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All posts by Colleen Jolly

  • Becoming a Touring Pole Star: Step 2, Travel

    So, you want to be a traveling pole star? Do workshops all over the country and maybe even the globe? Pole is a great way see the world and meet all sorts of amazing people while doing...

    • Posted July 11, 2018
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  • Full Time Pole Star: Jordan Kensley

    As part of our series on Full Time Pole Stars, we interview various stars on the business of being a pole star. For this installment, we talk to the lovely Jordan Kensley. Describe your daily routine? How...

    • Posted June 15, 2018
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  • Recovery for Pole Dancers

    You’re doing everything right. Training both sides. Eating “clean.” And you see your pole more than your beau. But you’re not progressing. You’re tired all the time. Moves that once seemed hard are still hard. “Where are...

    • Posted June 11, 2018
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  • Full Time Pole Star: Heidi Coker

    Heidi sent in some audio transcripts – this is Colleen’s best attempt at not just transcribing but also summing up Heidi’s key points more directly than a conversation. Describe your daily routine. How long to you spend...

    • Posted May 18, 2018
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  • Full Time Pole Star: Nadia Sharif

    As part of our series on Full Time Pole Stars, we interview various stars on the business of being a pole star. For this installment, we talk to Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Nadia Sharif. Describe your daily...

    • Posted May 5, 2018
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  • Bad Kitty® Business Bite: Building vs. Buying Your Pole Business

    Our industry is changing rapidly and the next generation of poleprenuers are popping up everywhere. Some existing business leaders are also evolving and moving out of the industry as they progress to the next or simply different...

    • Posted April 26, 2018
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  • What It’s Like to Be a Pole Star

    For many, but certainly not all of us, a full-time career in pole dancing sounds like a dream come true. GLITTER!!! Self-love and Expression! Never wearing a real bra EVER AGAIN!!! I don’t know about you, but...

    • Posted April 7, 2018
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  • How To Give Feedback To Your Pole Students

    Call me crazy but I don’t think you should be rude to your students. Yes, there are some students who drive you absolutely nuts and hopefully by now everyone has seen Daniel Rosen’s parody student “Susan” who...

    • Posted April 3, 2018
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  • Posture for Pole Dancers

    Posture is something that has been on my mind quite a bit this year. It started noticing when I would catch glimpses of myself in the background of my student’s videos. In my videos – when I...

    • Posted March 28, 2018
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  • Can You Really Have It All?

    This is a very personal blog inspired by a conversation with a friend who, for the first time ever, was about to get a “real” job – one that required 40 hours a week of guaranteed and...

    • Posted February 22, 2018
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  • Tax Tips for Pole-fessionals

    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...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • There’s No “Sorry” in Pole Dancing

    “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...

    • Posted December 23, 2017
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  • Physical Therapy for Pole Dancers

    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...

    • Posted November 21, 2017
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  • How to Improve Wrist Strength for Pole Dancers

    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...

    • Posted October 19, 2017
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  • Pole Theatre Recap 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...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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  • Becoming a Touring Pole Star: Step 1, Create Your Menu

    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...

    • Posted September 6, 2017
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  • Media Training for Pole Dancers

    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...

    • Posted August 22, 2017
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  • What Does it Mean to be Pole-fessional?

    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...

    • Posted July 16, 2017
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  • Street Pole Shenanigans

    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...

    • Posted June 27, 2017
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  • The Encyclopedia of Splits

    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...

    • Posted June 19, 2017
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  • Expand Your Flexibility Training: Special Populations

    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...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • Expand Your Flexibility Training: Tools (Part 2)

    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...

    • Posted April 17, 2017
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  • 15 Things To Bring to Your First Pole Class

    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...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • Expand Your Flexibility Training (Part 1)

    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...

    • Posted April 5, 2017
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  • Recap of PCS #PoleattheArnold 2017!

    For now the third year in a row, I went back to visit – and compete in – the Arnold Sports Festival (or just “the Arnold”) (see last year’s coverage here ). The U.S. event (there are...

    • Posted March 13, 2017
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  • The Glitter Theory: Renewable Energy Of Pole Dancers

    The spoon theory is a metaphor created by Christine Miserandino to provide an intangible unit of measurement tracking how much energy a person who is chronically ill or otherwise abled (physically, mentally, emotionally) accesses in a day....

    • Posted February 8, 2017
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  • Bad Kitty ® Business Bite: Start Your Own Pole Business

    So you want to start your own business in the pole world? Maybe you want to open your own studio, maybe you want to create a new grip, maybe you even want to organize an event (if...

    • Posted January 16, 2017
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  • How Do You Define Fitness?

    In mass media, the word “fit model” has a prescribed look. He or she is tall, white, tanned, thin, and “sculpted.” Inevitably, these models for fitness all start to look the same: sweaty bodies, images cropped just...

    • Posted December 9, 2016
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  • Preventing Pole Injuries Through Communication

    Before 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...

