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I’ve been out of town again, but wanted to update with some recent videos.

First up is one of my new favorite performances, from Marlo Fisken – I seriously keep watching this over and over. She brings so much fluidity to her performances – and she’s a sterling example of what it is to pole DANCE. She’s also a powerhouse. I’m in awe, always. Stunning.

Next is a recent video from USPDF Champ Michelle Stanek – it’s a gorgeous mix of sexy and athletic, proving once again that there is room for both in the pole world. They can co-exist, and the results are beautiful.

This video – damn. This guy is amazing. Incredible strength and moves – he’s got some sick combos and Chinese pole skills. He’s earning some crushes from my fellow pole girls. :-)

I’ve got some new post ideas in the works, and I’m thrilled to share that I’ll soon be reviewing the MostFit Suspension Strap, to see how it helps with conditioning for pole and aerial! Once I receive my test sample, I’ll figure out what kind of exercises to do with it and if I can work out a program for use, based on what they suggest, and I’ll pass along that info on my blog!

I’m looking forward to heading back into Lyra this coming weekend (side note: my mom is coming to a class with me, later in the month – that’ll be fun!) – in our last class, I got to go to the top of the hoop for the first time! I’m excited to keep adding on to what I’ve learned. I have someone tape me in each class, so I can see what I’m doing – how far I’ve come, what tricks are working, what needs to be polished, etc. Right now, I seem to be so focused on tricks and making sure I’m solid that I’m not really minding my musicality, so that’s my next goal. :-) Also, I want to smooth out my inverts. Anyway, here’s the video from my last class!

Inverting to the top of the hook, in a pike position.

Inverting to the top of the hoop, in a pike position.

USPDF Champions 2012

As we all know, USPDF 2012 was last weekend! The results, if you haven’t heard them, are as follows:

Pro Division:
Winner – Michelle Stanek
1st Runner Up – Alethea Austin (A former USPDF Champ 2010)

Amateur Division:
Winner – Sergia Louise Anderson (who also won PPC Level 3 Championship round – she’s ALSO competing in CPDC this weekend!)
1st Runner Up – Sara Jade

Additional competitors to earn their Pro status with the USPDF:
Chalese Marie
Lara Michaels

USPDF just put up Michelle’s winning optional round performance – it’s incredible!

I love the music – and her musicality, the way she flows from trick to trick…awesome!

And, Michelle gave a wonderful interview about her thoughts on the artistry of pole dance and the challenges of public perception – highly recommend checking it out:

http://www.animalnewyork.com/2012/meet-the-us-pole-dancing-champion/

Congratulations to ALL of the competitors and the winners – you ladies do us all proud!

 

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