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All posts tagged "empowerment"

  • Pole Dancing Scientists Break Down Stereotypes Part II

    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...

    • Posted July 20, 2017
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  • Pole Dancing Scientists Break Down Stereotypes

    For non-poling human beings, it can be somewhat difficult to understand that pole can be a safe place in a person’s life. Moreover, society often demonizes female pole dancers as sex workers and attention seekers who self-exploit in...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Loving Yourself And Your Pole Journey

    If I’m going to be completely honest I can’t remember the last time I was in a pole class – and I’m not completely sure why I stopped going. The crazy thing is while I don’t go...

    • Posted March 6, 2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Sacred Female Sexuality

    This time last year I wrote about “Giving the Gift of Your Sexy” – a “how to” on sharing a sexy dance with your partner. This holiday season, I want to explore a personal, sensual, element of...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • When Women Gather: A Personal Response to SK Live

      There’s something special that happens when women gather. From prayer groups to political protests and everything in between. Pole dancing retreats are no exception. The journey of women and girls on this planet has not been...

    • Posted November 17, 2016
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  • Poler Opposites

    Last 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,...

    • Posted October 14, 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Bad Kitty® Everyday Poler Series: Meet Roz “The Diva” Mays

    BK: 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:...

    • Posted July 8, 2016
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  • When Dad is a Pole Dancer

    Raising four children was a daunting task. They are all in their 30’s now. The nest is empty. Two of my children are from my first marriage. I have a stepson and stepdaughter from my second marriage....

    • Posted June 20, 2016
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Colleen Bird of Paradise
    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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  • 5 Ways To Get Naked If You Are Over 40

    Based on my own unscientific observations I would have to say that there are at least 70% more female pole dancers under the age of 40 than over 40. When it comes to men over 50, the...

    • 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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  • A Feminist’s Love Letter to the Pole Community

    Dear pole dancing community, Recently, during a discussion in a feminist group on Facebook, a fellow group member added pole dancing to a list of misguided attempts at correct feministing. “Can you believe these women think that...

    • Posted May 6, 2015
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  • Power for Pole Competitors

    When the words “power” and “empowerment” come up in the pole world, we don’t automatically think of pole competitions. In fact, many pole dancers contemplating entering pole comps probably feel overwhelmed. When we compete there are a...

    • Posted March 25, 2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Sexy, Sensual, STRONG: How Pole Dancing Reframes Female Fitness

    When I sat down to write this, I wasn’t sure what exactly I would end up saying. I’ve never publicly shared these thoughts, and I have no way of knowing how they will be received. Regardless, I...

    • Posted October 6, 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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  • Comic by Leen Isabel
    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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  • Women Should Be Protected From Violence

    Last month, Bad Kitty ran a blog about how the state of Illinois passed a “skin tax” to help fund rape crisis centers.  If you missed it, you can read all about it here.  Briefly, the law...

    • Posted November 5, 2012
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