Lessons from the Pole

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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Pole Dance is an On Switch for the Body

June 29, 2014
Pole Dance is an On Switch for the Body

We live in a society full of busy minds that rarely rest. I was once card-carrying member of this club. Thanks to pole dancing, I’m no longer a permanent resident. I was reminded of how common this affliction is in our culture while participating in the six-word #skywriting message challenge on twitter. Before Pole Dance My Active Mind Never, Ever Quieted I was easily caught in a maze of over-thinking. And couldn’t find my way out. Both my husband and I would’ve paid big bucks for an ‘off switch’ for my brain. Graduate school was a particularly difficult time. I’d toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because my brain couldn’t stop grappling with problems that had stumped me in my economics or statistics homework. My husband would often say, “If I had your brain, even for one day, I think I’d shoot myself.” Sometimes, my brain made him want to shoot me. The first time it happened was early in our marriage. One afternoon we caught up on chores. As I was about to tackle bills, we kissed. The innocent kiss turned passionate and next thing I knew we’d fallen into bed. After a few minutes of kissing, my

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I Want to Feel Sexy 24/7. Do You?

February 21, 2014
I Want to Feel Sexy 24/7. Do You?

I want to radiate joy and vibrancy. Every day. I want to choose love over fear. In every action. I want to dance the playful path through life. No matter what obstacles I encounter or emotions I surf. I want that for you too. When women connect to their sexy they glow. Deep yearnings become clear. Big dreams feel ‘delightfully doable.’ Life becomes richer and more fulfilling. The secret to living life the I HEART Sexy way is knowing how to plug-in to your sexy self. To discover who she is, what she adores, what ignites her:  sensually, sensationally, sexually, passionately, erotically, playfully… . I Thought I Knew Everything About My Siren For eight years I’ve explored every aspect of my sexy self. Multiple times. I know her music, color, clothing, texture and environment preferences, favorite dance moves and so much more. I thought I knew every spark, every possible way to ignite this sassy siren residing in me. I knew I’d grow and evolve, just figured big leaps were behind me and what was left would be minor tinkering. Last summer I worked intensely on a project. I took plenty of play breaks dancing on the beach, lunching with girlfriends

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What is Sexy? Rant transforms into an “I’m Too Sexy” Romp

February 18, 2014
What is Sexy? Rant transforms into an “I’m Too Sexy” Romp

Beaming them with the most infectious and sexiest curve ever—a smile ~ LC Ho . Bliss on Baker Beach Despite the ‘no show’ glow from the rising sun and setting moon Saturday’s dance session was full of magic moments. One of the highlights was Radiate by Jack Johnson filling my toes with the tickle of champagne bubbles. I tugged off my socks, then ambled toward SF Bay, leaving trailing tracks in the sand. At the water’s edge, the waves and I played a toe tapping game. And I radiated my joy. Take a peek For those who’s hunt for music is as insatiable as mine, here’s the entire Gold + Infinite = Fun playlist on Spotify. Back home after showering, I dressed in a leopard pencil skirt and teal curve-hugging top because I felt too hot and sexy to wear puttering-around-the-house t-shirt and pants. . I Stumbled into Seriousness + Stayed Too Long Friday’s Valentine’s Day post calling for women-only dance as a way to heal our culture upset several fellow pole dance bloggers, in part, because they believed it implied that men alone are to blame for violence against women. That wasn’t my intention. I actually believe women-only dance is

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Happy Call of the Siren Day! (aka Sentiments Day)

July 20, 2013
Happy Call of the Siren Day! (aka Sentiments Day)

Stoke Your Fire! Suffrage is often called the ‘first wave’ of feminism. Its beginnings often traced to the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in July 1848 where many attendees signed the Declaration of Sentiments, which “held that men and woman are created equal.” If you look more closely, the Seneca conference was about much more than suffrage and even political rights. I’m thrilled to see the Declaration of Sentiments discussed in The Huffington Post. The declaration was also about empowering women. And what the framers of the Declaration knew was that real freedom for women would and could only come when a culture had been created that was as psychologically empowering as it was politically egalitarian. ~ Hugo Schwyzer Call of the Siren Day (aka Sentiments Day) I’d like to see the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments as a national holiday on par with the one we just celebrated for that other more famous Declaration. My vision for July 20th is a day to celebrate and honor all that our culture traditionally thinks of as feminine, and therefore undervalues, such as sentiment, emotion, beingness, intuition, nature, cooperation and connection. I declare July

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