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MARLO FISKEN. A brand with style.

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      “When you feel comfortable, it’s because you found your own style” … are the words of MARLO FISKEN, who with more than 10 years of experience in the discipline of Pole, tells us how she fell in love with the activity, and in what way It keeps its successful image in the world. 

For POLEGOOD, from the United States of America, MARLO FISKEN.

 

Marlo, what motivated you to approach the Pole Dance?

Initially, about 11 years ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she went to a pole class and I thought that sounded interesting and it mostly sounded interesting because it sounded like sexy, it sounded like a place to explore a type of movement that I didn’t usually get to explore which is the more erotic sensual movement, I was a professional dancer at that time and go to the dances that sometimes you might do in a class, I have some sort of sexy element there, they’re not really what I wanted to explore and that I had often been told as a dancer that I needed to tone it down because I was little bit too much in that area so it seemed like the right place for me, so ultimately I was motivated because I wanted to I have a place where I can play with this sexy and exotic movement and studying.

 How is your life outside of sport?

well my entire life is based around my love of movement, I’ve been teaching movement for 18 years and I basically spend my free time learning about things related to moving and teaching, I find reading about various areas of interpersonal psychology which is very relevant to how you would teach a class or I am studying anatomy something because all of those things I’ve been very passionate about and they just feed my career teaching so my life outside of it’s a sport I don’t really consider what I do is bored at all it’s just I love to move and my life is based around it, that’s there isn’t much outside of it. which might sound sad to some people but when you really your absolute passion is your work it’s hard to say when you’re doing it or when you’re not because it feels like from every meal I eat nourishing me in a way that would allow me to perform my faster going to bed early so I have enough energy to be fully present and focused and vibrant the next day and it gives me framework in the motivation for the choices I make in all areas of my life that doesn’t mean that it’s strict I’d people often ask me if I have some sort of strict diet of balance and perspective and my relationship to moving and dance has given me a sensitivity and an awareness for how I should take care of myself to be the best possible.

 What were the best moments of your artistic career?

Well…if you ask other people that usually say it was my 2011 Ariel Pole National routine or the Boston Ballroom performance which happened I believe the next year and because those performances I think at the time they did push pole dance up a level because I brought in motion and flow ultimately to both to are in the ground and was regularly introducing shapes  that were new to the world at the time I like to think that the my best moments of my artistic career that it’s that there aren’t just moments that stand out that’s how it feels for other people like they have favorites but for me, the best moment of an artistic just anytime that I’m so excited about what I’m creating which likely happens a lot when I’m home.

   According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

I think for a lot of people it provides motivation and a source of passion which is really important that there’s something in your life that you are passionate about and that motivates you, because without that you feel lost and so pole dance for a lot of people just help them become more connected to them self. Of course there’s benefits such as being stronger, more flexible, but I mean you can do that through a lot of different modes of movement, but pole dance is a generally a solitary activity like it’s one person at a time on a pole, of course there’s doubles but, the that focus and it makes people challenge themselves and learn to pay attention to what they’re doing on the downside of that I think that pole dancing we have this community where there’s lots of pole dancers but I actually don’t spend enough time working together in classes and that’s something that I try to encourage because we can get very attached to  like this is my space and this is my pole and that is my move and that is unhealthy movement throughout human history has been something to communal it’s something to be shared and to celebrate it be celebrated together. Honestly I am alone most of the time I’m traveling I’m with can my partner but like we are alone or I am home alone training and it can be sad at times it can feel like I wish I had some friends around 2 just to be with and to move and so when with working relationship with their friends at something that I value and I think that it’s an important part of also the benefits of pole dances finding people who understand you feeling understood is also very important.

 How do you perceive the development of the Pole discipline in USA?

Well… I started before there was even a pole competition outside of a strip club; I went to the first pole competition that was outside of the strip club as a spectator in the audience, and the movement forms have diversified a lot since then and you can see people moving in many different ways with the pole which I think is great. There’s I think that a lot of people big head grumpy over the like the one with the way the sport evolved or how it gets divided and I think if you need to look outside of pole dance and look at other movement forms martial arts dance things that have been around a lot longer and you have innumerable approaches and that is okay it makes it rich you can be friends with people who pursue movement in a different way than you do, and you can respect what they’re doing even if you’re not interested in doing it yourself is absolutely no need to disparage or say negative things about the way other people approach their movement.

