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  • Quiz: What Spinning Trick You Should Try Next?

      Sometimes, as pole dancers, we get bored with our repertoire of tricks and need a bit of inspiration. And guess what? Some tricks are simply better when you are spinning. So if you are looking for...

    • Posted May 4, 2018
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  • Traveling from Pole to Pole

    Einstein once said, “Logic will take you from A to B. Pole dancing will take you everywhere.” Ok, you’re right—he didn’t say that. But it’s not far from the truth. Raise your hand if you’ve ever traveled...

    • Posted April 25, 2018
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  • History of Pole: Influential Studios

    Pondering the origins of pole might not be the first thing that comes to mind when attending your pole class. However, every sport has to start somewhere.  Our sport started with innovative people who dedicated themselves to...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • Ten Years of Bad Kitty®: Pole Clothing In 2008

    Looking back at pole over the last ten years, the sport has grown in a million different directions and thankfully, so has pole clothing. As Bad Kitty® celebrates ten years in the business of making pole and...

    • Posted March 21, 2018
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  • SMART Goal Setting for Pole

    The time of unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions is here. The average New Year’s resolution bombs within the first two weeks. There is actually a day called Quitter’s Day, which is on January 12th. This is the day...

    • Posted January 31, 2018
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  • The Top 10 Pole Dance Songs of 2017

    2017 has been the agony and the ecstasy for us all. This isn’t a political post, but politics shook and divided America like never before. Yes, today even being “apolitical” is a political position. We’ve also suffered...

    • Posted December 31, 2017
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  • Muscle and Joint Injury Prevention for Pole

    Being injured on both a muscular and a joint level is one of the most common types of injury from pole.  In pole dance, the focus is on the musculoskeletal system. The muscle movement patterns necessary to...

    • Posted December 4, 2017
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  • The Reality of Pole in the Olympics

    Now that the Olympic games are one step closer for pole, it’s time to consider the reality of what the Olympics would do for pole as a sport. Pole’s acceptance from the Global Association of International Sports...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • How Close is Pole to the Olympics?

    The world was all a-buzz last week when the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) announced that pole had obtaining observer status from the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF). This sounds exciting, but what does it...

    • Posted October 31, 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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  • Sunset Aerial Party in Hong Kong

    Aerial Arts Academy (AAA), an aerial dance studio in Hong Kong, hosted an aerial showcase party in mid-August at CeLaVi in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. It was an eventful evening full of talents, laughter, and, of...

    • Posted September 5, 2017
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  • How Social Media is Driving Pole as a Sport

    Social media is an undeniable force in the growth of pole as a sport. Some people eye the rapid expansion and change that has happened in the last five years in pole and will argue the negatives,...

    • Posted August 21, 2017
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  • 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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  • Social Media and Mental Health for Polers Part 1

    In recent years a plethora of studies have investigated the impact of social media on mental health. Researchers have tested the mental health components of social media from several angles, but most studies have reached the conclusion that...

    • Posted May 17, 2017
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    The Honest Truth About Push-Ups for Pole

    The push-up is not the most beloved of exercises, but most of us enjoy the results of doing push-ups: strong upper body and core, better endurance and lovely toned arms. Polers and aerialists generally use the push-up with...

    • Posted April 21, 2017
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  • How to Perfect the Basic Inversion

    The basic inversion is often the official first foray into the upside down world of pole. It’s exciting, scary and empowering all at once. But whether you are a newbie or a seasoned poler, the inversion is...

    • Posted March 23, 2017
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  • Cleaning Up Your Pole Life

    It’s not only your house and closet that need a big spring cleaning. It’s time to look through your proverbial pole closet, tackle the clutter, and throw out everything you don’t need in your pole life. It...

    • Posted March 20, 2017
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  • How to Cross Train for Pole Fitness

    Cross training is not a new concept, but thinking about cross training from a poler’s perspective produces a fresh twist. Cross training is defined as trying a new sport, one that is different from your main sport. The idea...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Climb Off The Pole Plateau

    The human body is a marvelous creation. No matter how challenging the workout, eventually the body adapts. Each week, we have a routine: we attend the same pole classes and for the most part work on the...

