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What the Women’s Movement Means for Pole

Monday, February 12th, 2018 On Saturday, January 20, women took to the streets once again to march in solidarity for the 2018 Women’s March. Hundreds of thousands of women throughout the country and across the globe marched to promote women’s rights and equality, health issues, diversity, inclusion, and to protest the administration of President Donald Trump. But protesting wasn’t […]

SMART Goal Setting for Pole

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 The time of unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions is here. The average New Year’s resolution bombs within the first two weeks. There is actually a day called Quitter’s Day, which is on January 12th. This is the day where, on average, people start to falter on their resolutions. Studies suggest that 80 to 90 percent of […]

Will Pole Dancing Become an Olympic Event?

Friday, January 26th, 2018 Authored by Paul Gerke via 12News Phoenix “To see something like this going to the Olympics or even being recognized as a sport, it kind of validates my entire life.”  Author: Paul Gerke Published: 10:44 AM MST January 26, 2018   All eyes will be on PyeongChang next month, as athletes go for gold in […]

The Best Snacks for Pole Dancers

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 Between work or school, pole classes, rehearsals, performances, and/or teaching, it’s important that you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to keep up. For dancers, that means having a snack before hitting the studio. If you’re going to be in the studio for longer than two to three hours, pack two snacks or a […]

When You Take a Break from Pole

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 Ah, the beginning of a new year! New expectations, new goals, new pole moves you want to try and much more! Whenever we have a break from our routines we regain energy and excitement towards the things we like to do the most, like pole dance. But, what should you expect from your body after […]

Tax Tips for Pole-fessionals

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 It’s that time again – that’s right, it’s tax season. Dun dun DUNNNN!!! But don’t be scared, here are all the things you need to know if you are a full-time or part-time pole teacher or if you own your own pole-based business. I’m not an accountant, however, I have the dubious distinction of being […]

Sam Star’s Tips for Mastering Your Handstand

Monday, January 8th, 2018 Samantha Star makes handstands look as easy as walking on two feet. Just check her Instagram and you’ll see the pole superstar swimming to the edge of a steaming pool in the Austrian Alps and effortlessly pressing herself up and straight into a handstand from which she lowers her extended legs in feat that seems […]

The Top 10 Pole Dance Songs of 2017

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 2017 has been the agony and the ecstasy for us all. This isn’t a political post, but politics shook and divided America like never before. Yes, today even being “apolitical” is a political position. We’ve also suffered fires, floods, hurricanes and more mass shootings. We lost Tom Petty, Adam West, Mary Tyler Moore, and so […]

Keep Your Lower Back Strong for Pole Dance

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 Maybe this is sounds like an obvious question, but do you know what the lower back is? It’s the area of your back that starts just below the ribcage. It consists of the lumbar vertebrae and ends with the sacrum bones. It is usually referred to as the lumbar region or lumbosacral region and it’s […]

There’s No “Sorry” in Pole Dancing

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 “I’m sorry I didn’t shave my legs.” “I’m sorry I didn’t have time to do my flexibility homework.” “I’m sorry I’m so tired.” I hear the phrase “I’m sorry” multiple times every day, in every class, from women (yes, women and very seldom men) who are badasses in their life. These are full-time moms, working […]

4 Cute Pole Holiday Outfits

Monday, December 18th, 2017 Lights on! It’s time for celebration! If one of the following is true… Your pole studio is decorated and looking festive. You have a holiday-themed photo session with your pole mates. You wish to give someone special a holiday dance this Christmas. You love holidays and dressing up. …all you need is the right costume! Get […]

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 […]