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Poles on Tour with Phoenix Kazree at Polestars

Poles on Tour with Phoenix Kazree is coming to Polestars!


We are holding 2 workshops on March 22, 2015.


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Phoenix’s Signature Tricks 1 PM
Early Bird $70 before 3/16/2015, $75 after 3/16/2015.

Is “Titanic” on your list of pole moves to accomplish? Phoenix Kazree’s Signature Tricks and Transitions is where you will learn all four versions of it. Along with floor to pole transitions, more signature tricks, creative ways to enter and exit classic tricks, and so much more.

Kazree Flow 1 PM
Early Bird $70 before 3/16/2015, $75 after 3/16/2015.

Focus on pole “dancing”. Learn Phoenix’s style of floor work and pole choreography. Open your mind and body to new types of movement on, off and around the pole.

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Phoenix Kazree is native of Los Angeles, CA.
She is a former gymnast and is trained in classical, contemporary and ethnic dance styles. Her dance training includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance School,
Joffrey Ballet, The Los Angeles County
High School for the Arts, and 2 years on scholarship with Bella Lewitzky.

Phoenix has been dancing professionally
and teaching dance since graduating high school. She currently travels the US and Canada with the touring company of a hit Broadway show.

2014 Pole Stars Championship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2nd place

2012 American Pole Fitness
Championships, 2nd place

2012 Pole Art competition in Stockholm, Sweden,
4th place

2012 Aerial Pole International Competition, awarded "Best Show"

2012 International Pole
Championship, top 25 semi finalist

2011 California Pole Dance - Champion

2011 Pole Dancing Universe - Amateur
Champion

2011 American Pole Fitness Championships,
2nd place

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I'm 52 and I Pole

Featured Student Post Written by Tanya Ryan

 

Tany Ryan Polestars Pole Dance Student

 

In Feb of 2009 a friend of mine invited me to an introductory pole dance class.  Not having a clue what I was getting into, I agreed to go.  I was completely uncoordinated, and my arms felt like spaghetti, and I had no idea what I was doing.  But something clicked, and I fell in love.  My friend never took another class, and I never left the pole.  Much to my dismay, and distress, the studio closed after six months of my newly found passion.  What in the world was I going to do now?  I had finally found a form of exercise that made me want to move my body, and now it was gone.

 

Nine months later, I came across POLESTARS, in my backyard.  I could not believe my eyes. I immediately called and set up an appointment for a lesson. This is when I met Susana.  We had an instant connection, and to this day POLESTARS is my home.  

 

I am a 52 year old woman, who suffers from severe inflammation in my body due to a hormonal condition.  Most of the tricks in pole are very hard for me to do, and it takes me a very long time to correctly execute them, but that does not matter.  At 52 years old, I am stronger and healthier than I was at 20 or 30, and it is thanks to the last three years I have spent at Polestars, unwilling to give up.  Mastering the pole is a personal quest for me, because for over 20 years  I lived in a very overweight body I did not recognize nor function in,  and no amount of exercise helped me.  When I was finally able to lose weight, I made the decision that I was going to make up for two decades this condition robbed my physical abilities of.  I needed to find an activity that excited me physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Pole does exactly that for me.  It is hard work, and many days I leave the studio in tears because my body just is not cooperating.  But I have never given up.  I am still very far behind most of the other women in ability, but as I am here for my own journey, I don’t let that faze me.  Also, each week I have the pleasure of poling with women of all ages, sizes and ability, and the one thing I admire most about the women who come to Polestars is that no one judges anyone.  We all help each other. It’s a real family atmosphere.  That puts me at ease, and allows me to really challenge myself  at my own pace.  

 

I feel a great sense of confidence and accomplishment each time I complete a class, and everyday I get stronger and stronger.  I feel more connected to my body and my strength because I trust myself.  After four years of hard work I feel like I am finally ready to take on the really tough challenges of pole.  I don’t need to be an acrobat or anything like that, but honestly the best feeling ever,  is being able to hang from a pole upside down.  

 

I am living proof that one can accomplish anything they want to; it just takes determination and a lot of patience and practice.  I see the confidence it puts into the lives of the women I pole with, and myself.  I would love to see more women my age coming out and taking themselves on.  It’s really worth it.

 

Want to try pole classes? New students any 3 classes for $39


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No Oil, No Lotion in Pole

 

 

 

A few updates, last week I was crowned the Pole Poet, a title I was very flattered to accept. I have also been out of town for a week and experienced intense Pole withdrawal. Mainly I want to put you lovely ladies on to a few laws I've learned:

 

  1. Bruises and Soreness is normal.
  2. If it looks pretty, it probably hurts like hell (at least in the beginning).
  3. Flexibility makes EVERYTHING easier, so stretch!
  4. If at first you don’t succeed, try again (you'll get it..eventually!)
  5. No oil, no lotion…EVER!

