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All posts by Danielle C.

  • Good Sportsmanship in Pole, aka How to Not Be a Jerk

    With the rise (dare I say, the explosion) of pole competitions in recent years, there’s a lot of new opportunities for polers to get on stage and learn the ins and outs of competing. I’ve written before...

    • Posted May 15, 2018
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  • Queer Pole: An Interview with Liz Kinnmark

    As polers, we live and play inside a rather niche community. It can seem small at times, but there’s a huge amount of diversity within our world,, including a strong LGBTQ presence. Last year, I heard about...

    • Posted March 27, 2018
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  • Tips and Tricks for Holiday Eating

    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...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • Crowdfunding for Pole

    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...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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    Autoimmune Disease and Pole

    Autoimmune 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...

    • Posted August 14, 2017
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  • Summer Workouts with Bad Kitty®

    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...

    • Posted June 26, 2017
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  • Slay the Shoe Game

    Heels. Many polers love them. Even more don’t reaaaally know how to use them. While heels can be a beautiful and sexy addition to your pole work, the fact is that they are more than...

    • Posted May 12, 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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  • Tips for Nailing Your Exotic (Pole) Dreams

    One of the great joys of pole is the diversity in style available to dancers. There’s something for everyone, whether you are seeking out the gymnastic power moves, or the floaty, ballerina flow of spins, and more....

    • Posted February 25, 2017
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  • Introducing X-Purr!

    It’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...

    • Posted October 10, 2016
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  • Choosing the Right Pole Class

    Looking 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...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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    Why Pointing Your Toes Can Save Your Life

    You’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...

    • Posted July 27, 2016
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    Poling with Chronic Pain and Illness

    In 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...

    • Posted June 28, 2016
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  • Ripped and torn calluses - ouch!
    Review: POW!Rx Organic Recovery Product

    As pole dancers, we’re subject to all manners of scrapes, bruises, burns, sore muscles, and more. It’s likely true that your average pole dancer has tried at least a few remedies for all of these maladies, in...

    • Posted June 9, 2016
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  • Mandy Higgins
    Bad Kitty Everyday Poler Series: Meet Mandy Higgins

    In keeping with the Bad Kitty® tradition of highlighting Inspirational and Everyday Polers, we are proud to share the story of a poler who fits both bills: Mandy Higgins. Mandy is a Chicago-area based pole dancer, instructor,...

    • Posted May 2, 2016
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  • Kate E. Gaga performing at NWAAC 2015. Photo by Alloy Images.
    Bad Kitty Everyday Poler Series: Meet Kate E. Gaga and Juno Krahn

    We recently interviewed PSO co-founder Amy Guion about Pole Sport Organization’s new transgender inclusive policies, an article you can read here: PSO’s Amy Guion: Transgender Polers in Competition. Through our chat with Amy, we were introduced to...

    • Posted April 15, 2016
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  • PSO’s Amy Guion: Transgender Polers in Competition

    With the start of Pole Sport Organization’s competition season underway, we thought it was a great time to talk to them about their updated policies regarding transgender athletes. PSO has decided to lead by example and help...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • The Pros and Cons of Online Pole Communities

    In recent years, the online pole community has exploded with new forums, social groups, and instructional sites flooding into the marketplace. For polers who do not have a large in-person community, the growth of the online pole...

    • Posted February 3, 2016
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    What To Do If You Lose Your Pole Community

    Pole can be a powerful tool for bringing people together, no matter their backgrounds. The smaller communities that grow within our larger, worldwide community, can be incredible sources of support, joy, fun, and education. But what do...

    • Posted December 19, 2015
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  • Cultural Appropriation in Pole

    With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to bring up a rather sticky subject: cultural appropriation. What is cultural appropriation? Here are two definitions: Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or...

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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  • Freedance. Photo by Alloy Images.
    Freestyle 101: Baby Steps to Building Your Freedance

    Freestyle: some love it, some hate it. Everyone can benefit from it. Developing your freestyle practice can give you some incredible skills, from increased confidence in your movement to the ability to save a routine that doesn’t go...

    • Posted October 2, 2015
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  • PSO’s 2015 US National Pole Championships: Event Recap

    On Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th, 2015, Pole Sport Organization crowned the new King and Queens of the US Pole Dance scene. Spanning a total of three days, PSO’s 2015 National Championship was held in...

    • Posted August 28, 2015
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    Pole’s Itchy Little Secret: Chrome Allergies

    As polers, we’re pretty used to a lot of body trauma: pole burns, righteous bruises, and general aches, pains, and whatnot. But, there is one itchy little subset of injuries that doesn’t get a lot of attention:...

    • Posted July 14, 2015
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  • Bad Kitty DIY: Slash It Up

    Pole dancers tend to be somewhat fashion conscious overall, with styles that cover the board. But, something many of us seem to love are destroyed t shirts. From slashing your favorite tank up the back, to knotting...