    • Posted February 21, 2017
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  • Creating a Positive Pole Studio Environment

    If you visit different pole studios around the world, it’s apparent that different combinations are taught in those studios, diverse teaching methods are employed and there is a distinctive vibe in each studio.  From a business perspective,...

    • Posted November 27, 2016
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  • Shoulder Imbalances Part 3: Corrective Exercises

    As discussed in previous articles in this series, the body is an integrated system and when one muscle group becomes imbalanced another muscle group will often react to the disparity.  The upper back muscles of the aerialist...

    • Posted October 24, 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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  • How to Correct Shoulder Imbalances From Pole

    Pole and aerial are sports in their infancy, but have movement patterns related to mature sports such as gymnastics and dance. Yet the injuries and imbalances of pole and aerial are still collectively undocumented. Around the studio most of us...

    • Posted August 1, 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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  • Classic Burlesque Dance Moves for Pole

    Pole’s heritage hails from diverse sports and dance mediums and shares a common history with burlesque dance. Burlesque dance in the United States began with hurly-burly girls of the 1860s, dancers and performers who provided entertaining social commentary...

    • Posted May 26, 2016
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  • The Definitive Pole Camp Guide (Summer Edition)

    Summer is fast approaching and that means pole camp season is here. We have compiled the Definitive Pole Camp Guide for the savvy poler who desires to travel. We examine each camp and ferret out the details such...

    • Posted May 16, 2016
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  • Reinvent Your Pole Tricks: 5 Tired Pole Combos You Can Spice Up

    First, let me say that this list is aimed at stimulating your creativity and is in no way an attempt to diminish any of the hard work  that pole dancers put into their training. Creating a routine for...

    • Posted February 24, 2016
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  • How to Prevent Pole Instructor Burnout

    “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Have you seen this quote floating around the internet? There are some days where, as a fitness instructor, it feels so true. All I...

    • Posted February 1, 2016
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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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  • Sweet Release

    Muscle Imbalances, Inflexibility, Injury. This trifecta plagues me as an aging pole dance instructor. Over training my dominant side and neglecting my post practice stretches have lead to chronic muscle and connective tissue tightness and injuries. Oh...

    • Posted April 2, 2015
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  • 2015 Pacific Pole Championships Recap

    Over the weekend of February 28 and March 1, 2015, hundreds of aerial artists gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center to compete in Pole Sport Organization’s 2015 Pacific Pole Championships (PPC). PPC is the first regional...

    • Posted March 21, 2015
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  • Bling Your Bad Kitty Halloween Edition: Easy DIY No Sew Tutu

    Halloween is fast approaching and I’ve been inspired to Bling My Bad Kitty by adding a tutu to it. If you’re not in the US or don’t really celebrate Halloween you could still wear this for a...

    • Posted October 24, 2014
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  • So Hot Right Now – Trends in Pole Competitions

    On Sunday June 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending my studio’s amateur competition, Pole Diva’s Unleashed 2014. I was lucky enough to be invited backstage to get a sneak peak of all the behind the scenes...

    • Posted July 16, 2014
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  • Romper Rock

    Right now in Australia it’s competition season. I attend Pole Divas and their annual amateur competition, Unleashed, is next week. Just after that is the Victorian Pole Championships in July and then Miss Pole Dance Victoria in...

    • Posted June 16, 2014
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  • Strength Training for Pole, Part 1

    In my last article, I highlighted the physical and mental benefits that come with being a pole practitioner. In this article, I am going to analyze and explain pole from an exercise science perspective, and how training...

    • Posted May 31, 2014
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  • The Pole Dance Growth Movement – Internal and External

    Part 2 of a 3 part series In part 1 of the series “Pole is a Lifestyle” I discussed how Pole is not simply an activity, it is something much larger: It is a lifestyle – a...

    • Posted July 14, 2011
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  • Pole is a Lifestyle !

    Pole is a Lifestyle ! Part 1 of a 3 part series I am constantly asked questions about our business and what Bad Kitty is, what we do, how we are different etc.  I found that it...

    • Posted June 30, 2011
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  • Pole Dancer Unity

    Author: Mina Mortezaie Since I have started competing and performing I have got the opportunity to meet so many pole dancers from all over the country. My first inclination was that competitive pole dancers might be territorial,...

    • Posted December 20, 2009
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