Vixen of the Month November - Vanessa V



What do you do when you’re not pole dancing (work/school/hobbies?)?


When I’m not pole dancing, working, or taking pictures of my lovely pets ️ I’m somewhere in downtown having coffee, food or wine with my boyfriend or my friends

How did you first discover pole dancing?

My friends and I are always looking for activities to do together and we found the brass vixens promo on Groupon and we thought it had to be fun

Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

I took all kind of dancing classes when I was little and I also spent every birthday party, every holiday, and almost every weekend dancing with friends and family. 
Family reunions were all about music, 
we all used to dance together we practiced our choreographies and performed for our grandparents.

Our Latin culture is all about music, different rhythms and styles and it always makes me smile from my heart and my soul and honestly Latinas can dance pretty much everything  

What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

It was very exciting because I had no idea what we were actually going to do,
my idea of pole dancing was more like a walk around the pole pretending to be a stripper for a day but without the tips 
I thought it would be like a bachelorette party every day for a whole month, 
I didn’t know it was such a good workout :) 

How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?

It was love at first sight! I canceled my gym membership the very next day after my first pole beginner class because this was exactly what i needed the kind of workout that I can enjoy no gym no weight lifting, no running! 

What were your first impressions?

That there was no way I could ever do it right, in a perfect way or the perfect time, 
or being as sexy and feminine as these incredible ladies because students or instructors they all looked like professional dancers. However, it amazed me how beautiful was to be in a room full of women embracing their femininity, being all so different, our cultures, our body shapes, our styles but, at the same time we were all connected to the music to the dance and in my heart, it felt like the right place for me. 


What keeps you committed to pole dancing?

Pole dancing is a challenge every day in every single way, it’s therapeutic, it makes my body stronger, my mind healthier, and my soul brighter and happier.
I always enjoy yoga, Zumba and other classes but i noticed that in less than a month pole dancing there were so many positive changes in my body that made me even more excited! besides that it’s a place where I find beautiful people that I adore and enjoy sharing our achievements, our poles, or bottle of-dry hands to keep us trying and challenging ourselves. 

What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Being myself makes me succeed every time, enjoy my own style and connect to my roots makes me dance with passion always trying to find the way it feels good my body.

What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?

My first troupe  It was an amazing group and even though we were all nervous we smile at each other the whole time and we nailed it! 


Do you have any pole goals you’re working towards?

Spin pole! I just started taking spin pole classes and I’m crazy about it!  


How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?

Brass Vixens it’s a beautiful community and I feel very proud and grateful to be a member.
Since I started taking classes I feel like I’m looking at myself with different eyes, it’s a new mirror and I love what I see, I love every piece of me, no need to compete or compare, there is no judgement just love, I feel unique, beautiful, and stronger than ever. 

What has surprised you the most?

I’m surprised every class with what my body can do, every little step forward is huge to me and all the girls know that because I usually jump, clap, and scream when I learn something new!
 
What are you favourite classes and why?

Erotic pole and twerkout are my two favourites!! ️️️
It’s exciting to learn a new choreography every month and practice what I learn in other classes and of course being sassy while I’m dancing!
I also enjoy chair classes, I honestly feel more comfortable with pole than dancing on a chair, but it’s a great exercise and I do have a lot of fun. 

What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

BV has the best instructors, I’m very grateful with all of them, they are all amazing dancers and teachers, they are patient, friendly and kind. I love them all ️️️️ 
It’s the best way to exercise, I enjoy it, I have fun, keeps me strong and sexy! 

Heels or no heels?!

Heels!!!️️️

Lyra


I will never forget the first time I tried Lyra. I knew it was a beautiful art, I thought I would be strong enough to at least attempt it and definitely was excited. When I actually felt the hoop for the first time, inverted, climbed up and did my first moves, I felt such exhilaration. I was doing this for myself. I had spent over 26 years teaching fitness, dance, pole and other forms of dance to others and decided to take this just for me.

The thing was, the more I fell in love with this art, the more I wanted to share it with my students, friends and anyone who I thought would love it just as much as I did. I became certified and brought the apparatus to the studio.

