September Mississauga Vixen

Vixen of the Month Elizabeth Cruickshank aka Candy Floss

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

Candy: I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist. So make sure to floss Vixens! Having good oral is important! Oral hygiene that is ;) My other passion is Brazilian Jui Jitsui because you get to choke people (when isn't that fun?)

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

Candy: I first discovered pole several years ago working in Oakville, a client owned a studio. But I never had the opportunity to go there. Early this year I kept seeing Groupon deals for Brass Vixens and then I met Michymi. (Love her!). She cracked some jokes which totally made the whole experience less intimidating and also got me coming back.

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

Candy: In these Confessions of a Wall Flower, I must admit, I had no previous experience.

Vanessa: What surprised you most about pole dancing?

Candy: I was surprised how much strength it takes.

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

Candy: The welcoming and judgement free environment is a beautiful thing. I love my instructors and friends and I enjoy working on old and new goals. Oh Merciful Zues! I will be bendy one day!

Vanessa: Do you have any pole/aerial goals? 

Candy: Yas! I want to do a Lyra solo and a burlesque performance with Brass Vixens and eventually at other venues and events.

Vanessa: Do you have a favourite class and why?

Candy: Lyra, Heartthrob, and Erotic Pole are my favourites because in each of these classes I get strong, I get creative and I get to let Candy Floss out to play!

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

Candy: I feel the classes have boosted my confidence, helped with my posture, and is helping to give me an outlet for my creative side.

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

Candy: Mixed feelings throughout but everyone is happy that I am doing something I enjoy.

Vanessa: Heels or no heels?

Candy: Heels. How is that even a question? LOL

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

Candy: That would be fantabulous!  It would definitely need to be somewhat comical.

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

Candy: 1) Great Atmosphere 2) Great Instructors and 3) Great Fun!  Come and play!!!


416 August Feature Vixen

Feature Vixen for August is Lubna

Hello 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.

Lubna at 20 weeks pregnant!

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!

Thank you Lubna for being a Vixen!!


Your First Pole Class - What to Expect

Your First Pole Class - what to expect:

You signed up for your first pole dance class - congratulations on taking the leap! We can’t wait to see you in the studio! As you take the plunge and try something new, it’s completely natural to be a little nervous. To help calm your butterflies and ensure you’re excited when you walk in the door, here’s a quick list of things to know about your first class.

Fitness Level - Everyone, including your instructor, wasn’t as strong or as coordinated before they took their first class. Once you start taking classes regularly you will build the strength and flexibility to start working on more challenging moves. Your instructor is there to support you. Let them know about injuries or concerns you have before class.

Wardrobe - You don’t have to reveal any more skin than you’re comfortable with. We recommend wearing a tank top and shorts so you can get the traction you need to learn the moves, but there are lots of fun ways to cover up. If you have a favourite pair of heels that helps you feel super confident, bring them with you! You can find ideas in our What to wear to class post.

Timing - Our classes start on time, not five or ten minutes after the hour. This ensures that they end on time so you can get to your next event, or back to the office. Please arrive 15 minutes before your first class so we can take care of any paperwork, and answer your questions. It will also ensure that you have enough time to change and get settled.

Instructors - Our instructors represent a range of ages, personalities and fitness levels. They also have unique areas of focus and styles of teaching. It’s why we recommend you try a range of classes (buy an unlimited pass to make it easier) to find someone who suits your favourite way of learning, and is passionate about teaching things you’re interested in learning. Read up on our instructors here Brass Vixens Staff

Classmates - Your classmates may be at the beginning of their journeys, or may be returning from some time away from the studio. They might also be more experienced dancers looking to perfect the basics, or to build strength before moving up a level. No matter where they are at, they are there to focus on their experience, not to judge yours. They are probably just as worried about looking silly, missing a move, or falling out of a spin. You may find that they become your biggest supporters and cheerleaders as you take classes together and learn more advanced moves.

Ambiance - All of our classes are safe, relaxed spaces (even our conditioning classes which may seem more intense). We encourage all of our students to have a good time as they learn to move and express themselves in new ways. Classes usually begin with a mix of slightly nervous, excited energy. There are generally peals of laughter towards the middle as you practice your first spin, learn basic moves and discover that you can hold your body weight.

Music - Music tends to be a personal choice. Your instructor will pick music that reflects their style and the tone of the class that they’re teaching. If you have a favourite song that you really want to move to, feel free to let your instructor know before or after class.

What you’ll learn - You’ll learn to stretch and warm up safely through a series of connected movements, or a routine. Once you’re warm your instructor will walk you through some basic moves, grips and best practices. About half way through the class you’ll learn your first spin, and maybe practice a strength hold or two. You’ll end the class by performing the routine you learned, or building your own.

Cool Down - Please remember to take a few minutes after class to do your favourite full body stretch. You’ve probably used a number of muscles you weren’t sure existed. Also remember to rehydrate. It will help combat any muscle soreness you feel in the next few days.

Do you have a question about your first class that we didn’t address? Did we miss one of your favourite parts of your first class? Let us know - and share your memories of your first class in the comments! We love hearing from you.