What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine?
I don’t know that I have a succinct answer to this. I suppose it’s a combination of the community and the atmosphere (which both feed into each other so much). But I feel like that’s an inadequate explanation. It’s the support I get, it’s the amazing and talented women I get to see and interact with (whether regularly or even just once!), it’s a place to process a tough week and let myself move on, it’s dancing and finding public solitude (or, sometimes, deliberately dancing FOR my audience!), it’s being introduced to a new favorite song when I didn’t even know I was looking for one, it’s a breath of relief as I walk into the studio because I’m where I need to be.
Name: Ally Kinzelman
Occupation: Associate video game producer
Your motto or favorite quote:
“You’re nobody’s rainbow.
You’re nobody’s princess.
You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.” ― Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway
How long have you been pole dancing at Divine?
Almost 4 and a half years! It somehow seems like it’s been way less time, but also like it’s always been a part of my life.
Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole?
I did modern & contemporary dance in elementary school, but nothing really since then
What made you decide to take pole dancing classes?
I sit behind a desk all day at work, I wanted to do something that would get me active and moving, but I needed my exercise to be engaging – I can’t keep any interest in running or weightlifting at a gym. I loved dancing as a kid, so I wanted to do something dance-based, and pole seemed like it would be the most fun and provide a full-body workout.
Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why?
Inversions. I love going upside down. 😀 But sometimes I just need a good boudoir class, something where I have to think less.
Platforms or legwarmers?
Depends on my mood, but if I had to pick, probably legwarmers.
What are you currently working on technically?
Shoulder mounts, forearm stands, titanic, and tulip are the ones I’m most focused on at the moment, but I love learning and trying new things, so that may change!
What are you working on artistically?
Letting go and really sinking into a dance, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately, even pre-quarantine. I had a couple great boudoir classes before the studio closure that helped.
What is your favorite move?
Superman! It took me forever to manage it, I forced myself to do it constantly until it was no longer painful, and now it’s probably the single move I do most.
What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)?
Water bottle, grip aid (Girlie Grip for my hands, Dry Hands for any of the rest of my body that’s not cooperating that day), heels, leg warmers, spare hair ties, and usually at least one additional article of clothing (you can’t remove clothing you’re not wearing, after all!)
Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to?
My favorite changes up pretty regularly, right now it’s Messed Up by Once Monsters and Chloe Adams. In general, I tend to favor faster songs and love a good tempo change!
We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?
- I Dare You by Bea Miller – a good song for empowering yourself and growing in confidence in yourself
- It’s Alright by Mother Mother – Catchy and I like the messaging of making mistakes often has a reason and it’s okay when you make them, because I definitely make a lot of mistakes
- Throne by Saint Mesa – Honestly? I just really like this one and would like to have it on my soundtrack.
Mini Starburst FaveREDs. I am sincerely trying not to think about how many of them I have eaten in the past week.
Final Question: Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?
Not sure how inspirational I’d consider it, but: You can do this. It’s sometimes scary, or hard, or downright painful, but whatever you’re struggling with right now will get easier and better. Don’t be discouraged if someone gets it faster, or you feel like they’re doing it better than you, it isn’t a reflection of how good or capable you are. Be kind to yourself, maybe work at something else for a little while if it’s getting you down, and come back to it when you’re in a better place. You’ll surprise yourself with how amazing you are, if you give yourself the chance.