Pole Progress Series: Introducing: Kimmi | @kimmivxo/@polefit_kimmiv
Posted on February 07 2017
I started pole dancing in September of 2016, so about five months! I've already learned a lot, and trained my body to endure all that the pole throws at you. Pole is a lifestyle. There's so much to learn and I'm excited to look back a year from now and see my progress.
What made you decide to try Pole Dancing for the first time?
I never thought this would be a career option for me but it ended up being one of the best decisions of my life. I was struggling to make ends meet, and got the idea from a friend of mine to give being a go-go dancer a try. I've danced my whole life competitively and cheerleading so I'm no stranger to performing. It's something I'm very passionate about. So I said why not?! I started auditioning right away. After meeting the owner and the girls working in one particular venue, I fell in love with the place...and I got hired!
Exciting! How big a part of your job is pole?
Pole fitness came into my life when I wanted to take my go-go dancing to the next level. I said to myself "I love pole dancing and I love fitness what can I do to make this a successful career move"? And just like that I was inspired to become an aspiring pole fitness/dance instructor with hopes of opening my own studio one day. I ordered a pole online, cleared a room in my house to make into my own training studio and got to work! I'm still growing and still learning. I'm still a beginner, and it's going to take a lot of time, motivation, and dedication but I'm ready to conquer the chrome and follow my dreams, I started with nothing and wanting to give up, but now I have goals and am working to turn my dreams into a reality.
Tell us something fun or surprising about yourself.
That would be my birthday. I was born on the 23rd of September, which makes me a cusp baby. I am two zodiac signs - Virgo and Libra - depending on the year. I love astrology, I've always felt very connected to space, the stars, the vastness of it all. It's very interesting, and humbling.
Fun Fact! Describe your first Pole class to me:
I've actually never taken a pole class in a studio! I work with an instructor who I met online. We do personal training from the comfort of our homes, via the magic of the internet. I love it; the one-on-one is very helpful and I'm able to mess up and look silly without feeling awkward in a group. My first class focused on pole flexibility, stretches and exercises. I'm focusing more on spins now and still loving it. I do plan on becoming a student at a studio very soon too, I'm super excited.
If you can go back to your first Pole class and tell yourself one piece of advice that you know now, what would it be?
I'd have to tell myself to not worry so much about how long it takes me to learn something, and not to get angry with myself if I don't get it right away. I found a lot of my frustration stemming from wanting to be perfect, when in reality dancing is never perfect! It involves a lot of improvising too - sometimes you slip but you can't just stop dancing, you've gotta keep going. This applies to class as well. You're going to slip! That's what class is for, and the day you nail that move you were struggling with will be so much more rewarding because you see your growth, you feel accomplished... It's amazing!
What are your must-have items in your Pole bag?
Right now I'm carrying three dance outfits, two dance shoes, hair ties, mini towel, water bottle, iPad, mini speaker, travel makeup and accessories. I also have stretch bands, pole grip gloves, ankle protectors, and knee climbing pads.
Wow, that's a good haul! Have you learned anything from pole dancing that you didn't expect?
I'm going to get a little personal here...I've always had issues with my appearance. For as long as I can remember I haven't felt truly beautiful. Growing up I was made fun of, and not in a childish kind of way. I grew up in the Bronx in New York and it wasn't easy. Girls, even guys, can be as mean as they come and I let others determine how I feel about myself for a long time. By the time I started dancing I was already happier, in a committed relationship, and my attitude towards myself was making progress but it just wasn't quite there...
Dancing in so many ways helped me feel things about myself that I hadn't felt in a very long time. I felt accomplished, strong, healthy, and beautiful. And not just beautiful... I felt sexy! When I look in the mirror now, I see a women who - like her dance moves - is put together gracefully. My body, my mind, my soul..it's all beautiful. Dancing has changed my life and my view of things so much. When you are committed and passionate about something, it changes you both physically and emotionally. It's great when the things your passionate about not only make you happy but help you grow as an individual.
Do you have a favorite pole dancer or inspiration?
I don't have a favorite dancer - I think everyone is great with their own unique styles. My inspiration comes from pole dancing contests. Nothing inspires me more on the pole then being put in a competitive state of mind. I'm focused, and it brings out my creativity. I have competed my whole life and the rush has always been the same. I go on Instagram or Facebook and I see what pole dancing sites have contests going on, and I get on it. Not only is it fun but you are learning as well. I can't tell you guys how many moves I learned cause it was the "move of the day" for some contest or other. Keep in mind, I am a beginner but I still give it my all. I admit some days are harder then others and even if I just can't nail the move in time to enter, I feel good knowing I did my best and now I have a move goal for the future. Whatever inspires you, harness it! Just get up and go for it!
What is your favorite move or combination?
My favorite move would definitely have to be the extended butterfly. I can't do it yet but I'm working hard trying to get it down. It's so beautiful and works well with many combinations. There are so many beautiful tricks! Pole dancing requires so much strength and grace that it becomes a work of art when it's all put together.
Do you have a nemesis move?
Oh man! I could name a couple but at the top of the list right now is the "Genie". Every day I try, and I've made so much progress but I just cannot get it. It's so frustrating. I've overcome other moves I thought I would never get though, and this is just be another on the list on my pole journey. Don't give up on that move that's got you stressing - the reward of finally doing it is well worth the dark period!
What are your Pole Goals for 2017?
My main goal would have to be to get into a class at a studio as soon as possible and hopefully be at an intermediate level by December. I also want to get into a business class, because my big goal is to open my pole fitness studio by the time I'm 30 (I'm 28 this year). I want to take classes and work my way up to becoming one of the best instructor's out there! I have big dreams, but I'm determined and committed. This year is all about the basics and nailing the fundamentals.
Tell me a funny pole story:
I remember one time my job had just got the spinning poles installed and all the girls were so happy! So, I'm dancing my set and loving the new pole-they really are so much more fun than a static pole. However...if your move with a lot of force, you're going for a ride! I grabbed the pole and started to spin and I just could not stop without throwing myself off. My friend, another dancer, walks in front of me as I'm doing this and...WHAM! I kicked her right in the back of the head and she was on the ground in a heartbeat! felt so bad I was apologizing for a week even though she instantly forgave me. We were laughing all night...we were both so embarrassed. Pole accidents happen all the time but it's not always funny afterwards, you do have to be careful. I have to say this because she's going to read this and laugh, moral of the story is you shouldn't walk within a few feet of the pole! That's not just a risk, it's a guarantee!!
Do you do any other type of workouts/activity?
Before pole fitness, yoga was my life. Yoga and pole fit go together like a puzzle pieces. I've used so many moves and techniques from my yoga into my dancing, from breathing, to stretching, to flexibility. I recommend yoga to anyone and I think everyone should try it at least once in their life. I love the gym too. I work on different things every day to keep me focused and motivated.
What's next for you?
I just want to push myself to the limit and be the best me I can be. Day by day I'm doing it, my way, and at my pace. Take time to appreciate yourself and see what you've done, how far you come. I don't know what's next for me, I have a good idea but we'll just have to see where this journey will take me...
I'm definitely excited and I pray good things and opportunities come my way.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Kimmi!!! ❣