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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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!



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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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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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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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