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Hi I'm Billie and I'm a Pole-oholic.. I'm currently a student at Bobbis Pole Studio in Sydney Australia.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cleo's Rock n' Pole




In 2013 Cleo The Hurricane released her first DVD Rockin Legs n' Abs (RLnA) which was a huge success! Pole Dancers (and non polers) around the world are getting more flexible by the day!        
          
In March 2013 Cleo released her latest DVD Cleo's Rock N Pole, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! And let me tell you I wasn't disappointed.                            The first thing I did after it arrived was sat in bed and watched the DVD from start to finish, at the time I was pretty sick and hitting play on my DVD remote was about as much exercise as I could manage, and I got exhausted just watching it!

This DVD differs from RLnA, while RLnA's is focused on strength and flexibility Rock N Pole, has four fun routines to learn as well as strength exercises and tutorials of the pole tricks featured in the routines.

So when I was finally feeling better and had some free time I decided to give the DVD a crack, and whoa, I had no idea what I was in for! I mean I've done classes with Cleo before so I'm used to her kicking my ass so I shouldn't have expected anything less.

The DVD starts with a 16 min warm up, from wrists to necks hips and legs it covers everything and is pretty much how long I usually warm up before I train by myself (because I usually get bored after about 15 mins and just want to play). After doing the warm up I felt pretty good, nice and hot without dripping in sweat. 
Warming up is one of my least fav things to do by myself, I usually forget to do things or get half way through and forget what I've already done, so for someone like me this is a great way to make sure you get a complete warm up.

After I did the warm up I skipped straight to Chapters 12 - 14 the Hardcore Strength Exercises. 

When I watched the DVD at home before I attempted it I saw these and thought to myself, yep, I got this, easy done.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

In the three Chapters Cleo takes you through a series of exercises like pull ups and side crunches etc and it is in a word brutal (okay I might be over exaggerating a little bit). I thought I was pretty strong and fit before I started it, but even though I did all three chapters I did have to stop multiple times and have a break to catch my breath and swear at Cleo but I did it, AND IT WAS AWESOME!

I felt really great afterwards, tired, but great and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for some great exercises to increase their strength and conditioning for pole. I've even written most of it down so that when I'm in the studio I can do the exercises by myself without having to drag my Laptop and the DVD into the studio with me.

Next up I picked one of the four routines to try and learn.

Each routine on the DVD starts with a Video of Cleo, Stacey and Angela doing the routine followed by a breakdown of the choreography.

I've been doing Pole Grooves classes at Bobbis for almost 7 years as well as dancing since I was little so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. Again, I was wrong. Because I'm not used to doing Cleo's choreography the routine proved to be a good challenge for my brain and I really enjoyed it. I did get frustrated with myself a couple of times, trying to remember to mirror what Cleo and the girls were doing instead of doing everything the same as what they were doing, but after a while it got easier. I didn't get a chance to finish the routine in the time I had available but the part that I got through I really enjoyed. I love that there is repetition in the choreography which makes learning the routines easier, and for anyone that is looking to improve their dance and ability to remember choreography is really going to benefit from it.

All in all I had heaps of fun, and look forward to having some more spare time to learn all of the routines.

If you're going to try and learn the routines here is some tips that I found helped learning the choreography better.


  • Watch the routine in full first.
  • Learn the routine in sections, learn the first 16 counts in the breakdown, then rewind it and go through it again to make sure it sticks.
  • Before you move on to the next section rewind back to the Routine (the full video of Cleo doing the routine) and practice the section you've just learnt with Cleo doing it in front of you.
  • then move on to the next section.

Once you've gone through and learnt the routine try doing it with just the music, no Cleo and see how you go!

Mini Challenge
Another great thing to know is there is a group on Facebook that you can join to share you're progress, get tips and ask Cleo questions. She's very active in the group and is always happy to help Rockin Legs N' Abs Facebook Group there are so many inspirational stories on there for you to have a look at. As well as the occasional competition where you can win some awesome merch.

Also, if you're the kind of person who loves a Challenge Cleo has created Challenges for you to follow, including a Mini DVD challenge as well as a 30 day challenge and a 6 week challenge that incorporates both of her DVD's. Check out the pics below!





30 Day Challenge
6 Week Challenge



Being totally honest, there isn't much I can complain about with this DVD, apart from the fact that it's a DVD and I have to lug my Laptop with me if I want to do any of the routines at the studio, however, it's now available as a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD which you can get from Cleo's Website! Problem Solved!! (the only other problem for me being that I don't have enough time at the moment to fit it into my schedule! SCREW YOU DAY JOB!!)

