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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October Vixen of the Month - Carina

Hello Carina!


Lady Kori:  What work do you do?


Carina:
I'm a physiotherapist. I work with hospital patients in a few different settings: cardiac surgery, cardiovascular ICU, thoracic surgery, and neurological rehabilitation.


LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?


Carina:
My best friend started taking classes back in 2007 and loved them- she couldn't stop talking about it! She took me for a semi-private lesson as a Christmas gift. I loved it too! The places I lived in between then and now didn't always have a studio close by, so I took classes here and there over the years. I've now been pole dancing consistently for about 2.5 years since I discovered Brass Vixens in Toronto :D


LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?


Carina: I grew up trying many different sports until I fell in love with competitive swimming and soccer. Throughout my undergrad degree, I decided to try triathlons as well as group fitness classes like cardio kickboxing and boot camp. I actually became certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I really enjoyed the team/group atmosphere for training. Post-undergrad, I traveled and moved around a lot so I mostly stuck with running, hiking, and boot camp style workouts that didn't require any equipment. I've always enjoyed being active and pushing myself to try new fitness pursuits - I love feeling my body getting stronger and fitter. I had no real dance experience prior to trying pole dancing, so that's an aspect of pole that I find to be quite challenging.


LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?


Carina:
My best friend was a huge motivator for me to try pole dancing. She knew I was strong and fit and told me right away, "I know you can invert on your first try!" Her energy and enthusiasm won me over- I had no idea what to expect from pole before my first class so long ago. After learning a bit more about it, I absolutely loved the combination of strength, grace, flexibility, and control that pole athletes have when performing. I knew the dance portion of it would be hugely out of my comfort zone, so I thought, why not go for the challenge!? I also felt the amazing sense of community at pole studios and knew that this was something special <3


LK: How did you come to be a student at Brass Vixens?    


Carina:
I moved to Toronto 3 years ago to start my Masters in Physical Therapy at U of T. I had previously been pole dancing at my friend's studio in Vaughan and was looking for a new pole home. When the Brass Vixens Yonge location opened up a 5 minute walk from my apartment, I couldn't be happier! I've been a Vixen ever since :)


LK: What were your first impressions?


Carina:
LOVE. Smiles. Open arms. So many welcoming and talented instructors! It's been incredible becoming a member of this amazing pole family.


LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?


Carina:
The insanely empowering feeling I get every time I pole dance with my Vixen family. I love it so much. I can come into class sometimes feeling like the ugliest and most unhappy person, but always leave feeling like a strong, powerful, beautiful goddess- ready to take over the world! I love how there are endless new challenges and moves to learn in pole. And everyone is so supportive and celebrates every success with you along the way.


LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?


Carina:
Being patient with yourself and trying not to judge yourself. It's easy to compare to others and think they look sexier or more graceful than you. But if you let go of all of that and just have fun, feel the movement and the music, you'll have the time of your life and look super HOT while doing it ;)


LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?


Carina:
Performing at Verticalove this year with my sister, Christa. We trained hard for 3 months to choreograph and practice our routine, so it was an incredibly moving and pivotal experience to finally perform our creation in front of an amazing audience. It was also the biggest show either of us have ever performed at, so it was a huge accomplishment. Sharing that moment with my sister meant so much to me.


LK: Do you have any pole goals?


Carina:
AYESHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And handspring into it :) also to improvise a performance sometime- a huge challenge for me as I struggle with dancing in front of an audience and usually like to be super prepared!


LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?


Carina:
Pole dancing has completely changed who I am and how I see myself. It's been a journey and transformation in every way- mentally, physically, and emotionally. It has helped me own my body, sensuality, and my "sexy side" and to be less afraid to show this side of myself to the world.


LK: What has surprised you the most?


Carina:
How supportive everyone is and how we celebrate our successes together. I was also surprised that at 5'11 I can still manage to walk in 7 inch heels :P


LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?


Carina:

1. Have fun

2. Get stronger

3. Be sexy ;)


Thank you for being a Vixen Carina!!



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July Vixen of the Month - Andrea Ferguson

Lady Kori: What is your profession? Andrea: By day and sometimes night I am a Medical Radiation Technologist. I work in the CT, interventional and mammography areas of diagnostics. LK: How long have you been pole dancing? A: I had my very first class in 2006 when there was no studio and only one portable pole that was brought into a women's only fitness studio at Yonge and Rosedale. I poled for 4 years and then had to take some time off due to injury. I recently have rediscovered pole and have been loving it even more for the last year and a half! LK: How did you learn about pole dancing? A: Like everything else, I googled it! Read More

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May Vixen of the Month

Presenting Miss May!  Vixen Jennifer Reguindin interviewed by Lady Kori

LK: What is your profession?