  With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

I am just moving all the time, I go to the playground, I hang on the bars, I roll on the floor, but it’s in some ways I don’t look at mine on pole movement as separate from my whole movement I am a mover who is constantly learning studying going to dance workshops I’ve been dancing for 30 years and down Ike the desire for me to be a student until learn has never stopped so if I see someone who looks like a wise teacher who’s who moves in a very intelligent they’re using movement patterns that are sustainable and they’re based on very natural connections in the body rather than something that looks like it could be a bit too aggressive or damaging long-term that I’m interested in learning and studying.

  A message that you want to leave us?

…Well… first thank you for messaging me I think the messages that I like to share about pole or the people are sometimes too focused on finding their own style and sometimes that we like mystify style meaning that it’s like it’s something to search for and to look for but the reality is that it’s style is just what happens when you’re really comfortable with something, so when we see people that appear to have a very well-developed style, what do you see? You see practice, you see that they’ve spent a lot of time doing what they’re doing, doing their thing and not a lot of time spent trying to copy others so sure you might learn something in your practice it but the majority of the development actually comes from your own rather than trying to match what you’re doing to someone else when our focus is on what everyone else is doing then you’re moving into maybe a less authentic way of moving and also potentially a way of moving that’s not right for your body and I  don’t like it when I see people having serious and chronic injuries from pole or because they’re doing a lot of competitions their attitudes towards training are ultimately negative, I think movement and pole dancing you know it should be the happy place and if for some reason it’s not being is not a happy place for you right now it’s a good idea to step back, think about why you’re doing it and find a way to enjoy it, make it pleasurable move and shoes to pole dance in a way that is pleasurable for you if that means you stay on the floor the whole time cool, that means you never touched the pole, cool ,and also love being able to take pleasure in the movement means that you’re taking care of yourself outside of pole if you only pole dance if it’s a exercise taxing on your body because the nature of it is in balance we need other movement to keep us optimized for our dancing, so I can be seen at Marlo fisken on Instagram, flow movement of course.

   Awards, mention them:

Them they’re all old I was the 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion, the 2011 Aerial Pole International Champion, and I was IPDFA Instructor of the Year couple years ago, but those are all like I said a pretty long time ago I think that my ability to maintain a consistently successful teaching career in this industry for 10 years and travel the world and I’ve taught in 70 countries now that to me seems like the biggest award that I’ve received because that’s shows work, hard work for a long period of time.

 

CREDITH PHOTOS: Kenneth Kao, Pole Ninja Photography.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

MARLO FISKEN

 

  • Where were you born?: I was born in Virginia
  • Birthdate? My birthday is June 1st
  • Where do you live?: I live in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Zodiac sign?: My zodiac sign is a Gemini
  • Music you prefer ?: The music I prefer is anything that makes me feel like dancing.

 

 

Thank you very much Marlo, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

 

EXOTIC GENERATION FRANCE. Une forme d’expression.

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Juliette Jak (@juliettejak), le propriétaire de l’école French Pole Riviera et organisateur d’EXOTIC GENERATION FRANCE nous en dit un peu plus sur cet événement qui aura lieu le 26 janvier 2019 à Nice, en Côte d’azur. C’est une rencontre exotique, où la danse et la sensualité seront les protagonistes de la journée.

Vous, que prévoyez-vous?

 

De quoi parle cette compétition?

Il s’agit d’une compétition spectacle entièrement sur de l’Exotic Pole. Elle se base sur la fluidité des mouvements et ondulations du corps tout en jouant sur la sensualité et féminité sans aller vers la vulgarité. L’Exotic Pole devient de plus en plus impressionnante, techniquement et physiquement grâce à sa pratique souvent en talons. Cette compétition sera la première compétition d’Exotic Pole en France.

Pour qui est formé le jury?

La composition du jury est encore une surprise mais je l’annoncerai très prochainement.

Combien de catégories seront en concurrence?

Il y aura trois catégories Exotic Flow, Exotic Old School et Exotic Hard. Vous retrouverez le détail de chaque catégorie sur ma page Instagram ou Facebook Exotic Generation France.

Combien d’athlètes espérez-vous participer?

J’espère entre 30 et 40 participants.

Y aura-t-il des spectacles spéciaux d’artistes invités?

Laissons un peu de suspense…

Où peut-on acheter des billets ?

Une billetterie en ligne sera mise à disposition sur la page Facebook prochainement.

Autre chose que vous voulez mettre en évidence?

Exotic dancers un beau spectacle se prépare le 26 janvier 2019 à Nice où j’espère vous y retrouver et où nous mettrons en valeur l’Exotic Pole qui est une belle branche de la Pole Dance. Hâte de vous voir danser.

