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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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  • 8 Ways to Deal with Pole Dance Haters

    As pole makes its way into the mainstream, it’s becoming more widely accepted. Still, every pole dancer is eventually bound to cross paths with a pole dance hater. Pole dance haters are people who hold one or...

    • Posted September 14, 2017
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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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  • Mind and Body: Reasons Aerial Arts Can Benefit Pole Dancing

    It’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...

    • Posted August 27, 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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    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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    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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  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Pole Classes Full

    It’s not uncommon for pole students to become teachers once they become proficient polers. When you first start teaching the number of students in your class is usually steady. People are excited about a new teacher. Your...

    • Posted January 23, 2016
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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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  • 5 Tips for Choosing a Good Pole Teacher

    When you first started poling, you probably went to the nearest studio, or the cheapest, or the one your friends were going to. But eventually you got obsessed, and decided it was time to take it to...

    • Posted October 27, 2015
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  • 4 Pole Certification Programs You Should Know About

    Raise your hand if you have ever come across these situations: 1. My polemates ask me to spot them on a trick, but I’m not certain of my hand placement. 2. A fellow pole dancer asks me...

    • Posted October 22, 2015
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  • Pole Expo 2015

    Pole Expo just completed its 4th year and without a doubt this incredible event has grown to become the biggest affair in Pole Dance Fitness. Once a year pole dancers from all over the world come together to share...

    • Posted October 19, 2015
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  • How Pole Dance Helped Me in a Non-Pole Show

    We all know the usual benefits of pole dance: strength, flexibility, body confidence, heightened sensuality/sexuality etc. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, it can even make you smarter. Like doing Sudoku but… hotter. What I didn’t...

    • Posted October 16, 2015
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  • Roadtrip! Design Your Own Pole Vacation

    Want to see the world and pole at the same time? You don’t need to wait for a pole boot camp or convention to have a train-cation. You can DIY it with your own pole tour! All...

    • Posted October 13, 2015
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  • The Road to Nationals

    I have never liked competing. The process has always felt both emotionally and physically stressful. Training for competitions can be an isolating experience. The moment I step on stage though, all the effort feels justified. Performing a meaningful...

    • Posted October 11, 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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  • Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: Tiffany Rose Mockler

    The pole world is full of inspirational stories. From comebacks to Come-to-Jesus’s one thing pole dancers have in common is the ability to face and overcome adversity.  So this month at Bad Kitty® we decided to kick...

    • Posted October 4, 2015
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  • How To Slow Your Roll: Quick Self Care for Pole Dancers

    Since returning from my summer hiatus, I’ve hit the ground running. Hard. In addition to my writing projects, my work with Bad Kitty®, working with Pin-Ups for Vets, and studio time at S Factor, I was also...

    • Posted September 30, 2015
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  • Simplifying Choreography

    As pole competitions evolve we are seeing more emphasis being placed on artistry and the use of props. For many of us, choreographing a pole routine can be intimidating. But there are some simple ideas that might...

    • Posted September 28, 2015
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  • 5 Things That Happen When You Don’t Warm Up in Pole

    It can be so tempting to skip warming up and jump right into pole. Warming up takes time and energy that we’d rather spend on poling! Unfortunately, skipping your warm up can have negative consequences, ranging from...

    • Posted September 25, 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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  • Returning to Pole After a Break

    There are many reasons you might take a break from pole. You might be recovering from an injury or surgery. You could have taken some time off to focus on something else in your life, such as...

    • Posted September 21, 2015
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  • Pilates for Pole Dancers

    Pilates is form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates more than 90 years ago, and it’s not just a passing trend. It’s a successful exercise system that has been used with amazing results. Based on Patricia Lamond’s...

    • Posted September 18, 2015
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  • Why Getting Stronger Makes You More Flexible

    Here is a super obvious statement: Pole demands a very high level of flexibility. While stretching is most commonly thought of as the best way to improve flexibility, there is another method that is  largely neglected by...

    • Posted September 15, 2015
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  • How To Get Healthier By Making Fewer Decisions

    Every day, at every meal, we have the opportunity to make selections that either support our pole goals–or that don’t. We can make that green smoothie…or hit the drive through. We can whip up those eggs…or grab...

    • Posted September 13, 2015
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  • How Domestic Violence Took This Pole Dancer’s Life – And How You Can Help

    On August 5th, 2015 Pamela Burgess, a successful paralegal, pole dancer and mother to a two year old boy named Kingston was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend in a domestic violence dispute, allegedly over custody of...

