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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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  • How To Take Pole Pics With Your Pets

    If you have a pole and a pet at home then you have probably done this before: posed with your furry loved one while trying to do a trick. Am I right? It seems like a simple...

    • Posted September 9, 2016
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  • Pole Theatre USA 2016 Recap

    Pole Theatre USA kicked off on an unseasonably chilly summer night in downtown Boulder, Colorado on August 19th with competitors in the semi pro and later the pro (on the 20th) vying for titles in four unique...

    • Posted September 7, 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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  • 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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  • Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Business

    I caught part of an episode of “Shark Tank” the other day. While I’m not particularly interested in watching regular folks beg for money from a room full of rich people ranging from slightly to obnoxiously rude,...

    • Posted August 17, 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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  • 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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    Why Pointing Your Toes Can Save Your Life

    You’ve heard it. You’ve yelled it. You’ve seen the t shirts. POINT YOUR F**CKING TOES. Why do we do this? There’s the obvious: pointed feet and toes are aesthetically beautiful. The pointed foot creates an elongated line...

    • Posted July 27, 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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  • Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Pole Business

    If you’re a studio owner then you probably promote your business on social media. Or maybe you have a pole-related business, like a clothing line, jewelry line, or maybe you even organize pole dance events or competitions....

    • Posted July 22, 2016
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  • Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: How Pole Helped Me Through Loss

    My pole journey started about four years ago, and at the time it was just for fun – to increase my strength, get in shape, get in touch with my own body. When I first started pole...

    • Posted July 18, 2016
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  • Sweet Summer Treats: Popsicles for Pole Dancers

    With the hot summer weather making its way into my part of the world, it’s the perfect time of year to start whipping up some cold, tasty treats to help beat the heat. While traditional store bought...

    • Posted July 16, 2016
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  • Bad Kitty® Inspiration Series: Jason Lam

    When I walked into Jason’s room at the UCLA Neurological Rehab Unit, he greeted me with a bright smile and a strong, reassuring hug. On May 5th, 2016, Jason Lam fell 14 feet from the air during...

    • Posted July 13, 2016
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  • Hydration and Flexibility

    Do you drink enough water every day? Or do you struggle to even pour yourself one glass of water at home, and then count your daily Starbucks as hydration? Hydration is a subject that everyone knows is...

    • Posted July 11, 2016
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  • Why Rape Culture is Literally Killing Us

    Let’s face it, “literally” is the new “like” – it’s a filler word that gets used incorrectly. “I literally can’t even…” Is the battle cry of your average 20 something’s speech pattern. So please understand, when I...

    • Posted July 10, 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 ® Business Bite: So You Want To Run an Event?

    The pole world is full of entrepreneurs all trying to improve/change/fix and otherwise influence our amazing community. Pole events, whether they appear to be deceptively simple such as creating a studio student showcase, or as complex as...

    • Posted July 5, 2016
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    Poling with Chronic Pain and Illness

    In the pole world, it seems like injuries are par for the course. Maybe it’s a tweaked intercostal, or a strained muscle. Maybe it’s something more serious, like a labral tear, or even a broken bone. These...

    • Posted June 28, 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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