So if you're looking for a way to improve your dancing from the comfort of your own home, then I recommend you get it! 

And if this hasn't convinced you watch the trailer below and see for yourself! 


Billie
xxx





Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meet my new BFF!


If this picture is correct then I up until a few weeks ago I must have been the sexiest person on the planet. 

My MPD training is in full swing at the moment, I train at any opportunity I get for as long as my body will let me, sometimes this can be hours (if I'm lucky). For about 3 weeks straight if I didn't take some pain killers with Ibuprofen and a heat pack to bed I would wake up in the middle of the night in the most insane amount of pain.  


Whinging about it to a friend a couple of weeks ago, she suggested I try taking some magnesium tablets and offered to pick me up some. I thought I might as well give it go because I didn't want to be taking the pain killers every night for the next few months.


Another problem I've found to be getting worse recently is what I like to refer to as "forearm erections" during routines, I think it's a lactic acid build up in mainly my right arm (and occasionally my left as well) where my forearm gets so sore and hard that it gets to a point that I can't close my hand. After performing the advanced routine in our last week 8 my arm was so sore I had to get one of the teachers to massage it out (lucky for me she's actually studying massage at the moment) the pain was so bad I was biting into my opposite shoulder while she was doing it. I'm hoping the magnesium is going to help with this as well, but in the mean time I've taken to carrying around my spikey massage bally thingo so I can massage it on the go to help release some of the constant tension in my arm. So far it seems to be helping so fingers crossed it stays that way!

I've also stocked up on Epsom Salts so that on days that I train really hard I can have a long hot soak in the tub. Which is a great alternative seeing as though our spa at home is broken :(

If you've got any other great tips on how to keep the muscle pain away let me know!!

Billie

xxx 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Slippery Sunday

No hotter combination than thigh high leg warmers and 7" heels
Training for MPD is pretty much in full swing at the moment, if I'm not at the studio training I'm thinking about training, and if I'm not doing either of those I'm usually in a hot epsom salt bath recovering from training. 

One thing I really really hate about pole, is turning up to the studio to train and not being able to stick, no matter how many different grip aid combinations I try. The pole turns into a brass spinning stick of death, and the question I have to ask myself, do I want to die today. 




Because I have to travel so far to get to the studio it seems like a waste of time warming up, trying to do something for half an hour then giving up and going home, so when this happens I pull on my leg warmers (or pants) and get down on the floor. 

Today was one of those days and as frustrating as it was I still managed to have some fun. I've started playing around with a backward roll into like a split stand thingy (I have no idea what it's called) that one of my friends does a lot. I do it really really badly, and I can't get out of it to save my life. 


Heel Smashing
Then I rolled around in middle splits for a while, and banged my shoes on the floor cause that always makes me happy.

before I gave up on pole for the day my friend Jinx and I did manage to figure out how to do a move from a video of Marlo Fiskens that I've been wanting to try for a while so pole trick wise it wasn't a total loss. 

I may or may not have done butt isolations in a middle split on the windowsill in the studio… yeah so today wasn't totally a productive day but hey sometimes we need to just have a bit of fun.

In other news due to having a really sore back for weeks I caved in last weekend and went and had a massage, big mistake. Some how the guy that massaged me has left my lower back (which he wasn't supposed to be touching) sore and tight for the last week. I've been soaking in epsom salt baths, stretching it and rolling on my rumble roller to help to fix it. It seems to be getting better slowly, very very slowly, so I have been trying to take it easy when it comes to training at the gym and in pole when it comes to things that involve using my lower back to much. It's frustrating to say the least but at this stage I have no time to fit in an appointment to see my osteopath, as long as it's getting better not worse I guess I should be okay.

My next post for Bad Kitty will be coming out in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for it! I'm also working on a post about my private with Felix Cane last year AND a review of Cleo's new Rock n' Pole DVD!!

In the mean time, here's a fun little video of the cool and stupid things I got up to today… (it's mainly me doing a bum dance.) enjoy!



video


Billie
xx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Bad Kitty Pole Blog is back!





The new Bad Kitty Pole Blog is back and better than ever!

And even more exciting for me because I'll be one of the writers! I'm really excited and grateful for the opportunity!

