No. When I started pole dancing, I was quite weak but I used to get into shape. The main thing is to be able to move in the way I do on stage, to be able to hold a pole and do tricks. It’s about getting in a good position and having strength. If I can do pole dancing, I’ll do any kind of skill, any dance, and that’s what makes it such an amazing thing.
And how do you do things differently to how they might be done in the classroom?
When I first started, I did a lot of stretching and working on my hands, fingers, and forearms. Today, I’m just concentrating on my hips as I’m dancing. I’m doing a lot of things in the mirror to get my body adjusted to how to do it there.
When you get so focused, can you just keep dancing?
No, I have to make sure that I don’t fall asleep. When I’m going to sleep and have time, I’ll look in the mirror and I’ll try the opposite.
How’s pole dancing?
The first time I did it, I was really excited… I don’t know how that happened. I had an hour to practice because I was so nervous, when I started doing it it was just a little bit in my head that I could really do the thing. The second time I did it, I felt really good, so I’m just trying to keep practicing so I can do it again.
You’re going to compete in the Olympics next year. What’s it like?
It’s really, really, really exciting. There are so many people watching, so many people saying how amazing I am (laughs). I have no idea about all the people that are watching all over the world (laughs). It’s very exciting.
You’re a huge advocate for women’s sports. For instance, you recently announced that you’d participate in Pole Fitness in 2015. Who is your favorite pole athlete?
Oh, everyone. I love gymnast Nicole Scherzinger. She’s such great person. She helps women by being their advocate, by giving advice, telling the story that’s true and not just what everyone says. She’s great. And I think that’s what makes pole dancing so great. It’s all about people being themselves.
If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering just what the heck is with these white men with their black
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