Spectateurs que vous connaissiez ou non l’Exotic Pole n’hésitez pas à venir découvrir cet événement unique et atypique sur la Côte d’Azur.

Retrouvez en détail les informations sur cette compétition sur notre page Facebook ou Instagram Exotic Generation France.

À bientôt Juliette

 

Merci Juliette de nous avoir permis de diffuser votre événement. 

Vanesa S. Zylinski – Magazine POLEGOOD

OLGA LEFTEROVA. Ukrainian Style.

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“Train not for honors and medals, train for pleasure and health”…These are the words of Olga Lefterova, a beautiful Ukrainian girl who combines the discipline of Pole Dance with her profession and her family. An artist with style … Ukranian style. We invite you to meet her, OLGA LEFTEROVA for POLEGOOD Magazine.

Olga, what motivated you to approach the Pole Dance?

I was motivated by the fact, that for a long time I was training fitness but internally feel that something’s wrong, than I’ve tried dancing. And again it wasn’t completely mine, unfortunately dancing didn’t give me enough physical activity. For me pole dance became an ideal symbiosis of creativity and development in dance, and complex physical activities.

How is your life outside of sport?

I’ve graduated as a graphic designer, I work as a freelancer, and with pleasure combine these two professions. And the most important thing in my life is that I am a mother of a three-year-old child and a happy wife.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

If we talk about social networks, I’m publishing things related with the trainings mostly; I don’t like to share my daily personal life.

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

For me, pole dance is a very multifaceted sport. That’s the coolest advantage! Everyone can find something special for themselves. There are dance, plasticity, strength, endurance, flexibility… You can always find directions, wherein you can develop all the time.

How do you see the development of the discipline of Pole, in Ukraine?

Over the past few years Ukrainian pole dance has reached a very high level. I look with admiration how tremendously it’s mowing forward, especially in children’s sports. And I understand that children who are performing at the Championships now, in a few years will move to the category of professionals and soon it will take the form of professional sports at the Olympic level.

With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

Regularly I have stretching classes, and I want to add choreography lessons in the nearest future.

A message that you want to leave us?

Train not for honors and medals, train for pleasure and health, if you like the process, results will always be!

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Full Name: Olga Lefterova

Where were you born?: Kyiv, Ukraine

Birthdate: 25.07.1987

Where do you live?: Lublin, Poland

Zodiac sign?: Leo

 Awards, mention them:

2013 – 3 place Ukrainian Pole Art Championship 2013

2016 – Certificated instructor Pole Dance Ukraine Pole Sport Federation

2017 – 2 place World Championship Air Power Athletics 2017 (category Pole Sport Professionals Women – A)

2018 – Finalist “Pole Art Experience” Category Professionals Women

2018 – Finalist “Pole Dance Show” Category Professionals

2018 – 2 place “Vertical Fit Championship” Category Semi-Elite 2

 

 

Thank you Olga, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- Polegood Magazine.

 

 

 

 

TJAŠA SKUBIC and her passion for the Pole.

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She tells how she approached the Pole. She assures that before she realized it, she was already in love with discipline. From Slovenia, in an interview for Polegood, TJAŠA SKUBIC.

 

Would you tell us how you got to Pole Dance?

It all started 5 years ago when I moved next to a pole studio and at the time I haven’t been doing any other sports so it was a really nice opportunity for me to take a class there. And before I knew it I was utterly in love with this beautiful form of art.

How is your life outside of sport?

I’m a student at Faculty of sports where I’m studying kinesiology. In my spare time I teach pole dance at a local studio, and I never miss an opportunity to hang out with my friends, boyfriend and family.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

The most important moment was when I became a pole instructor because this had been my dream since I started. I’d also need to highlight my experience with competing, because it had a big impact on me as a dancer and performer. Just the other day another amazing thing happened, Indi Pole app has contacted me about becoming one of their instructors on their platform. I’m beyond thrilled about collaborating with them.

Any phrase identify you?

Please, keep looking. Not for a person, but for your passion, your love, your courage, your goals, your dreams, your happiness, yourself. Keep looking. Explore yourself before you explore another. Know your worth, know yourself. Only then will you know what you need over what you want. You need yourself to become your own.

This is something that really inspires me and I always try to follow it.

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

I’d say the most important thing would be the confidence that you gain with pole dance. All the pole dancers I know started loving their bodies more and accepting themselves as a whole after they had started taking pole classes. But of course,

there are also physical benefits like becoming stronger and more flexible which not only make you a better pole dancer but also make you feel healthier and more powerful.

