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X-POLE, Leaders in Pole and Aerial Fitness.

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In an interview for Polegood, Kash Suntharamoorthy, Global Marketing Director at X-POLE  tells us how the brand’s beginnings were and how he observes the evolution of the Pole’s discipline.

X-POLE, leaders in Pole and Aerial Fitness.

 

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

X Pole was the first company in the world to promote pole dancing as a fitness and sport form. The Company´s founder, Clive Coote, over 15 years ago, identified that women (and men) wanted to easily train at home, toning and building the strength of their bodies through pole fitness. As an engineer, he decided to design a pole, that can be removed and installed in your home, without the need for any screws or fittings. X-POLE was born.

Since when is in the field of discipline of Pole?

Since early 2003.

What kind of products and services do you offer?

X-POLE provides the most secure and trusted dance poles, aerial equipment, pole and aerial training and qualifications and we sponsor and partner with competitions and pole camps all across the world.

How have you seen the evolution of the discipline in USA?

The discipline has evolved in many ways. From providing a new fitness form to exotic disciplines, pole dance continues to grow and adding several new genres and style that cater to all types of users.

What projections do you see for the future in the medium term?

Bigger growth and acceptance- Olympic accreditation- Being recognized by big sporting brands.

 

X-POLE Contact:

www.xpoleus.com

www.xpole.com

 

Thank you for helping us in spreading the discipline of Pole.

Vanesa S. Zylinski – POLEGOOD Magazine

 

Descubriendo a SANDRA TORO.

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Descubriendo a SANDRA TORO.

Desde Colombia, pasión por el Pole con aroma a café…

 

Sandra, nos contarías como se inició tu relación con el Pole Dance?

Durante mis estudios universitarios en el año 2010, una compañera llegó con un video de una práctica que le había llamado la atención. Recuerdo que era un vídeo de Felix Cane en alguna de sus actuaciones. Ella me propuso que aprendiera de manera autodidacta, desde videos, puesto que en aquel entonces ya practicaba Acrobacia en tela y esto me daba algunas herramientas. Sin embargo, pronto me ví buscando en internet más información y si había alguna academia de Pole en mi ciudad. Encontré dos academias funcionando y se lo conté a mi amiga, quien me regaló en mi cumpleaños el primer mes en una de las academias. Allí avancé rápidamente y pronto estuve dando clases. Desde ese momento hasta ahora nunca he parado de practicar, de capacitarme y dar de clases.

Cuáles han sido los mejores momentos de tu carrera, como atleta de la disciplina?

Creo que cada momento es único; tanto en los triunfos, como cuando no nos va bien, aprendemos un montón. Y es difícil escoger sólo algunos.

Pero si debo escoger, escogería cuando en el 2012, gané el Primer Campeonato Nacional de Pole, el Miss Pole Dance Colombia, en Categoría Profesional; estaba muy atenta cuando estaban anunciando las ganadoras del tercer y segundo lugar y como no escuché mi nombre, me distraje porque no creía que fuera posible que mi nombre fuese mencionado para el primer lugar. Cuando anunciaron mi nombre, ní me di por enterada, así que una de las competidoras que estaba a mi lado me empujó y yo reaccioné asustada diciendo una mala palabra (jajajajajajajaja). Este momento salió en canal nacional en mi país, así que sigue siendo para mí un momento memorable no solo por la anécdota, sino porque el gremio recibió con agrado el resultado y recibí muchas manifestaciones de cariño. Eso fue muy bello. Luego de esto creo que comenzó realmente mi carrera como Pole Dancer a nivel profesional.

Otro de los momentos fue en el Pole Art Colombia 2017, puesto que la rutina estaba inspirada en sucesos difíciles y fuertes de mi vida para aquel entonces… fue poner en escena el dolor y el sentimiento, y crear algo muy propio.

En 2017 participar y pasar a la final del World Pole Sport Championship, entre más de 50 competidoras y estar en la final con grandes figuras como Rafaela Montanaro y Pink Puma, fue un sueño!

Por último, este año he sido invitada a participar en la Categoría Star en el Panamerican Pole Championship, que será realizado en Argentina el 8 y 9 de diciembre. Esta invitación ha significado muchísimo para mí, ya que es un reconocimiento muy importante para mi trayectoria como atleta y artista.

Qué beneficios consideras que aporta la disciplina del pole a los atletas que la practican?