    • Posted June 12, 2015
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    How to Have an Awesome Pole Shoot: Tips for Before, During, and After

    Professional Pole Photography can be a wonderful present to yourself. It’s a way to document your progress on your pole journey, but also, to celebrate YOU. Pole Photos can be a real investment, but there are some...

    • Posted May 13, 2015
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  • Never forget! :-)
    From a PPC Judge’s Mouth: Helpful Tips for Shining in a Competition

    On Saturday, Feb 28, and Sunday, March 1st, 2015, PSO held the 2015 Pacific Pole Championships in Los Angeles, CA. I have attended PPC every year since I competed in the inaugural competition in 2012. Since I...

    • Posted March 14, 2015
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    Pole Vs. Pedicure: How to Win the Battle For Cute Toes

    Pole has been great for me in a lot of ways: stronger body, healthier mind, fantastic friendships, and my pedicures have never been better! No, that’s a lie. My poor, poor toes. While I still treat myself...

    • Posted February 17, 2015
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    Eat Your Heart Out: Balanced Nutrition for Pole Dancers

    So…how are those New Year’s Resolutions working for you? Working out more? Great! Got your Janeiro? Awesome! How about that diet? Yeah. Thought so. I have always found sticking to a diet to be do-able for about...

    • Posted February 8, 2015
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  • The Rise of Pole Comedy

    Pole is a lot of things: sexy, fluid, smooth, strong, athletic, entertaining, fun…but funny? You bet. A new class of pole dancers has emerged: the comedians. Beginning in 2011 with Carlie Hunter’s landmark Granny routine and Annemarie...

    • Posted December 2, 2014
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  • Pole Unbound 2014 Crew, photo by Rebecca Hellemans
    Pole Unbound: A New Take on Pole Retreats

    It started with this thought from Aerial Amy: This was the beginning of POLE UNBOUND. Developed and organized by Aerial Amy, the inaugural Pole Unbound Retreat was held October 10th – 12th, 2014, at Rising Goddess Fitness...

    • Posted November 5, 2014
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  • Northern California Pole Presentational

    On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, the inaugural Northern California Pole Presentational was held in San Jose, CA. Featuring close to 70 dancers from the west coast, the event offered three levels of showcase performances, with optional feedback...

    • Posted October 20, 2014
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  • Iris Sparrow - photo by Alloy Images
    Freestyle Movement Part 3: Freedance

    For our third installment in our Freestyle Exploration series, we branched out and talked to polers who have been influenced by Tracee Kafer’s work. We wanted to share a little more about how the Freestyle Movement has...

    • Posted October 1, 2014
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  • Tracee Kafer - photo by Victoria Janashvili
    Freestyle Movement, Part 2: Finding Your Freestyle

    In our first installment of BK’s Freestyle Experience series, we spoke with Freestyle Maven Tracee Kafer about the creation of Pole Speak and the drive behind the freestyle movement. Here, we follow up with her about her...

    • Posted September 17, 2014
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  • Lust: portrayed by Vee Niz. Photo by Roselle Photography 2014.
    Review: SEVEN by Kelly Yvonne

    On Saturday, August 16th, the summer session of SEVEN wrapped up its run at Supperclub in Los Angeles, and Bad Kitty was on hand for the show! Seven is the newest venture from Kelly Yvonne, the mind...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Pole Speak - photo by Kyle McBeth of SumSeen
    Freestyle Movement, Part 1: Pole Speak

    In the pole community we’re accustomed to separating into different groups that celebrate the fitness side of pole or celebrate the sexy side of pole. But recently, a new group has been gaining attention: Freestyle Movement. We...

    • Posted September 6, 2014
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  • Are We Bitches?

    Quick, answer this question: Which studio is your home? You probably had one clear answer. And, if you had to explain why that studio was the one you considered HOME, I bet at least some of the...

    • Posted July 19, 2014
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  • Sasj Lee performing at Black Girls Pole - photo by David Haws
    Empowerment in Action: Black Girls Pole

    On Saturday, June 21st, 2014, Bad Kitty was a proud sponsor of the inaugural event for Black Girls Pole. Hosted by Body & Pole in NYC, this event was the first of its kind! BGP brought together...

    • Posted July 8, 2014
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    The Beauty of Empowerment Through Pole

    How many times have you heard someone say, “Pole changed my life”? Probably quite a few. You may have even said it yourself! Pole is an incredible force for change, capable of transforming men and women into...

    • Posted June 3, 2014
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  • The Challenge of an Empowered Woman

    What is power? If you Google the phrase, you’ll receive the following results: When the average person thinks of power, they likely think of it in terms of concepts that are traditionally masculine in nature. Even in...

    • Posted April 3, 2014
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