Click to Shop PoleFit Right Meow!” title=

All posts by Lisa Faulkner

  • 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
    • 0
  • Discover Your Inner Divine Feminine

    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...

    • Posted March 29, 2017
    • 0
  • Dance With the Full Moon to Journey Home to Your Wild Soul

    The full moon is magnetic. She captivates us, lighting the dark, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west and setting in the morning as the sun rises. At midnight she’s at her peak...

    • Posted February 11, 2017
    • 0
  • New Moon, New You and Wishes Too

    The moon’s most profound magic is her rhythm. As la Luna waxes from new to crescent to quarter to gibbous to full and then wanes back to gibbous to quarter to crescent to dark and new again,...

    • Posted January 27, 2017
    • 0
  • Pole Play is Sacred

    As I settled onto my purple mat I felt sore and tight in my hips, hamstrings, quads and lower legs from knees to feet. And I felt frustrated about how long my legs had been bothering me...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
    • 0
  • Play is the Secret Bond Among Couples and Pole Communities

    “Couples that play together stay together,” is what I say when friends ask about the secret to my lengthy (twenty-six-year) joyful marriage. My husband and I met in college playing intramural softball in the Spring and fell...

    • Posted November 29, 2016
    • 0
  • What Is Your Pole Play Personality?

    Play is as necessary to our health and wellbeing as sleep, sex, food and water. When we don’t get enough play we accumulate a deficit similar to sleep deprivation. In both cases, research shows that extra sleep...

    • Posted November 3, 2016
    • 0
  • Writing for Pole Dancers

    No 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...

    • Posted September 17, 2016
    • 0
  • How Pole Can Help You Persevere on a Project

    We 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...

    • Posted August 11, 2016
    • 0
  • Set Yourself Free with a Pole Dance Do Over

    When 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”...

    • Posted July 25, 2016
    • 0
  • How to Create a Powerful Circle of Support

    “Do you need help?” “No, thanks, I’m okay.” This was my reflexive response to most offers of help, until six months ago. After dancing on the beach under a full moon (and eclipse) several friends and I...

    • Posted April 29, 2016
    • 0
  • Nature, Life and Pole Dance

    Five years ago Nature declared herself my mentor during a tarot card reading gifted to me by a pole-dancing sister (thank you, Sophie). I had felt Nature’s pull for sometime, but my rational brain had been resisting....

    • Posted March 21, 2016
    • 0
  • 5 Ways to Play With Tarot in Pole Dance

    Pole dancing can be a practice and a moving meditation that keeps us connected to our intuition and evolving self. It helps us to process life’s drama and angst and celebrate life’s magic and joy. Dancing awakens...

    • Posted January 20, 2016
    • 0
  • Conjure Magic and Joy by Savoring Anticipation

    “Your body adores that song. The next time you dance to it, try to savor the anticipation of that big moment. Something like this.” Kerry Anne, owner/president of S Factor San Francisco, knelt on the wooden floor...

    • Posted December 30, 2015
    • 0
  • Gratitude Challenge for Pole Dancers

    The Power of a Gratitude Journal I discovered the power of a gratitude journal during a few dark years in my early thirties. After experiencing three miscarriages and the death of my father-in-law, my husband and I...

    • Posted November 16, 2015
    • 0
  • The Sexy Way To Choose Your Pole Clothes

    Paparazzi’s Dream by Mladen Bozickovic Meditate in my direction. Feel your way. ~ Olivia Newton John Do you let your body choose what clothes she wants to wear? I do. Because of pole dancing. When I was...

    • Posted November 2, 2015
    • 0
  • Colors of You Extravaganza: 5 Colorful Pole Dance Improvisation Challenges

    Color is visual emotion. It affects mood, behavior and body function. It’s used in branding, design and even health care. For example, blue light is used to treat babies with jaundice instead of blood transfusions. The psychology...

