Category Archives: My work

Getting the most out of a workshop or private lesson

Some things I’ve learned by taking workshops and/or privates with some of the pole greats: Don’t overextend yourself. It’s tempting to sign up for every. single. session. — but do yourself and your instructor a favor and sign up for … Continue reading

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Trickin’ out the teddy

Moves fade into and out of vogue–one that has seemed to get a lot of requests of late is the teddy, aka teddy bear, aka bicep hold, aka armpit hold. Most dancers will agree that until you “get” it, this … Continue reading

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Work from the floor to solidify inverted moves

When you’re doing a lot of inverted work, you discover pretty quickly that 1) it gets tiring and 2) when your entire blood supply has been in your head for an extended period of time, you get lightheaded. Here’s my … Continue reading

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Trouble with the inverted V, aka chopper/helicopter

The inverted V is the hobgoblin of many a poler. I struggled with it for a long time before I built the strength to go into it with control and hold myself there. First and foremost, bear in mind that … Continue reading

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Be safe, even if it means going slower than you want

Every pole dancer falls at some point. It’s not a question of if, but of when–and how badly/forcefully/quickly–we go down. Sometimes it’s just a fluke. We do a move we’ve done dozens of times, and something doesn’t catch quite right, … Continue reading

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Oh wow. October??!?!?

So sorry to any of you who read this blog. My last post was in October. Shameful! To make up (or to try, at least) for my slackishness, let’s talk about new music. Here are some fun additions to my … Continue reading

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When it’s OK to be a control freak

The name of the game when it comes to pole moves is control… especially when you begin doing more advanced pole sit work, and ESPECIALLY when you begin doing inverted work. Be conscious of your muscle engagement: you’re doing things … Continue reading

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