Featuring opinions that matter, by

  • Anastasia Skukhtorova
  • Cleo the Hurricane
  • David Owen
  • Derick Pierson
  • Estee Zakar 
  • Evgeny Greshilov
  • Fawnia Mondey
  • Jamilla Deville 
  • Karol Helms 
  • Kenneth Kao
  • Marion Crampe
  • Marlo Fisken 
  • Natasha Wang
  • Oona Kivela
  • Samantha Star
  • Steven Retchless
  • Zoraya Judd

2015/2016

Cleo the Hurricane Cleo the Hurricane is taking over the world one routine at a time, and it’s easy to see why. Her strength, flexibility and power are an inspiration to men and women the world over. Her wild performances, leather and stud-clad costumes and rockin’ soundtracks are what set Cleo apart. Her ‘Rock N Pole’ and ‘Hurricane’ styles, plus sexy sky-high stilettos (always) make Cleo a jaw-dropping performer and a formidable opponent in competition. 1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign? Virgo and Goat 2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  If you are not grown up yet, what do you want to be when you grow up? It ranged between a movie star, body builder, rock star. I guess the reason i grew up so strong was because i used to do chin ups as a kid haha 3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer? Musician 4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport? I don’t really think about it so much but if it was in the Olympics I would never enter unless I could wear my heels and strip off my costume to a bikini. 5. What is something most people may not know about you? I moved to Australia when I was 11 from Trinidad and Tobago where I was born. So I’m a Trini! 6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance?I never get a question when people find out I pole dance.. it's always something like 'my friend does that! It's really popular for fitness!' or 'that's really cool!' 7. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked? I defitniely think it's a surprise for them but I can't think of anything that they could or should have asked because i'm normally pretty straight forward with my answer! Back in the day I used to kinda steer away from the right answer but these days I say it like it is and people love it and think it's cool.

Cleo the Hurricane

Cleo the Hurricane is taking over the world one routine at a time, and it’s easy to see why. Her strength, flexibility and power are an inspiration to men and women the world over. Her wild performances, leather and stud-clad costumes and rockin’ soundtracks are what set Cleo apart. Her ‘Rock N Pole’ and ‘Hurricane’ styles, plus sexy sky-high stilettos (always) make Cleo a jaw-dropping performer and a formidable opponent in competition.

1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign?
Virgo and Goat

2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  If you are not grown up yet, what do you want to be when you grow up?
It ranged between a movie star, body builder, rock star. I guess the reason i grew up so strong was because i used to do chin ups as a kid haha

3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer?
Musician

4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport?
I don’t really think about it so much but if it was in the Olympics I would never enter unless I could wear my heels and strip off my costume to a bikini.

5. What is something most people may not know about you?
I moved to Australia when I was 11 from Trinidad and Tobago where I was born. So I’m a Trini!

6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance?I never get a question when people find out I pole dance.. it's always something like 'my friend does that! It's really popular for fitness!' or 'that's really cool!'

7. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked?
I defitniely think it's a surprise for them but I can't think of anything that they could or should have asked because i'm normally pretty straight forward with my answer! Back in the day I used to kinda steer away from the right answer but these days I say it like it is and people love it and think it's cool.

