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  • Pole Influencers: Fawnia Mondey

    In 1994, there were no pole classes, or studios, or instructional DVDs. But there were poles in strip clubs. At 19 years old, Fawnia Mondey decided that she wanted to learn to climb one of those poles...

    • Posted June 12, 2018
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Nadia Sharif

    Every few months, Bad Kitty® highlights one of our amazingly talented Brand Ambassadors on our blog. The goal is to get our readers familiar with some of the personalities behind our clothes and to give our Brand...

    • Posted October 23, 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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  • 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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  • Quiz: What is Your Ideal Pole Height?

    Has your pole become too short for you? Is it limiting your pole practice? That’s what has happened to me. At some point, I realized that my home pole is too short for the pole stuff I...

    • Posted August 25, 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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  • 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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  • When Phones Get Banned in Pole Classes

    I’m an addict. I admit it. My phone goes everywhere with me. There is nothing more fun to me than to video a newly conquered move in pole class, and then post the video to Facebook or...

    • 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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  • Cleaning Up Your Pole Choreography

    In dance, sometimes the details can make it or break it. If you’re not completely satisfied with your choreography, but not sure what and how to modify it, it’s likely that there are just a few touch-ups...

    • Posted March 27, 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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  • How It Feels to Be a Pole Newbie

    What do you remember about your first pole class? It’s usually hard to forget your first spin around the pole. Most of us have gone through the awkward anticipation of our first brush with the pole. Perhaps...

    • Posted January 24, 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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  • 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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  • Similarities and Differences in Pole Communities Worldwide

    No matter where they live in the world, pole dancers have many things in common. We wear our bruises as badges of honor, we stare at ceilings and street poles wherever we go, we stretch in our...

    • Posted October 18, 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 Tea Srsen

    The Everyday Poler series is dedicated to telling stories of everyday polers all around the world who have a passion for pole. Tea Sršen is a pole dancer from Croatia. She’s been serious about pole for only...

    • Posted June 21, 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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  • Kate E. Gaga performing at NWAAC 2015. Photo by Alloy Images.
    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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  • 5 Sacrifices Polers Make

    Polers are impressed by effortless transitions, Russian Splits parallel to the floor and deadlifts, but sometimes we forget how many hours of work are behind those moves. It is hard to imagine that some of the most flexible polers...

    • Posted March 9, 2016
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  • Ten Things Pole Makes Me Grateful For

    1) Strength At the age of 25 bodies start aging.  They start getting weaker and they become more prone to injuries and health problems. I am in my late twenties and a lot of my peers sit...

    • Posted November 25, 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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  • 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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  • 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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    Eat Your Heart Out: Balanced Nutrition for Pole Dancers

    So…how are those New Year’s Resolutions working for you? Working out more? Great! Got your Janeiro? Awesome! How about that diet? Yeah. Thought so. I have always found sticking to a diet to be do-able for about...

    • Posted February 8, 2015
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  • Pole Role Models: From Injury to Recovery

    13 years ago a truck hit me while I was driving my motorcycle home from work. My right leg was shattered between my ankle and my knee. At first doctors were going to amputate; but they tried...

    • Posted November 14, 2014
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  • Pole Unbound 2014 Crew, photo by Rebecca Hellemans
    Pole Unbound: A New Take on Pole Retreats

    It started with this thought from Aerial Amy: This was the beginning of POLE UNBOUND. Developed and organized by Aerial Amy, the inaugural Pole Unbound Retreat was held October 10th – 12th, 2014, at Rising Goddess Fitness...

    • Posted November 5, 2014
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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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  • Northern California Pole Presentational

    On Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, the inaugural Northern California Pole Presentational was held in San Jose, CA. Featuring close to 70 dancers from the west coast, the event offered three levels of showcase performances, with optional feedback...

    • Posted October 20, 2014
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  • Iris Sparrow - photo by Alloy Images
    Freestyle Movement Part 3: Freedance

    For our third installment in our Freestyle Exploration series, we branched out and talked to polers who have been influenced by Tracee Kafer’s work. We wanted to share a little more about how the Freestyle Movement has...

    • Posted October 1, 2014
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  • Tracee Kafer - photo by Victoria Janashvili
    Freestyle Movement, Part 2: Finding Your Freestyle

    In our first installment of BK’s Freestyle Experience series, we spoke with Freestyle Maven Tracee Kafer about the creation of Pole Speak and the drive behind the freestyle movement. Here, we follow up with her about her...

    • Posted September 17, 2014
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  • Lust: portrayed by Vee Niz. Photo by Roselle Photography 2014.
    Review: SEVEN by Kelly Yvonne

    On Saturday, August 16th, the summer session of SEVEN wrapped up its run at Supperclub in Los Angeles, and Bad Kitty was on hand for the show! Seven is the newest venture from Kelly Yvonne, the mind...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Pole Speak - photo by Kyle McBeth of SumSeen
    Freestyle Movement, Part 1: Pole Speak

    In the pole community we’re accustomed to separating into different groups that celebrate the fitness side of pole or celebrate the sexy side of pole. But recently, a new group has been gaining attention: Freestyle Movement. We...

    • Posted September 6, 2014
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  • Are We Bitches?

    Quick, answer this question: Which studio is your home? You probably had one clear answer. And, if you had to explain why that studio was the one you considered HOME, I bet at least some of the...

    • Posted July 19, 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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  • 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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  • OMG! The Pole Convention! What a blast!

    If you were not in DC this weekend then you completely missed out on the best Pole Event of the year. From the Tacky Pole Stroll and Bud Light Bottle, to the Street Poling and the Amazing...

    • Posted May 26, 2010
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