Category Archives: Pole Dance
Alright, first post of 2013!!! (terrible of me >_<)
Well good thing for you is you ain’t gotta read about my NYE and New Year resolution crap and jump right into some pole action stuff!
This is my second time in Australia and quite coincidently, both trips happened around Australia Day! This time around I am visiting Canberra and Brisbane, two cities which are generally harder to fly directly out of Malaysia from (-___-”) but the Pole experience has been worth it.
In this post, you will also see how a typical Malaysian has to survive in a country where everything is multiplied by THREE *faints*
So if you’re used to me talking about them fresh foods and green smoothies and awesome non-processed meals – get ready to feel a little disgusted with this financial adaptation.
First city to stop at properly was Canberra (not including the stop over cities of Perth and Brisbane). A quaint little town where cafes close at 4 o’clock in the afternoon was where I stayed in. That is one thing you would never hear of in Malaysia -> cafes closing during the day. Some don’t even close – at all! OK fine, they’re the Mamak kafes but stiiiillll, money don’t come easy man!
Anyway, being in Canberra forced me to read a lot. Since I did not have internet access where I stayed and it was just sickening having to walk to McDonalds and patronize just for the sake of wifi (which didn’t even have a good signal). Mind you! It wasn’t the walking I loathed, it was the fact that I had to buy something from McDonalds after working hard on avoiding fast food. There was a print shop with computer & web access on the way to McDonalds but do you know how much they charge? 2:50AUD for the first FIFTEEN (15) minutes, then it’s something like 59cents (in Aussie cheese) PER MINUTE after that. Fark, with the load of time I spend online I could have probably paid my meals off for 3 days in Malaysia, just to use half an hour of internet at that shop.
Back to my point, I spent a lot more time reading, boiling eggs and watching hotel TV.
You can imagine my joy when I get the chance to train at the studio and even went for a run at a park nearby. (Running in an unfamiliar town with no grasp of your bearings AND no GPS access may result in a lost & frustrated Malaysian gal)
This is what you may call “poor people salad”. I got a bag of Baby Spinach for 5AUD and managed to spread that out for over a week. I got two apples which I managed to spread an apple out through 3 meals. Sliced up a small packed of Baby Carrots which also spread out over a week and lastly, I boiled 24 eggs to last me through almost every meal for 6 days. Carlie and Elizabeth ended up paying for my dinner despite me turning down some social dining for two nights after training, which was so sweet and life-saving of them.
Aerial Pole Academy is owned and run by Elizabeth in Canberra. Beautiful studio equipped with 28 spinning brass poles, a stretch studio and a space for lyra and tissu classes (aerial silk and aerial hoop). I was happy to be jamming with the girls there and trying out these funky stuff on spinning poles. Now I can’t wait to be back at Viva Vertical trying out Elizabeth’s “tornado” on spinning CHROME pole! *stares at bruises from brass pole*
That bruise where I lost skin wasn’t caused by the pole being on spinning mode but just the material itself. Different from the brass poles at Viva Vertical, poles down here are made from the actual metal instead of the x-poles you see coated with brass finishing. The word down here is that X-pole will be making new brass poles with the actual metal instead of a brass finishing. oooooohhhh I’m just cringing at all the drops to be done on that metal… >_<
Susi teaches the aerial arts programs at APA and is also known as Aurora when she snagged the Champion title in Amateur category, at last year’s Australian Pole Championship. I was immediately drawn to Susi and wanted to train with this former Cirque Du Soleil artist from Italy. Such a lovely lady and so freakin’ fit for her age! Imagine being over 40 and still doing backflips!
That’s Elizabeth, the only person I’ve ever met where I had to really concentrate on keeping up with in a conversation. This girl can talk FAST but she can still smile through it. I love her energy <3 !
A super diverse group of participants at the IPDFA Pole Dance Fitness Instructor Course from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney. Everybody brought their unique strengths to the table and it was good to have everyone share their feedback on the last day. Carlie was definitely a well known name here and she demonstrated quality leadership skills. ROCKIN’ GROUP!
The cutest travel polar bear that Carlie named after the world famous George St. Pierre <3
Will be updating about Brisbane visit next!
Viva Circus presents our inaugural production “Neverland” starring Adam Tan (Australian Hip Hop Championships Runner Up), Samantha Yee (Ultimate Pole Champion Malaysia), Emily Tan (Presenter Body Blaze LiTV), ViST alongside Viva Vertical and Viva Circus troupe members.
Discover the secrets of Neverland this xmas with spectacular aerial acrobatic stunts using fabric, rope, trapeze and poles, fused with street jazz and hip hop in an unforgettable show!