 
Kenneth Kao Dr. Ken, besides being a pole dance instructor, judge, and competitor, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, professionally published author, and photographer.  His second place win at Pole Expo 2013 was the launching point of his pole career. 1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign? I am a Virgoboar! 2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  If you are not grown up yet, what do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid, I wanted to help people in as many and effective ways as I could.  I realized that being a storyteller, whatever the medium, was the ultimate method of touching people's lives, and since I feel that writing is the most powerful medium of storytelling, the majority of my passion is in that--though photography/doctor-ing/performing all fits under the same umbrella of storytelling. 3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer? Oops, I think I already answered that above.  My dream career would be a professional full-time storyteller, though photography as a medium for storytelling has become more and more seductive these last 8 months since I started shooting. 4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport? I'm conflicted, to be honest.  I am bored to death by the Olympics as a viewer, and I feel that for many sports, the Olympic mission has stunted the creative energy of the performer.  The entire community often is forced to become mere technicians rather than artists.  That being said, I respect the discipline and the devotion to making a set of movements as perfect and standardized as possible.  While there is still creativity in the Olympics, it does tend to reward perfection above originality.  The Olympics would not be for me as a performer, though as a judge I'm sure I would be one of the best with my background as it is. 5. What is something most people may not know about you? Most of my life, I was afraid of girls--until I got into pole, really.  I'm still incredibly awkward, but I've certainly come a long way.  Oh, and I've never been drunk, though I do drink socially...This is not an invitation to try to get me drunk, btw ;) 6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance? I actually don't think they question much at all.  Usually it's along the lines of, "Oh, okay...  Like, pole dancing?  With a pole?" 7. Sometimes, they try to "rescue" my implication.  For instance, "Oh, you mean pole fitness/acrobatics stuff, don't you?"  Which implies that they wouldn't expect ME to do what they think of pole dancing. I usually enjoy leaving it right there, or clarifying that yes, indeed, I mean pole dancing, "No, it's dancing, with a pole." Beyond that, a surprising number of people have actually "gotten it".  Perhaps it's because I live in a very progressive city such as Boulder, Colorado, but many people answer with admiration.  "Oh wow!  That takes so much strength!"  I suppose, times are finally changing! 9. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked? They rarely ask right then where they can try it, but obviously *I* think they should be asking that straight away! ;). .Photo credit: Somer Ahonen Lockbox Studios

Kenneth Kao

Dr. Ken, besides being a pole dance instructor, judge, and competitor, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, professionally published author, and photographer.  His second place win at Pole Expo 2013 was the launching point of his pole career.

1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign?
I am a Virgoboar!

2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  If you are not grown up yet, what do you want to be when you grow up?
As a kid, I wanted to help people in as many and effective ways as I could.  I realized that being a storyteller, whatever the medium, was the ultimate method of touching people's lives, and since I feel that writing is the most powerful medium of storytelling, the majority of my passion is in that--though photography/doctor-ing/performing all fits under the same umbrella of storytelling.

3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer?
Oops, I think I already answered that above.  My dream career would be a professional full-time storyteller, though photography as a medium for storytelling has become more and more seductive these last 8 months since I started shooting.

4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport?
I'm conflicted, to be honest.  I am bored to death by the Olympics as a viewer, and I feel that for many sports, the Olympic mission has stunted the creative energy of the performer.  The entire community often is forced to become mere technicians rather than artists.  That being said, I respect the discipline and the devotion to making a set of movements as perfect and standardized as possible.  While there is still creativity in the Olympics, it does tend to reward perfection above originality.  The Olympics would not be for me as a performer, though as a judge I'm sure I would be one of the best with my background as it is.

5. What is something most people may not know about you?
Most of my life, I was afraid of girls--until I got into pole, really.  I'm still incredibly awkward, but I've certainly come a long way.  Oh, and I've never been drunk, though I do drink socially...This is not an invitation to try to get me drunk, btw ;)

6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance? I actually don't think they question much at all.  Usually it's along the lines of, "Oh, okay...  Like, pole dancing?  With a pole?"

7. Sometimes, they try to "rescue" my implication.  For instance, "Oh, you mean pole fitness/acrobatics stuff, don't you?"  Which implies that they wouldn't expect ME to do what they think of pole dancing.
I usually enjoy leaving it right there, or clarifying that yes, indeed, I mean pole dancing, "No, it's dancing, with a pole."

Beyond that, a surprising number of people have actually "gotten it".  Perhaps it's because I live in a very progressive city such as Boulder, Colorado, but many people answer with admiration.  "Oh wow!  That takes so much strength!"  I suppose, times are finally changing!

9. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked?
They rarely ask right then where they can try it, but obviously *I* think they should be asking that straight away! ;).

