October 905 Vixen of the month



Vixen of the Month Anna Zhevzhyk

Vanessa: What do you do besides pole dancing (profession, hobbies, interests etc.)?

Anna: I work as a property manager and enjoy cooking and travelling. My speciality is Ukrainian borsch and pierogis.

Vanessa: When did you first discover or hear about pole dancing?

Anna: I heard about pole dancing in 2014 when I was living in London ON and I pole danced at Studio Chic. They actually recommended Brass Vixens when they heard I was moving to Toronto.

Vanessa: Do you have any previous dance or fitness background?

Anna:  Before pole dancing I took various dance classes to stay fit and healthy but I enjoy pole dancing more because it makes me feel sexy, wild, free and just makes me feel more comfortable as a woman.

Vanessa: What surprised you most about pole dancing?

Anna: What surprised me about pole dancing was how much progress you can make in one class. I feel like I am progressing quite quickly which I find both exciting and motivating.

Vanessa: What keeps you continuing to pole dance and attend classes at Brass Vixens?

Anna: Seeing the progress class after class, the motivation from my fellow Vixens when I finally get a new move and I the way each instructor is able to make me feel confident and comfortable keeps me coming back for classes here.

Vanessa: Do you have any pole/aerial goals? 

Anna: Eventually I would like to learn the techniques required to teach a fun and sexy pole choreo class

Vanessa: Do you have a favourite class and why?

Anna: Your Legs Wide Open class is one of my favourite classes because it really is helping me finally get closer to my splits and you have an awesome way of engaging with everyone in the class so much that we forget how uncomfortable some of those stretches can be.

Vanessa: How has attending classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self

Anna: Brass Vixens has had a positive impact in my life. One instructor in particular, Miss Tia, really forced me out of my comfort zone and that has really helped me be more confident and willing to show off my sassy side both in and out of the studio.

Vanessa: How do friends and family feel about your pole dance passion?

Anna: At first my family and friends didn’t really like the fact that I was into pole dancing but now they are supportive and happy because I have finally found something that I like to do.

Vanessa: Heels or no heels?

Anna: Heels! Pleasers to be exact ;)

Vanessa: How would you feel about having a dance move named after you?

Anna: That would be awesome! It would definitely encourage me to try harder to get my friends into the studio to learn “The Anna”.

Vanessa: What are your top 3 reasons to recommend pole dancing and Brass Vixens?

Anna: (1) The positive vibes from my fellow Vixens and the Brass Vixens staff (2) The fact that I can go to any of the conveniently located studios (3) Such a large variety of classes that most other studios can offer (there’s chair dance, burlesque, twerk, barre, belly dance) really something for everyone.



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October Vixen of the Month - Carina

Hello Carina!


Lady Kori:  What work do you do?


Carina:
I'm a physiotherapist. I work with hospital patients in a few different settings: cardiac surgery, cardiovascular ICU, thoracic surgery, and neurological rehabilitation.


LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?


Carina:
My best friend started taking classes back in 2007 and loved them- she couldn't stop talking about it! She took me for a semi-private lesson as a Christmas gift. I loved it too! The places I lived in between then and now didn't always have a studio close by, so I took classes here and there over the years. I've now been pole dancing consistently for about 2.5 years since I discovered Brass Vixens in Toronto :D


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


Carina: I grew up trying many different sports until I fell in love with competitive swimming and soccer. Throughout my undergrad degree, I decided to try triathlons as well as group fitness classes like cardio kickboxing and boot camp. I actually became certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I really enjoyed the team/group atmosphere for training. Post-undergrad, I traveled and moved around a lot so I mostly stuck with running, hiking, and boot camp style workouts that didn't require any equipment. I've always enjoyed being active and pushing myself to try new fitness pursuits - I love feeling my body getting stronger and fitter. I had no real dance experience prior to trying pole dancing, so that's an aspect of pole that I find to be quite challenging.


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


Carina:
My best friend was a huge motivator for me to try pole dancing. She knew I was strong and fit and told me right away, "I know you can invert on your first try!" Her energy and enthusiasm won me over- I had no idea what to expect from pole before my first class so long ago. After learning a bit more about it, I absolutely loved the combination of strength, grace, flexibility, and control that pole athletes have when performing. I knew the dance portion of it would be hugely out of my comfort zone, so I thought, why not go for the challenge!? I also felt the amazing sense of community at pole studios and knew that this was something special <3


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


Carina:
I moved to Toronto 3 years ago to start my Masters in Physical Therapy at U of T. I had previously been pole dancing at my friend's studio in Vaughan and was looking for a new pole home. When the Brass Vixens Yonge location opened up a 5 minute walk from my apartment, I couldn't be happier! I've been a Vixen ever since :)


LK: What were your first impressions?


Carina:
LOVE. Smiles. Open arms. So many welcoming and talented instructors! It's been incredible becoming a member of this amazing pole family.


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


Carina:
The insanely empowering feeling I get every time I pole dance with my Vixen family. I love it so much. I can come into class sometimes feeling like the ugliest and most unhappy person, but always leave feeling like a strong, powerful, beautiful goddess- ready to take over the world! I love how there are endless new challenges and moves to learn in pole. And everyone is so supportive and celebrates every success with you along the way.


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


Carina:
Being patient with yourself and trying not to judge yourself. It's easy to compare to others and think they look sexier or more graceful than you. But if you let go of all of that and just have fun, feel the movement and the music, you'll have the time of your life and look super HOT while doing it ;)


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


Carina:
Performing at Verticalove this year with my sister, Christa. We trained hard for 3 months to choreograph and practice our routine, so it was an incredibly moving and pivotal experience to finally perform our creation in front of an amazing audience. It was also the biggest show either of us have ever performed at, so it was a huge accomplishment. Sharing that moment with my sister meant so much to me.


LK: Do you have any pole goals?


Carina:
AYESHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And handspring into it :) also to improvise a performance sometime- a huge challenge for me as I struggle with dancing in front of an audience and usually like to be super prepared!


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


Carina:
Pole dancing has completely changed who I am and how I see myself. It's been a journey and transformation in every way- mentally, physically, and emotionally. It has helped me own my body, sensuality, and my "sexy side" and to be less afraid to show this side of myself to the world.


LK: What has surprised you the most?


Carina:
How supportive everyone is and how we celebrate our successes together. I was also surprised that at 5'11 I can still manage to walk in 7 inch heels :P


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


Carina:

1. Have fun

2. Get stronger

3. Be sexy ;)


Thank you for being a Vixen Carina!!



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