I had the privelege of meeting and interviewing Noelle Wood, owner and instructor of Poledello pole dance studio in Tacoma, Washington. Here she talks about how she got started pole dancing!
When did you start learning to Pole Dance?
I started learning to pole dance in 2006.
Do you own a studio or instruct?
I am the owner and instructor of Poledello in Tacoma, Washington.
Do you have a website?
Yes, it's www.poledello.com
What made you try Pole Dancing?
Attended a girls night out party. Loved it the minute I did the fireman spin the first time!
How often do you train?
I train everyday, for at least an hour, more if I have time, and then I teach 3-6 classes on top of that.
Which move has taken you the longest to learn?
The handspring! Both basic grip and twisty grip. They both still scare me and my shoulders hate them!
What is your favorite move?
Have you ever competed and what did you learn from the experience?
I have competed 4 times. I just participated in the Great Midwest Pole Championship and won first place in the Masters Division.
It's very nerve wracking and exhausting because you need to constantly train and work on choreography. I loved sharing this art with other women who love pole and work just as hard. Backstage is actually quite fun because we all support each other.
Do you perform regularly?
Yes, mostly in Seattle with burlesque groups. It's so much fun!
What is your greatest achievement so far in pole dance?
Winning first place in the Masters Division in the Great Midwest Pole Championship last weekend!
Do you have a favorite grip tip or product that you use?
I love Dew Point and Mighty Grip with a touch of alcohol.
How did you start learning to pole dance? Did you ever use any dvds?
I started at Sedusa Studios in CA, and then took privates and workshops from the best of the best including Jenyne Butterfly, Katie Coates, Pantera, Jamilla, Estee Zakar, Alethea Austin, and others.
I have used Jamilla's DVDs, the Art of Pole, but I learn best with an instructor showing me exactly what to do.
What are your feelings about pole dancing for fitness being associated with exotic dance/stripping?
Pole dancing's origins stem from exotic dance and stripping and I think we need to acknowledge that. I personally have no issue with it, but of course society at large still thinks that all pole dancers are strippers.
I wish that would change since I have never been a stripper and I would love people to see the art and athleticism required in this sport.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of giving it a go?
Find an instructor who has been throughly trained, has some sort of fitness certification including anatomy training, holds current insurance, and is not afraid to watch you grow!
I think it's best to start in a studio environment so you can learn the grips and hooks and have a spotter!
Do you think pole dancing should be included in the Olympic Games?
I'm on the fence. I think it would be great exposure, but I also feel so much of the art and seductive qualities of the pole we currently love would be lost.
I think I also see pole as entertainment, similar to circus arts, and that would also be lost in the Olympics.
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