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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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!!!

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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!
Lubna

Thank you Lubna for being a Vixen!!


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June Vixen of the Month

Lady Kori:  Hello Lillian!  What work do you do?
Lillian:  I'm a mechanical engineering intern at Airtron Canada Direct Energy Business Services.

LK:  What other hobbies, interests do you have besides pole dancing?
L:  I love reading!  Reading books, short stories online, poetry...especially horror fiction :D

LK:  When did you first discover, hear about pole dancing?
L:  Me and a friend came across it online and decided to sign up, pretty much as a joke!

LK:   What inspired you to try it?
L:  I guess mostly curiosity.  Also, I wanted to pick up a hobby that I would actually enjoy doing and that is also a great workout.  I dreaded going to the gym so I wanted an alternative.

LK:  Do you have any previous dance or fitness background?
L:  Not really, I did a bit of dance in high school and have occasionally dropped into yoga classes.

LK:  What surprised you most about pole dancing?
L:  How addictive it is!  I find myself coming back for more despite the bruises and pain! 

LK:  What was you first experience at Brass Vixens and your first impression?
L:  When I attended my first Pole Beginner One class I was overwhelmed by how confident and genuine everyone was!  It wasn't intimidating like I expected.  I think I smiled through the whole class and left feeling accomplished that I'd done body rolls/waves on a pole!

LK:  What keeps you continuing to pole dance and attend classes at Brass Vixens?
L:  I keep going back because there's just always room for improvement with pole dancing.  There's no such thing as an easy move, there's always something new to learn or ways to make it better.  Brass Vixens has so many different talented instructors that with each class I pick up something new.   

LK:  Do you have any pole goals?
L:  Yes! The Ayesha!

LK:  Do you have a favourite class and why?
L:  I love all the classes but I'm obsessed with any choreo class; pole, chair, etc.  Every choreography feels like a mini performance and watching myself improve a little more each run through is so satisfying!

LK:  What are your top 3 reasons to recommend pole dancing and Brass Vixens?
L:  1. It's the perfect combination of strength and poise.  I recommend pole dancing because it's physically challenging and you'll feel sexy doing it.  

2. The people!  You'll meet so many lovely dancers and the staff are so amazing and caring.  You'll only find encouragement and support here, it's such a wonderful community.

3. There are four studios and such a wide variety of classes!  I love exploring other classes like Lyra and Aerial.  Oh, and I looove Troupe, it's an awesome experience!

LK:  How has attending classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life?
L:  I'm definitely more confident and it feels great to be so active.  I'm more in shape then I've ever been ...but I don't get to lotion as much!  The pros certainly outweigh the cons of dry skin though ;-)

LK:  How do your friends and family feel about it?
L:  My parents think it's awesome and are super impressed every time I show them new tricks!  I have friends coming to me asking about pole dancing and it's just incredible to know that I was an inspiration.

LK:  Heels or no heels?!
L:  HEELS!  Most absolutely, definitely heels!  They make everything look amazing!

LK:  How would you feel about having a dance move named after you?!!
L:  That would be so awesome!  I want to change my answer about pole goals to having a dance move named after me instead!


Thank you Lillian for being a vixen!  You rock!

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