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Interview with a Poledancer! - with Tracey Huckfield from Pagans Pole, North Wales

This time we have the hard working and super sweet Tracey Huckfield from Pagans Pole, North Wales. Also owner and creator of the All Wales Pole Dance Championships.

What made you start Pole?
So I've been pole dancing for 8 and half years now, I know to the exact week how long because I had just given birth to my baby when I started (he was just 6 days old when I had my first lesson!) You may wish to exclude the last sentence as I'm not promoting postnatal exercise, and was very naive as to the dangers back then!

What do you get out of it?
 I LOVE exercise, but usually became bored of fitness trends very quickly. I spotted a newspaper advert for pole classes when I was pregnant and thought 'hell yea', exercise and sexy sounds awesome. As soon as I was accepted I started. I always say pole dancing is like marmite, you'll either love it or hate it...I was hooked from first lesson onwards.


What do you get out of Pole Dancing? 
I get loads from pole, on many levels: personally it makes me feel confident, I am strong and toned, I can be sexy, dancey super strong, flexy any day of the week. Mentally it is a release and it is also a stimulant. With pole there are no limits, only constant achievements and goals. Socially I have made some fabulous friends within the industry, I have met some inspiring individuals, and my students have become like extended family.

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What to expect at your first pole dance class?

Even though pole dance classes blew up in popularity over the past decade, it is still the norm for many people not to have any idea what goes on inside one. Some even may have an outdated view of pole dance classes being an avenue for `learning how to be sexy for your man`.  
Lets get one thing straight, pole classes can teach a women how to use her full bodies potential strength wise, how to install her own home pole, with her own sets of alan keys and spanners, and how gracefully dead lift an invert as well as perfect the slinkiest body wave. Then the person she is obviously doing all this for- is herself.

An invert is any upside down trick (pose or combination of tricks strung together), btw. Which obviously is Intermediate level, and not to be expected in any beginner classes. As a beginners we would build core, shoulder, back and arm strength, gradually and safely, over time.


Mixing easy dance steps in between learning spins (spinning for an hour would get even the most seasoned professional feeling dizzy). And gradually adding sits, one step climbs and easy lift reps.

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How long does it take to get really good at it?

`It` being Pole Dancing. It’s a question I get asked a lot by those just starting out in beginner class. And it’s a question that has no simple answer. I assume being `good at pole dancing` for some can mean knocking out an Iron X (twisted grip straddle flag) and holding it, for others it can mean being able to flow effortlessly linking moves and dance together?

As an Instructor, to me a basic two handed spin done gracefully with a soft landing means you are `good at pole`. Some advanced pole dancers can flip, deadlift and stunt in a way that will blow ya socks off, but care a lot less about dance and flow. Obviously when it comes to Pole, they are `good at it`.

To be an all round elite level pole dance you would need to excel at floor, dance- on and away from the pole, musicality, performance, spins and tricks, combos. Have strength and flexibility. It’s a big task!
It’s an excellent challenge!

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Our very first Interview with a Poledancer! - with Amy Butterworth own Candy and Chrome in North Wales.

How long have you been a Pole Dancer?
About 8 or 9 years now

What made you start Pole?
I was supporting a friend who wanted to try it, turns out - I loved it!

What do you get out of it?
Pole is my happy place. It's fun to do and I am passionate about teaching pole. I am not a performer or competitor - that just doesn't interest me as much, I do pole because I have so much fun doing it, and I love to share it with others, It has given my body shape and helped me appreciate my figure - and I notice that in others that I teach too - this in turn sees more changes in how the girls view themselves as their confidence begins to grow - I get to see women flourish in this way and I get to know them for who they really are, at their best - because regular pole dance classes really do bring out the best in people.

Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
Try it, and do it consistently at least once a week - be brave

Do you have advice for the advanced pole dancer?
Embrace those times when you hit 'plateau' - re visit older moves and make them stronger, cleaner, flow better, transition better - you'd be surprised at how far you'll have come from just re-visiting the basics!

Thank you to Amy for the interview.





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