Lo primero, y creo que de las cosas más importantes que adquiere un atleta cuando practica pole es que empieza a querer su cuerpo, no solo por cómo se ve, sino por lo que puede hacer. Uno mismo se sorprende de las cosas que con un buen entrenamiento y mucha motivación se pueden lograr. Es como magia. ¡Cada vez quieres más! Y cada pequeño movimiento es un gran triunfo, por lo que el pole te llena de alegría y satisfacción.

Otro de los beneficios, es que te haces miembro de un clan donde, generalmente, hay mucho compañerismo, donde todos se animan y celebran entre sí, así que se te amplía la familia.

Los beneficios físicos son ampliamente conocidos y divulgados ya, así que no voy a ahondar en ello: tonificas, controlas el peso, te vuelves atletico y haces algo divertido por tu salud.

Con qué otras disciplinas complementas la práctica del Pole?

Complemento con Danza contemporánea y Acrobacia en tela. También hago preparación física con algo de entrenamiento funcional.

Qué aspectos tienes en cuenta a la hora de preparar una coreografía?

Siempre tengo en cuenta la música. Necesito tener una conexión especial con el tema musical para que el proceso de creación sea fluido. Luego tengo en cuenta el sentimiento que me genera la canción o que quiero trasmitir. Y luego los trucos y combos.

Creo que siempre busco enlazar los movimientos de las formas más extrañas, que las transiciones sean fluidas y raras, pues creo que eso es lo que diferencia unas coreografías de otras.

Y siempre busco que el transitar sea lo más fluido y limpio posible, aunque a veces no se logre. Creo que una buena coreografía a nivel técnico se hace más por la fluidez y las transiciones que por los trucos en sí.

Qué buscas transmitir a través de una performance de Pole Dance?

Pienso que eso depende de cada coreografía. A veces podría ser enojo, tristeza. A veces simplemente belleza o alegría. Me gustaría que siempre el espectador quede con la sensación de haber sido tocado de cualquier forma. Es algo muy difícil de lograr y creo que es una búsqueda muy personal que está en desarrollo.

Qué mensaje te gustaría dejarnos?

La búsqueda del movimiento es una búsqueda de sí mismo. Creo que hay que aprender a disfrutar del camino, a celebrarse cada logro por pequeño que parezca. El camino es la verdadera ganancia, sobre todo en cada competencia. Y ese camino no solo te acerca más al conocimiento de sí; también te acerca a otros.

Premios obtenidos en la disciplina del Pole? Menciónelos.

Primer Lugar Miss Pole Dance Colombia 2012, Categoría profesional

Primer Lugar Categoría Duplas Campeonato Nacional de Pole Dance, Colombia 2013

Tercer Lugar Categoría Duplas Miss Pole Dance Sudamérica 2013

Tercer Lugar Campeonato Nacional de Pole Sport, Colombia 2016. Categoría Elite

Primer Lugar Campeonato Nacional de Pole Sport, Colombia 2017. Categoría Elite

Primer Lugar Categoría Pole Dance Elite Open Pole, Colombia 2017

Primer Lugar Categoría Pole Art Profesional en el Pole Art Colombia 2017

Primer Lugar Open Pole, Categoría Exotic profesional, Colombia 2018

Campeonato Nacional de Pole Sport & Art, Colombia 2018. Segundo lugar, Categoría Elite en Pole Sport. Y Primer Lugar, Categoría Profesional en Art.

FICHA PERSONAL

Nombre Completo: Sandra Patricia Toro Tamayo

Fecha de Nacimiento : 1 marzo 1982

Donde Naciste?: Medellín/Colombia

Dónde vives? Medellín

Signo del zodíaco?: Piscis

Música preferida?: Bossa Nova

Hobby?: Artesanía

Gracias Sandra por permitirnos conocer parte de tu historia.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The magic of Makeda Smith

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The rhythmic music seizes each of  her fibers … the magic transforms the atmosphere … her shapely hips initiated the ritual that her long legs took care of accompanying … every movement distilled an incited sensuality … the dance is hypnotic and each trick is a flight towards freedom, towards that personal destiny that she has as her engine, the passion to continue discovering that there is more to give …

With us,  MAKEDA SMITH!

How did your relationship with the Pole begin?