With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

I go to twerk classes every once in a while and do some yoga to get more flexible and to relax during exam periods or other stressful times.

Why would you advise doing Pole Dance?

I would advise pole dance to everyone who wants to gain muscle, become more flexible and boost their confidence overall. There’s also another thing about pole dance that isn’t mentioned often enough in my opinion. While learning new pole tricks, you’re constantly achieving new goals. I think having goals is super important because they keep you motivated and help you realize how much you’ve progressed.

A message that you want to leave us?

Always believe in yourself and never stop doing something you’re passionate about.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 Full Name: Tjaša Skubic

 Birthdate? 4.5.1997

 Where were you born?: In Ljubljana, Slovenia

Where do you live?: In Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Zodiac sign?: Taurus

 Music you prefer ?: Pop, rock, R’N’B

 Awards, mention them:

3rd Place Pole Freak Championship Amateur Category – 2016.

 

Thank you very much Tjaša Skubic, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

POLE KIDS NATIONAL TEAM- KYRGYZSTAN. Little Stars.

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Polegood is pleased to interview two trainers of young promises of the Pole, who from the distant Kirgyz Republic, tell us their experiences and expectations in relation to the discipline. With us, the Coaches of Pole Kids National Team of Kirgyz Republic , the sisters Yana (ballroom dance instructor and BM in music education) and Kristina Sivirina (MSC in sports science, master of sports in Rhytmic Gymnastics).

Yana, could you tell us how your relationship with the Pole began?

Well, it all started with an awful back pain both for me and my sister Kristina. She is a former rhythmic gymnast and I am a ballroom dancer. We both had spine problems and used to go to manual therapist to get it fixed. One day our doctor said, that he is tired of seeing us every month and we should get more muscles in our back to prevent the spine from “falling apart”. So, the doctor suggested to try pole dance (!) as the fastest work out way. And one needs to trust doctors, right? That’s how it all started.

How did the decision to start a team come about?

My sister and I used to take part in pole competitions, but we’ve never seen kids performing on the pole before. Our friend Olga Chjao-Tun-Kun, owns one of the biggest pole and fitness studios in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), she is also the president of Pole Acrobatics and Pole Dance Federation of Kyrgyz Republic. Kristina used to work in that studio, as choreographer for little girls, teaching body ballet and gymnastics for beginners. One day Olga suggested to try to bring kids to the pole, and as Kristina already was coaching rhythmic gymnastic girls, it was a new challenge. And it was accepted. We started with a small group of 5 kids and now we have three groups of beginners/advanced girls and The National Pole Kids Team.

Can you tell us about the institutional project that you develop with the Children?

It’s all Kristina’s idea and the programm. I don’t know how other pole people work with kids, but our program is built on the rhythmic gymnastics base and our own methods of work. My sister is a real nerd. She has the MSc in Sports Coach Science and she took pole sports for kids as a part of her research for final paper. Kristina actually still writes little notes for most of our training sessions. We have a very efficient tandem: Kristina works with bodies (stretching, physical activities etc.) and I do the “brain work” and dance part for the routines. As an educator, I try to bring new techniques of teaching from school to the pole ))) We differentiate practices: for example, we have flexy back day: warm ups and exercises and all pole tricks are for the bendy back. The other day we do “all the legs” day: splits, exercises, etc. We have classic choreo days as well (kids do not like it so much, though) .

As Pole sport is officially recognized in our country, we actually have a team and we attend competitions: National and Central Asian Сhampionships, Russian Open Championships etc.

 What benefits have you found that has the discipline of Pole for children?

This is amazing, how pole sport can combine strength and flexibility at the same time. Choreo and elements are beautifully tangled. It is so enthralling to watch our kids grow and evolve so fast, not just physically but as sportsmen too. I believe, that athletic childhood is so much fun: it builds stronger character, raises kids in dignity of sportsmanship, and team-family always supports you no matter what. Our kids develop self-confidence and positive attitude through sports.

What type of students attend?

We accept girls starting from 7 years old and up to 15. And there is a reason for it. As our experience proved, this is the right age to start, firstly because of physics of little bodies (their hands are so tiny and we are obsessed with safety). Also, we measure their weight and height to monitor progress of their growth. Any girl can try pole sports, it doesn’t matter, if a kid tried any sports before. But we do check the health condition. Seriously. Kids on the national team do health-check twice a year. Eyesight, EKG, pediatrician etc.

Any phrase that identifies you?

There is no “I can not do it”.

 How do you see the development of the Pole discipline in Kyrgyzstan?

