SV - What made you start pole dance classes?
JM - I wanted to do something that was different. Pole dancing looked like fun and a great way to keep fit. I wanted an activity where I could also meet new people. I picked Studio Verve because it was the only pole studio that had all men classes as well as just female classes and seem to focus a lot more on the skills behind each move
SV - What motivates you to keep coming to classes at Studio Verve?
JM - It’s always great fun to go. It's also fun and challenging to learn new moves. Studio Verve is like a second home at times, a great environment no matter what stage your skill level is at. Not only is there the normal classes but you can go to as many practice sessions as you can. Plus the workshops Studio Verve has in addition to its normal timetable offer a great way to improve and learn skills and do more than just your normal class. It was fantastic to have some really incredible pole artists out (Alex Shchukin & Evgeny, just to name a couple) and attend their workshops. I also enjoy the acrobatic moves you can add into the pole moves.
SV - What changes have you noticed in your life since you started pole dancing?
JM - I feel better about myself both mentally and physically. My posture and balance has also improved.
SV - How does pole dancing make you feel about yourself?
JM - A lot happier and more confidence in myself...and at time a bit of pride in myself that I can do this sort of activity.
SV - What changes have family and friends noticed in you/your appearance since you started pole?
JM - I have gotten stronger, my core strength is improving, that I am happier in lots of things ...that I am getting a bit more toned and buffed?? (I don't see that myself)....oh and bruises hahahaha!
SV - What is your next goal for pole?
JM - So many things! To keep improving and to build the moves up into a whole routine, I really want to do an open night performance soon, and do a free standing handstand longer then 3 seconds …oh and more flexibility!
SV - How long can you see yourself pole dancing for?
JM - Forever!...as long as I can! It becomes a bit addictive and when I miss a class or practice I really notice it.
SV - What is your favourite thing about Studio Verve?
JM - The atmosphere. I have made so many really good friends at the studio. When at practice everyone helps out and supports each other where they can. Another would be the instructors. They always make it fun and are always helpful.
It is my home away from home. When you have a long or stressful day it really helps to come in to practice and have a good session and the friends I made at the studio always make you have fun and have a good time there you end up leaving with a smile on your face regardless of the day you have had.
SV - What are your favourite things about pole dancing?
JM - There are so many things that are my favourite things about pole dancing. For one it really helps you get fit and is a challenging activity but it is so much fun as well! When you nail a move you have been trying to do it is a great feeling, you just want to do it over and over!
SV - What is the most challenging thing about pole dancing?
JM - Patience ....At times there are moves it takes a while to get when others seem to have no problems with them. However it can work the other way and you get one move before others. Flexibility can be also challenging especially for me as was never that flexible to start with but it’s improving all the time.
SV - If there was one thing you could change about Studio Verve, what would it be?
JM - Nothing at all.
SV - Who do you think would benefit from pole dancing?
JM - Mmmm ...I think anyone who wants to improve either their flexibility, strength and or general fitness level, pole is definitely good for that. Anyone who just wants to try something different. Pole dancing caters for all no matter what stage you are at.