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.