Our federation is officially recognized in Kyrgyzstan and we are so proud of it. Now we are working hard to bring our sportsmen to the top.

Any message you want to leave us?

We are so excited to be a part of fast growing pole sports community. All together we can bring this sport to the Olympics. Pole People, let’s unite!

Our instagram page is @pole.kids

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/polekidsteambishkek/

 

Thank you very much Yana, Kristina and POLE KIDS KG National Team for letting us know part of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

 

 

 

MISS FILLY… Feelings, gratitude, happiness and excitement for the Pole.

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The tricks enshrine with a subtle energy, each figure seems to float in an atmosphere without gravity, and at the limit of balance, her body draws that flight that unleashes admiration. Today Polegood interviews Miss Filly.

What motivated you to approach the Pole Dance?

My sister wanted to start Pole Dancing and as she is 7 years older than me, I copied everything she did. I went along with her we were addicted from the very first class.

How is your life outside of sport?

I work many different jobs within the one industry – I am a competitive pole dancer myself, I work full time as an instructor at Pole Divas as well as a specialized competition coach. I am also Director of Training for Pole Divas and train up the new instructors and write class syllabus. It keeps me busy! I love to go away for weekends in the country when I can, and when, I tour I like to see as much of the country as I can.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

Winning Miss Pole Dance Australia for the 2nd time was a highlight! It was a long journey to the stage with all kinds of challenges but it all came together in the end. The process taught me a lot!

Any phrase identify you?

“Balls deep”. It´s a motto my friends and I have that means “going all in”. You have to be passion. When you want something enough – go balls deep in it!

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

Pole Dance teaches you a lot about how you deal with fear, with the unknown and with stress. You can find the most amazing strength within you in pole classes or walking out onto a competition stage- strength that you might not have known you ever had! It teaches you how to listen to your body and trust in what your body can do and that is a very powerful thing.

How do you perceive the development of the Pole discipline in Australia?

Australian pole has come a long way! We are inventive, creative and have a great standard of competition nation wide. As more disciplines influence our craft the more varied the styles become and we are very accepting of both exotic styles and contemporary styles – as well as everything in between! It´s a great place to be ?

With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

I pole dance both barefoot and with heels as I find both techniques very different – I will alternate training just floor work with pole combo training as both load my body in different ways. I stretch outside of pole as well as body weight conditioning at my partners boxing gym.

What does the Pole mean to you as an artistic expression?

Pole is cathartic – the best way to vent your feels, to show gratitude, happiness and excitement, and to fall in love with your own sexual energy and creative powers. The shows you can create can be for you or for your audience and both are validate by a supportive audience and community.

A message that you want to leave us?

Regardless of skill or studio, we should lift each other up, support the different and unique styles each of us bring to pole and celebrate our achievements as a community. #unitedbypole.

Awards, mention them:

Pole Championship Series (Arnold Classic) – WINNER 2018

Australian Pole Championship – WINNER 2017

Victorian Pole Championships – WINNER 2017

Pole Championship Series (Arnold Classic)- Women´s 2nd Place 2017

Australian Pole Championship- 2nd Place 2016

Miss Pole Dance Australia SOLO WINNER 2017

Paragon- International Pole Dance Competition WINNER 2015.

Australian Pole Championship – 3rd Place 2015

Victorian Pole Championships – 3rd Place 2015

Miss Pole Dance Australia SOLO WINNER 2015

Miss Pole Dance Australia Doubles WINNER 2014

Miss Pole Dance Victoria Solo WINNER 2014.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Full Name: PHILIPPA RASIDI. @missfillypolediva
  • Birthdate? 7th June 1987
  • Where were you born?: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
  • Where do you live?: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
  • Zodiac sign?: Gemini.
  • Music you prefer ?: Soul / Funk / Rock.

 

 

Thank you very much Miss Filly  for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski – POLEGOOD Magazine

 

 

ANASTACIA TIMOSHENKO. Russian Sensuality.

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Polegood presents Anastacia Timoshenko, sensual and talented, tells us part of her story, how she approached Pole Dance, her triumphs and the important moments of her artistic career. A story to discover. We invite you to meet her.

Anastacia, would you tell us how you got to Pole Dance?

It’s a strange story. It was almost the end of my University life. I had already worked like hell for about a year in the office and did not have a lot of free time and energy for myself in everyday life. My dear friend Helen looked at me and told «Stop behave like you’re on retirement. Your life looks so boring. Add new colors in it. Try pole dance, for example». I said “yes” and forgot about it.

