Aerial Hoop Workshop

I arranged an Aerial Hoop workshop for some of the students from Purity. It got booked up really quick, so it went ahead on Sunday 25th March 2012 at Spin City in Newbury. Kate Johnstone and Stacey taught the class, we got through so many moves, and even managed to create some little combos.

It’s similar to pole in a lot of ways, and I think most of us found it highly addictive.

Here are a couple of videos:

Students

Jolene

I am looking arrange another date with Kate, so get in touch if you want to go on the next one.

Doubles Pole on BBC News

Kate Johnstone and Bendy Kate have been on the BBC news this week, talking about their doubles show which got them first place at Miss Pole Dance UK 2011 and silver at the World Pole Dance Chapionships 2011.

This is a great interview, which shows pole for the artistic dance that it is.

BBC Link – watch at 17 mins 40 secs

Pole Jam / Spin City Showcase

My weekend was packed full of pole events, first of all on Saturday we had the belated Christmas Pole jam for Students at the Purity Studio. This was cancelled before Christmas due to the snow. There were 3 of the Purity teachers there, myself, Beth and Suze, we all gave out tuition which meant most students got a lot out of the jam.

Suze set herself a challenge to try and do as many moves as she could in 90 seconds without touching the floor. but she wasn’t allowed to do the same move twice! (Well apart from climbing and Inverting) I’m sure she will upload her video to her new blog once it is up and running.

I did a trial run of my performance ready for Sunday, here is the video:

Practice Run

On Sunday Jason and I ventured to Bristol ready for the Spin City Spring Showcase event which was being held at the Panache night club. They had hired out the venue and placed 2 Xpoles on the brightly lit dance floor (one 50mm on Static and one 45mm on Spin mode). Kate Johnstone opened the show with a wicked trick infused routine, my god that girl is strong! After that one by one other performers both amateur and professional came on and did their performance. There was a mixture of Pole Dance and Burlesque. Emma Mitchell did her hilarious old lady burlesque/pole act, I definitely think this was the most memorable performance from the night.

I was the last pole act to go on, I used both Spinny and Static pole and danced to Hysteria by Muse. I felt confident with the routine especially having practiced it at the Jam the day before. There will be some photos to follow from the night as Jason was there as the official photographer, for now you can see my video:

Spring Spin City 10

Poledivas / Suzie Q Workshop

Last weekend was another jam packed weekend full of pole, well allmost all pole.

On Friday I went to South Street in reading to watch my friend Danielle Corbishly in a performance called ‘1000 Revolutions Per Moment’. we had to follow the actors and performers around Reading, the key was to follow the music, where ever we heard music that was where we went to. It was very bizzare and made us all feel like kids again! It felt a bit like we were doing a massive treasure hunt around the town!

Saturday night was Poledivas in Bristol, much busier than the London heat. Everyone did fanastic routines, a few stood out for me, and Advance Amateur called Karry Summers, she did an excellent high energy routine to one of my favourite songs by System of a Down, I wasn’t surprised when she won the heat.

Sam Remmer from Art of Dance, Plymouth was on first for the professionals, her tricks amaze me everytime! I do not under stand how her tricks are solid as a rock, there is no movement or shaking.

Kate Johnstone from Spin City, Bristol did a fab routine to Smells Like Teen Spirit, you would never of guessed she had never done a big performance before, she had so much confidence and her routine was very fun.

On Sunday I was lucky enough to get a last minute spot on the Suzie Q Workshop in Bracknell. I was very surprised to see most of the moves didn’t require a stupid amount of flexibilty. She very much focused on strength, and reminded me a lot of Pantera. Suzie is a total nut on the spinny pole, she loves anything that makes her head spin and feel giddy. She is truely an inspiration on spinny pole!