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  • What It’s Like to Be a Pole Star

    For many, but certainly not all of us, a full-time career in pole dancing sounds like a dream come true. GLITTER!!! Self-love and Expression! Never wearing a real bra EVER AGAIN!!! I don’t know about you, but...

    • Posted April 7, 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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  • Posture for Pole Dancers

    Posture is something that has been on my mind quite a bit this year. It started noticing when I would catch glimpses of myself in the background of my student’s videos. In my videos – when I...

    • Posted March 28, 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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  • 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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  • What’s Your Pole Dance Love Language?

    We all know The Five Love Languages: Gifts, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Words of Affirmation. We all need all of them, but each of us has favorites that speak to us the most....

    • Posted March 20, 2018
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  • Pole Dancing Returns to the Arnold

    Columbus, Ohio hosted the 5th annual PCS Pole Championship and the 4th annual PCS Pole Open at the Arnold Sports and Fitness Festival March 2-4th, 2018. This weekend has been an annual highlight for me since 2015,...

    • Posted March 9, 2018
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  • Can You Really Have It All?

    This is a very personal blog inspired by a conversation with a friend who, for the first time ever, was about to get a “real” job – one that required 40 hours a week of guaranteed and...

    • Posted February 22, 2018
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  • What the Women’s Movement Means for Pole

    On Saturday, January 20, women took to the streets once again to march in solidarity for the 2018 Women’s March. Hundreds of thousands of women throughout the country and across the globe marched to promote women’s rights...

    • Posted February 12, 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 Best Snacks for Pole Dancers

    Between work or school, pole classes, rehearsals, performances, and/or teaching, it’s important that you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to keep up. For dancers, that means having a snack before hitting the studio. If you’re...

    • Posted January 23, 2018
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  • 4 Cute Pole Holiday Outfits

    Lights on! It’s time for celebration! If one of the following is true… Your pole studio is decorated and looking festive. You have a holiday-themed photo session with your pole mates. You wish to give someone special a...

    • Posted December 18, 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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  • Proper Pole Attire in Class

    Someone has to say it, so I will: Dear polers attending class, please consider wearing proper pole bottoms and tops to class instead of the underwear you have been wearing all day at work. I surprise myself...

    • Posted October 16, 2017
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  • SHATTERED: An Interview with Diana Varco

    All her life, pole dancer, writer, and actor Diana Varco hasn’t really hit it off with the fellas. In third...

    • Posted October 2, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Becoming a Touring Pole Star: Step 1, Create Your Menu

    So you want to a touring pole star but aren’t sure how to start? There’s no official process for going on tour. If you think you’re a great instructor with something unique to offer, maybe you want...

    • Posted September 6, 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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    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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  • 5 Tips for HOT Summer Pole Practice

    Summer’s here and it’s hot as ever! Your home studio is probably blasting the AC but here are 5 tips for embracing the heat – both literally and metaphorically – that will help deepen your pole practice....

    • Posted August 3, 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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  • 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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  • More Feminist Than Thou

      There’s a reason the cliche “a picture’s worth a thousand words” is in our cultural lexicon. This picture, originally posted with Elle Stanger’s “I’m a Sex Worker Who is Sick of Female Misogyny“,  left me both...

    • Posted June 17, 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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  • 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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  • Back To Basics

    Over the past few months I’ve really been trying to get back to a comfortable and happy place in my pole practice. It’s been hard. Because I’ve taken such a long time off I realize that I’ve...

    • Posted May 1, 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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  • Recap of PCS #PoleattheArnold 2017!

    For now the third year in a row, I went back to visit – and compete in – the Arnold Sports Festival (or just “the Arnold”) (see last year’s coverage here ). The U.S. event (there are...

    • Posted March 13, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trusting Your Pole Dance Partner With Your Body and Soul

    What do you look for in a partner if you decide to try a pole duet? Typically, you might think of things like body type, musicality, gymnastic ability, personality, stage presence and a number of other requirements...

    • Posted February 17, 2017
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  • 3 Super Sexy Outfits For Valentine’s Day

    You don’t need an excuse to be a bombshell. Dress like one any old day! However, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of the year to show off all your seductiveness and allure. With V-Day approaching, you might...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Pole Show L.A. Celebrates 10 years of BeSpun Studio

    On Saturday Jan 28, pole dancers flocked to Boulevard3 in Hollywood to attend the famed Pole Show L.A. The show is one of the original pole dance performances in Los Angeles and boasts a hefty line-up of pole...

    • Posted February 6, 2017
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  • Natasha Wang: the Pole Meow-nificient

    Natasha Wang is more than a pole dancer or a pole teacher—She is an icon. She took her first pole class at the age of 29, and quickly gained recognitions through multiple national and international competitions. IPDFA...

    • Posted January 23, 2017
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  • 5 Ways to Spicy Up Your Dance in the New Year!

    Here we go, 2017! The new year has started. It doesn’t matter if you’ve kept your resolutions, broken your resolutions, or didn’t make any at all – this thing is happening. Sometimes (if you’re anything like me)...

    • Posted January 13, 2017
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  • How To Teach a Pole Bachelorette Party

    Have you ever been to a pole dance bachelorette party before? If you haven’t then you are definitely missing out! They are (usually) fun, girl power evenings where women really let their hair down. If you are...

    • Posted January 10, 2017
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  • December is #LegTwirlChallenge Month

    Tis the season to be twirling! It’s December and we’re celebrating with all the Twiry Legs! Capture your favorite spot to get your Twirl Legs on…watching TV, tanning by the pool, on the pole, in a tree, in...

    • Posted December 1, 2016
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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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  • When Pole Meets Health, Race, Religion, and Courage

    2016 has been a roller coaster ride when it comes to social issues: there was a mass shooting incident in Orlando, Florida killing many people of different sexual orientations, there has been misogyny and shaming from a major...

    • Posted November 23, 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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  • 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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  • What Happens If I Get Hurt At My Studio?

    If you’ve been training for a while, then you may have hurt yourself unintentionally at your studio at least once. I have had several accidents that I consider to be entirely my own fault. However, two separate...

    • Posted October 6, 2016
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  • Meditation and Pole Dance

    Mindfulness, meditation, self awareness, self soothing, focusing on the breath… We all have different names for it. We all have different practice styles. You might already be incorporating meditation with your pole practice and not even know...

    • Posted September 27, 2016
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  • 6 Skin Lotions That Actually Give You Better Grip

    This article is composed by the author based on research and personal experience on some, not all, of the moisturizers below listed in the article. Some moisturizers might contain harmful chemicals. Please read labels before applying.   There...

    • Posted September 22, 2016
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