Some time after she went to a free tango class. It was so boring for her and being frustrated after the class on her way to the metro, she found pole dance studio. It was a momentous moment. Immediately she tried 1st pole dance class and have bought her 1st (and the last, as I can see) monthly pass. She came to me in the evening and shared her impressions. Then I’ve bought a monthly pass at the same studio (it was @elena_marso_school). Since that, I changed several studios, tried different pole dance directions, had some breakes in pole dance for 0,5-1 year, but that story I still remember.

How is your life outside of sport?

I am a Tax Manager in a huge holding company with assets all over the world (USA, Europe and Russia). As my hobby, I also sing and play the guitar when I have free time.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

  1. 1st pole dance class – I still remember those uncomfortable feelings/elements/1st trainer as it was yesterday.
  2. 1st pole at home – the best purchase ever, “must have” for every pole dancer. Now I got 2 x-poles.
  3. 1st split – it was October, I was in vacation. For a long time I tried to reach my split goal and finally did it. After that step I thought that everything is possible. And I am not just amateur in sport. I am serious. I am more than an office worker – I’m a worker who can do split )))
  1. 1st pole dance camp – #MyPoleCamp (www.instagram/PoleDanceCamp). Only pole dance, you and nature – nothing more. We had very intensive classes with the best pole dancers from Russia and Europe. It is a great practice and wide experience. We were far from home, from everyday routine. I really recommend to everyone to dive into such adventure and let yourself to open your new sides and wake your inner demons.
  2. 1st deep hurt feelings – Negative moments also make us grow. I had a cold. And somebody was laughing at me while I could not get into pole element. After that, I was crying like a baby for a half of the night. I wanted to go away, never come back to pole classes ever. Then I breathe in. Breathe out. And told myself that I do not care what other people say.
  3. 1st performance – really huge step out of a comfort zone.
  4. 1st participation in commercial sport project – when you see the other side of the sport, you have chance to imagine the whole picture of this sphere. It was not especially pole dance project, but in close relation with sport. Really good experience.
  5. 1st championship – you are entering the next level. You try yourself again, mobilize your resources and share with the world a piece of you, the best you can do at the moment of preparation for the champ.

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

There are many benefits. Nevertheless, if to tell about the one – it is self-confidence. You start appreciate yourself and open yourself like a flower.

How do you see the development of the discipline of Pole, in Russia?

As many of us know, the pole sport is coming closer to classic sport disciplines and I think this direction has a serious future, equal to other type of sport.

About other pole directions (pole exotic, pole art, etc.) – I think, it will be deeper and deeper integrated into our live as part of performance as aerial acrobatics and dance. Already now, we may see aerial acrobatics performances as a part of huge important events on TV, etc.

Who knows, may be something even more creative will happened in the pole dance sphere.

These trends are relevant for Russia as well as worldwide, I think.

With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

Dance classes without pole, classical stretching and sometimes I may add some circuit trainings. All the above is to improve my pole dance skills. It helps me to opens new horizons in learning new elements and add more beautiful lines during the dance. Recently I opened for myself frame up and strip dance – I really like it and try to add it to my dance on the pole.

A message that you want to leave us?

I would like to tell to beginners in pole dance:

  1. 1st steps – the hardest. Step by step it will be easier.
  2. If you started – never stop. When you come back – you’ll always will think that you’d better don’t stop.
  3. Fix your results from the beginning. After some time you will look back and see how amazingly you have grown. It will provide you a more energy in trainings and also serve as a good example for others who don’t believe in themselves.

 

CREDIT PHOTOS:  Yuriy Bote PH.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name: Anastacia Timoshenko   @anastaciavictorovna

Where were you born: Russia, Tyumen region, Rainbow town.

Birthdate: 01.06.1991.

Where do you live: Moscow.

Zodiac sign: Gemini.

Thank you Anastacia, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- Polegood Magazine.

 

JASMINE SCHEFFEL. A talent that looms.

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“Pole builds confidence and changes your perception on the rest of your life”…These are the words of Jasmine, a talented geminian from the United States who spends much of her time teaching, training and concentrating for her next competitions … JASMINE SCHEFFEL, talent and enthusiasm. POLEGOOD invites you to meet her.

Jasmine, what motivated you to approach the Pole Dance?

I was friends with an instructor when I was stationed in Charleston, SC. I took her class and was very sore the next day. I kept going just for fun once or twice a week and after a few months I started to notice my body getting toned which never happened before even though I was a college athlete and always dieting. I was more confident, so I continued for 1.5 years and she left the studio. I quit shortly after her and bought my own pole. I moved to WV to go to school and started using youtube to self train. Once I saw competition videos on youtube, I was hooked.

