This is the move I was talking about from the Alex Shchukin workshop. Ever since I first saw Bethany Finlay doing it I’ve desperately wanted to do it myself but I filed it under “moves I will never be able to do”. So even though it’s not perfect, I’m really excited that I got it!

sariafenix
sariafenix:

spinninglovestory:

So I’m not a huge fan of pole sports and I really don’t give a shit about getting into the Olympics (and who decided that for pole to be legit it has to be in the Olympics anyways? loads of sports are legit and aren’t in the Oympics).. It’s a bit dry and boring for me
but this is still great news for our industry. 
Sometimes I think we’d be better off staying this small niche industry, where everyone knows everyone and other times I think it’s amazing that we’re growing so big so fast.

Have to say I agree. I’m in two minds about the whole thing.
On the one hand, I think it’s fantastic that the people who want to compete in the Olympics doing something they love will get the chance one day. I think having pole recognized in the big wide world for the sport that it is now is a good thing.
But I also think that if it needs to be sterilized so much for people to take notice then it kind of misses the point. It kind of defeats everyones’ unique style and says no, if you want the world to know who you are and how amazing you are, you have to dance this way.
I don’t know. As long as there’s still places where we can booty shake and wear our heels and dance however the Hell we want (here’s looking at you, Australia! And a lot of the US too!) then fine. As long as everyone gets a chance to shine =)

Likewise. Very much two minds. I feel like pole sport and pole dance are two completely different things, and if they do branch off into two separate areas I will definitely continue to be a pole dancer, not a pole athlete.
BUT it would be nice for pole dancers to be open about their hobby and free to share it with the world without the fear of employers finding out and compromising their career.

sariafenix:

spinninglovestory:

So I’m not a huge fan of pole sports and I really don’t give a shit about getting into the Olympics (and who decided that for pole to be legit it has to be in the Olympics anyways? loads of sports are legit and aren’t in the Oympics).. It’s a bit dry and boring for me

but this is still great news for our industry. 

Sometimes I think we’d be better off staying this small niche industry, where everyone knows everyone and other times I think it’s amazing that we’re growing so big so fast.

Have to say I agree. I’m in two minds about the whole thing.

On the one hand, I think it’s fantastic that the people who want to compete in the Olympics doing something they love will get the chance one day. I think having pole recognized in the big wide world for the sport that it is now is a good thing.

But I also think that if it needs to be sterilized so much for people to take notice then it kind of misses the point. It kind of defeats everyones’ unique style and says no, if you want the world to know who you are and how amazing you are, you have to dance this way.

I don’t know. As long as there’s still places where we can booty shake and wear our heels and dance however the Hell we want (here’s looking at you, Australia! And a lot of the US too!) then fine. As long as everyone gets a chance to shine =)

Likewise. Very much two minds. I feel like pole sport and pole dance are two completely different things, and if they do branch off into two separate areas I will definitely continue to be a pole dancer, not a pole athlete.

BUT it would be nice for pole dancers to be open about their hobby and free to share it with the world without the fear of employers finding out and compromising their career.

So Alex Shchukin last night was amazing

Honestly, best workshop I’ve been to so far! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it :D I didn’t manage to get a lot of the moves he taught, but I did learn a lot and I have a whole lot of new things to work towards.

Also, he taught the move I’ve wanted to do for ages but honestly never thought I’d be able to do. It’s a spin I saw Bethany Finlay doing, where she basically goes round like she’s going to do a Phoenix but then rather than grabbing the pole she does a somersault. And I did it! Not perfectly, but I did it! We also worked on the aerial walkover version too, but I found that terrifying. So that’ll have to wait a bit longer.

And he was so cute! I mean, I knew he was fun and awesome and stuff but he was actually cutecute. Like “I want to cuddle you and ruffle your hair and take you on walks and keep you with my stuffed animal collection” cute. I spent a good amount of time just thinking to myself “I JUST WANNA CUDDLE HIIIMMMMM”. Haha :P And bless his cotton socks, the guy doesn’t even seem to realise he’s a pole God! He was just casually doing these flippy moves and then saying in this adorable, modest little voice, “Try it; it’s not so hard”. Awwww! ^_^

I really want to get training those moves now, but my wrist is completely raw. I’m also sporting an unimpressive-looking but incredibly painful bruise on my left forearm as well as a less-painful bruise on my right forearm (complete with more missing skin). I want to do it all again though; it was so much fun! 

I’ll be on a pole high for a while now… I’m so glad I went along! I saw it and thought it might be too advanced for me but I’m really, really pleased I did it! I wish I’d had money for the intermediate workshop too. Oh well, maybe next time (because dammit I WILL be going again!)

Next up… Daniel Rosen on 2nd of August! Next Saturday :D Then after that… Bendy Kate in October! Aaaaah! I’ve been going wild with the pole workshops this year, going to everything I can, and I plan to carry that on next year. Exciting times!

Working on my split grip Iron X. I can hold it very briefly at this point now; obviously I need to work on lowering it a bit more and holding it longer, but it’s nice that it’s improving already :) #poledance #polefit #ironx #strong #strength #muscles #traps #poler #poledancer #polefitness #polelife #girlswithguns #beastmode

Working on my split grip Iron X. I can hold it very briefly at this point now; obviously I need to work on lowering it a bit more and holding it longer, but it’s nice that it’s improving already :) #poledance #polefit #ironx #strong #strength #muscles #traps #poler #poledancer #polefitness #polelife #girlswithguns #beastmode