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Olympic size mistake. Introducing Alex Magala!

First off today I have to say how disappointed I was watching the Olympics opening ceremony, I didn’t see Olga Trifonova at all, and I watched the full 4 hours of it. Now for weeks prior I have been reading on pole sites everywhere, not to mention I had even seen a post by United Pole Artists, that Olga Trifonova was going to be performing. Now thanks to Facebooks ‘pay for views’ I didn’t see their update that apparently there was another part to Russia’s got talent in which another pole dancer won amazingly, and even more amazingly it was a male pole dancer. Alexandr Magala, born in Moldova, is the first male pole dancer to perform in the Olympics Opening ceremony.

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From the Alexandr Magala Facebook fan page. You’re welcome ladies!

So it had already gone viral that Olga Trifonova had won, which don’t get me wrong, she is amazing, especially since she’s only 11, but Alexandr Magala didn’t get near the attention he deserved. Now I’m going to re-watch the 4 hours of opening ceremony and try to find him. It’s like where’s waldo of the Pole dancing world.

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From the Alexandr Magala Facebook Fan Page

It was an amazing opening ceremony though, I enjoyed it fully. The ballet was beautiful and it was just visually stunning.

So I went to Sexapalooza on Saturday, just to roam around and check out the shows. Let me tell you, next time, I want to work the Saturday! It was so busy, it would have been so much fun!

I loved watching the burlesque shows, they’re always fun to watch. And the drag queen again so much fun, they were so sassy, the crowed loved them. I think next year I’ll go check everything out on Firday and see if I can work the Saturday. Hopefully I have a car by then because busing was awful!

Here’s some of the pictures from my studio performing.

There’s also some funny but inappropriate pictures that I don’t want to show on my blog but if you’re interested in seeing them then you can click HERE! Remember they’re NSFW!

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Corinne (owner and instructor) and Lynn (instructor)

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Routine to Applause

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Jenny and Polina, some of the best in Canada!

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Tina!

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Parties, Olympics and…Lemons?

Hope you had a wonderful weekend my lovely blog readers! I had a very busy weekend, wasn’t able to pole at all. It’s my daughters 4th birthday tomorrow and with such a large family she had a birthday party both Saturday and Sunday, and today she’s bringing cupcakes to preschool and tomorrow is her actual birthday so we’re doing activities then as well. It’s the first child/grandchild syndrome, she’s spoiled to all hell!

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Saturday I was so tired after setting up the party, having the party and then cleaning up after the party that I was just too exhausted to pole, and in bed by 7:30. Sunday night I went to my mom’s for the party but I was feeling ill most of the time so when we got home at 6 I was in bed out of fear of missing pilates and pole. So now I’m downing cold FX like it’s the holy grail of medicine! I have yet to miss a pole class since level 1 so I don’t plan on starting now!

So excited news in the pole world, Olga Trifonova, an 11 year old Russian Pole Dancer who won a Russian Talent show will be performing at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympics. She is an amazing talented young lady, with unbelievable skills.

This’ll be a big step in the direction of getting pole dancing into the Olympics. Apparently before a sport is accepted in the committee showcases it to see how people react to it. In my opinion this’ll open a lot of people’s eyes to the fact that pole dancing doesn’t have to be sexual, and often times is not. It’s an art, and an incredible display of gymnastics. I full heartedly believe that after this pole dancing will be on its way to being accepted into the Olympics. And while I feel like I’ll be too old to compete and not at the level that some of these people are at, maybe it’s something my daughter could one day compete in. I would be proud to watch her compete in pole dancing.

It’s about time people separated it from its erotic counterpart of stripping in clubs. So I don’t know about you but I’ll be glued to the T.V this February 7th to watch pole dancing pretty much make its debut into the everyday world of people who had no idea it could be such hard work and beauty.

Hopefully I’m able to get back into pole tonight, I find myself getting an itch for pole if I haven’t done it in a couple of days. I look at my pole and whimper because all I want to do is practice my routine and moves.

Today I’m going to leave you with a delicious new recipe I’ve learned over the weekend.

Slim Lemon Squares

Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 3 tablespoons
1/2 stick cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions
1. Coat an 8-x-8-x-2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray; set pan aside.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour and 3 tablespoons sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Pat mixture onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in the same bowl, combine egg and egg white. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Add remaining sugar and flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, and baking powder. Beat on medium 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour mixture over baked layer in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until edges are light brown and center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
4. Sift powdered sugar over top. Cut into 16 bars. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition facts per serving (1 bar): 100 calories, 1g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 3g fat (2g saturated), 0g fiber

 

Keep an eye out Wednesday for my next blog post! Remember this week I’ve gone down to 3 posting a week, taking it for a test drive, come September I’ll be down to 1 a week due to school.

Until Wednesday mes amours!

The History of Pole Dancing

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When you hear pole dancing, most people would associate it with gentlemen clubs, when it is so much more. Pole dancing can be an amazing demonstration of flexibility, strength and endurance, much like gymnastics. Have you ever wondered where pole dancing came from, I can tell you now it didn’t come from the “brilliant” inventors of the strip club. I wondered the same thing, so I went off and did some research.

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Picture from Wiki

Using a pole for exercise has actually been around for centuries! Mallakhamb, a traditional Indian sport, has been around since 1135 AD. While there is no “dancing” per se, they preform acrobatic feats and poses while on a wooden pole 8 ½ feet in the air with a diameter of 55 cm (which is much wider than the 40-50 cm diameter of a pole in pole dancing).

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Picture from Wiki

 

While Mallakhamb has similarities, the real influence of pole dancing comes from Chinese pole, which is a form of acrobatics that was preformed (and still is) in cabarets and circuses. Chinese pole is also another sport/performance dated back to the 12th century! It was performed on poles that were anywhere between 9 feet to 29 feet in the air, which is absolutely insane! The pole was laced with a rubber to provide better grip for the performers, although it caused many friction burns. They performed in costumes and did amazing acrobatic feats, among the most impressive is ‘the flag’ which I know as ‘the iron X’ (Way more bad ass)

Now of course there is also an erotic influence in pole, so we’ll talk about that! Pole dancing in strip clubs began in the early 1980’s in Canada (Go Canada!) Erotic pole dancing was heavily influenced by burlesque and while pole fitness isn’t about taking off clothes, we do sport some very revealing costumes. But that is usually because we need our skin to grip the pole and we could not do that in full costume. In 1994 the first erotic dance school was opened in Canada by Fawnia Dietrich. It soon after that moved to the States as more schools were opened.

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Today pole is a worldwide practiced form of fitness, with studios, competitions, classes and even academies popping up everywhere! They have even been making the effort to get pole dancing in the Olympics. The IPDFA has been pushing for the Olympic committee to recognize pole dancing as a sport. Which really it should be, it’s just like gymnastics, and if they can perform on beams and rings, why can’t they perform on vertical poles? Not all dances are erotic, just as the dances in gymnastics are not erotic. Avid pole dancers have been pushing pole dancing away from the strip clubs as much as possible in order for people to take it seriously.

So there you have it, a brief history of pole dancing, bet you didn’t know half of this, but now you do! And if you did, good for you, you now understand the everyday struggle we go through to try and explain to people that pole dancing has been a sport for far longer than it has been an erotic dance in strip clubs.

Until tomorrow mes amours!