How is your life outside of sport?

Its almost nonexistent right now. I have another competition in a month and I own a studio, so I teach when I am not training. I am a single mom and spend the rest of my time taking care of my son.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

I love achieving goals. The day I got the rainbow marchenko, the time I nailed the fonji 360, and of course all the competitions. I’ve never done as well as planned but its amazing meeting the other competitors and being a part of such an awesome community. My favorite moments though, are alone in the studio after practicing and struggling and screaming then finally mastering whatever I was trying.

What do you inspire to prepare your choreography?

I turn the song on loud and play it over and over again. I close my eyes and envision choreography in my head. I also watch different styles of dance on youtube to help inspire. The inspiration comes from what the piece is about and the story I want to tell through dance.

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

Physically, you feel like Spider – Man. Mentally, it benefits every part of your life. Pole builds confidence and changes your perception on the rest of your life. Suddenly nothing is impossible, and you accept and love yourself. The pole community is the best part. Everyone is so open, accepting, and unique. No one is afraid to be themselves and I love being a part of it.

How do you see the development of the discipline of Pole, in United States?

Within the next decade, it will become popular and be an Olympic sport. Well see more children and males involved and I cant wait.

With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

I do gymnastics when I can and yoga. I run and stretch all the time. I practice all sorts of dance styles and I recently took up kung fu for the mental benefits. I really want to start calisthenics.

What would you say to all those people who do not yet know the discipline of the Pole?

Have an open mind, give it a try, and please don’t associate any negativity with pole.

A message that you want to leave us?

Die fast, Pole hard.  haha Dimitry Politov said that before and he is my favorite.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Full Name: Jasmine Scheffel

Where were you born?: Oakland, MD

Birthdate: August 20, 1987

Where do you live?: Morgantown, WV

Zodiac sign?: Leo

Awards, mention them:

APL 2018 National Champion

 

Thank you Jasmine, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- Polegood Magazine.

 

Passion to shape the future, POLE KIDS CROATIA.

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Klara Pergolis, from Pula, Croatia, tells us her experience of working with children in the discipline of Pole Dance.
We present an authentic trainer of future stars …

Klara, could you tell us how your relationship with the Pole began?

I’ve been in modern dance since 2006. and became a dance teacher in 2011., which gave me an opportunity to work with kids and young dancers and fall in love with it. As I loved to explore other styles of dance, pole dance also caught my attention. It was back in 2014 when I first tried a fireman spin at my best friend’s mom’s Pole studio ‘S POLE DANCE’ in my hometown Pula. It was very challenging to try something like this and as soon as I tried it, I knew immediately I wanted to learn more.

 How did the decision to start a school come about?

One day after my pole class my pole teacher Žaklina Kostešić and I discussed how would it be great if we also offered pole for kids, but we also knew we might face challenges since we live in a small country, in an even smaller town Pula. At that point we didn’t know how people would react if we started a POLE KIDS group in her studio. But as you know, polers are brave so I told her LET’S DO IT and she agreed. So here I am, training these awesome kids this amazing sport for almost 2 years now.

 Can you tell us about the institutional project that you develop with the Children?

Well it’s more like a big family than an institution or a project. It did start as a project to teach kids a new way of exercise, to learn new elements and new things, to widen their perspective, and now each individual has already an idea what this sport is about and what can be achieved. We are trying to make them put their ideas out there, because they taught us some things too. Kids have great imagination and passion, and with a proper push from this family, they will achieve greatness. I’m getting as much inspiration from teaching my students as they are getting motivation from me, not to mention the pride I feel every time I watch them do new tricks, grow and develop into the pole stars of the future, but most important, I teach them respect for themselves no matter their looks, weight or condition, as well as respect for everyone else around them.

What benefits have you found that has the discipline of Pole for children?

Pole sport is not much different from any other sport like gymnastics. Many children are actually quite confused as to why pole dance is not recognized as much as gymnastics. To them, the pole is simply a fun equipment to use as a prop and perform tricks on. Pole dancing uses all of the muscles in your body and you are always moving – making it both a great isometric and cardiovascular exercise. We are always doing a good warm up which includes games as a cardio exercises, strength exercises on pole or bodyweight floor exercises. Combined with good balance and flexibility, increased kinesthetic awareness allows them to avoid nasty common accidents like slipping, falling, and knocking things over and having them fall on your feet. Children learn quickly and they are fearless, flexible and strong. As a dance teacher, I always pay attention on the choreography, musicality and coordination of my students. Pole sport is an incredible way for them to keep fit, learn an incredible skill and teach them to lead a healthy lifestyle, which is what we all want for our children.

