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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 Dancing Scientists Break Down Stereotypes Part II

    About a month ago I interviewed Laura Shankman, a research scientist at the University of Virginia , on why pole and aerial are important to her. She shared a lot about how pole gave her a space to be...

    • Posted July 20, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • PSO’s Amy Guion: Transgender Polers in Competition

    With the start of Pole Sport Organization’s competition season underway, we thought it was a great time to talk to them about their updated policies regarding transgender athletes. PSO has decided to lead by example and help...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • The Pros and Cons of Online Pole Communities

    In recent years, the online pole community has exploded with new forums, social groups, and instructional sites flooding into the marketplace. For polers who do not have a large in-person community, the growth of the online pole...

    • Posted February 3, 2016
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    What To Do If You Lose Your Pole Community

    Pole can be a powerful tool for bringing people together, no matter their backgrounds. The smaller communities that grow within our larger, worldwide community, can be incredible sources of support, joy, fun, and education. But what do...

    • Posted December 19, 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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    Pole’s Itchy Little Secret: Chrome Allergies

    As polers, we’re pretty used to a lot of body trauma: pole burns, righteous bruises, and general aches, pains, and whatnot. But, there is one itchy little subset of injuries that doesn’t get a lot of attention:...

    • Posted July 14, 2015
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  • Bad Kitty DIY: Slash It Up

    Pole dancers tend to be somewhat fashion conscious overall, with styles that cover the board. But, something many of us seem to love are destroyed t shirts. From slashing your favorite tank up the back, to knotting...

    • Posted June 12, 2015
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  • The Rise of Pole Comedy

    Pole is a lot of things: sexy, fluid, smooth, strong, athletic, entertaining, fun…but funny? You bet. A new class of pole dancers has emerged: the comedians. Beginning in 2011 with Carlie Hunter’s landmark Granny routine and Annemarie...

    • Posted December 2, 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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    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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    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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  • A Slut by Any Other Name

    A recent blog post on Bad Kitty explored the dilemma faced by many in the community as to when to “come out” about one’s pole dancing. The fear of the many (false) assumptions that follow this revolution,...

    • Posted July 23, 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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  • Pole Theory, Volume Three: Going Beneath the Surface

    Image Credit: “Iceberg: Photoshop Power” by Pere on Flickr Creative Commons; text added by Lux ATL Today I’d like to talk about producing meaningful, memorable, and unique pole art by delving beneath the surface to develop a...

    • Posted July 5, 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 Beauty of Empowerment Through Pole

    How many times have you heard someone say, “Pole changed my life”? Probably quite a few. You may have even said it yourself! Pole is an incredible force for change, capable of transforming men and women into...

    • Posted June 3, 2014
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  • The Challenge of an Empowered Woman

    What is power? If you Google the phrase, you’ll receive the following results: When the average person thinks of power, they likely think of it in terms of concepts that are traditionally masculine in nature. Even in...

    • Posted April 3, 2014
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  • Here’s what you missed at Miss Pole Dance South East Asia 2012!

    What a weekend it’s been! I got to meet my pole Idols Bobbi, Cleo, and Chilli, do workshops, interviews, and watch one of my instructors win the title of Miss Pole Dance South-East Asia! On Saturday night, Avalon...

    • Posted May 10, 2012
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  • The Bobbi Interview Part 1: All About The Pole!

    This was practically a bucket-list item for me: Interviewing The Bobbi, of Bobbi’s Pole Studio! But I’d never met her before… would she be willing to talk to me? Would she she be unimpressed with my silly questions?...

    • Posted May 8, 2012
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