“Think about who you want to be. Have a conversation with your body and decide how you can be the most amazing version of yourself. It’s going so much fun finding out just how fantastic you are. If I’m lucky, I may get to be part of that journey with you.”
Miss May 2015: Vanessa
Occupation: Restaurant Manager
Your motto or favorite quote: Life is beautiful.
Also, there is nothing I’ve done and no decision I’ve made that has never already been done and documented in the history of humanity. That thought keeps me grounded and humbled.
How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? About a year and a half.
Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? I danced ballet, ballroom, and hula through childhood and my early college years. After, it’s been mostly ballroom and yoga before I found pole.
What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? I had a friend, who really wanted to do a workshop, talk me into joining. Needless to say, we loved it!
Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? Ooooh, quick! Lets flip a coin!
I love them all, but boudoir is something so giving and self loving. (This self loving thing, as a society, we are generally lacking how to positively view ourselves. *coughbodyimamegcough*)
So, I feel that boudoir is where we can all go to heal, or grow, or love, or be loved. Whatever we need that day, we have such an awesome chance to find the balance of support and the opportunity to give back to our sisters,when we feel strong. How amazing is that?
What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? The celebration of strength, technical skill, creativity, and knowledge. And the opportunity for discovery.
Platforms or legwarmers? Yikes! Legwarmers when I can find mine… I keep losing them so I seem to be dancing in leggings more than anything these days! I love slippery knee floor work. 😉
Platforms… When I’m feeling ambitious.
What are you currently working on technically? Handstands and all things inversions! And forever chasing the flexibility. Hooray for fly gym!
What are you working on artistically? I’m not really sure. I feel that artistry stems from the meeting of technical skill and what I want to feel in my dance or what I want you to feel through that dance. I think that’s why I’ve yet to feel the urge to compete. My dancing is very grounded in the “now” these days. Less storytelling, more conveying the feels? If that makes sense.
What is your favorite move? I’m digging the Running man right now. I feel so strong and graceful in it. I feel my whole body working to find that suspension… K, I’ll stop now.
What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)? Booty shorts, leggings, itac, girlie grip, sports bra, rehydrate (advocare), snacks or a sandwich… I love food.
Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? The Marilyn Manson cover of Sweet Dreams. Though, really? I have tons. I’m that girl who always has a song in class.
We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?
- Pupu A `O `Ewa – an old Hawaiian song better known as Pearly Shells. I grew up with my dad playing ukulele and singing to us. In time, we learned both the lyrics and the English translation to that song and many others. It was his way of keeping his heritage alive on the mainland.
- Blackbird, The Beatles. It’s one of my mom’s favorites and now one of mine. Years ago, it was one of the first songs that I taught myself on the guitar, because of her.
- Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin. Thats all me. When I decided that I could only take so much top 40, I went down all the musical rabbit holes I could find. Gershwin began writing this piece on a train between New York and Boston. Written between two cities, between classical and jazz, between two world wars, it is 17 minutes of magic.
Guilty pleasure: Staying in bed all day. Seriously, only moving to go to the bathroom or to find a snack.
Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers? Think about who you want to be. Have a conversation with your body and decide how you can be the most amazing version of yourself. It’s going so much fun finding out just how fantastic you are. If I’m lucky, I may get to be part of that journey with you.