All posts tagged "pole dancing"
Pole Dance Levels Around the World
As of right now there is no “official” guide or method to teaching pole dancing that is universally accepted around the world. Unlike in ballet or gymnastics, there’s nothing written that you HAVE to follow regarding what...
- Posted April 25, 2017
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
Reconnecting Your Dance with Nature
Spring has sprung! It’s is in the air! Here in California, our famous orange poppies are in bloom. In Japan, the Cherry Blossoms are enjoying their own festival. Passover, Ramadan, Easter, and Ramanavami are close upon us. May...
- Posted April 19, 2017
Expand Your Flexibility Training: Tools (Part 2)
In continuing our discussion on increasing flexibility for your students or even for yourself as a teacher, Part 2 of the flexibility series(read Part 1 here) focuses on what tools may help your practice and how to...
- Posted April 17, 2017
15 Things To Bring to Your First Pole Class
At Bad Kitty® we frequently get asked the following question by pole newbies: “What should I bring to my first pole class?” In an attempt to get a complete list we crowd sourced our team of writers...
- Posted April 13, 2017
Can Pole Be Taught Like Ballet?
If you have taken pole dance lessons with different teachers, then you might have noticed similarities and differences in their teaching methods. This, of course, has to do with the instructor’s style, but it also has to...
- Posted April 10, 2017
Expand Your Flexibility Training (Part 1)
Teaching flexibility to adults is challenging. They tend to come with chronic injuries, wacky schedules that prohibit consistent training and a fear of pain they’ve had decades to cultivate. So how do you help adults reach their...
- Posted April 5, 2017
Pole Dancing in Hong Kong
Moving from a western society to an eastern culture can be quite shocking, even if that means moving back to your home town. As the airplane took off for my journey back home to Hong Kong, I...
- Posted April 3, 2017
Discover Your Inner Divine Feminine
Though I grew up Catholic, experiencing three heartbreaking miscarriages, the shocking death of my forty-four-year-old mentor and reading Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd in my thirties killed my Catholicism while simultaneously awakening a...
- Posted March 29, 2017
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
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
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
How To Take Proper Care of Your X-pole
We’re pretty sure you already own an X-pole, but if you don’t you might be thinking about getting one soon. Having your own pole at home can be a great tool for many pole dancers. Not only...
- Posted March 20, 2017
PinUp Pole Show Takes Us Back to the Good Ol’ Days
I might be biased, but to me pole shows are one of the most entertaining ways to spend your night. There’s so much excitement, athleticism, glittery costumes, hot bodies…. I mean what more could you ask for? Living...
- Posted March 14, 2017
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
Loving Yourself And Your Pole Journey
If I’m going to be completely honest I can’t remember the last time I was in a pole class – and I’m not completely sure why I stopped going. The crazy thing is while I don’t go...
- Posted March 6, 2017
How Deep Does Your Pole Love Go?
If you really like pole dancing then you’ve probably signed up for regular classes, have your own pole at home, and follow all of the pros on Instagram to see what they’re up to. You don’t miss...
- Posted March 4, 2017
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
Resolution Revival: Refocus On Your New Year’s Resolutions
Remember, many, many moons ago, when it was January and you were all hopped up on New Year’s excitement and enthusiasm, thinking of all the ways this year might be different, ready to tackle some fresh goals...
- Posted February 27, 2017
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
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
Treat Yourself! Upgraded Indulgences For Your Pole Body
In the month of love and hearts and flowers, it’s easy to find yourself up to your elbows in cheap department store holiday-themed candy. And while I’m certainly not here to tell you that you can’t enjoy...
- Posted February 19, 2017
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
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
Dance With the Full Moon to Journey Home to Your Wild Soul
The full moon is magnetic. She captivates us, lighting the dark, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west and setting in the morning as the sun rises. At midnight she’s at her peak...
- Posted February 11, 2017
The Glitter Theory: Renewable Energy Of Pole Dancers
The spoon theory is a metaphor created by Christine Miserandino to provide an intangible unit of measurement tracking how much energy a person who is chronically ill or otherwise abled (physically, mentally, emotionally) accesses in a day....