Those who attended classes fell in love with Lyra just like I did. The magical thing about trying something new, something that is a bit scary, a lot hard and hurts a bit, is that it challenges you in ways you never imagined. It challenges you to overcome fears, growing confidence. It challenges you to train harder, becoming physically stronger. It challenges your ability to deal with discomfort, developing resilience and character.

I have to say that I will never regret sharing my secret passion with everyone. It has brought me so much joy and satisfaction to see my students achieve things they thought not possible, or that they thought they were not strong enough or brave enough to do. I have been honored to be on the journey with some of them grow in skill to the point that they have competed and performed at various events. I feel very humbled to be a part of someone life like this.

I know for anyone considering trying Lyra and who is scared that they are not strong enough, that it will hurt, that they are not flexible enough; you are enough. All of these “problems” have solutions and the amazing thing is that you can literally watch yourself become ‘stronger’, ‘braver’ and more confident with each class.

When people ask me what my favorite thing about Lyra is, I say, it is an apparatus that challenges my strength and fears while allowing me to be creative, dance and just feel amazing.

I asked a few of the students at Brass Vixens to share what they love most about Lyra. Here is what some of them said.

"The first time I found out what Lyra was, I had come across this Youtube video of a man and a woman performing a duet in a hoop. There was so much emotion, grace, and incredible strength in that piece, it made me teary eyed, and I decided then, that's what I wanted to do. I lived in the small town of Ajax where I used be a dancer, but when you get older, there doesn't seem to be any decent classes for adults. I think I was going through some sort of withdrawal, and in my mind the only way to start dancing again was to move to Toronto. Sounds crazy, but I moved to Toronto so that I can start dancing again, and the first thing I did was sign up with Brass Vixens and enrolled into their Lyra program. … The hoop makes me feel beautiful, I love that people are intrigued by the art, but the challenge of Lyra and the ideas that I have is definitely what keeps me hooked." – Megan K

"Lyra makes me feel Strong, Sexy, and Cool.

Strong: Because it is a full body workout. You need to engage your full body to flow into and more importantly out of moves. It also requires flexibility, so this important element to being a physically fit person cannot be ignored.

Sexy: Duh. Look at all the pretty shapes! And if you perform, or compete, you can add you personality to it. By developing a story, character and costume! So much fun.

Cool. Bitch please, all of your non Lyra friends are going to be so impressed, though your own satisfaction is of course enough. But just think of that new profile picture. Me: At the circus!
Oh yeah, and it is fun! Each week you develop strength that will help you with whatever else you are doing! Promise! And you will get support from your fellow Vixens. I cannot express just how rewarding it is to do something, even a double knee hang that feels impossible. It spills over, the confidence it builds, into other aspects of your life." – Candy

“Why do I love Lyra? I ask myself that question everyday so here it goes… I could never ever find something I am good at since I was a child... I played tennis did gymnastics and still no matter what I did I could never achieve it properly. I started with pole and found that it was not for me, so one day I went to into to Lyra class and it was love at first climb. I loved the graceful way of going into and out of poses, I love how certain shapes are so beautiful on the hoop and how strong it makes me every single time... It takes hard work but once you get passed that hard part the combination of poses and learning new tricks is so awesome and so pretty. Showing off the hard work and when it all comes together is the best part as well as self-empowerment of achieving something you have worked hard for. I will be 40 in a few months and because of Lyra I am in the best shape of my life... I can see my muscles I feel good I can hold my core and so much more... I find the hoop challenging but so rewarding.” – Danijela P

So there you go!  If you have been wanting to try Lyra, JUST DO IT!!! Never make fear an excuse for not trying something even one time.  Remember, YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.  So there you go!  If you have been wanting to try Lyra, JUST DO IT!!! Never make fear an excuse for not trying something even one time.  Remember, YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.  

- Written by Elisabeth Magalhaes (LeeSa).  You can find her teaching Lyra, pole, fitness and other classes at the Mississauga, Queen, Yonge and soon; Vaughn location; hanging upside down on a pole or Lyra.