Here's the list to my first post!


So check it out! There are some fantastic posts and plenty more on the way!!


YAY!!


Billie
xxx



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pole Grooves - Strong (New YouTube Video)

I haven't posted a video on YouTube in a while, but after this weeks pole grooves routine I just had to post this video. Not because I thought I danced it overly well but for the routine itself. It was so beautiful to dance, one of those routines were I got lost in the music and chorey.

Here it is: Strong, Choreographed by Chilli Rox 






Billie
xxx

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Joy of Dance PoleandAerial.com Video Competition

Going through my emails last night I came across an one from PoleandAerial.com that caught my attention, probably because it had FELIX CANE in the subject line. 

I opened it up and inside was this, the story of Felix's first time back on the pole after her accident a few years ago, along with details of a video competition that PoleandAerial.com are running.




I would love to enter, and if I get the chance to video something and submit it I will, but either way I think it's such a lovely idea. 

Entries are open now,  for more information head to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poleandaerial 




Billie
xxx


Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

So if you've been reading my blog since it began you might have been wondering what happened? I haven't posted in the last 12 months. I've tried, but the last 12 months have been pretty difficult for me, every time I've come on here to write something I've just sat and stared and then closed down the window and gone and done something else.

I've wanted to start up posting again but I knew that my felt like my first post back needed to be an explanation and to be honest until now I haven't really felt that I was ready to put it in writing, out on the internet, for the whole world to see.

So here it is, 

In March last year I woke up on a Monday morning to go to work and just sat on my bed, the thought of going outside and facing the world, I couldn't fathom it. I just wanted to curl up under my doona and hide from the world and cry. And that's what I did, I called into work sick and curled up in bed all day. When my mum got home that afternoon she saw me, asked me what was wrong and I burst into tears and couldn't stop. Recognising the signs she dragged me to the doctors.

After talking to the doctor at length about why I was feeling the way I was feeling, he said that basically what I was experiencing was a massive depressive episode and with my family history of it etc that while there was nothing in particular that made me feel the way I felt that it was most likely a chemical imbalance in my brain. He sent me home with a prescription for anti depressants and orders to stay home from work for at least two weeks and come back and see him. 

The hardest thing for me to deal with was the anxiety I felt every time I had to leave the house, the first week, apart from going to the doctors I stayed in doors. By the Sunday I forced myself to go and have dinner with a friend, then I tried to go into the studio, somewhere that has always been a happy place for me. Except it wasn't anymore, I would choose the time I went into the studio carefully and go in when I knew it would most likely be quiet so I didn't' have to talk to many people (if any) and would leave before people started turning up for classes.

During that time, I decided that what might be a good idea to take my mind off things and give me something else to focus on would be to choreograph my routine for the Pole Candy Semi Pro Finals. 

Over the next couple of weeks I worked on the routine and I was so happy with what I'd choreographed. I thought that still competing would be a great way to make me feel better. 

How wrong I was.

Just before I went on stage, I started to panic, I just thought it was nerves and on I went. My music started and then one thing after another went wrong from the beginning of my routine till the end. I couldn't wait to get of stage, and when I got off stage, I was so embarrassed. Now, looking back, I'm sure it wasn't as bad as what I thought it was, but I thought it was terrible and what made the situation worse was people coming up and telling me how awesome it was. It only made me more and more upset and angry.

I spent the next day, in bed, crying. ALL. DAY.

It was then I decided that I was going to take a break from pole comps, pole was starting to become a chore for me, I would go to class, but a lot of the time my heart wasn't really into it. I decided it was time to take all the stress away and go back to why I started doing pole in the first place. Because it's fun, and it makes me happy and I love to dance.

During the whole time I was going through this I kept it mostly to myself, only telling a few people here and there, I didn't really want everyone to know and I just didn't want to talk about it. Out of the few people I did tell, there was one person, who I know I wouldn't have gotten through it without, they made a point to message me every morning and night asking how I was doing, and getting me to talk about it even when I really didn't want to. I can never thank her enough for this, ever. She knows who she is and I hope she knows how much this meant too me.



In saying that it's hard to know what to do when you know that someone is suffering from this, even having gone through it myself, I still don't know what to do when someone tells me if they're going through it. For me, I thought I didn't want to talk about it, it turns out I did.

It's almost been a year now, and I have to say it was one of the best decisions I've made. I still have my moments, but pole is fun again. I love going to class and learning new stuff. SO YAY!