I started my pole journey at the age of 50. I am 57 now. My life was pretty down in the dumps at the time and I was hoping to find a physical exercise that would keep me from feeling so depressed. I took one pole class out of curiosity – and was hooked forever ! Taking classes kept me motivated and inspired. The workouts were very challenging, and sometimes frustrating – but I was up for it. Every time I conquered a pole move – I felt amazing !

Since when do you practice it?

I practice pole and the aerial arts every chance I get. I am usually in the studio every other day. I have been studying pole art for almost 8 years now.

What do you try to transmit with your performances?

When I perform, my ‘dancer self’ takes over. Her name is ‘sheBA’ – she is an ancient temple priestess and her dance is spiritual and sacred. sheBa is my inner goddess.

What challenges does it represent for you, to do pole dance?

As an older dancer I am sometimes challenged because of my age. I was actually cyber bullied for being a ‘granny’ pole dancer. A video of me went viral and thousands of people ridiculed me online. I now use the hashtags #grannyonapole and #grannyandherpole with much pride ! Also, per training, I move slower than the younger students in class and sometimes it takes me longer to master the pole tricks. There are also pole tricks that I cannot do because of flexibility.

When preparing a choreography, what aspects do you consider?

When I prepare choreography, I think about how I want my audience to feel. I also think about conveying the feeling and message of the song I am performing as well. I consider the music and song to be art and I become a visual and moving representation of that art.

What sensations does being on a stage generate?

My very first performance I was so nervous I could not sleep – but once I got on stage, sheBA took over and everything was fine! I don’t get as nervous now, just a few jitters before going on stage. Once I am on stage though, after a few moments – sheBa takes over and the dance movement becomes my only focus.

Why would you recommend pole dance to women your age?

Pole dancing is a gateway to uncovering your inner goddess. With women my age however, 50 and over, I usually recommend exotic flow movement classes first – so that they can become comfortable with their bodies again. I have found that a lot of older women are intimidated being in pole classes with younger women. The idea of the pole and high heel shoes also makes many of them nervous. I teach my FlyingOver50 Flow Movement classes to older women and I find that for many of them, something as simple as rotating your hips can be

daunting yet very liberating! As we get older we stop moving our bodies and often lose our sensuality. Hip movement is the beginning of reawakening that sensuality. I have had several students move on to beginner pole after taking flow movement lessons with me. The flow movement opened them up to their goddess selves and they are then ready to explore pole !

What inspiring message could you leave?

My message is for all women, but particularly older women. It is that ‘sexy never gets old!’ You can reawaken the sleeping goddess within you – start by shaking your hips – you don’t need a pole to revive the magic. The magic starts with you – move your bodies – never stop dancing ! And when you are ready – the pole will take you ‘high her ! ‘

Note: I would like to graciously thank Vanesa S. Zylinski and Polegood Magazine for interviewing FlyingOver50 and for inspiring pole dancers around the world.

I would also like to thank MercVille Productions and Flying Curves Dance Studio, the team behind my “Goddesses In Motion: Pop Up Pole Video” – and Christina Villegas, the director and dance teacher/performer who directed the video shoot !

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Full Name: Makeda Smith ( stage name: sheBA )

Birthdate: 1/6/1961

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Place of birth: Los Angeles, raised in Chicago

Place of residence: Los Angeles

Music you prefer: mellow music like neo soul and smooth r&b and also jazz

Hobby: pole dancing, aerial hammock, lyra, walking, meditating and golf

Social Media Links:

Website: www.FlyingOver50.com

Email: flyingover50@gmail.com

Facebook at: FlyingOver50

Instagram: @FlyingOver50

Twitter: @flyingover50

Youtube: FlyingOver50

 

Thank you very much Makeda for letting us know part of your beautiful story.

Vanesa S. Zylinski- POLEGOOD Magazine

Review of TriOperas at The Peacock Theatre, London

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L-R Shoreina Pereira, Lucy Aiston & Lucy Kay - TriOperas - Peacock Theatre - Photograph by Tristram Kenton

L-R Shoreina Pereira, Lucy Aiston & Lucy Kay – TriOperas – Peacock Theatre – Photograph by Tristram KentonThe world premiere of TriOperas is quite simply live theatre at its best. It made me glad to be alive and privileged to be in the audience. The mastermind behind TriOperas is the one woman polymath Pamela Tan-Nicholson. Not only is the concept of reimaging three great operas – Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Carmen – hers but so also is the music and lyrics, the design and the choreography!

