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  • Good Sportsmanship in Pole, aka How to Not Be a Jerk

    With the rise (dare I say, the explosion) of pole competitions in recent years, there’s a lot of new opportunities for polers to get on stage and learn the ins and outs of competing. I’ve written before...

    • Posted May 15, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tips and Tricks for Holiday Eating

    With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the time of year when many people find themselves challenged by a number of things, from family to finances, and beyond. Staying healthy and eating well during the...

    • Posted November 15, 2017
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  • Pole Travels: Berlin

    Last summer I went to Berlin – and of course, I had to meet some local polers and check out local pole dance studios. The capital of Germany is a hip, alternative, cosmopolitan city with a very...

    • Posted November 8, 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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  • 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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    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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  • 3 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Pole Practice

    Whether you’re a home poler or you frequent a local studio, chances are you’ve encountered obstacles along your pole journey that keep you from progressing as quickly as you hope. Some of these might be completely out...

    • Posted July 12, 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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  • 10+ Games To Play In Your Pole Class

    One of the biggest challenges as a pole instructor can be continually finding fun and creative methods for teaching skills or reviewing material. One way to change up your normal teaching routine is to incorporate games and...

    • Posted June 19, 2017
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  • Reboot Your Pole Body With A Diet Experiment

    Are you in a food rut? Do you dread making your grocery list because nothing sounds good? Are you eating mindlessly all the time, with no end in sight? Not feeling fantastic in your pole body but...

    • Posted May 29, 2017
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  • How to Be a Good Pole Mom

    Just so we are on the same page: What is a pole mom? A pole mom can often be your very first pole instructor, but that isn’t a hard and fast rule. He or she can be...

    • Posted May 15, 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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    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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • The Competitor’s Golden Hour

    Competition is a strange thing, particularly for adults. As a kid in the United States, there seem to be few options in sports, dance, art, or even spelling that don’t, in some way, culminate in a competition....

    • Posted November 11, 2016
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  • What Is Your Pole Play Personality?

    Play is as necessary to our health and wellbeing as sleep, sex, food and water. When we don’t get enough play we accumulate a deficit similar to sleep deprivation. In both cases, research shows that extra sleep...

    • Posted November 3, 2016
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  • What To Do When Your Pole Students Are Better Than You

    When you transition from pole student to pole instructor, your pole experience changes. You’re suddenly spending evenings and weekends writing class plans. When you hear music you like, you start thinking about how it might fit into...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • Honor Your Age: The Everyday Poler Over 40

    When Bad Kitty® asked me to write an article on poling at an older age I was slightly verklempt. I wondered – at 48 am I that old and how much of an effect on pole dancing,...

    • Posted October 17, 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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  • Writing for Pole Dancers

    No matter what your pole pleasure, writing helps you get more of what you want out of your pole practice and play. If you teach, writing deepens your learning and enriches student experiences. If you choreograph, perform or...

    • Posted September 17, 2016
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  • Back to School: Building Your Fall Pole Syllabus

    It’s time to go back to school! No books or quizzes required for your first day. Instead, pack up your favorite pole heels, find your favorite notepad, and get ready to craft your pole syllabus for the...

    • Posted September 14, 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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    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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  • Lux ATL’s Stripcraft Weaves Its Magic

    By now, you have most likely heard of Lux ATL. She is an activist, a pole dancer, and a feminist who is taking her years of stripping, combining it with her PhD in women’s studies, and creating...

    • Posted July 2, 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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  • 3 Pole Safety Precautions You’re Not Taking

    Most of us polers know the rules of the road when it comes to safety, and we pay them good lip service. But most of us slack pretty hard in the training safety arena. Here are some...

    • Posted June 24, 2016
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