Vixen of the Month Stefanie



Vanessa: What do you do besides pole dancing (profession, hobbies, interests etc.)?
Stefanie: In regards to profession, I am an Event Planner. I currently work for the City of Mississauga as the Marketing Coordinator for both Celebration Square and Meadowvale Theatre. My hobbies and interests largely fall around the entertainment industry and dancing. Dancing is a passion of mine that I have grown up with, along with acting. Anywhere from a good movie to a girls night out is my kind of night!



Vanessa: When did you first discover or hear about pole dancing?
Stefanie: I first heard about pole dancing a couple years ago, I can’t exactly remember when, but I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I want to try that.” About a year later, I came across a groupon deal that offered a month of free classes with Brass Vixens, and I took it as a sign to try it out!



Vanessa: Do you have any previous dance or fitness background?
Stefanie: Yes I do! I have been dancing since I was about 6 years old. I used to be a heavily competitive dancer with a dance company known as “The Canadian Dance Company” where I majored in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, and pointe. I stopped dancing after my final year of highschool which was six years ago, and then got back into it with pole dancing last December with Brass Vixens!



Vanessa: What surprised you most about pole dancing?
Stefanie: The thing that surprised me the most about pole dancing was the amount of body strength that you need to accomplish some of the most basic tricks. I didn’t expect my upper body strength to be such a dependant feature I needed to be skilled in Pole Dancing. I’m happy I was surprised though, because that was the details that have challenged me and continue to challenge me through Pole Dancing.



Vanessa: What keeps you continuing to pole dance and attend classes at Brass Vixens?
Stefanie: I really enjoy pole dancing because it is an ongoing challenge for me and it never gets boring. I love the beauty of this discipline because there is no other that can make you feel sexy and fit at the same time. They say that beauty is pain, and pole dancing is true to it. The atmosphere of Brass Vixens is very welcoming, fun and friendly. I love how everyone who attends the classes and works out there is very supportive of their peers and open to sharing their challenges with peers.



Vanessa: Do you have any pole/aerial goals?
Stefanie: I do actually! My goal isn’t very specific, but I wanted to be able to get up to the InterPole level by the end of my first year and comfortably be able to pull off majority of the skills and inversions in this class. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will accomplish exactly that by the end of this December, but I did accomplish making it up to InterPole and training at that level. My main goal is to be able to see significant improvements in my upper body strength and to gain the skillset I need to comfortably be able to do all the skills taught in InterPole. I hope this will be accomplished by this upcoming summer of 2017



Vanessa: Do you have a favourite class and why?
Stefanie: As odd as it is to say, I don’t have a favourite class. I really enjoy all the classes the Brass Vixens has to offer, and currently I average anywhere from 4-6 classes a week. A class I really have learned to enjoy and appreciate however, which I never thought I would, is the flexy classes. I used to hate stretching as a child, but now it seems to be the most refreshing class that always gives me the same end result from the class: relaxation.



Vanessa: How has attending classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?
Stefanie: I think when you dance at Brass Vixens there is a couple things that begin to give you a reality check in life. One of them is your self-esteem. You grow a sense of self confidence that makes you feel very capable of a lot – you stop looking for reassurance from others to tell you of your selfworth, and begin to feel it yourself. The second thing I have learned a lot from being a part of Brass Vixens is the judgement the world provides against the idea of Pole Dancing as a recreational activity. Any time people hear pole dancing, they automatically think a strip club and almost judge you in a sense by that. It’s a shame because I know many beautiful, capable women who attend these classes with me who don’t associate to this “looked down upon” lifestyle that the average public sees pole dancing as. Being a pole dancer myself, I feel I face these stereotypes and sense of discrimination from the public all the time, but because of my self-confidence, I am proud to say I pole dance and change one closed-minded view at a time



Vanessa: How do your friends and family feel about your pole dance passion?
Stefanie: My friends are very supportive of this idea and love that I really own up to this passion. They find pole dancing to be a very skilled and admirable achievement that in senses they want to try out, although I know deep down they are too shy to actually doing. But, little do they know they probably all will next year for my birthday because I definitely will be pulling out a private party class for that or a bachelorette haha! My family I think it’s a little more mixed emotions. My mom knows my passion for dance, although I think the stereotypical idea of pole dancing makes her reluctant to be proud to say it out loud. I know she supports anything I want to do so she still gauges interest in the topic, she just would never be one to suggest the idea to me. My father on the other hand, I have never asked his views, and to be honest, I’m okay with not knowing! Haha.



