point, but for those familiar with pole dancing, they know I’m completely safe and in control. Pole requires not only […]

Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sergia Louise Anderson

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 Every 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 met with the beautiful and multi-talented Sergia Louise Anderson in Los […]

Reboot Your Pole Body With A Diet Experiment

Monday, May 29th, 2017 Are you in a food rut? Do you dread making your grocery list because nothing sounds good? Are you eating mindlessly all the time, with no end in sight? Not feeling fantastic in your pole body but no clue how to fix it? It might be time to change up your diet and try something […]

Pole Fur Moms

Monday, May 29th, 2017 May is the month of moms in the U.S. This year, we decided to celebrate a special kind of mom at Bad Kitty®: Fur Moms! We reached out to the Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassadors and other pole dancers we know with pets to ask them about their fur babies. Many of these furry friends are […]

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.   […]

Famous Pole Dance Competitions Around the World

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Well known Pole Dance competitions have been around since 2005 and possibly even earlier. In the USA, one of the first Pole Dance Competitions was the PoleStar Invitational in 2008 organized by AnneMarie Davies and it took place in Los Angeles. Then in 2009 a National Competition by the name of Pole SuperStar took place […]

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 […]