 

No. 5 is the so important, for your safety, and others. I do not care how good your skin looks in your body shimmer from Bath & Body Works or how great you smell in your Viva La Juicy lotion. I promise you this, you WILL NOT look good when you slip off your pole and come crashing to the ground and you will feel like the worst person ever when the woman who uses the pole after you does the same thing. Now, you may think I am being funny and I am because, funny anecdotes stick with people but this really is a matter of life and death. Just the other day I was at class and doing a fallback from about 6 or 7 feet above the ground – a move I literally have been doing perfectly for a year now – and the pole slipped right out of my thighs and slid down! I could have seriously injured myself but since I had been practicing my hand stands for a few months I was able to catch myself at the final second. Between you and me it still wasn’t even a full catch, my arms felt like spaghetti; all because of a slippery pole. I hope this blog stands out enough in your minds to remind you NOT to wear lotion to the studio... And before practicing, be sure to clean the pole with the high alcohol proof you can find. Polestars provides 91% proof alcohol. Clean your poles!

Note to Newbies:

Do not wear lotion/oil on pole training days... Not on your skin or hair! 

Have a pole and lotion story to share with me? Leave your story in the comments : )

 


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Pole’s Lucy’s Keeper

 

Lucy Wong Polestars Pole Fitness

 

Hello fellow polestars and the fabulous people of South Florida! I want to introduce myself. I am Lucy, a not so recent graduate of FIU’s School of Journalism but currently employed as a Compliance Analyst, and as of a week ago engaged to my significant other of six years and 8 months. My hobbies include bargain hunting, organizing, watching movies, writing, traveling and my ever enduring love for food which also means more eating out, working out, cooking and traveling so that I may find and eat more exotic and delicious food!

 

Because of my obsession with food I was never a thin person, but I was never obese either. I was my heaviest during my early twenties when I weighed between 142 and 145 pounds. I am only 5’2 ft. I would periodically exercise but never changed my diet or kept the weight off long-term. I yo-yoed between 132 and 135. I’m pretty obsessive compulsive and have probably read about 85% of the dieting do’s and don’ts, but I looked at exercise as a chore and not a “weigh of life” until 2013.

 

My now fiancé had then left for Tallahassee to finish Law School so I was to live alone with my adorable and furry companion, my cat Houdini. I vowed to lose weight because it was always a lingering goal and now I had no excuses. I realized that I did not want to enter into my 30s overweight because it’s easier to lose weight while you’re young than later, when you’re older.

 

I knew that to make exercise a priority that I would have to make it a part of my lifestyle. I bought an elliptical and spinning bike. I joined a gym and went during my lunch hour. I joined fitness classes including kickboxing, yoga, spinning, step aerobics, Pilates, Cross Fit and eventually pole. I knew I had to get moving!

 

I’ve found pole to be the most fascinating and delightful. See my blog on “What Poled You in”. I also enjoyed kickboxing and spinning but pole was the most interesting, graceful, challenge consistent and fun. I found that as I increased my strength from other activities that it all assisted me in becoming stronger and better at pole.

 

I don’t consider myself great at pole but with every practice, week and month I am becoming stronger, healthier and more energetic. I now look at exercise as a priority for longevity, energy, health and feeling and being great! Being able to perform the cool pole moves and being at a healthy weight is just a bonus! Psst, I now weigh between 122 and 125 pounds. What are some of your struggles with exercise and what would make it a keeper? Let me know in the comments below.


Want to learn pole and live in South Florida?

Take a class, first timers get one week unlimited classes for $39


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Making Your Bad Side Better

 

Myo Than Polestars

 

About two months ago I was slightly intoxicated, overly-confident, and wanted to show off that I could do my right side split. Which, I definitely accomplished, with a consequence of pulling my hamstring in my right thigh. Ouch! I thought, “Okay, it didn’t hurt too bad”, but I felt tension and pain by just walking around for a couple weeks. The obvious pain disappeared, but the injury still prevented me from even doing basic lunge stretches. One month later I came to the unfortunate and sad conclusion that I will no longer be able to split… Or so I thought.

 

So I talked to one of the instructors at Polestars, Katie. She told me she’s done the same thing, and it took over 6 months for her injury to heal. At first, hearing this story was very discouraging to think I wouldn’t be able to be as flexible for months, and the thought that my pretty tricks, like doing a jade split would become ugly. Fortunately, there is an upside to the story, as well as two lessons I’ve learned from this experience: always stretch, and to work hard to make your bad side better.

