Feature Vixen for August is LubnaHello Lubna!
Lady Kori: What work do you do?
Lubna: I am a special educator/teacher. I work with kids with special needs.
LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?
Lubna: I was still in Dubai when my friend suggested I try pole dancing.
LK: What made you feel it could be for you and decide to try it?
Lubna: Anything that has to do with dancing is for me... Or at least that's how I feel seeing as I love to dance!! I tried it the moment I got the chance.
LK: Do you have any previous dance or fitness background?
Lubna: Not really aside from belly dancing while growing up. I just love to dance and workout, to keep moving. I always like to try new styles of dance.
LK: What was your first pole dancing experience?
Lubna: I was in Dubai when I took the first pole dance class and as much as I loved it, it was so hard because I did not have the muscle strength for it at all. That class was pretty intense! I continued for a couple of classes afterwards but then stopped because I was moving to Canada.
LK: How did you come to be a student at Brass Vixens?
Lubna: As soon as I was settled in after my move here I started looking for dance classes. It is a must for me to keep dancing and moving! I found the Brass Vixens Yonge Street studio close to where I am living. I thought I needed more muscles and strength before trying pole dancing again so I worked out for around 3 months at the gym and then enrolled at the studio!! Joining Brass Vixens was one of the best decisions I ever made!!
LK: What were your first impressions?
Lubna: I was honestly very happy! The classes were not as hard as I was expecting them to be from my previous experience and I loved the instructors and their style of teaching right away.
LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?
Lubna: The fun, the strength, the stress release, the fact that I am dancing and of course the new bruises (they make me feel like I'm progressing!!)
LK: Do you have a favourite class?
Lubna: That is a hard one as I love them all!! I've always been a person who likes to focus on proper technique so I do like hard work when it comes to classes. I love the Choreo and Flexy classes!
LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
Lubna: Every step forward has been very exciting. Moving from one level to another and seeing my progress in dancing and strength. However, I must say the best moment so far is the fact that I was still able to invert while 20 weeks pregnant... but not anymore!
LK: Do you have any pole goals?
Lubna: Oooh, a lot of them now that I have taken things slower with the baby on board! My goal right now is to keep dancing as long and as much as I can. After I deliver, I look forward to getting to where I was before I got pregnant and moving forward from there.
LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?
Lubna: I used to be a shy person when it came to first meetings or gatherings but I guess my experience of Canada and taking classes at Brass Vixens changed that in me. It is a boost of energy and confidence! Along with taking my daily vitamins I go to pole classes and I am set for the rest of the day!!
LK: What has surprised you the most?
Lubna: My strength! I used to be so skinny and weak before I started working out at Brass Vixens. Now, even with the baby on board I feel like I am stronger than I have ever been. That and the fact I can actually walk in 8 inch heels!!
LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?
Lubna: I love the instructors! That is one of the main reasons I continue. They focus on technique and they give you individualized attention especially when it comes to form, which I find impressive and very important when dancing. I love the fact that each instructor has her/his own style so I can learn a lot from all of them. The atmosphere is very friendly and encouraging. There are so many different classes to try and new ones being added!! Last but not least, it so addictive that you don't feel like you want to stop! I've had days where I would take up to 3 or 4 classes and wonder how I could fit in a 5th!
Thank you Brass Vixens for this wonderful opportunity and life experience!