She has created a totally original and jaw-dropping show. Part Cirque de Soleil, part Strictly Come Dancing, part puppetry, part ballet, she mixes flamenco, tap, pole dancing, hip-hop, rap, pole and lion dancing, not to mention Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) martial arts, singing and the music to create a total work of art. Moreover, she does it with a panache, energy and style that takes the breath away. She never forgets that the audience wants to be entertained and to have a good time. Boy, do you get your money’s worth. Each opera last for half an hour and there is an interval between each one, so nice and relaxed. Perfect summer’s entertainment.

From the moment Turandot the Chinese Warrior Princess comes swooping down from the gods onto the stage you just know that this is going to be a wonderful show. The fight scenes are exhilarating, there is a very realistic beheading and some great comedy – especially the Royal maidens singing “Go away, you idiot.” There is so much to enjoy about this show. Especially perhaps its originality. Geishas tap dancing, or Carmen pole dancing, a traditional Chinese Lion transformed into a Spanish bull by adding horns of course, or the use of hidden trampolines to aid Carmen’s escape from the police.

As we move from China in the first opera (Turandot) to Japan in the second (Madam Butterfly) and Spain in the third (Carmen) we get a sense of one world, one globe, one human community. Pamela Tan-Nicholson (her name suggests as much) finds stimulation and excitement in the coming together of different traditions. If we are to create a global cosmopolitan community I would put my money on Pamela Tan-Nicholson and the arts. The evening filled me with hope, not only that the arts can bring us together globally, but equally importantly reaching out socially. We hear too much about opera and elitism and not enough about opera and inclusivity, so I was delighted to see some wonderful performances last night from students from the Brit School in Croydon. As the Brit School’s Stuart Worden noted “TriOperas would open new doors to students who may not have ever experienced opera before” and the Brit school students would “fire up the art form”. If you’ve never seen an opera before or think that it’s not for you, then I would urge you to see this show. It’s the best introduction to opera you could possibly ask for you. You get three for the price of one. Superb.

5 Star Rating

Review by John O’Brien

Three legendary operas come together for an unforgettable journey of love, vengeance, tears and laughter with shortened versions of Turandot, Butterfly and Carmen in one spectacular triple bill.

TRIOPERAS features the beautiful classics that you know and love, including Nessun Dorma, One Fine Day, Humming Chorus, Habanera and The Toreador Song, merged with punk, rap, rock and hip-hop.

This high adrenaline show is a dazzling experience, with an incredible display of acrobatics, kung-fu, puppetry, breakdancing, tap, ballet, salsa and even Chinese lion wushu and parkour.

TriOperas
23 May – 1 Jul 2018
The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT, London

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Sentir la adrenalina que genera el público… Escuchar los aplausos cuando la nombran, Momentos mágicos que vivencia junto al pole… Volver al escenario, volver a volar, ése es el gran sueño de Flor Bustos, una cordobesa que ama, vive y se apasiona por el pole. Ella es  dulce, sensible, sentimental y soñadora… una pisciana que pone el corazón en cada uno de sus actos. Gracias Flor por compartir con nosotros, un poquito de tu historia.

 

  • Florencia, cuéntanos, cómo llegaste al Pole Dance?

Llegué al Pole en el año 2007, aún no se conocía el deporte en Córdoba, una amiga vió la disciplina en Inglaterra y puso su estudio  y a través de videos  instructivos de pole me fui capacitando y entrenando . Recuerdo que me costó mucho porque no tenía fuerzas, pero con amor y dedicación cada día me superaba a mí misma.

 

  • Cómo es tu vida fuera del deporte?

Mi vida fuera del deporte es como un vacío. Siento que me falta algo…Actualmente hace 9 meses que no entreno ya que fui mamá de una hermosa princesa que nació hace 28 días y además debo someterme a un tratamiento de quimioterapia para sanar un cáncer … Mi lucha, mis fuerzas y ganas es porque tengo a mi Princesita y porque además, cuento los días para volver a volar arriba del pole …

 

  • Qué momentos recuerdas como los más hermosos dentro de tu carrera como atleta de Pole Dance?

