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So You Want to Be A Pole Instructor

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So you've been doing pole for a while and you think you're pretty good. You love to show your classmates what you've been working on, maybe give them some tips in class, and you feel like teaching might be the thing for you. Great! But before you dive into the deep end, here are some critical skills you're going to need.

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Alloy Loves: Danielle Christine

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"What I found was that all of the things that make me different from other polers – like my limited and selective flexibility – actually help me be a better instructor, because I have had to ask more questions and think more about unlocking things for my body."


Danielle Christine is one of those clients who started out as purely a business connection and over the years, has become a friend. We asked Danielle to talk a little about her dance journey, her joys and frustrations, and what her future in pole and aerial looks like.

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Shay Jones

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If you've competed at, volunteered for or even attended one of the Pole Sport Organization competitions in the past year, you probably already know her face, even if you don't know her name. We occasionally, affectionately, refer to her as Mama Shay.
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Aeriform Arts Aerial Flash Shoot

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Flash Shoot: Aerial Edition happened this weekend!
This shoot was a little bit like leaping into the unknown. I've mentioned before that flash shoots are one of our favorite setups, since it means everyone gets to see the images right away - including me! - and we don't leave with any editing work to add to our queue. But we didn't know if the 15-minute time slot would work as well for aerialists as it does for pole dancers. With pole, you can mix it up with floorwork, tricks, spins, and simple poses. Would the aerialists have the stamina to bust out their tricks for 15 minutes with no rest time? Would we be able to capture as much movement? Would the lighting we wanted to use even work?

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Alloy Loves: Tiffany Jane

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Tiffany Jane is one of those polers that everyone marvels at - how is she so darn good? Every move is polished and camera-ready. Every angle is just right. And how is she still so darn good, after basically tearing half the cartilage in her entire dominant shoulder, and taking six months off pole to recover?

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Bittersweet Studios 2015

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In October of last year, we embarked upon our very first photoshoot tour. Ever. Up to this point, we'd been shooting almost exclusively in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, building our business and creating a shoot method that we could easily take on the road. Our first stop was at Bittersweet Studios in Florida.

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Vicky, Liz & Danielle @ The Vertitude

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In November, we organized a little shoot for three polers who were in town for the reportedly super epic pole community retreat, Pole Unbound, an event organized by Aerial Amy. We designed a shoot for the three of them that would use simple, flattering lighting to create photos that they could all use for flyers, posters, promos, etc. But on top of that, we also really wanted to make some showstopping banner photos for all three.

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Alloy Loves: Jordan Kensley

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Last night, we were so excited to hear that our friend and regular shoot client, the stupendously talented and sexy Jordan Kensley, was accepted as a competitor to the Dance Filthy Australia competition - and it was the perfect opportunity to launch our Alloy Loves blog post series. Here's to the first of the series: Alloy Loves Jordan Kensley.

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Julien Miguel & Brian Wolf

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Colorado-based pole dancer Julien Miguel contacted us in fall 2015 for a semi-private shoot with a friend, local poler Brian Wolf. We had photographed both of these brilliant dancers previously, at competitions, but never had the chance to work with them in the studio, so it was a treat for all of us to be able to design a studio shoot together at The Choreography House in Los Angeles.

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Divine Movement Instructors 2015

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In November 2015 we took a little mini-tour through Seattle following the Northwest Pole Art Championships and visited Divine Movement, a studio whose staff and students we had been obsessing over each time we photographed them at a Pole Sport Organization competitions.

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