The downside, I've put on a bit of weight, but hey that's a small price to pay for being happy, and I can and will loose it again. 

So that's pretty much it, this year is going to be another big one for me, I've decided to enter Miss Pole Dance Australia this year, something that I was going to keep to myself but a few people know now. I'm going to try and post here more and keep you up to date with my training, and any other pole related stuff I feel like sharing! 

And keep an eye out, I'm working on another project which I'll have more details about SOON!!!



Billie
xxx








Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Going Coastal, a play date at The Peach.



Only really being able to train on a Sunday (I do classes during the week but I can only really train on the things I want to work on on a Sunday) can sometimes be a bit of a pain. Usually when my family get together to celebrate birthdays etc it's on a Sunday and usually up the coast at my Aunty's place. Which means I have to decide between seeing my family and going to train, I hate having to do it. I love my family and I love spending time with them, especially my second cousins. Last year when I was training for Miss Pole I missed out on a few celebrations which left me feeling guilty (self inflicted, my family are more than supportive and totally understood and never put pressure on me to choose between training and seeing them).

However this is no longer going to be a problem! Last year Daisy (who used to teach at Bobbis) opened up The Peach Pole Studio  in Erina which is a handy 10 minute drive from my Aunty's place! WOOHOO!!

A couple of weekend's ago my family were getting together for my cousins birthday, and still needing to finish my routine for Encore Pole Show I thought what a great opportunity to pop in for a visit and to finish my routine and see my family ALL IN ONE DAY! 


So what's it like?? 


Beautiful!! The studio it's self is quite large and the poles are nice and tall (and Brass 38mm), with fairy lights covering the beams, art work, chandeliers it's very much Daisy-fied right down to the bike in the corner. I have a love for fairy lights as well and they're all over the beams it's so pretty. 

I don't know what it is about the air on the central coast but it works! The poles in the studio were so grippy to the point I didn't really need to use much grip aid at all, I was sticking like glue! And it's such a nice relaxed place as well.. there's definitely something in the coastal air.

I had such a great afternoon catching up with Daisy, working on my Encore routine and just playing. 

If you're ever up the Central Coast you should stop in and have a play!

Congratulations on a gorgeous studio Daisy!

(below are some more photo's from the opening party for The Peach, cause stupid me forgot to take photo's while I was there)


Billie
xxx

Toto hanging out at The Peach
Handstand February at The Peach








Reception


Daisy

Friday, February 8, 2013

You gotta keep 'em separated



I've been pole dancing for just about five and a half years now and I've never really worried (or given much thought to) the photos and posts etc I put on my account. I've always been really open about the fact that I pole dance and had a "if you have a problem with it then that's your problem not mine" attitude. My profile has been public for ages, I didn't really care to be honest, and will pretty much accept a friend request from anyone who has a profile pic of them self on a pole.

Recently I've been giving it a bit of thought, while I don't care about what people see there is a good chance that if any of my clients at work decided to do a facebook search for me there's a good chance they might not like what they see. Now I don't really care what they think of me, but my employer might (even though they are fully aware of my pole dancing addiction). 

What to do?

Well, last week I thought it might be time to separate the real me from the pole me before it becomes an issue. I made a new account for Billie and changed the security settings for my normal me account. Then, of course being in the indecisive person that I am, I decided it was a stupid idea and left the account just sitting there... and then "Billie" started getting friend requests as friends found the profile.

So now it's there I figure I might as well keep it, it's already proving to be a bit of a pain having to log out of one account to log into another. I realised today that it probably would have been easier to change the details on my original account and make that Billie's account and create a new one for me but to late now and I can't be bothered.

So if you want to add me on facebook here is my profile Billie on Facebook 


If you have me on my other account don't worry I'll still post a few things here and there but most of the pole related stuff will probably go on the new account (until I get lazy and just revert back to one account).

Billie
xxx

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A few days left to watch Blood Sweat and Sequins online (for those of us in Australia)

The documentary Blood Sweat and Sequins that followed three of Australia's best pole dancers as they prepared to compete for the title of Miss Pole Dance Australia was aired on SBS at the end of January.
I've watched it twice (and have recorded it on our foxtel iq (like tivo) at home so I can watch it again and again) so far and it was fantastic.
I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. But the three girls are engaging and I think they represent Pole Dancing well.


You can watch the documentary for the next couple of days on the SBS website HERE

Billie
xxx