What type of students attend?

I have kids starting with 4 years old up to 14 years old, and everyone is different and needs a different approach. It’s interesting how one sport, hard and challenging as pole dancing can be interesting and fun to all generations. I have many children with no previous experience with exercise, and after a few months they become real beasts on the pole ☺

Any phrase that identifies you?

I’m always saying there is no space in this room for “ I CAN’T DO THIS”. I always say I will throw ”IT” out of the window and then everybody laughs because I love to be dramatic sometimes while explaining it.

 What expectations do you have regarding the discipline of the Pole?

I can’t wait for pole dancing to become an Olympic sport so everyone can see the beauty in it. But the thing I want the most is to become a regular way of exercise for kids . People have so many prejudices about pole dancing for children. They are not well informed and it’s hard to change people’s’ minds without proper education. However, people do change their opinion when they see my first pole class with children. The popularity of Pole Sports is dramatically escalating in the world and I hope it will start to be like that in Croatia too. Like any sport, the future truly lies with the younger generation.

Any message you want to leave us?

I want to thank you for your call because you are helping us spread the word that this is a legitimate sport, and not an easy one, you have to give up many things if you want to achieve something, but that goes for everything that you wanna succeed at. Don’t stop dreaming and don’t hesitate to try pole dancing, and the best part is is that it doesn’t have an age limit!

Thank you Klara and POLE KIDS  for letting us know part of your Pole story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski – POLEGOOD Magazine

 

AURELIE MARLEENE. Beauty and style.

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She displays sensual movements while the audience applauds admiring her figures.

Beauty and style; the combination that characterizes her. From Australia, POLEGOOD presents Aurelie Marleene.

Aurelie, would you tell us how you got to Pole Dance?

I started pole dancing in July 2014 because I was tired of going to the gym. I had always been looking for something fun and challenging that would keep me fit. One day I saw a pole dancer at a strip club. She performed a drop from the top of the pole and stopped right at the base of the pole. It was so unexpected, I was amazed. A couple of weeks after that, I went to my very first beginner pole class without knowing anything about it. I could not do the splits and was scared to lift myself upside down, but I was so hooked right from the start that I never stopped training since that day!

 How is your life outside of sport?

I am a graphic designer with a passion for Typography. It makes my life quite busy but balanced: designing by day and dancing by night.

Within your career as an athlete of the Pole, what moments would you highlight?

My biggest highlight was definitely being invited to compete at Miss Pole Dance Australia after winning the Queensland state heats in 2016. I had only been pole dancing for two years and I was up against my biggest pole idols. I was terrified, but it felt like a dream. That is when my love for performing on stage was born!

Any phrase identifies you?

Never stop learning.

According to your experience, what are the benefits that the discipline of Pole Dance brings to the athletes who practice it?

There are so many benefits, but for me I would say it was finding something that would motivate me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I am so in love with what I do that I do not need to force myself to eat healthy or get a lot of sleep. It comes naturally. I used to struggle a lot with my nutrition.

 With what other disciplines do you complement this activity?

I am already quite strong, so I do not do any strength activity outside of pole. But it takes a lot of effort to maintain my flexibility. This is why a practice contortion and stretching for about an hour during each pole session.

What would you say to all those people who do not yet know the discipline of the Pole?

To anyone one that does not know what pole dancing is, I would say that is not what it used to be. It is a sport that is evolving so quickly and is so versatile that you cannot give it just one definition. I strongly recommend giving it a try if you are thinking of starting. Chances are you will become addicted and you will find your own style that suits you.

A message that you want to leave us?

Do what you love and do it with passion.

Awards, mention them:

Miss Pole Dance Australia 2016/17 and 2017/18 – Finalist

Miss Pole Dance Queensland 2017/18 – 1st Runner Up

Miss Pole Dance Queensland 2016/17 – Winner

PERSONAL INFORMATION

* Full Name: Aurelie Marleene

* Birthdate? 08/07/89

* Where were you born? I was born in New Caledonia, a small island in the Pacific.

* Where do you live? I live on the Gold Coast, in Australia.

* Zodiac sign? Cancer

* Music you prefer? I can listen to any style of music if I think it is good!

 

Thank you very much Aurelie, for allowing us to spread a little bit of your story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

 

 

 

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