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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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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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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