- Posted February 8, 2017
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
How To Pick Your Ideal Pole Partner
Pole dancing as an individual is a task that requires effort, passion, time and hard work – if you want to make it big of course. So, can you imagine what it takes if it’s not only...
- Posted January 30, 2017
New Moon, New You and Wishes Too
The moon’s most profound magic is her rhythm. As la Luna waxes from new to crescent to quarter to gibbous to full and then wanes back to gibbous to quarter to crescent to dark and new again,...
- Posted January 27, 2017
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
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
Bad Kitty ® Business Bite: Start Your Own Pole Business
So you want to start your own business in the pole world? Maybe you want to open your own studio, maybe you want to create a new grip, maybe you even want to organize an event (if...
- Posted January 16, 2017
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
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
Men and Floorwork
I posted the following question on Facebook, “When someone says, ‘Floorwork’ who comes to mind, and what are they wearing?” I asked the question because I wanted to see if a male name would pop up. Within...
- Posted January 6, 2017
What Are Your Craziest Pole Dance Dreams?
Have you ever woken up from a dream only to realize that the extreme flexibility you thought you had is not real? It was only a dream! Disappointing, I know. Your dreams can be a place where...
- Posted January 4, 2017
Sacred Female Sexuality
This time last year I wrote about “Giving the Gift of Your Sexy” – a “how to” on sharing a sexy dance with your partner. This holiday season, I want to explore a personal, sensual, element of...
- Posted December 28, 2016
Pole Personalities in the Classroom
If you’re a pole dance teacher then you know that you regularly encounter different kinds of people. And I don’t mean body types. I’m talking about personalities. Not everyone in your class is super outgoing and sure...
- Posted December 23, 2016
Quiz: What Kind Of Pole Dancing Shoe Are You?
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year! I love searching for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Christmas, to me, is all about giving. I don’t need a lot of gifts. Unless...
- Posted December 18, 2016
Simple & Sane Habits for Healthier Holidays
When the holiday season gets underway, it’s easy to get caught up in one of two mindsets: Mindset #1: The It’s-The-Holidays-I’ll-Do/Eat-What-I-Want Mindset Mindset #2: The It’s-The-Holidays-So-I-Have-To-Buckle-Down-To-Avoid-Disaster Mindset While both of these directions can be tempting, I think...
- Posted December 15, 2016
Pole Play is Sacred
As I settled onto my purple mat I felt sore and tight in my hips, hamstrings, quads and lower legs from knees to feet. And I felt frustrated about how long my legs had been bothering me...
- Posted December 14, 2016
How Do You Define Fitness?
In mass media, the word “fit model” has a prescribed look. He or she is tall, white, tanned, thin, and “sculpted.” Inevitably, these models for fitness all start to look the same: sweaty bodies, images cropped just...
- Posted December 9, 2016
Your Pole Tribe
Hi BK readers, haven’t seen you in awhile! I had to take a few months off because I had two back-to-back activities consuming all my time. These activities were completely unrelated on the surface, but strangely enough...
- Posted December 5, 2016
Preventing Pole Injuries Through Communication
Before I purchased my motorcycle I took a safety class. The very first lesson the instructor taught us was this: At some point in our riding lives we were likely to “lay the bike down.” This term...
- Posted December 2, 2016
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
Play is the Secret Bond Among Couples and Pole Communities
“Couples that play together stay together,” is what I say when friends ask about the secret to my lengthy (twenty-six-year) joyful marriage. My husband and I met in college playing intramural softball in the Spring and fell...
- Posted November 29, 2016
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
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
Should I Get a Pole at Home?
Every pole dancer has thought to themselves at least once in his or her pole dancing life about getting their own pole. I know I wanted mine about six months after I started poling. I ordered it...
- Posted November 21, 2016
Breaking Up With Your Pole Family
Breakups are distressing and painful, even when you aren’t the one who has been left. If you have been frequenting a pole studio for a long time, and one day you just don’t see yourself going there...
- Posted November 15, 2016