Vanessa: Heels or no heels?
Stefanie: Heels. Always heels. - Give a woman a good pair of shoes and she can conquer anything.



Vanessa: How would you feel about having a dance move named after you?
Stefanie: I would love it! I would just have to figure out what move exactly I would want to be known for. I think that would be the tricky party of the question, but I would be proud to have a move named after me because there would be a piece of me I left with something I am very passionate about.



VVanessa: What are your top 3 reasons to recommend pole dancing and Brass Vixens?
Stefanie: 1. It is a great workout. Better than going to the gym, and better than street dancing. If you can obtain the skillset of a pole dancer, everything else will truly become so much easier.
2. It is great for building a person’s self-esteem. It’s important that everyone is comfortable in their own skin and doesn’t care what other people say. When you make yourself as vulnerable as you do in a pole dancing classroom, it helps build a great base for a strong self-esteem for the outer world.
3. Who doesn’t secretly wish they could be a pro pole dancer? Not only is it sexy, but every time you see a good show like Cirque De Soleil, you think “Damn, I wish I could do that,” but the difference is when you train at Brass Vixens, one day you will.


Vixen of the month - September 2017



What do you do when you're not pole dancing?
Mostly eating lots of cake, watching YouTube or Netflix with my dog.


How did you first discover pole dancing?
I don't think it ever occurred to me that pole dancing was a way of fitness until I met a friend of a friend who is a long-time Brass Vixen member.


Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?
I was probably the most potatoey potato I knew back before I started pole. Rolling around in bed was my full time hobby.


What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?
I think I was just very taken and inspired by all the girls I watched online who pole dance. The way they move, the confidence they exude, and the strength they all had. They were all very unlike me, and at that time when I first started pole, I was at a point in my life desperate for change. I saw pole as a very positive avenue that would help give me some of the things I lacked. And it really did do that.


How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
I've been friends with a long-term Brass Vixen member for a while at that point and she's amazing at pole so it was no question that I would give the same studio a try.


What were your first impressions?
I was very surprised! To be honest, I signed up for my first class/month at pole thinking that I'd probably never go back. I never took dance before, and never had or expressed interest in much physical activity before either. But it was SO much fun. I ended up staying for more classes that day. I felt amazing, and happy. I needed more!


What keeps you committed to pole dancing?
How great it makes me feel and the determination to become as graceful and strong as all my pole idols.


What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
An open mind and to not be so hard on yourself.


What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
TROUPE. It was scary as hell - probably one of the scariest things I've ever done! I've never considered myself bold enough to dance, let alone pole dance in front of a crowd of strangers half naked during a time I didn't love my body so much. But it got me way out of my comfort zone, was totally exhilarating, and I am so proud I had the courage to do it.


Do you have any pole goals you're working towards?
Doing troupe again *laughs*. Competing one day, however, would be the ultimate milestone.


How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?
It's encouraged me to say "yes" more to trying new things and overall, I feel more comfortable in my own skin.


What has surprised you the most?
Probably how much I enjoy pole and how much better I want to be at it.


What are your favourite classes and why?
SpinPole for all the beautiful shapes you make while spinning in the air, and FlexyVixens because I need it after all these pole classes!


What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?
For it's positive community, an amazing workout each time, and a really fun way of getting out of your comfort zone.


Heels or no heels!?
Heels!


Vixen of the Month - August 2017

Lady Kori:  What work do you do?

Olive: I work as a radiation therapist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. 

LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?

Olive: I went to New York for a bachelorette party and tried pole dancing for the first time there. 

LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

Olive: I have no dance experience, and have never been into any fitness routine or been sporty at all. I actually hated exercising and would dread doing anything to exert energy.

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

Olive: I wanted to try something that was completely new and different. I was basically a couch potato and thought I was getting really out of shape and unhealthy, but I had no motivation to go to a gym or join any sports. And I thought pole dancing could be fun and unique. 

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?    

Olive: I found a Groupon for Brass Vixens and started going to the Yonge studio. 

LK: What were your first impressions?

Olive: I thought there were a lot of class selections, and variety. And then I met Kori, and felt so welcomed and cared for. 

