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.

LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?
Carly: I find traditional gym workouts to be boring, so I seek out physical activities that seem fun to do and doesn't feel like a workout while I'm doing it!

LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
Carly: A friend of mine was already a Brass Vixens member and suggested I try out a few classes with her. I ended up really enjoying the classes and since the Yonge studio was conveniently located close to my apartment, it seemed like a no brainer to get a monthly membership!

LK: What were your first impressions?
Carly: That everyone was really supportive. There's definitely a strong sense of community that I picked up on right away and was something I was looking for in a studio.

LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?
Carly: Alas, I am moving to Montreal in a couple weeks for my new job, so I'll no longer be a vixen after February! I was at Brass Vixens for two years and it's become like a second home to me. I kept coming back because it didn't matter who you were outside of Brass Vixens, only that you loved doing pole.

LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
Carly: Try not to do too many classes in one day/week! I've gone overboard by doing 20+ hours of pole a week before and injured myself a couple times in the process. Give your body time to rest, that way you'll be at your strongest in each class and prevent injuries from happening.

LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
Carly: When I finally got my ayesha! I had been working on the move for months and frustratingly my body just didn't want to do it. Then one day I randomly did a handspring into it and bam, it happened! It was amazing.

LK: Do you have any pole goals?
Carly: So many! Right now I'm working on my aerial shoulder mount, titanic, straightedge and leg switches with no hands. For flexibility, I'm working on my front splits, over splits and I'm so close to getting my middle splits!
A long-term goal of mine is to compete in a pole competition one day. I don't feel ready for 2017, but I'm thinking 2018 will be the year I take the plunge!

LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?
Carly: Physically speaking, I've never been as strong or as fit in my entire life, so it's much easier for me to learn other sports and disciplines. Plus, carrying around heavy things is like no big deal now!

LK: What has surprised you the most?
Carly: Pole has been surprisingly therapeutic for me. You have to pay 100% attention while you're on the pole, otherwise you'll fall and die! For that 1 hour while I'm in class, it's like none of the stress and worries of everyday life exists.

LK: What are you favourite classes and why?
Carly: So hard to choose! Currently, I'm obsessed with spin pole classes, because it forces me to work on my transitions and I also just like spinning around really fast!

LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?
Carly: Supportive community of other pole dancers, crazy strength gains, and it's a fun way to exercise.

Thank you Carly for being a Vixen!!