- Published: Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:14
- Written by Jamie Taylor
This week, with the run up to the Authentic Pole Dance competition in June. in Interview with a Pole Dancer, we ask Kara Owen, owner of the competition, about her inspiration for creating the comp.
Kara runs Opal Dance and Fitness Studio in Wigan.
How long have you been a Pole Dancer?
Hey guys, I started pole lessons is 2009, starting off as a student trying to nail a forward hook. So it has now been 6 years and 1 month to date, but from April 2014 to March 2015 I had a year out to have baby number 3. So at the moment it feels like I have only been pole dancing for a couple of months. Starting at the beginning again.
What made you start Pole Dance classes?
An old friend was a lap dancer, I wanted to tone up after baby number 2 so I bought a pole and set it up at home. It was so much fun and having no pole schools local, we set up the first in the town. I was still a student though and was pole dancing amazingly 5 nights a week.
What made you decide to compete?
I did my first competition before I became a professional. I dressed as a vampire and danced to 'Lost Boys' Cry Little Sister, back in 2009, to this day I still perform to this song, it's amazing. I didn't place but I wasn't fazed by this as I had so much fun. Creating a creature and then dancing to my all time favourite movie/song made me giddy. But then I became a professional as I started to teach beginner's and assist in late 2010. I started to dance more in my heels, discovered floor work. I then entered my first professional competition, again Vampire but used Marlyn Mason 'If I Was Your Vampire' ( I have a massive love for vampires and rock/indie/metal/ music ) Again I didn't place and this didn't bother me, but I got to see the girls back stage, the organisations of things and that was when it clicked... I'm a Authentic Pole Dancer, my style restricts me when competing, but I don't want to compete again, so this is when my idea of DO YOU OWN! I wanted to comfort and praise the girls back stage, give them a competition they wanted to come back to. So with a lot of work and time to put together The Authentic Pole Dance came to light in 2013 for the first of its kind in 2014.
What do you get out of it?
As I said above I got the buzz to organise a competition to draw the authentic of the pole world in. Give women and men to chance to not hide how they truly want to dance and in what clothing. I am so glad I had a go at competing as I feel you need to know how the competitors are feeling, have some respect and courtesy for how their feeling and being able to connect to them and reassure them how ace they are.