LK: What keeps you committed to pole dancing?

Olive: Knowing that there are so many elements in pole dancing to improve upon keeps me committed to pole dancing. There's the conditioning, the flexibility, and the self expression that's allowed through dance.  There is always something to work on and get better and that gives me the drive to keep practicing!

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Olive: Safety first.  Having an instructor that is attentive to everyone's strengths and weaknesses. And breaking down all the moves especially in higher level classes where I'm learning things for the first time. And having the specific points of contact demonstrated or modifications for difficult moves.  That gives me the confidence to be able to try things safely.

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?

Olive: Being able to express myself through dancing, and being able to work on choreography that's new and exciting every month.  

LK: Do you have any pole goals?

Olive: the ever elusive Ayesha!

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?

Olive: Pole dancing has almost become secondary to the friends that I've made through being at Brass Vixens. Having surrounded myself with people of similar interest who support me has increased my confidence and happiness. It sounds cheesy but am so glad to have found pole sisters!

LK: What has surprised you the most?

Olive: That I can actually dance! Having no experience in dance and no flexibility, I am surprised that I can learn how to coordinate my body! 

LK: What are you favourite classes and why?

Olive: Choreo/Korio and Afrodisia! These classes are always so challenging and cardio intense. The creativity and flow always has me developing my strength and stamina.

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Olive: My instructors <3, my pole sisters and to keep dancing!

Thank you Olive for being a dedicated Vixen!! 


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May 2017 Vixen of the Month - Alexandra

Lady Kori: What work do you do?
Corporate by day, Vixen by night, I work in digital marketing for local broadcasting (radio and TV). My team and I provide digital and sales support for the local market sales teams across Canada.

LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?

A high school friend organized a pole party when we were home for the winter break in first year University. It wasn’t until 6 years later that I tried it again when I saw the Brass Vixens Groupon deal.

LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

I fenced for a couple of years and I did long-distance track from grade 7-10 and was on the cross country team during high school. I tried getting into dance (ballet and then later jazz) and gymnastics when I was younger but I could only go to class once a week. The other girls in my classes were all very competitive so I felt very discouraged. I was also incredibly shy growing up, so I just didn’t feel confident and unfortunately gave it up.

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

I remember admiring how much strength it took but also how much fun it was so I was eager to give it another go! I’m terrible at motivating myself to go to the gym and wanted to find an activity that would keep me active but that I would also be committed to doing. I had also recently moved to Toronto and didn’t know very many people here, so I wanted to do something where I could meet interesting, like-minded people.

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?

I got the 10 class Groupon special with a couple of work friends and I was hooked after my first class! I got the 30 day Intro Month offer right away and have been a member ever since.

LK: What were your first impressions?

“Wow, are my arms ever sore!” but also, “I can’t wait for my next class!” I also immediately noticed how welcoming, patient and supportive the instructors and students are.

LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?

The community here is so amazing! It really feels like my second home. What I love about pole dancing is how it combines strength and dance in such a unique way. You can express yourself however you want and there’s something in it for everyone.

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t compare your progress to that of others. Pole is a never-ending journey so enjoy the process. Also, have fun! (duh!)

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
I just performed my first solo routine at the last showcase! Not having much of a dance background, I was kind of nervous about putting together a whole routine by myself but I’m so glad I pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone. While I’m always excited to nail a new move or combo, this was definitely my top moment so far. Once I got up there all my self-doubt melted away and I just got to be in the moment doing something that I love!

LK: Do you have any pole goals?

Years of competitive distance running has left me with really tight hammies and hip flexors, so my nemesis is splits! This is the year I get serious about stretching and get my splits, I swear!

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?

I know many polers use words like “empowering” a lot but it’s true! Yes, I’ve gotten more toned but I’ve become more proud of what my body can do, rather than how it looks. Pole dance is for anybody and it encourages you to embrace your sexuality and express it on your own terms. Especially as a woman, to say “I’m proud of my body, and I own my sensuality” can be a radical statement. Taking part in an activity that still has some public stigma you have to be ready to face judgement from people who just don’t get it but through the amazing Brass Vixens and pole dance community I’ve gained confidence to refuse to feel ashamed of doing something I love (that’s not hurting anybody, btw) and expressing myself how I choose. To quote Australian pole star Michelle Shimmy: “Now where was I? Oh, yeah. Giving zero f*cks!”

