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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 […]

Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: How Pole Helped Me Through Loss

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 Courtney2My pole journey started about four years ago, and at the time it was just for fun – to increase my strength, get in shape, get in touch with my own body. When I first started pole dancing my husband Rick thought it was funny and told all of his friends. As my journey continued […]

4 Bad Habits from Poling in Tight Spaces

Monday, July 18th, 2016 broken light fixture by Pippi ParnasseMy floor after I kicked my light fixture while poling One of the appeals of pole fitness is that it’s easy to put up a pole and train in your own home. However, many of us don’t really have enough space to fully pole dance at home. Sure, we can install a pole. That only takes […]

Sweet Summer Treats: Popsicles for Pole Dancers

Saturday, July 16th, 2016 Popsicle--PhoenixWith the hot summer weather making its way into my part of the world, it’s the perfect time of year to start whipping up some cold, tasty treats to help beat the heat. While traditional store bought popsicles can occasionally be a fun dessert, these products often are often heavy in sugar and artificial colors […]

Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: Jason Lam

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 11146314_10153886267764546_8936256798865043138_oWhen I walked into Jason’s room at the UCLA Neurological Rehab Unit, he greeted me with a bright smile and a strong, reassuring hug. On May 5th, 2016, Jason Lam fell 14 feet from the air during an aerial straps training in Las Vegas when both straps suddenly snapped and broke. He landed on his […]

Hydration and Flexibility

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 zS1eMAgQTvNraXOQ71tsGyUc7u2UYUcfjT2BNA5wa9c,jeTU4LZBC1wiIJ4PLl5SQxFuDmn0WrGwmhi0fdY_pjg,2y-R78vN2W7y46oeNMjcYlmf7l2SMp81LRwXFRzj8SgDo you drink enough water every day? Or do you struggle to even pour yourself one glass of water at home, and then count your daily Starbucks as hydration? Hydration is a subject that everyone knows is “important”, but it is often neglected. While “drink more water” is an easy thing to say, in reality […]

Why Rape Culture is Literally Killing Us

Sunday, July 10th, 2016 masksLet’s face it, “literally” is the new “like” – it’s a filler word that gets used incorrectly. “I literally can’t even…” Is the battle cry of your average 20 something’s speech pattern. So please understand, when I say “rape culture is literally killing us” – I am not using it lightly. I mean it literally. […]

Bad Kitty® Everyday Poler Series: Meet Roz “The Diva” Mays

Friday, July 8th, 2016 photo by Melinda SterbencBK: Hi Roz, thanks for chatting with us. So the first question I have for you is: how long have you been pole dancing? Roz: I have been poling for about 8 ½ years. BK: Wow Roz: I know that’s OG status. BK: I think I started in 2005 so yeah, I’m right there with […]

Bad Kitty ® Business Bite: So You Want To Run an Event?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 Sometimes you need a stage, a truss, a venue, a bunch of exhibitors, performers and a whole slew of vendors to create a pole event.The pole world is full of entrepreneurs all trying to improve/change/fix and otherwise influence our amazing community. Pole events, whether they appear to be deceptively simple such as creating a studio student showcase, or as complex as a multi-day, multi-national convention, are becoming more and more popular among pole-prenuers. If you are looking to create, […]

Lux ATL’s Stripcraft Weaves Its Magic

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 10387542_534577996677995_7829026981878423499_nBy now, you have most likely heard of Lux ATL. She is an activist, a pole dancer, and a feminist who is taking her years of stripping, combining it with her PhD in women’s studies, and creating one hell of a teaching through her workshop Stripcraft. Oh but that’s not all. Dedicated to guiding women […]

Why Experience Matters in Teaching Pole

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 Lola Revolver 6-10 by Bill Chen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Image Lola Revolver 6-10 by Bill Chen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 There are many certification and training programs out there for polers to become instructors. These can be valuable tools, especially for people without prior fitness industry experience. However, as with most things in life, there is no substitution for experience. Here are some reasons why how […]

Poling with Chronic Pain and Illness

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Photo by Alloy Images 2015In the pole world, it seems like injuries are par for the course. Maybe it’s a tweaked intercostal, or a strained muscle. Maybe it’s something more serious, like a labral tear, or even a broken bone. These are terrifying and heartbreaking for polers. Nobody wants to ever be injured, and if it does happen, everyone […]

3 Pole Safety Precautions You’re Not Taking

Friday, June 24th, 2016 showtime_mtaMost of us polers know the rules of the road when it comes to safety, and we pay them good lip service. But most of us slack pretty hard in the training safety arena. Here are some safety precautions you probably know you’re supposed to be taking, but probably aren’t. Use a crash mat Pole […]

A Day in the Life of a Pole Cleaner

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 limpiandoOn May 28th Venezuela had a national pole dance competition. It was the first of its kind. Dubbed the first edition of the Venezuela Pole Championship, the competition was organized by the studio Fénix Pole from Caracas, in alliance with Art Dance Studio in Argentina. Art Dance Studio is in charge of producing the South […]

Bad Kitty® Everyday Poler Series: Meet Tea Srsen

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 Tea SrsenThe Everyday Poler series is dedicated to telling stories of everyday polers all around the world who have a passion for pole. Tea Sršen is a pole dancer from Croatia. She’s been serious about pole for only one year and a half, and she has never competed. She doesn’t tour the world teaching workshops (yet), […]