Why Have You Stopped Teaching Pole Tricks??

So this question has come up lately. After teaching pole dancing, including pole tricks for 13 years, why have I decided to stop teaching pole tricks now?…

In July 2017 Purity is about to become an actual ‘Pole Dancing’ school, by that I mean I am waving good bye to the pole tricks side of things, and focusing on the dance side more.

I have a few reasons… I feel that the dancing has more to offer people, myself included. I am all for body positivity and a happy state of mind, and nothing gives this better than the dancing side of things, any dancing for that matter! I am not saying that pole tricks doesn’t give you this either, it’s just that dancing does it way better in my opinion. I feel it is a bit of a metaphor for life – “It is not how many tricks you can do, but how you move.

I feel people can hide behind tricks, and ignore the dance, which is strange seeing as it is called Pole Dancing.

“Is it because you can’t keep up with the new tricks?”
This makes me laugh! Most people can’t keep up with the ‘new’ tricks! I don’t even try, never have done! I have my own way, perhaps because I am an old school poler, I love the old school tricks. Trick wise, I think you can’t beat a beautiful Scorpio or an Extended Butterfly. I have spoken to some of my old instructor friends during the recent years, who started teaching around the same time I did, they stopped years ago when the tricks went crazy, they said “I don’t know how you keep going through all the madness that pole has turned into“. But I can’t understand why they stopped for that reason, I got into pole because I love dancing, the tricks were always a side line.

I have had a few pole related injuries this year, and it has made me re-evaluate what I want
from life. Do I love the doing/teaching pole tricks enough to put my body through it anymore? The answer is no, (not sadly no, just no). I am happy about my decision. Life is too short to do things we are not happy with. Don’t get me wrong, you may still see pictures cropping up on Instagram of me doing pole tricks, I am not giving them up, I am just stopping teaching them. I still love pole, and don’t want to lose my passion for it.

This year I have been training hard in a new area for me, (well newish), I am becoming a Level 3 Pilates teacher. I trained in Fitness Pilates in 2008, but I have decided to go sh*t or bust with it now! I feel that pole dancing is great for helping the mind and body in so many ways, but I would like to do more to help people.

I think Pilates is a key for the body to stay fit and functional for life, and I want to bring that to more people.

I want to thank all of the Purity Students, both past and present for all their support. I do hope you all continue your pole journey with Purity, so we can dance together for many years to come.

 

 

Summer 2017 Offer on Half Hour to Power

As we enter into the holiday season HHTP has a yummy Summer offer, instead of 5 weeks for £75, it is now £49.99.

The only 2 start dates are Monday 26th June 2017 and Monday 3rd July 2017.

This is a fantastic class, for those who want to get fit and toned. It is a half an hour interval training class, using cardio, plyometrics (jumping!) and core conditioning. It is an achievable class for anyone, as you work to your own level. For example not everyone will be jumping, I have easier options available for all moves as well.

Come and be a part of our team, we are a lovely supportive bunch 🙂

Changes to Purity Pole Students

From the 17th April 2017 Purity Studio will be launching a new timetable. This will affect anyone who currently takes pole dancing lessons with Purity.

Purity runs ‘pole dancing’ lessons as a form of exercise and fun, we believe that the dancing comes before tricks, it is called pole dancing after all. These changes will reflect this fact. This is not the only reason, it will also produce classes which are much safer, as there will be more strength building for those who want to do tricks.

Below is the first proposed timetable, this may be subject to change, as I need to know who is going to adapt to the changes, and who won’t.

You will see there is Intermediate Pole Dance and Improver Pole Dance, you may not think anything has changed, but these classes will be purely dance based, and will involve dance, floor work, transitions, spins, pole sits and lower third pole tricks. This will be danced out in a variety of ways including, choreographed, freestyle and freedom dances. The style will be mainly authentic, but pole flow and other styles may be put in too.

You will also see there are Pole Trick classes. These classes are purely for tricks, learning inverts and combinations, as well as building up strength. This class has 2 requirements:

  • This is only to be used for those on memberships, as a 2nd class. The other class has to be either Pole Dance, Serpent Power or Freestyle with Purity.
  • You also have to partake in strength building activities outside of the lesson, this can include going on your pole at home, joining Half Hour to Power (Discounted Rate), going to the gym, or some other activity which will help you gain strength.

For Spinny Pole, the requirements are the same as the Pole Tricks classes. It can only be used as a second class on membership along side a pole dance class. You would also have to partake in strength and conditioning outside of your lessons.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
6.25pm-7.25pm Intermediate Pole Dance Pole Tricks Spinny Pole Improver Pole Dance
7.30pm-8.30pm Intermediate Pole Dance Intermediate Pole Dance Pole Tricks Freestyle Pole Dance
8.35pm-9.35pm Beginner Pole Dance Serpent Power Improver Pole Dance

Please do get in touch with me, and let me know which are going to be the class times you prefer. If you are currently on Improver Pole on the current timetable, it may be the case you are ready to move to Intermediate Pole Dance from April.