LK: What has surprised you the most?

How much progress I’ve made in just two short years! When I started I could barely climb and I’d be sore for a week after one class but now I can do moves that I never thought I’d be able to do. I’m still surprised at what my body has been capable of. When I get a new move I’m just like, “Wow, I did that!”

LK: What are you favourite classes and why?

Twerk!! It was one of the first classes I took at Brass Vixens and I immediately fell in love. It’s such a fun dance style that’s so diverse. Plus my booty has never looked better!
Aside from getting to work on new tricks and strengthen old ones in InterPole, I really love intermediate choreo because it’s the perfect combo of strong and sexy. Some weeks are very fast-paced but I love the challenge.

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Fitness, fierceness and fun!

and finally...

LK: Heels or no heels?!
How you dance and move changes so much depending on whether or not you’re wearing shoes. I find the contemporary/lyrical style so beautiful but in the end I’m still a sucker for sky-high heels and a satisfying heel clack! I feel so powerful stomping around in my 8 inch Pleasers!

Thank you Alex for being a Vixen!!

March 2017 - Vixen of the Month


Lady Kori: Hello Sarah! What work do you do?

Sarah: I'm a freelance visual merchandiser, creating and installing retail window displays. I've spent a lot of time on a ladder with a paint brush or drill, so I've never been too afraid of climbing a pole ;)

LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?

Sarah: I saw it on Groupon and knew absolutely nothing about it or anybody that did it. It sounded fun but it also scared me a little... so I had to try it!

LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

Sarah: I quit ALL the sports my mom made me sign up for as a kid, but I do have 8 years of ballet under my belt!

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

Sarah: I wanted a fun way to keep fit after I lost a little bit of weight for my wedding a few months before. It quickly became so much more than that. It definitely keeps me in shape but I don't think about my weight anymore, just about what tricks I'm trying to learn!

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?

Sarah: Groupon! I couldn't convince any of my friends to do it too... so I finally went alone to my first class feeling pretty nervous. The teacher was so positive and fun and totally inspiring. I was hooked! My first class was on Valentine's day and it's the best thing I've done for myself... love yourself!

LK: What were your first impressions?

Sarah: I was totally convinced I would never be able to do a basic fireman spin. Also, I WANT THE SHOES.

LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?

Sarah: The Vixen community! Everyone is so inspiring and encouraging. When I ask my friends to come to the showcases I tell them "it's basically a bunch of awesome people cheering on a bunch of other awesome people doing really awesome things". It's also very therapeutic. I can't even imagine a life without BV classes... for real though.

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Sarah: Listen to your body and be nice to it! While I hate taking a few days off pole I sometimes come back feeling stronger. Also, have a sense of humor. Trying to get new moves or tricks for the first time is usually not pretty, laugh at yourself.

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?

Sarah: Having the showcases and the chance to perform in front of people is awesome, with a troupe or a solo, you learn so much about yourself.

LK: Do you have any pole goals?

Sarah: To shoulder mount like a weightless ninja and to also deadlift into a handstand. And to be more comfortable on spin pole. and to learn more Lyra. It never ends!

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?

Sarah: It's given me so much more confidence in myself and my body, and loads of patience, for myself and for others. I can also do way more sit-ups and push-ups than my husband but I usually try not to rub that in his face.

LK: What has surprised you the most?

Sarah: When a teacher demonstrates a new trick or move and my brain is like "no way, never" and then I try it and it's not so bad. Believe in yourself first, then work hard!

LK: What are you favourite classes and why?

Sarah: Floorplay! It feels great to step away from the pole and have nothing but movement. I also love Pole Choreo because it's the perfect blend of strength and sexy.

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Sarah:
1. It's a fun way to stay fit and brag to your friends that you're the strongest (unless those friends are also Vixens!)
2. the Vixen community!!!!
3. an excuse to buy new 8" shoes.

LK: Heels or no heels?!

Sarah: HEELS! A room of strong sexy dancers heel-clacking in unison is the best sound!