    • Posted September 8, 2015
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  • With 123Poling.com, Learning to Pole Dance Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

    One of the popular ways to learn pole dancing back in the day was through Youtube. As the pole dance industry continues to grow and expand we are seeing a lot of companies offering online lessons for...

    • Posted September 5, 2015
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  • Yes, Men Can Wear PoleFit®

    Male pole dancers face many challenges when they decide to walk into a studio and start taking classes. Finding pole dance clothing was one of my toughest. To be successful at pole we need to have skin...

    • Posted September 2, 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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  • Power Statements for a Better Pole Practice–and Life

    If you’ve even dipped your toes into the waters of personal development, you’ve probably come across affirmations. These statements are intended to focus your mindset on positive beliefs so that as you change your thoughts, you change...

    • Posted August 31, 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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  • Tips for Safe and Successful Doubles/Group Pole Photos

    Bad Kitty Pole Picture of the Day submitted by Brigitte Bonin from Pole Art Studio Doubles and group pole photos are a great way to spice up any social media profile. You don’t need to touch your...

    • Posted August 26, 2015
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  • “Caption This” Pole Parlour Meme and Win Prizes

    One of the best parts of pole dancing is all the creativity that comes with it – and I don’t just mean choreography. Pole dance has its own culture and one of the more popular pastimes among...

    • Posted August 18, 2015
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    Do Pole Dancers Have the “Wanderlust Gene”?

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train by Eli Christman, CC BY 2.0 As I pondered the visa recently pasted in my passport by the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania (which will be the...

    • Posted August 17, 2015
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  • Is Yoga Good Cross-Training for Pole Dancing?

    Is yoga really beneficial for pole dancers? And if it is, then how does yoga benefit our bodies? In order to better understand the relationship between yoga and pole, I asked a certified hatha yoga instructor –...

    • Posted August 14, 2015
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  • What to Say When You Have Lost Your Voice

    Hi Bad Kitty family. Sorry it has been a while… Officially, I took the summer off to focus on other writing projects (there’s good news over there, and hopefully even better news that I can share soon!)...

    • Posted August 10, 2015
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    Dealing with the Press: A Guide for Pole Dancers

    As pole fitness becomes more popular/notorious, some community members may find themselves the subject of articles, interviews, and TV spots. Usually it’s competition winners and studio owners who will be the focus of media attention, but you...

    • Posted July 30, 2015
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  • Making A Living in the Pole Dance Industry

    For as long as I can remember I have been on a quest to find a career I was passionate about that could also provide me with a sustainable income. In college I undertook four separate internships....

    • Posted July 28, 2015
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  • How Improve Your Back Flexibility in 5 simple steps

    Recently, I asked a few of my pole dancer friends what their flexibility goals were and almost all of them responded: Arches! Improved arch flexibility is my pole wish too and I constantly wonder: why wasn’t I...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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    Being an “Indie” Poler

            “Where do you train?” That’s one of the first questions that polers ask each other when they are introduced, and for many of us it’s not an easy one to answer. I guess...

    • Posted July 22, 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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  • 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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  • The Vertitude Launches Studio West

    There is no shortage of pole studios in the Los Angeles area. So it’s exciting to hear that one L.A. studio is expanding its studio space. The Vertitude opened its doors in 2011 in Canoga Park. On...

    • Posted July 16, 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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  • Using Grip Gloves for Pole

    Back before social media was a thing, we displayed our memes on coffee mugs, t-shirts, and bumper stickers. One favorite among the ladies stated, “Today was a waste of make-up.” Well, sometimes I have training sessions where...

    • Posted July 13, 2015
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  • Seven Signs You Might Be a Pole Husband

    This post co-written with above husbot Has your partner’s pole dance lifestyle started to rub off on you? Have you noticed strange changes in your behavior and lifestyle? “Pole Husbands” (and “Pole Wives”), may experience some or...

    • Posted July 11, 2015
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    The Burlesque Adventures of a Pole Dancer

    “The difference between what YOU do and what WE do is that we don’t do all of that ‘stripper stuff’ …” I am sure that almost every pole dancer has heard this before, or has been labeled...

    • Posted July 8, 2015
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  • Is Urban Pole Dancing a Serious Thing?

    Alright, I admit it (and I bet you do too): if I see something that resembles a pole on the street- a lamp post, a fence, a transit signal – I automatically try to figure out if...

    • Posted July 6, 2015
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