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50 Courage Anthems: Songs to Increase Your Courage

December 15, 2014
50 Courage Anthems:  Songs to Increase Your Courage

This post is part of the Emotion in Motion Blog Tour, which I am pleased to be a part of along with other emotional and expressive women bloggers. Please play with us on social media by tagging your discussions #EmotioninMotion and #PoleDancingProfessor. How Does Courage Feel? When I check-in with myself (and my body) about how I feel, it’s rare for me to report back:  Courageous. I’m much more likely to feel joyful, playful or passionate. Perhaps grateful, awed or feisty. Even sassy. And, of course, I experience my fair share of sadness, frustration and fear. Family and friends (and I count you among them!) describe me as brave or bold more often than I actually feel that way. Brave is being fearless (or not afraid). Bold is feeling confident when facing difficult or dangerous situations. Pole dancing has definitely stretched my be-not-afraid and confidence capacities. When I attempted my first fire-fly spin or shyly shared my first pole photo in a secret forum a year later, if someone had whispered in my ear: In a few years you’re going to be known for your ‘sensual, honey dipped words’ as the Pole Dancing Professor,” I would’ve said “You’re crazy!” And I

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A Colorful Day in May:  Dancing with Friends and Flowers

December 10, 2014
A Colorful Day in May:  Dancing with Friends and Flowers

P.S. Instigated by PDBloggers’ Visual Reflection December Blog Hop Inspired by Shannon Ho’s Wordless Wednesday Wonder Sand Flower Art by Andres Amador

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Making Peace With My Too Muchness During a Five Day Selfie Smile Experiment

December 3, 2014
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When I saw Vivienne McMaster’s announcement for Be Your Own Beloved’s Making Peace With Our Smiles Selfie Experiment I was intrigued. I’d taken Vivienne’s Beloved Camera Class (now an e-book) in May. I got better at using my DSLR camera, particularly with aperture priority mode for those luscious blurry backgrounds. And using a mini tripod. But the DSLR came out of its bag less and less as the months wore on. Still, I take more selfies. Especially, when I notice fabulous or interesting light. Or celebrate with my husband; I’m currently addicted to ‘sunset smooch selfies.’ The class also showed me that having a bit of my self in photos made them more interesting. I wanted to join in the selfie experiment to coax the DSLR out of hiding. But I wondered if the prompts would work for me since I already adore my smile. I thought of the moment I made peace with my own smile: A friend complimented the curve of my cheeks. I blushed and smiled wider, which enhanced the concavity. “I love them even more now!” she responded. It transformed my relationship with them. (Excerpt from 10 Steps for Falling In Love with Your Body) One of

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Happy 11th Anniversary to My Circling Hips + 20 Songs to Inspire Yours

November 10, 2014
Happy 11th Anniversary to My Circling Hips + 20 Songs to Inspire Yours

Eleven years ago today, while appearing on The Oprah Show, Sheila Kelley said:  “I’m dying to do hip circles with you guys.” She demonstrated, but was mostly blocked from the camera’s view. Oh, oh, what were those hip circles? I wished I could step into the television and peer around Oprah and Kim Cattrall for a clear view of Sheila. Something about her child-like, wide-eyed enthusiasm made me sense magic in them. I knew in that moment, that a woman’s secret power must be tucked away like buried treasure in her hips. I’m a smart cookie! I graduated as my high school’s Valedictorian. I earned two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania — BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior. I got a PhD in Health Services Research & Policy Analysis from UC Berkley’s School of Public Health. Even with all this intelligence, I didn’t fathom the journey I embarked on when I stood up in my living room and did my first tentative, bumpy and boxy hip ‘circle’ after a commercial break as Sheila shouted “Send that hip to Detroit!” . Life is Oh-So-Different Because I Do Hip Circles Pink, leopard

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10 Cover Songs From My Favorite Pole Dance Teachers + Their 13 Favorites

October 24, 2014
10 Cover Songs From My Favorite Pole Dance Teachers + Their 13 Favorites

I have been blessed with extraordinary pole dance teachers. Their guidance, passion, love and support helps make this fascinating journey possible. I am particularly grateful for the time and energy they devote to making their playlists. Because music is the muse that makes our bodies move. I’m sharing a bit of their magic with you through wisdom, cover songs I’ve loved in their classes, and their favorite picks. Ana, my first pole dance teacher, filled her warm-ups with imagery from nature. In the early days, imagining my toes dragging through sand or the texture of pine needles on my arm quieted my mental chatter. Best of all, those metaphorical immersions on shore and in forest planted the seeds for my beloved beach dancing practice. I associate Stairway to Heaven by Dolly Parton with Ana and our class. We also danced to the original by Led Zeppelin, which probably lead me to double my pleasure with back-to-back dances to originals and covers. One of Ana’s favorite covers: 1. Nothing Compares – Jimmy Scott We often danced to Prince, the original artist. Ana’s eclectic taste and sampling from all genres showed me that anything goes for pole. Though Ana doesn’t teach a weekly class,

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