.Photo credit: Somer Ahonen Lockbox Studios

Samantha Star 1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign? Capricorn - Rooster 2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  Have no idea what I want to be when I grow up…. Adulting is hard, monkeying is more fun.  3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer?Lottery winner.   4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport? I think it's possible that pole will eventually become an Olympic sport.  5. What is something most people may not know about you? I like palindromes. 6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance? “That's so cool. It looks really hard is it hard?” “I've always wanted to try but don't think I have enough upper body strength.” And I reply with “You might night start with the advanced moves but you can go take a beginner class to learn how to use the upper body strength you do have! “ 7. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked?  Lots of people ask how did you start, but not as many ask why do you keep pole dancing. “I pole dance because it's a challenge, because an expressive art form, because it makes me feel good and because of the unbelievably supportive community and friendships I've made.”

Samantha Star

1. What is your astrological sign and your Chinese Zodiac sign?
Capricorn - Rooster

2. What did you want to be when you grew up? 
Have no idea what I want to be when I grow up…. Adulting is hard, monkeying is more fun. 

3. What would be your other dream career besides dancer/ pole dancer?Lottery winner.  

4. How do you feel about pole and as Olympic sport?
I think it's possible that pole will eventually become an Olympic sport. 

5. What is something most people may not know about you?
I like palindromes.

6. What's the most common people ask you when they find out you pole dance? “That's so cool. It looks really hard is it hard?”

“I've always wanted to try but don't think I have enough upper body strength.”

And I reply with “You might night start with the advanced moves but you can go take a beginner class to learn how to use the upper body strength you do have! “

7. What's rarely asked or do you think they could or should have asked? 

Lots of people ask how did you start, but not as many ask why do you keep pole dancing.

“I pole dance because it's a challenge, because an expressive art form, because it makes me feel good and because of the unbelievably supportive community and friendships I've made.”

2014

Anastasia Skukhtorova
2nd in Pole World Cup 2012/2013
Second runner up Pole art Championship 2011
Second runner up at 1st pole World Cup 2011/2012
International Judge

David Owen
Since David discovered pole in Fall of 2009, he has been training, performing, competing, and teaching incessantly.  He is grateful that life has brought him opportunities to encourage, inform, and motivate others.

Derick Pierson Aeiral and Circus artist. IPC Ultimate Pole Champion 2013 Pole Art 2nd Place Champion 2013 National Aerial Pole Art Champion 2013 3rd Place World Pole Sport Champion 2013

Derick Pierson
Aeiral and Circus artist.
IPC Ultimate Pole Champion 2013
Pole Art 2nd Place Champion 2013
National Aerial Pole Art Champion 2013
3rd Place World Pole Sport Champion 2013

Estee Zakar Estee Zakar is an international Master instructor, judge, performer and pole fitness model. Estee was the first Xpole Model and sponsored athlete in the USA. She is a Bad Kitty, Pole Fit brand director, and also represents Mighty grip & Dew point grip aids. 

Estee Zakar
Estee Zakar is an international Master instructor, judge, performer and pole fitness model. Estee was the first Xpole Model and sponsored athlete in the USA. She is a Bad Kitty, Pole Fit brand director, and also represents Mighty grip & Dew point grip aids. 

Evgeny Greshilov World Pole Champion IPSF 2012. 1-st runner up Pole Art 2012. World Pole Champion WPSF 2011. Pole Dancer. Aerial Gymnast Choreographer. Judge.

Evgeny Greshilov
World Pole Champion IPSF 2012. 1-st runner up Pole Art 2012.
World Pole Champion WPSF 2011. Pole Dancer. Aerial Gymnast Choreographer.
Judge.

Fawnia Mondey The worlds’ first pole dancing instructor, international judge, producer, writer, owner of Pole Fitness Studio and Pole Expo and recipient of the IPDFA Industry Leader of the Year award. 

Fawnia Mondey
The worlds’ first pole dancing instructor, international judge, producer, writer, owner of Pole Fitness Studio and Pole Expo and recipient of the IPDFA Industry Leader of the Year award. 

Jamilla Deville Jamilla Deville is a pioneer of the art form and one of the world's best-known pole dancers. Creator of The International Pole Federation, The Art of Pole DVD Collection, recipient of the IPDFA Instructor of the Year award twice running, and international X-Pole Girl, Jamilla is renowned for her strength, athleticism, and grace as a performer. She is now based in Las Vegas, USA, from where she continues her work as a traveling instructor, performer and judge for national and international events.

