INTERVIEW WITH POLE DANCER JULIA

I had the pleasure of interviewing pole dancer Julia from Germany who is becoming known for her grace and agility in her pole dancing. 

Where are you from?

I´m from Germany

When did you start learning to Pole Dance?

I started Pole Dancing in the end of 2009. I started with a very cheap and unstable pole and was really happy when I got my first professional pole as a Christmas present.

When I started there were no schools near my home and the classes were really expensive, so I decided to learn Pole Dance on my own. 

Do you own a studio or instruct?

I only give private lessons at home. I´ve always loved teaching and I like the fact that I can offer my lessons really cheap because I teach at home. Although teaching in a school would be great, too.

What made you try Pole Dancing?

I saw it on TV and was totally fascinated by the combination of dance and acrobatic tricks. When I saw Pole Dance for the first time I was anyway looking for a new sport and this one just seemed to fit perfectly to me.

I always loved to dance since nursery school and although I never got teached in gymnastics I liked to do those exercises at school, too.

How often do you train?

As my pole is in the middle of our living room I do at least one trick or spin every day when waiting for the meal to be finished or when I need a little break from studying.

About three times a week I train seriously.

Which move has taken you the longest to learn?

Definitely the Twisted Grip Lift. When I started practicing this trick it seemed unreachable. I still remember the feeling when I finally did my first lift. It was awesome!

What is your favorite move?

That´s hard to decide, there are so many pretty moves. The Twisted Grip Lift is one of my favorites as I´m very proud that I managed to learn this trick and I love all the variations you can do once you´re in the handstand.

But I also love the tricks I discovered on my own. The first was the Emotion, I wanted to try the Knot but hooked my leg wrong and the second one is the Inverted Lotus. I´m not sure whether anyone else did them before, but at least I haven´t seen them yet. 

Have you ever competed and if you have how did you find the experience?

No, I never competed. Maybe I will try it next year, if I´m brave enough. We don´t have many possibilities in Germany to compete as a Pole Dancer so you have to take part in those great competitions like Miss Pole Dance Germany or Miss Polefitness Germany. I don´t feel ready at the moment for such a competition.

Do you perform regularly?

I also never performed as a Pole Dancer. But I already started thinking about it in the last weeks as I would love to share my passion about pole dance with others.

What is your greatest achievement so far in pole dance?

I think every new trick I learn is a great achievement, especially those which need some more practice.

I also love when my students learn new tricks and think this is maybe even a better achievement. It´s great when you see them hanging on the pole with their legs for the first time and I´m looking forward to the day when I can start to teach them handsprings, shoulder mounts and all those other beautiful advanced tricks!

Do you have a favorite grip tip or product that you use?

When I practice I only use a towel and clean my pole afterwards with glass cleaner. But when I do a freestyle or choreography I use Tite Grip, which always worked well for me.

How did you start learning to pole dance? Did you ever use any dvds?

I started at home with a very cheap Pole Dance set, which included two DVDs. I learned all my first tricks and spins with this DVDs although I couldn´t understand the language.

Afterwards I used YouTube to learn more new tricks by watching and trying to copy them. 

What are your feelings about pole dancing for fitness being associated with exotic dance/stripping?

I think every pole dancer should be aware of the fact that pole dance has two histories: the exotic one and the acrobatic Chinese one.

Without that exotic side pole dance maybe never became so sensual and maybe the dancing part even wouldn´t exist.

As long as nobody compares me with an exotic dancer or stripper I don´t care about it.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of giving pole dancing a try?

I would advise him/her to learn at least the basics from a good teacher and if he/she wants to practice at home I would tell him/her to buy a professional pole, because safety is very important especially once you start to invert.

And of course I would tell him/her that she will love it. I never met a person until now who went to a pole dance class or workshop and wasn´t totally enthusiastic afterwards.

Do you think pole dancing should be included in the Olympic Games?

Sure, why not. Gymnasts show their tricks on horizontal poles, so why shouldn´t pole dancers demonstrate vertical tricks.

Do you have a website?

Yes, since the middle of august my own website is online http://emotioncatcher.em.funpic.de/ 

I designed everything on my own. Originally I made my website to present myself as a pole dancer, but now the main part are my tutorials.

With my tutorials I want to give everyone the chance to learn Pole Dance at home and for free. But if someone has the possibility to go to a school, I would still recommend it.

I also have a YouTube channel where I upload my tutorials and post also videos of my training or some freestyles: http://www.youtube.com/user/emotioncatcher 

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