IndePOLEdance Day Does Not Go As Expected

Here at UPA, we were recently informed of a situation with an event held in Mexico City, which took place between October 9 – 11, 2015, called, IndePOLEdance Day (IPD) and was organized mainly by Ferios Avelar and Bernardo Casillas. IPD hosted a number of performers including Kenneth Kao, Nadia Sharif, David C. Owen, Felipe
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Pole Basics: LEG HANGS Note: these videos are NOT intended to be a substitute for hands-on instruction. They represent a safe way to work on basic inverted positions BEFORE you are ready to try them in the air. If you do not feel secure in these positions while lying on the floor, do NOT try
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The post heard around the pole world A couple of years ago Irmingard Mayer published a post asking instructors why they allow students to kick into inversions. It turned out to be a controversial topic, though I’m not exactly sure why. I subsequently wrote a post with some tips for telling whether you’re getting good
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The Stripper and the Ballerina: A Tale of Two Shoes

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  Written by : Kelly Maglia   One is the stuff of little girls’ dreams. The other, forbidden fruit. One whispers of the sylph, the swan, the dying innocent. The other, the stripper, the slut, the vibrant temptress who never dies – especially not in the minds and groins of men… Once upon a time, when I
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We found an article recently written by Bella Vendetta sticking up for strippers every where.  Her message could not be more clear.  It’s the argument we just can’t get enough of.  But her points are valid, strong and seem to be coming from a personal point of view.  A person’s feelings cannot be denied.  Her experiences
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Five Pole Rules To Stop Breaking RIGHT NOW

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There are as many ideas of how to train for pole as there are people training for pole. None of them are necessarily 100% right, and none of them are necessarily 100% wrong. BUT … there are a few hard-and-fast pole rules that get broken a lot, for no good reason. Here they are, in
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Pol(e)ing Through Pregnancy and Beyond

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Written by: Erin O’Brien IMPORTANT NOTE: It is a very personal decision whether or not to keep pole dancing throughout pregnancy – a decision which is also based on medical advice – and I am in no way advocating that it is the best thing for everyone. This is MY experience and I made sure
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In a pole rut? Challenges can help you get unstuck!

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It seems like there is always a new pole or yoga or flexibility or fitness challenge to be found on social media—in fact, the UPA StretchIt challenge is going on right now! I’ll admit I don’t do very many challenges because I have a training schedule that works for me and frankly, it can be
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2015 #FreeStyleMonth Winner Julie Chapple from Tantra Fitness

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Last year’s #FreeStyleMonth Winner was Julie Chapple!  We are taking submissions starting May 5th.  Submissions end on May 17, 2016. Soon after, voting will begin.  The winner will be announced at the end of the month.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!  Please see the rules below. Must be a freestyle dance, not a
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2015 #ContemporaryMonth Winner Lila Art of Dance

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Last year’s #ContemporaryMonth Winner was Lila Art of Dance!  We are taking submissions for starting April 7th.  Submissions end on April 19th, 2016. Soon after, voting will begin.  The winner will be announced at the end of the month.  You can nominate yourself or a friend!  Please see the rules below. Must be contemporary dance
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