Muchísimos … empezando por las hermosas personas apasionadas por este deporte que conoces en el camino y poder compartirlo, poder enseñar lo que amas es una bendición;  cada clase que doy en mi estudio o que tengo la oportunidad de dar en otros lugares  son momentos hermosos, estar arriba de un escenario mostrando lo que amas, entrenando nuevas secuencias, que te salga una figura después de mucho intentar es hermoso … pero sin dudas uno de los momentos más lindos fue el mundial de Beijing junto con mi amigo Felipe Mendoza, compartir con él es un recuerdo que llevo siempre en mi corazón.

  • Tienes algún lema?

Tengo muchos, pero después de mi enfermedad siempre digo que tenemos que vivir intensamente el hoy, sin preocuparnos por el mañana… mañana quien sabe si tendremos la posibilidad de hacer lo que hoy podemos… disfrutar día a día, esa es la clave .

 

  • Cuáles son tus aspiraciones futuras?

Mis aspiraciones futuras sería volver a subir a un escenario… sentir esa adrenalina correr dentro mío, de nuevo . Seguir recibiendo nuevas alumnas y hacer que se enamoren de este deporte tanto como quienes la practicamos …

 

  • Existen momentos desalentadores en donde te dan ganas de renunciar a todo?

Momentos desalentadores si que los hay… sobre todo cuando estás presionado con una competencia,  tanta exigencia de los entrenamientos, , días en que las cosas no te salen como quieres y te dan ganas de renunciar… entrenar dolorido, aún lesionado, con las manos sangrando, pero respirando hondo para tomar coraje y volver a intentar . Cuando te subís al escenario y no te sale como entrenaste; lloras, te enojas, decís nunca mas … y al otro día estás con más fuerzas que nunca, arriba del Pole.

 

  • Cuáles son las razones por las cuáles una mujer debería acercarse al Pole?

Las razones, muchísimas , he visto muchas mujeres con el autoestima baja y cuando conocieron la actividad se volvieron seguras, más lindas, apasionadas y felices, además, el cambio físico es notable al poco tiempo de empezar a practicar la disciplina. Todas deberían darse una oportunidad. Al principio cuesta, como todo, pero el pole es la mejor terapia que pueden hacer .

 

  • A nivel físico, que beneficios te brinda la práctica de la disciplina del pole?

Muchos! Tengo una alumna que bajó 15 kilos con sólo practicar esta actividad y se apasiona cada día más con su nuevo estilo de vida, haciendo lo que ama .

Te estiliza todo el cuerpo, es muy completo como deporte , es simplemente maravilloso!

 

  • Es necesario combinar esta disciplina con otras actividades deportivas?

Combinar con gimnasio puede resultar favorable si se cuenta con tiempo para hacerlo, ya que ayuda a tener más fuerza y resistencia, pero el pole como disciplina deportiva es bien completa, se puede lograr avances increíbles si se realiza todos los días con una buena preparatoria de entrada en calor y resistencia en la barra.

 

  • Un consejo que quieras dejar a quienes recién se inician en éste deporte?

El consejo es animarse, darse una oportunidad … a veces ven a personas avanzadas y se asustan, pero todas las personas lo pueden realizar . No importa la edad ni el peso. Sólo las ganas … se van a enamorar!

 

  • Flor, si tuvieras que darle un significado a la vida, que nos dirías?

Qué pregunta tan fuerte! Creo que cuando pasas por una enfermedad tan agresiva como el cancer, ves la vida de manera diferente . Hoy disfruto cada segundo, agradezco a Dios cada mañana por otro día más, por tener a mi hija, por tener una pasión y poder vivir de ella. Todo se vive más intensamente. El significado de la vida es vivir el hoy, ser feliz en este preciso momento.

 

  • Lugar de Nacimiento: Córdoba, Argentina.
  • Signo del Zodíaco: Piscis
  • Música ideal: Depende lo que me inspire en ése momento. Pero amo los instrumentales de David Garret .

 

Premios:

  • 2do Puesto Córdoba Pole Championship 2011- Córdoba
  • 2do Puesto Miss Pole Dance Argentina 2011-Buenos Aires
  • 1er Puesto Miss Pole Dance Glamour 2012- Brasil
  • 3er Puesto Miss Pole Dance Argentina 2013- Buenos Aires
  • 1er Puesto Argentina Pole Sport Championship 2014- Córdoba
  • 1er Puesto Miss pole Dance Argentina y Sudamérica 2014- Buenos Aires
  • 2015 Finalista World Pole Dance Championship- Beijing, China

Florencia Bustos
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