Mississauga Vixen of the Month Krysta

Vixen of the Month Krysta

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

Krysta: I am a French teacher and I’m in love with French cuisine and French literature. Other than pole dance I enjoy going mountain biking with my husband at Hilton Falls in Milton, such beautiful scenery and trails there.

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

Krysta: I heard about pole dancing as a form of fitness at the Women’s’ Show in 2008; thought it was an interesting idea but I never actually went to try it out. Then a friend of mine showed me a YouTube video of Anastasia performing on Ukraine’s Got Talent and I thought to myself “Oh my Gosh, I have to try this!”

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

Krysta:  When I was younger I did gymnastics and later pursued classical dance- ballet, tap and jazz. Acro has always been my absolute favourite and that’s why I like pole dancing so much because it has a lot of acrobatics in it.

Vanessa: What surprised you most about pole dancing?

Krysta: I knew pole dancing would be hard so that wasn’t surprising. I was more surprised with how sweet and cool everyone at Brass Vixens is. It’s so inspiring and encouraging to dance in an environment where everyone is welcoming and respectful of one another.

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

Krysta: The atmosphere here, the staff and my fellow Vixens keep me continuing to pole dance and take classes here. Everyone always makes me feel welcome and I love that there’s always something new to learn, always an opportunity to learn and challenge myself.

Vanessa: Do you have any pole/aerial goals? 

Krysta: I want to keep doing this for as long as I can. It’ll be nice to see myself in the advanced pole classes and one day instructing classes.

Vanessa: Do you have a favourite class and why?

Krysta: I love all the classes here but I must say that I love being in troupe.  I love learning the different choreography and I also love that I’ll have the chance to perform and show what I’ve learned and what I can do.

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

Krysta: Attending classes at Brass Vixens has made me feel a lot more solid in my sense of self. I am very proud of myself; nothing beats that feeling when you overcome a challenging move in pole. This experience has definitely made me more confident in my physical and mental abilities.

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

Krysta: My family is aware of this new passion of mine and my friends think it’s the coolest thing ever.

Vanessa: Heels or no heels?

Krysta: Absolutely heels!

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

Krysta: I would love that! It would have to be something acrobatic like a forearm stand or hand stand

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

Krysta: 1) I would recommend Brass Vixens because of the staff and because the atmosphere here is amazing 2) I would recommend pole dancing because it’s an awesome combination of dance and fitness 3) I would recommend pole dancing at Brass Vixens because here you can be sexy, work out and have fun!


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.