    • Posted June 10, 2015
    • 0
  • Reject Misogyny

    After my mom attended a family wedding several years ago she told me about one of the guests. “She was doing your kind of dancing.” “Really?” I wondered how my mother had recognized it; she’d never seen...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
    • 0
  • How to Cultivate Resilience in Pole Dance

    Last month I encouraged you to challenge yourself with a pole-related adventure. Perhaps you signed up for Lux Alt’s Stripcraft workshop. Performed at Cheetah’s in Amanda Leigh’s Amateur Pole Art Showcase. Attempted a Rainbow Marchenko or Allegra. Danced...

    • Posted April 13, 2015
    • 0
  • Creating Leaders With Pole Dance

    Pole Dancing Empowers. Some define power as control and dominance. Others define it as strength—physical and emotional resilience. At its core, power is influence. And when I think of influence, I think of leadership. There are hundreds...

    • Posted March 9, 2015
    • 0
  • Igniting the Fire of Desire with Sensual Dance

    I woke up wanting sex this morning. A decade ago this never would have occurred. For most of my twenties and thirties I was cursed with a low libido. For my husband and the sake of our...

    • Posted February 14, 2015
    • 0
  • Compassionate Commitments: Treasure Yourself This Year

    Once upon a time I was a demanding tyrant, harsh and judgmental. I expected near perfection from everyone around me, especially myself. Inevitably, I spent time disappointed and angry, mostly with myself. Before pole and beach dancing, my...

    • Posted January 15, 2015
    • 0
  • How to Dance with Fire

    The elements are a powerful archetypal force. Fire was considered a gift from the Gods by the ancient people. It was second only to the sun because it provided light, warmth, protection and nourishment. Fire is not...

    • Posted December 21, 2014
    • 0
  • Love Letter to Pole Dancing: 11 Things That Make Me Grateful

    Dear POLE DANCING, I’m overflowing with appreciation for my body, her senses, sensations and wisdom. Even my smile and my cheeks. And this body bliss is all thanks to YOU!   I’m grateful to you for so...

    • Posted November 27, 2014
    • 0
  • 18 Witchy Women Pole Dance Songs

    In the United States, Halloween is most commonly associated with candy and costumes and going trick-or-treating while being a ghost or a witch. It’s also the most visible modern version of the cross-quarter holidays—those days that fall...

    • Posted October 8, 2014
    • 0
  • What Learning Preference Do You Use for Pole?

    “Pole tricks are hard.” One of my teachers says this, with a tone that conveys admiration and playfulness. I find it oddly comforting because she’s kick-ass on the pole. On silks and lyra too! And if she...

    • Posted September 20, 2014
    • 0
  • Discover Your Emerging Power by Dancing with the Full Buck Super Moon

    Did you know that the moon is full at the same instant around the world? A magic moment that unites us as one community on Earth. Officially, the full moon is the instant when the side of...

    • Posted July 9, 2014
    • 0
  • How to Host Your Own Collaborative Pole Dance Retreat

    Pole dance retreats, conventions and conferences are wonderful experiences. You can make life-long friendships, leap forward in your dance practice, gain new skills and so much more. These events, while typically worth the time and money spent,...

    • Posted June 30, 2014
    • 0
  • The Magic of Nature. The Magic of You.

    Nature heals. This is something I’ve always known. Even as a kindergartner soaring free on my backyard swing set, my solace after getting in trouble with mom. The first time I let-go (and had fun) with the...

    • Posted May 23, 2014
    • 0
  • Let Music Be Your Body’s Muse

    The first thing I did after taking an introductory pole dance class was hit the ‘seek’ button on my car radio. My favorite adult contemporary station sounded mellow and boring. I’d just spent two hours moving to...

    • Posted May 5, 2014
    • 2
  • A Pole Dancing Journey Through Shoes

    Pole dancing can take you on an incredible journey of self-discovery through your body’s reactions to clothing, movement, music and more. Almost immediately after I began pole dancing, I reclaimed my love of hot pink and glitter,...

    • Posted April 5, 2014
    • 0