Sat 15 Dec, 830pm-930pm
Sun 16 Dec, 230pm-330pm
Don’t miss the chance to get early bird tickets for you, your family and friends for only RM50 on: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CF2YJUAZGHJDJ
Early Bird ends 31 October 2012*
*Normal Price thereafter will be
So the four of us – Sam, Shan, Vee and myself, were invited to perform at this Fund Raiser for Cancer Research UK. Of course we said yes, any time we have an opportunity to help a great cause, we’re there – not to mention Ben who runs Taylor’s Retreat Pole Studio is a friendly of Viva Vertical
We were lucky to have BEAUTIFUL weather that day and couldn’t have asked for a better day of meeting lots of pole junkies, pole celebrities like Anastasia Skukhtorova, Jo Tay, Ian Matthews as well as dancers and parkour king Timothy Shieff.
We stayed on the property that night, many thanks to the generous hospitality of Ben. It was such a sweet environment to be in, that I even took the opportunity to do some sprints and training in the morning!
This was quite a challenging morning for me, having had stayed up a bit after ONE FC Destiny of Warriors with The Fight Nation the night before and making it to Dataran Merdeka by 6:30am. Joining the rest of the early risers (for that morning) from Li TV, I was geared up and ready to lead some fun challenges and demonstration at the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon. Supported by Viva Vertical, we got a pole there for peeps to try their luck at winning some pretty generous prizes from Li TV! We had challenges using padwork, pole and sandbells as our tools, distracting runners who were eagerly waiting in line for their free foot massage offered at the booth. Fun to say curiosity and ego boosting got the best of the guys, with 90% of our challengers being male during pole fitness challenges.
So Pull Ups on the pole ain’t really THAT easy eh?!
Timothy Sangawa, the new face of Li TV was our MC for the morning, decked out in sports gear ready to lead by example for the challengers. A crossfit and fitness enthusiast, needless to say it was pretty easy teaching someone who already have good body awareness and strength.
It was definitely one of the most eventful mornings I’ve had in a while, being around so many people who took the time to be there so early in the morning just to get their run on. True enough, there were plentiful happy vibes from the serotonin release in KL….and so can you!
BODY BLAZE previews were played throughout that morning and now you can watch it on Astro 706 in Malaysia (see listings here for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore) every Saturdays at 7::30am! Reruns are also on Sunday and Monday mornings I heard….
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*all photos courtesy of Li, Life Inspired TV
Classes and training at VIVA VERTICAL MALAYSIA
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm AERIAL Access
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm POLE Access
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Aerial Arts (Silk Beg) *CLOSED
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exotic Pole Beginner *NEW
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Pole Intermediate 1 *CLOSED
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Aerial Master Class
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm FitPole Beginner *OPEN
7:00 PM – 8:00 pm Aerial Arts (Silk Beginner) *NEW
7:00 PM – 9:00 pm POLE Access
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm FitPole Intermediate/Intermediate-Advance *OPEN
8:00 PM – 9:30 pm AERIAL Access
11:00 am – 12:00 noon ExoticPole *OPEN
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AERIAL Access
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm POLE Access
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Burlesque Showgirl Series *on 2/5 & 9/5
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Spinning Pole Course *on 2/5 & 9/5
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm POLE Access
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Aerial Arts (Hoop Beginner) *CLOSED
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm FitPole Intermediate/Intermediate-Advance *CLOSED
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm AERIAL Access
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm POLE Access
9:15 am – 10:15 am Fly Yoga *OPEN
10:30 am – 12:00 noon FitPole Intermediate/Intermediate-Advance *OPEN
10:30 am – 1:30 pm POLE Access
12:15 pm – 1:15pm Spinning Pole *NEW
1:30 pm – 2:30pm FitPole Beginner *OPEN
1:30 pm – 2:30pm Aerial Arts (Beginner) *CLOSED
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Acro Pole
Talent Hub @ Desa Sri Hartamas
Monday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pole Private Class
Monday 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Pole Beginner
Tuesday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Pole Beginner
Tuesday 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Pole Beginner
Wednesday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Pole Beginner-Intermediate & Intermediate
Wednesday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Pole Beginner
Thursday 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Pole Beginner-Intermediate
Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Fly Yoga
Saturday 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm Fly Yoga
Saturday 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Fly Yoga Private Class
Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pole Beginner
Dreams @ Subang Jaya
Monday 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Burlesque *OPEN
Monday 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Pole Beginner-Intermediate *CLOSED
Tuesday 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Freestyle FitPole *CLOSED
Tuesday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fly Yoga *CLOSED
Wednesday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fly Yoga *CLOSED
Wednesday 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Freestyle FitPole *CLOSED
Wednesday 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
Wednesday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Freestyle FitPole *OPEN
Wednesday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
Thursday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Freestyle FitPole *OPEN
Thursday 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
Thursday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Freestyle FitPole *CLOSED
Thursday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
Friday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fly Yoga *OPEN
Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 am Fly Yoga *CLOSED
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Fly Yoga *OPEN
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Exotic Pole (Open/Waiting List)
Saturday 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Fly Yoga *CLOSED