|From left to right: Mary Kolacinski, Charlee Wagner, Sergia Louise Anderson
UPA had the pleasure of chatting with the recent National Aerial Pole Art Female Champion, Charlee Wagner. A young dancer with only two years experience, Wagner has grown tremendously in the last year and we can tell the difference. Find out what’s changed, who she trains with and where she’ll be next in this exclusive interview with a Pole Champion.
UPA: Congrats on your win at NAPA! Your routine was very original and seemed to really get the crowd going. What was your inspiration for this piece?
CW: I wanted something that could combine my flips and tricks with my new found grace on spinner pole. I actually choreographed to a completely different song and then hated it! So I scrapped it and frantically searched for a different song, when I was about to give up looking Radioactive fell into my lap! 😀 After finding the perfect song it was crazy how easy everything else came into place. I contacted Jackie from Bodybinds for my costume a week before and she finished it and got it to me right on time, it went perfectly with my Bad Kitty bondage set! Adding the mask was just the icing on the cake.
UPA: We saw you perform at PPC, another regional competition in California and you placed 4th in the Level 4 Championship Division. What was different for you at that competition?
CW: For PPC I was focusing on my fluidity and not much of a performance piece. I have been working on my fluidity on pole for nearly 5 months straight and wanted to do a routine that showcased that. I received a lot of positive feedback about the growth in my combos and the maturity in my dancing. 😀 so in that aspect PPC was a win for me!
UPA: Do you think that taking 4th place at PPC gave you more motivation to place top three and win at NAPA?
CW: Oh hell yeah! It definitely gave me the motivation to push my limits performance wise, and add my crazy tricks that I am known for.
UPA: We noticed that your stage presence had a completely different feel at NAPA, then any other performance we’ve seen you do. Did you feel that way as well?
YES! I had to create an alter ego for NAPA (her name is Selena) she is kind of a bad ass! I also wore a mask so that no one could see my cheesy grin. 😀 Even though I created this alter ego I did punch hearts into my gas mask for a little love, and to help me breathe! I had a lot of fun coming up with this routine because it was so different and challenging for me.
UPA: You won International Pole Dance Masters Cup at the same venue last June, which performance did you connect with more; IPDMC or NAPA and why?
CW: I don’t think I could choose between the two.
IPDMC was very much me, I didn’t have to put on a character and perform as a different person. It was such an important competition for me because it was my very first, and I received my very first champion title.
I connected to NAPA because it was more of a challenge for me. I had to perform with a gas mask that had crazy scary spikes on it, I was creating a totally different person through this routine, a total bad ass that could achieve and conquer anything with no fear!
UPA: Utah has a relatively small pole community in the larger scheme of things. Do you find most of our support comes from there? Or has that support shifted to a more national level?
CW: We have a small community but we are very close knit. 😀 I receive tons of support from home, but recently I have support from all over the world! My biggest support comes from my mom, boyfriend, students, and really close friends!
UPA: Who do you primarily train with? We used to see you training and working with Becca Butcher, is that still the case?
CW: I used to train daily with Becca, she is my best friend and she helped me with my pole growth immensely!
Lately I train by myself at French Kiss Fitness. I have the help of an amazing local choreographer, Kara Clark, who is so patient and incredibly talented at finding the perfect moves for me to do once I touch the floor! I am also lucky enough to have great co-workers and friends at my studio that help critique my pole work, we are creative monsters!
UPA: Have you found any new inspiration from a particular dancer this year? Maybe from someone you didn’t expect?
CW: Actually yes, Alexandr Magala. I met him last year when I won Pole-A-Palooza in Vegas. I had never seen any of his performances or tricks till PPC, but while watching his drops and fun tricks I got re-inspired for NAPA.
UPA: You have gained quite the following over the last year or so. Why don’t you have a facebook fan page? LOL Or do you?
UPA: Where can people find you next? What are your upcoming pole plans?
CW: I have a lot coming up this year, here are a few highlights:
– I will be teaching at Pole Convention in Florida this year as well as doing a showcase.
– In June I will be going to Jamaica for Dance Wicked.
– I am going to do Pole-A-Palooza again at the Pole Expo in Vegas.
– Gravity first in Mexico.
– Semifinals for IPC this year in Singapore.
I am so excited to get more involved in the pole community and be teaching workshops around the world. LOVES!
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National Aerial Pole Arts 2012 – Tricks Battle Champion
International Pole Masters Cup 2012 – Female Champion
Pole Convention 2012- Bad Kitty Tricks Battle Champion
The North American Pole Dance Championship National Elite 2012 – Champion
Pole Expo Pole-A-Palooza 2012- Champion
National Aerial Pole Art 2013- Champion