 

We all know how difficult it is to work on your bad side, or how reluctant some of us can be because becoming more flexible can be painful itself.  Slowly but surely, I’ve kept off my right thigh, and focused more on pushing my left side more than I used to. I don’t have a completely clean left side split yet, but it’s so close I can feel the cold wood on my skin. When I look in the mirror, I look as if I’m about only 2” away from the floor, which is much closer than I have ever been. Hopefully, after my right side heals, I will be able to achieve both side splits. Then onto the most dreadful straddle split.


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How Pole Changed My Life

 

Rashida The Pole Poet 

I always feel awkward about introductions BUT they must be done so, here goes: I am 23 years young, a full time student, musician, and Polestar. Truthfully, besides my lovely apartment on the beach, my life is a rather chaotic right now—but its ok, I have pole! I fully realize how cheesy that might sound but I have never loved an activity more. Ok I am lying. I also love cooking, eating and making music but as far as physical fitness is concerned I have never experience a more invigorating, challenging, and inspiring work out than Pole Artistry. When I first started going to Polestars, I had recently moved from a small town in New York to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

I moved from New York because I had fallen into a bit of depression and I was convinced the cure was a warm sunny change of pace. I was not incorrect but when I first arrived to Fort Lauderdale, I was still mildly depressed. I spent the first 6-8 months just going to school, struggling to find work, and watching Netflix. Then I was given a Groupon for Polestars from my boyfriend…I went to the first class…and the rest is history! Kidding. I went to the first class and the next day, I felt like dying. However, even being so close to death (lol) I had never felt so alive! I remember the first days of class with Susana thinking, “Man she makes it look so easy, am I ever going to be that good?” and wishing I could just be her for a day. I decided then and there that I WOULD be a Polestar one day; that day Pole Artistry became a part of my identity and now roughly a year later, I cannot imagine my life without it.

 

Now I feel that it is important to stress that pole is pain but, in the wise words of my favorite rap artist Jay-Z “Pain is pleasure.” Well, for those of us who are slightly sadistic, hahaha! No but seriously, it is not the kind of pain that kills you, it is the pain of releasing all of the invisible things inside you that hold you back and make your heart heavy. I have cried in class a couple times during stretching and such but, it has never actually been from the pain; it has always been from the meditative place stretching takes you. There is a lot of pain in everyone’s life and everyone deals with their pain differently; I pole it out. I pole out every hurtful word, every self-doubt, every set back, and every let down; I pole out every little thing that is wrong in my life and by the time I get in my car to go home, my life is changed. I have my moods—what woman doesn’t—but it is not the same kind of hopeless depression I experienced before. Anytime I feel like I just cannot do something or start to get down on myself I hit the studio and learn something amazing and know that I can do whatever it is that I thought previously that I could not.

 

So, that is my introduction; that is why I pole, why I could never ever imagine not poling. I hope it inspires you to take a chance on Pole Artistry and Pole Fitness yourself!

 


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What Poled You In?!

 

Lucy Wong Polestars Pink Power Ranger

 

There are two very apparent elements to pole. There is the obvious sensuality and sexiness that one commands when prancing around a 45 to 55mm, shiny silver pole, whilst wearing 5-inch stilettos. There is also the fact that you’re wearing booty shorts and a skin baring top because that’s how you “stick to the pole”, but there’s the other side of pole. The artistry side. Pole has this gymnastic and ballet-like art dynamic that continues to intrigue me day-by-day.

 

When I was ten I wanted to be Kim, the Mighty Morphin Pink Power Ranger. Maybe it’s because pink is mysteriously feminine in nature or that she was a female bad ass or that she got to swing around and kick the Putty Patrol. Whatever it was, Kim always did it gracefully and in style. I remember practicing splits, cartwheels and front handsprings shortly after. I felt pretty defeated when I realized the starting age of most gymnasts was probably five. I harbored the dream of also swinging around ever so gracefully and saving the earth, but sure enough much like that of a Toy Story Movie, we grow up and forget most of those childhood passions.

 

Fast forward to the present and I still find something beautiful and graceful about pole. When someone inverts, splits, holds his or her body weight while slowly transitioning from one move to the next, the pointed toes, the straight lines, the strength, the agility, the power. This type of body art continues to ooh and awe me. Maybe as adults we never truly let go of our inner child but whatever it is, I find pole fulfilling and enjoyable. So while you may have never dreamed of being the Pink Ranger, what poled you in? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

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