Workshops With Yvonne Smink

Workshops With Yvonne Smink
I was very excited to be able to do three workshops with Yvonne Smink at the Pole Rocks studio in Bookham this weekend. I had booked it up as soon as I found out about it, and was really excited to go. I first came across Yvonne Smink when the video of her winning performance at the Dutch Championships in 2014 (video below) went viral and was amazed by her strength, skill and unique performance style. As...

 

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Published on: Sep 01 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Get A Good Pole!

Get A Good Pole!
One of my students came along to class last night – but only to watch. She had injured herself at home during the week and was taking time to recover. As much as she wanted to get on the pole she knew she couldn’t, and so just took in all the information she could for when she is feeling better. It turns out that she had fallen off of her pole at home and smashed her head on the corner...

 

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Published on: Aug 28 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Here Comes The Comp!

Here Comes The Comp!
Apologies if you haven’t heard much from me in the last few days. I’ve been travelling about for various family and work commitments, and then of course to a pole competition. I wanted to write a diary entry for each day leading up to the competition. I always go through certain thoughts and emotions in the run up to a competition or performance, and wanted to take you with me on my journey...

 

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Published on: Aug 26 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Should We All Be Polished Polers?

Should We All Be Polished Polers?
I read a comment from someone a few weeks ago (and can’t remember who it was!) and they were talking about putting pictures and videos up for all the world to see. The gist of the comment was about why we feel the need to put up perfect pole pictures of us doing the hardest move going – and often claiming it was really easy. Why do we have to be perfect? And why oh why do we feel the need...

 

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Published on: Aug 17 2015   By:    1 Comment

Don’t Do It Alone!

Don’t Do It Alone!
I don’t know about you but I’ve got so many pole friends – some real and others just through Facebook. I ‘like’ so many pole sites and groups that I am surrounded day in and day out with pole images, crazy flexibility tricks and our Kings and Queens of pole. I love it. It’s great for me to see where my pole journey could take me and all the cool transitions and...

 

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Published on: Aug 13 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

It’s A Small Pole World

It’s A Small Pole World
The pole world is small! Yes, there are hundreds and thousands of us out there (and probably more than that too!) but in the grand scheme of things, we are a small community. In some respects this can be a great thing, and in others not so great. You know the old stereotype of what people think when they hear ‘pole dancer’? Well, this is an example of how being a small community can be...

 

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Published on: Aug 06 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Lost Motivation?

Lost Motivation?
Every so often I lose motivation to pole. I get to the point where some of my moves are just too hard to try and think about, and I just don’t have the energy. If I have a performance or a competition, I spend all of my time rehearsing and going over and over my moves, so when the performance is over I like to relax. Usually I take a week off pole – I still teach and might go to the gym...

 

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Published on: Aug 05 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Be Considerate Of Others

Be Considerate Of Others
I’m currently writing a post about what is ‘normal’ for a pole class. Chances are you may have been to only one pole school and stayed there, which is great 😀 The difficulty comes when you don’t know what should and shouldn’t be done, or happen in a class. I’ve been in a class (as both a student and instructor) thinking; ‘Is that a thing that should happen?’ So...

 

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Published on: Aug 02 2015   By:    Leave a Comment

Be Prepared For Your First Class

Be Prepared For Your First Class
Having run lots of beginner’s courses, as well as going to other new pole schools for the first time, (and of course being a beginner back in the day myself) I like to think that I know how to be prepared for a class. I send out emails to every beginner before they start their first class with me, letting them know all the important info – where to go, when to get there, what to wear and...

 

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Published on: Jul 31 2015   By:    1 Comment

Beating Your Personal Best

Beating Your Personal Best
As you may be aware I was away this weekend watching the World Pole Sports Championships in London. I also went the year before, so it’s really interesting for me to be able to see how the competition has progressed – both in performer standards and styles, as well as how the competition itself and the organisation has developed. One of the things that interested me most is that competitors...

 

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Published on: Jul 30 2015   By:    Leave a Comment
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