Thank you Sarah!

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February Vixen - Carly Chow

Lady Kori: What work do you do? Carly: I'm about to start a new job doing social media for a tech start-up in a couple weeks. Previously I worked in the book publishing industry for seven years. LK: How did you first discover pole dancing? Carly: A few friends and I bought a Groupon for another pole studio. None of us had any experience but we all had a hilariously awkward and good time trying it for the first time! LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience? Carly: I've dabbled in a number of dance styles and sports over the years, such as Chinese cultural dancing, contemporary, samba, ballet, hip hop, muay thai, gymnastics, yoga, aerial silks, dodgeball, skiing, surfing, and recently I've gotten into lyra, acroyoga and contortion. Read More

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January Vixen - Sarah Nason

Lady Kori:  What work do you do?

Sarah:  I’m a software engineer, specializing in iOS and Mac development.  I’ve built a lot of weird stuff but I currently work on a vector drawing program.  Helping artists do their thing makes me happy.

LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?

Sarah:  I was working near Queen and Niagara streets and I saw the Brass Vixens sign on my way to and from the office every day.  My best buddy and I decided that the best way to start 2015 would be with one-month trial memberships at the studio.  We were right!

LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

Sarah:  Well, I was the only girl on my Little League team when I was 8 and that obviously makes me a star athlete!  Beyond that though, my only fitness experience has been 12 years of dancing at goth and industrial clubs.  As it turns out, that is not particularly effective preparation for pole!

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

Sarah:  I really, really like being upside-down, and pole dancing offered many new ways to achieve that goal!

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?

Sarah:  At first, I chose Brass Vixens because the Queen West studio was right next to my office.  I stuck around because everyone is so amazing.     

LK: What were your first impressions?

Sarah:  It was love at first sight!  Being a professional geek, I’m pretty much always surrounded by  guys, so it’s amazing to take classes in an environment filled with so many amazing ladies (and some lovely men).  Pole also turned out to be much more difficult than I’d expected, which made me want to stick around and prove that I could do it.

LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?

Sarah:  I’m more fit than ever before, and I want to see how far I can progress.  There are so many aspects of pole dancing to work on: strength, flexibility, fluidity of movement, etc.  There’s no way I’ll ever master everything and there will always be something new to try.

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Sarah:  I think it’s important to make students feel both safe and encouraged to push themselves.  Every instructor I’ve had at Brass Vixens has done that very well — the environment is incredibly motivating but I’ve never felt like I was going to get hurt when trying something new.

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?

Sarah:  I was incredibly excited to discover that I could hold a shoulder mount straddle; that felt pretty super!  (My trap muscles don’t agree with that sentiment.) Also, I recently visited an obstacle course that had poles and I blew my coworker’s mind by going into a helicopter, a move I couldn’t reliably do for the first year I was in Inversions.  It was so satisfying!

LK: Do you have any pole goals?

Sarah:  So many! My 2017 goals include getting my handspring and nice, flat splits, and taking more choreo classes so that I’m not just muscling my way from one trick to the next.

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?

Sarah:  Physically, the functional strength that comes from pole dancing has made life much easier.  I just moved and it was nice to be able to hurl around boxes full of books!  Emotionally, I feel much more confident, knowing that I’ve gained cool new skills that I can use to awe the unprepared!

LK: What has surprised you the most?

Sarah:  I was not expecting the arrival of a bunch of visible muscles around my shoulders and back.  I don’t know what they are, exactly, but they’re doing good work!

LK: What are your favourite classes and why?

Sarah:  I love InterPole because there are so many moves and combos to work on.  Every instructor teaches it differently which increases my chances of figuring things out.  I’m also a huge fan of the belly dance troupes!  I think they’re helping me become at least a little bit less clumsy and sometimes we get to dance with props, which is its own reward. :)  

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Sarah:  
1: The instructors make learning potentially scary things fun, and they’re always welcoming.

2: The other students are encouraging and friendly.

3: If you want to, you can spend all sorts of time upside-down, like a sexy sloth!

Thanks for being an awesome Vixens Sarah!






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December Vixen of the Month


Vixen Charmaine Stephens aka Charonce (with an accent  like Beyonce!)



