Thank you so much to both of you, Shannon and Chona! I am honoured. I mainly do lyra classes at BV so I might be tweaking the answers towards that instead of pole.
I think there might be one or two pictures of me taken on the lyra during the last photoshoot at Danforth but not sure how those ones turned out. I recall one where I was doing the inverted man on the moon and a shoulder mount.
1) What do you do when you’re not pole dancing (work/school/hobbies etc.)?
I love to go out and discover new food! Like pole & lyra, it connects people from all different backgrounds together. I am a pastry chef by trade so I enjoy experimenting with baking and cooking in my spare time.
2) How did you first discover pole dancing?
I started seeing some incredible moves on social media and was amazed by how strong the dancers were. I was intrigued to learn more.
3) Do you have any previous dance, fitness or sports experience?
I have taken some hip hop and basic yoga classes before.
4) What appealed to you about pole dancing that made you decide to try it?
There was boredom of feeling like a hamster running on a treadmill. I wanted to add something more dynamic to my workout routine. Pole and lyra had athleticism and grace combined together into something really beautiful.
5 ) How did you come to be a member at Brass Vixens?
I wanted to do more than just going out for drinks for my birthday. My friends really enjoyed it and had a blast when I had a pole party at the Queen West studio. There was a Groupon to try more classes offered at BV. Got hooked after that so I was on passes & monthly plans!
6) What were your first impressions?
It was extremely fun and very challenging! It was working muscles that I did not know I had! It made me appreciate the art that much more. It is very inclusive to people of all backgrounds, fitness levels, and body sizes.
7) What keeps you committed to pole dancing?
I mainly take lyra classes at BV as I have discovered my love for it. What keeps me committed are the endless possibilities. There are many moves to challenge yourself with and always more room to finesse things you have learned before. All the instructors and fellow students are eternally very encouraging! We can count on them to cheer on each other’s progress.
8) What do you feel is a crucial element for a successful class experience?
A willingness to try. Something will always look difficult and possibly painful at first, but it is always worth a shot. Everyone starts at the beginning and they should believe they will grow if they try. What your body is able to do might really surprise you.
9) What has been an exciting moment for you on your pole journey?
When I was able to get my inverted Man on the Moon hands-free! Also when I did my first lyra troupe at the BV SlayBelles showcase.
10) Do you have any pole (lyra) goals you’re working towards?
The true Russian Alien split and elbow rolls. I am working on my overall flexibility so I can execute moves from every angle.
11) How has pole dancing and taking classes at Brass Vixens affected the rest of your life and sense of self?
Taking all the different classes at BV has given me more confidence. I feel more happy and outgoing because of the friendships I have made with members the BV family. I have learned that you do not to look or be a certain way to be strong and fit. (But you have to ALWAYS point your toes!!!)
12) What has surprised you the most?
How much strength I have gained! Looking at my progress pictures and videos, I know that I have come a long way. My friends and family have noticed the changes as well!
13) Heels or no heels?!
I LOVE and highly encourage them! They make everyone look so gorgeous and slinky. They make me feel like I walk among Giants and Amazons.