J: I'm an intensive care nurse by training and I also work as an educator within the healthcare system, developing initiatives, creating healthcare apps...  I guess I have two jobs!

LK: When did you first hear of pole dancing?

J: It was in 2013 while I was on vacation in Vancouver.  I met someone who did pole dancing, doubles and triples pole and they showed me videos of what they could do.  I was amazed!  I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

LK: Did you try it while in Vancouver?

J: No!  I ended up too busy working!  ...typical! Lol!

LK: When did you finally have the chance to attend a class?

J: Once I was back in Toronto, I got a voucher from Groupon for classes at Brass Vixens.  I still remember my first class!  It was a Pole Beginner 1 on Saturday at the Bloor West studio.  I was hooked right away!

LK: Do you have previous dance or fitness training?

J: I did Kung Fu for 10 years and then more recently tried ballet but it wasn't for me!  I found it too restricting.  I was still attending ballet classes when I started at Brass Vixens.  I remember looking at my ballet shoes and my pole shoes side by side while deciding which made me happier! Pole won!  Lol!

LK: What do you feel are the contrasts and similarities between the two disciplines; Kung Fu and pole?

J: They are both physically and mentally challenging and rewarding.  Practicing Kung Fu is following a very specific tradition and it's extremely formal.  What I love about pole dancing is that it's so feminist and empowering and it's non-traditional.  It's a growing discipline so I can make it whatever I want and need it to be for myself.  Plus, I've always liked to dance and felt a need for something more exciting and personally expressive.

LK: What keeps you attending classes at Brass Vixens?

J: Aside from goals I still have to reach and the community, it's the constant feeling of growth.  I changed my whole lifestyle around pole dancing and I'm healthy and strong.

LK: What are your pole goals?

J: Flow!  I want to be able to create my own sequences expressing my creativity and imagination.  I never want to touch the ground!

LK: Do you have a favourite class?

J: The performance troupe experience is my favourite!  I love working together with the group toward a common goal.  We get to grow and bond, sharing the hard work and committing to the process.  The performance at the end is something fun to look forward to when all the hard work pays off and our family and friends can celebrate with us.

LK: What are your top three reasons to recommend pole dancing?

J: One, It's a process of self-discovery and a practice of self-love.  Two, health, strength and flexibility. Three, Community.  I know I've listed community last but it's because you can't achieve strong community without achieving the first two.  If I'm healthy and happy and loving toward myself then I can extend that to others.

LK: How has pole dancing and being a member at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?

J: Aside form having so much more confidence, it has expanded my social life and community.  I walked in on my own but now every time I leave I have a bigger and bigger family!  It extends beyond the walls of the studio.  I feel so empowered and so feminine!  I leave class feeling like a giant of men!!




Thank you Jennifer for being such an awesome Vixen!


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Vixen of the Month - November

Vixen Spotlight Introducing Ms. November - Leah McInerney

Q: What do you do for a living? A: I'm a pharmacy technician. Q: How did you find out about Brass Vixens? A: I found the Brass Vixens Facebook page. I wanted to try it for so long but was nervous at first. I needed more confidence. Q: What made you finally sign up and take a class? A: My friend Sandra also wanted to join Brass Vixens and try pole dancing. We got our courage up over some rum and each purchased the Intro Month offer. We signed up for every class we could!
novemberVixen Q: How long have you now been a member? A: I'm coming up on four months! Q: Do you have a favourite class? A: Yes! Erotic Chair Dance! Q: Why has that become your favorite? A: Each song has a different mood and I get to be different characters and express different sides of myself. For one choreo I get to be James Brown and the next I'm Christina Aguilera!! It's sexy and theatrical. Q: What changes have you noticed in yourself since you started taking classes at Brass Vixens? A: Number one is weight loss. I've lost 15 lbs so far but have gained so much in confidence and I feel sexy and sassy! I was nervous at first but then thought: screw it! I'm gonna get my jam on and be me! I love the free dance portion of the pole classes. I don't worry about anyone or anything else and my inhibitions go out the window! It's so liberating!! Q: What are your top three reasons to join Brass Vixens? A: One, it's a super positive and supportive environment. I've never experienced so much love within a female dominant community before!

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