Lady Kori:  What work do you do?

Charoncé:  I'm a licensed esthetician, pampering women and men all day with spa treatments!

LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?

Charoncé:  I discovered pole dancing when my mother in-law told me about her friend's daughter who had started pole dancing in Nova Scotia.  There were videos of her on YouTube so I looked her to up and was amazed to see this shy girl climb a pole and perform gravity defying tricks!  I thought to myself: Why can't I do that? This was on a Sunday and by Monday I was registered for my first pole class!

LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?

Charoncé:  I have  an extensive dance background. I trained in ballet, jazz and tap at Marie Ann Longlade School of Dance for most of my childhood.  I further pursued my passion for dance at Ryerson and graduated with a Bachelor of fine Arts degree.  Later on I was honoured to be chosen to be a part of the original cast of Lion King, Toronto.

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?

Charoncé:  I stopped dancing throughout my thirties due the many obstacles that life threw in my path.  I was turning 39 and felt I needed to have dance back in my life before turning the big 40 or I was going to self destruct.  When I discovered pole dancing and saw how it encompassed a tough workout hidden in sexy dance movements, I thought THIS IS FOR MEEEEEEEE!!!  I've been at it for over 2 years now and I can't get enough!

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?    

Charoncé:  I was pole dancing at another studio for about a month before I started at Brass Vixens.  I wanted a studio that offered more classes per week in a professional environment and through Google search found Brass Vixens.  I was so impressed that there was an app I could use for buying my membership and registering for classes without having to go through a complicated email process.

LK: What were your first impressions?

Charoncé:  My first impressions were how friendly everyone was and how there was an effective class structure for beginners.  All the teachers were so confident, sexy, fierce and super friggin' strong!  ...and during most of my beginner classes they were playing Beyoncé!  Lets just say I was hooked!

LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?

Charoncé:  Brass Vixens has a supportive and family atmosphere which is hard to find in any other sport with lots of women! LOL! The combination of dance and strength training is another reason I'm committed to Brass Vixens.  The pole choreography classes and performance troupes.  The incorporation of traditional dance movements I grew up doing combined with the insanely creative pole dance moves has really brought the joy of dance back into my life and has kept me committed.  Also, it's the many other classes like chair dance, lyra, twerk, African dance and flexibility training that has kept me grounded at Brass Vixens.

LK: How do you feel pole dancing and the community differ from your previous dance experiences?

Charoncé:  The pole dance community is way more body positive towards all shapes and sizes than some other dance communities I've been a part of.  Whether you have curves or a sleek and slender frame, it's all celebrated and embraced.

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?

Charonce:  To have a successful class experience it's important to come with an open mind and put trust in the process and to remember that you will  progress at your own pace.  Most importantly.....have fun!

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?

Charonce:  There have been many exciting moments on my pole journey but if I had to choose one, it would be competing in my first pole competition in Chicago at the age of 41!

LK: Do you have any pole goals?

Charoncé:  I have many pole goals, like mastering all kinds of Ayeshas, mastering the art of dead lifting into various pole moves and continuing to create entertaining performances.

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?

Charoncé:  Pole dancing classes have empowered me in ways I never thought possible!  Nailing certain tricks that I've been working on for months is such a confidence booster and it reminds me in my everyday life to believe in myself and never give up. Success is always just around the corner  ...could be way, way around the corner but none the less, it's there waiting for me to finish the process to get there.

LK: What has surprised you the most?

Charonce:  Every time I pole I'm always surprised I'm able to do half of the tricks and moves I can do.  It's amazing what your body can achieve with hard work.  I watch videos of myself and think, is that really me hanging upside down with one leg?!

LK: What are you favourite classes and why?

Charoncé:  My favourite classes are the choreographic ones like Pole Choreo and Chair Dance because I love losing myself in the music and the art of dance.

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Charoncé:  I attend classes at Brass Vixens because of the dance based classes, the convenience of the studio locations on the subway lines and the opportunity to have a platform to perform for family and friends every other month!

LK: ...and finally, heels or no heels?!

Charoncé:  HEELS  ...Whenever you can  ...HEELS!!!!! LOL!



Thank you Charoncé for being such an awesome Vixen!



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