Lady Kori: What work do you do?
Corporate by day, Vixen by night, I work in digital marketing for local broadcasting (radio and TV). My team and I provide digital and sales support for the local market sales teams across Canada.
LK: How did you first discover pole dancing?
A high school friend organized a pole party when we were home for the winter break in first year University. It wasn’t until 6 years later that I tried it again when I saw the Brass Vixens Groupon deal.
LK: Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?
I fenced for a couple of years and I did long-distance track from grade 7-10 and was on the cross country team during high school. I tried getting into dance (ballet and then later jazz) and gymnastics when I was younger but I could only go to class once a week. The other girls in my classes were all very competitive so I felt very discouraged. I was also incredibly shy growing up, so I just didn’t feel confident and unfortunately gave it up.
LK: What made you feel pole dancing could be for you and decide to try it?
I remember admiring how much strength it took but also how much fun it was so I was eager to give it another go! I’m terrible at motivating myself to go to the gym and wanted to find an activity that would keep me active but that I would also be committed to doing. I had also recently moved to Toronto and didn’t know very many people here, so I wanted to do something where I could meet interesting, like-minded people.
LK: How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
I got the 10 class Groupon special with a couple of work friends and I was hooked after my first class! I got the 30 day Intro Month offer right away and have been a member ever since.
LK: What were your first impressions?
“Wow, are my arms ever sore!” but also, “I can’t wait for my next class!” I also immediately noticed how welcoming, patient and supportive the instructors and students are.
LK: What keeps you committed to Brass Vixens and pole dancing?
The community here is so amazing! It really feels like my second home. What I love about pole dancing is how it combines strength and dance in such a unique way. You can express yourself however you want and there’s something in it for everyone.
LK: What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t compare your progress to that of others. Pole is a never-ending journey so enjoy the process. Also, have fun! (duh!)
LK: What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
I just performed my first solo routine at the last showcase! Not having much of a dance background, I was kind of nervous about putting together a whole routine by myself but I’m so glad I pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone. While I’m always excited to nail a new move or combo, this was definitely my top moment so far. Once I got up there all my self-doubt melted away and I just got to be in the moment doing something that I love!
LK: Do you have any pole goals?
Years of competitive distance running has left me with really tight hammies and hip flexors, so my nemesis is splits! This is the year I get serious about stretching and get my splits, I swear!
LK: How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens effected the rest of your life and sense of self?
I know many polers use words like “empowering” a lot but it’s true! Yes, I’ve gotten more toned but I’ve become more proud of what my body can do, rather than how it looks. Pole dance is for anybody and it encourages you to embrace your sexuality and express it on your own terms. Especially as a woman, to say “I’m proud of my body, and I own my sensuality” can be a radical statement. Taking part in an activity that still has some public stigma you have to be ready to face judgement from people who just don’t get it but through the amazing Brass Vixens and pole dance community I’ve gained confidence to refuse to feel ashamed of doing something I love (that’s not hurting anybody, btw) and expressing myself how I choose. To quote Australian pole star Michelle Shimmy: “Now where was I? Oh, yeah. Giving zero f*cks!”
LK: What has surprised you the most?
How much progress I’ve made in just two short years! When I started I could barely climb and I’d be sore for a week after one class but now I can do moves that I never thought I’d be able to do. I’m still surprised at what my body has been capable of. When I get a new move I’m just like, “Wow, I did that!”
LK: What are you favourite classes and why?
Twerk!! It was one of the first classes I took at Brass Vixens and I immediately fell in love. It’s such a fun dance style that’s so diverse. Plus my booty has never looked better!
Aside from getting to work on new tricks and strengthen old ones in InterPole, I really love intermediate choreo because it’s the perfect combo of strong and sexy. Some weeks are very fast-paced but I love the challenge.
LK: What are your top 3 reasons to attend classes at Brass Vixens?
Fitness, fierceness and fun!
LK: Heels or no heels?!
How you dance and move changes so much depending on whether or not you’re wearing shoes. I find the contemporary/lyrical style so beautiful but in the end I’m still a sucker for sky-high heels and a satisfying heel clack! I feel so powerful stomping around in my 8 inch Pleasers!
Thank you Alex for being a Vixen!!