Jamilla Deville
Jamilla Deville is a pioneer of the art form and one of the world's best-known pole dancers. Creator of The International Pole Federation, The Art of Pole DVD Collection, recipient of the IPDFA Instructor of the Year award twice running, and international X-Pole Girl, Jamilla is renowned for her strength, athleticism, and grace as a performer. She is now based in Las Vegas, USA, from where she continues her work as a traveling instructor, performer and judge for national and international events.

Karol Helms Karol, with her sexy, slinky style is well known in the pole community for creating the Superman Fall among other dramatic drop moves. She holds the national titles of USPDF’s East Coast Champion 2009, USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, and most recently, USPDF’s 2012 Pro Championships 3rd Place.

Karol Helms
Karol, with her sexy, slinky style is well known in the pole community for creating the Superman Fall among other dramatic drop moves. She holds the national titles of USPDF’s East Coast Champion 2009, USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, and most recently, USPDF’s 2012 Pro Championships 3rd Place.

Marion Crampe Pole dance is my lifestyle. Share with people and contribute to develop this art is my main occupation. The dream begins to take shape when we start to believe it really. I danced, dance and will do it always….AVEC PASSION

Marion Crampe
Pole dance is my lifestyle. Share with people and contribute to develop this art is my main occupation. The dream begins to take shape when we start to believe it really. I danced, dance and will do it always….AVEC PASSION

Marlo Fisken Marlo uses her 25 years of dance, fitness, and performance experience to teach at home in NYC at Body & Pole, and abroad. She is an innovator in pole performance and education and has recently launched the elevatED pole instructor training course and her signature fitness and apparel line, Flow Movement. 

Marlo Fisken
Marlo uses her 25 years of dance, fitness, and performance experience to teach at home in NYC at Body & Pole, and abroad. She is an innovator in pole performance and education and has recently launched the elevatED pole instructor training course and her signature fitness and apparel line, Flow Movement. 

Natasha Wang IPC Ultimate Champion 2013 Pole Art Runner-Up 2012 US Pole Dance Champion 2011

Natasha Wang
IPC Ultimate Champion 2013
Pole Art Runner-Up 2012
US Pole Dance Champion 2011

Oona Kivela When asked what is the best thing about pole dancing Oona immediately answers: “Flow”.  This means to her attitude, musicality, creativity and surprises. Oona and the pole together creates a flow like no other pole dancer is able to do today and that makes her the most interesting pole artist at the moment.

Oona Kivela

When asked what is the best thing about pole dancing Oona immediately answers: “Flow”.  This means to her attitude, musicality, creativity and surprises. Oona and the pole together creates a flow like no other pole dancer is able to do today and that makes her the most interesting pole artist at the moment.

Steven Retchless Steven was the winner of the first ever American Pole Fitness Championships in 2010, a semi-finalist on Americas Got Talent and in 2013 the male Pole Art winner at the International Pole Championships. 

Steven Retchless
Steven was the winner of the first ever American Pole Fitness Championships in 2010, a semi-finalist on Americas Got Talent and in 2013 the male Pole Art winner at the International Pole Championships. 

Zoraya Judd Zoraya Judd is a mother of two. Zoraya is a world renowned performer, competitor, instructor, guest judge and model currently performing with Zen Arts. "Best Entertainer" at World Pole Dance and Fitness Championships in Switzerland 2012 "Pole Art Champion" at International Championships in Japan 2011/2012 "Strongest Pole Dancer" at Aerial Pole Championships in Switzerland 2011 "Athlete of The Year" at American pole Championships in New York. 2010

Zoraya Judd
Zoraya Judd is a mother of two. Zoraya is a world renowned performer, competitor, instructor, guest judge and model currently performing with Zen Arts.

"Best Entertainer" at World Pole Dance and Fitness Championships in Switzerland 2012
"Pole Art Champion" at International Championships in Japan 2011/2012
"Strongest Pole Dancer" at Aerial Pole Championships in Switzerland 2011
"Athlete of The Year" at American pole Championships in New York. 2010


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