    • Posted December 2, 2016
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  • The Competitor’s Golden Hour

    Competition 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....

    • Posted November 11, 2016
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  • Pole Theatre USA 2016 Recap

    Pole 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...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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  • Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Business

    I 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,...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Bad Kitty ® Business Bite: So You Want To Run an 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...

    • Posted July 5, 2016
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  • A Texas-Sized PoleCon 2016!

    PoleCon is the original event celebrating the pole dance/pole fitness community. It is brought to a new city every year. In 2016 we headed down to Fort Worth, Texas, the city of cowboys and culture, for a...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • Bad Kitty® Business Bite: Creating a Marketing Plan

    A marketing plan can take many forms. At the most basic level, it is a commitment to engage with your customers and potential customers in a specific way (or set of ways) on a regular basis with...

    • Posted June 3, 2016
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  • Design Hacks: How to Look Professional on a Budget

    In an ideal world, we have a graphic designer friend (who is also an amazing and affordable photographer with tons of free time!) with all the professional tools standing by to execute the best ads, fliers, social...

    • Posted May 23, 2016
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  • Bad Kitty® Business Bites: SWOT Analysis

    A SWOT analysis is a straightforward, yet powerful process that helps you to make business decisions. “SWOT” is an acronym that stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. You can use this process as a planning tool...

    • Posted April 24, 2016
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  • Pole Translation: The Pole Certification for Every Body

    I sat down with Deb Roach, the award winning  IPC Ultimate Champion 2015 Australian pole dancer born with one arm, to hear how her new book  “Pole Translation: the Ultimate Guide for Instructors Wanting to Teach EVERY...

    • Posted March 24, 2016
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  • “The Arnold” Returns and Brings Pole to the Masses

    Winners shown above courtesy of Nina Reed Photography This past weekend, I went back to visit the Arnold Sports Festival (or just “the Arnold”) for the second year in a row (see last year’s coverage here). The...

    • Posted March 14, 2016
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  • Do This ONE Thing To Improve Your Pole Practice: Breathe

    Breathing is so natural to us as humans that we likely don’t even notice we’re doing it—or not doing it. The second we are born, we start to breathe, letting out a wail to tell the world...

    • Posted February 17, 2016
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  • Creative Ways to Access Capital for Your Pole Business

    Mo’ money, mo’ problems? For the pole-prenuer it’s unlikely. From getting capital to start up your business or to propel your business forward or just to manage cash flow between slow months, getting more money is always...

    • Posted January 12, 2016
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  • Where the Hell Did My Period Go?

    I got my first period at age 11. It was class picture day and I remember being both frightened and pissed off. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me! As far as I knew, I was...

    • Posted December 3, 2015
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  • What is a Non Compete Agreement in Pole and Why You Should Care

    Non Compete Agreements or Non Compete Clauses (NCAs or NCCs respectively) are designed to protect an employer’s business through limiting an employee’s access to rival/other businesses. Historically they were used most frequently in executive level employment or...

    • Posted November 15, 2015
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  • When It’s Time To Close Your Pole Studio

    Marketing from my studio, 2014. The same week I was closing my studio, a local spice store also posted that they were going out of business and the public responses to their news were eerily similar to...

    • Posted October 9, 2015
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  • Pole Comedy: The Whats and Hows of Funny Business

    What is pole comedy? Carlos for Bad Kitty Last year, Danielle wrote an article about the Rise of Pole Comedy. Citing pole stars like Carlie Hunter getting in on the act with her “Carlos” routine and Annemarie...

    • Posted September 23, 2015
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  • The Emotional Down And Dirty Of Owning A Pole Studio

    Studio owners are always asked numerous questions about the down and dirty of owning a studio. Two of our Bad Kitty writers, Veruca Blue and Colleen Jolly, decided to sit down and take a really hard look...

    • Posted September 1, 2015
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    The Naked Truth: Being a Pole-preneur

    Pole-preneur hard at work on what was supposed to be vacation on a cruise ship—NOPE. It seems like every time you turn on the Facebook, someone else is quitting their day job and launching their full time...

    • Posted July 20, 2015
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  • Pole-fessional: Bring the Office to the Studio/Bring the Studio to the Office

    Our day jobs, particularly regarding our professional experience in respectful interactions during conflict can absolutely help inform the way that we cooperate in the studio, as students, as teachers and as studio owners. Similarly, the love, camaraderie...

    • Posted June 26, 2015
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  • What the Hell are my Hips Doing?!?! Part 3

    In the final blog of our three part series on hips (check out part 1 and part 2 ), we will cover: 1) stretching to improve our now strengthened hips and 2) all the muscles that connect...

    • Posted May 20, 2015
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  • What the Hell Are my Hips Doing?!?! Part 2

    In part 1 of the blog we addressed some overall structural issues and potential problems with our hips, particularly with regards to increasing flexibility to “get” our splits. This involves self-exploration and and possibly getting professional bodywork...

    • Posted April 11, 2015
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