I do hope you all continue your pole adventure with Purity, but I will also understand if you choose not to. Unfortunately it is impossible to please everyone. xx

Are Your Goals Right for You?

Are you someone who has set goals for themselves recently? Or made some News Year resolutions that you are now finding it hard to keep? You are not alone. I’m sure most of us set out with a new path or a new goal.

“I’m going to work on splits”

“I’m going to get abs”

“I’m going to lose ‘x-amount’ of weight”

“I’m going to do that crazy pole move I have seen all the athlete polers doing on Instagram”

Have a think for a moment about which goal you currently have going on in your life? Or perhaps one you would like to have… now really think about it?

Ask yourself why do you want it? Is it honestly achievable in a fun way for you with your life?

Now don’t get me wrong I am all for pushing to be better, but just take a moment to work out why you want those things…

Is it because all your peers you follow on social media have abs, over splits and crazy pole moves? What we see everyday on social media goes in deep, think of it like advertising, when you see the same pizza advert over and over again, eventually the advertising will probably work, and you’ll go and get it!

Now think about social media, this constant stream of people adverts, going into your mind… Bare in mind they only put out the good bits of their lives. Not the bit of them up late and crying into a tub of ice cream for whatever reason.

Whilst a lot of social media is great for motivation and ideas, it can also be damaging and demotivating all at the same time.

Remember something, when you see all the crazy moves, don’t forget the hard work, the blood sweat and tears these dancers have put in to get that 30 second clip, of a polished move they have been working on, tried 50 times that day and finally got it right.

Back to your goals… So I’m sure you want what ever is at the end of your line, but why?… Example: “My poling will be awesome if I could do splits and I could do so many awesome moves”… Tell me something… are you not already awesome?

My beginner polers always makes me think of how we change, as we enter the pole world. Think about your first lesson, even if it’s not pole, perhaps you have another passion.. How excited were you when you started? You looked forward to every week, for what you were going to do next. Now fast forward and introduce social media, now what do you think of your poling/passion? How has this changed the way you look at yourself?

Imagine for a moment that you are actually happy with your body… Happy learning new pole things that suit your body and your ability… This is a freeing feeling to have.

Every one is so different, so why not pursue your strengths, rather than always having your focus on a weakness.

What I am trying to get at here, is that the social pressures we build up in our own heads, can make a big difference to how we see ourselves. People don’t say to you, “You should lose weight?” “You need to be more flexible” (If there are people walking round saying shit like this, then they are not nice people!!)

No one cares what you look like! No one cares if you can do the latest Fonji-Flip-Iron X-Toe Spin!!

They care about you! How you are doing? Are you healthy and happy? – This is what people think.

So why not give yourself a break, eat some cake, and think about what you are good at, and what you enjoy, then base some targets around yourself.

Bottom line is, life is too short. No one knows how long anyone has left, so why not make the most of it, enjoy your unique journey and be happy in your own body. After all, you are awesome already!

 

 

Learn to Pole Dance in Leggings!

I like to try and make pole dancing accessible to everyone, no matter what age, shape or fitness level, but there has been a barrier I have been up against in all the years of teaching pole dance… I hear it time and time again… “I don’t want to wear shorts”

So this has got me thinking, why don’t I create a class where you don’t have to wear shorts, but you can still reap all the benefits that pole dancing has to offer. The sense of achievement, growing confidence, making new friends and getting fit are just to name a few of the great things that people experience when they come to pole with Purity Studio in Andover.

If this takes off, I will also create Improver and Intermediate levels for pole, where there will still not be the need for shorts. Moves are always geared towards peoples individual needs any way, but the class as a whole will be much more dance based. It is Pole Dancing after all.

New class will start on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 6.25pm to 7.25pm – click here to book.
Advance bookings only, as we only have 1 student per pole in each class.
I recommend knee pads, but heels are not essential, but you can wear them if you want.

Beginner Pole in Leggings from Jolene Redtrip on Vimeo.

 

Bringing Sexy Back 2016 Workshops

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Many things happen at Purity for the celebration of Sexy Back, one of them is our weekend of workshops. Everyone is 1 student per pole, and we get our slink on to a sexy track. Learning a full pole dance routine, including spins, linking moves and floor work.

Click here to find out how to book on.

Half Hour to Power 6.45AM

HHTP_Logo_BlackThis morning saw the start of something special, HHTP in the morning! Not just morning, I mean early morning at 6.45am! A few of us (including me) kept waking up from about 5am, worried we were going to miss it!

It was a busy class, with lots of new faces, and a few familiar ones. We kicked started the morning with a with Fitness Test, which they all coped with well. The next one in 5 weeks should bring some interesting results as they get fitter.

If you are interested in freeing up your evenings, then join us for HHTP at 6.45am, or register your interest for the 6am class.

Unicorn Friends Deal – 3 for 2 on Pole- 20/1/16

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For classes on Wednesday 20th January 2016 only we are having a special deal, book 2 people in and get a 3rd person booked for free! This applies to any pay as you go, or courses booked to start on the 20th, at either 7.15pm or 8.20pm.

Please call Jolene on 07961 054 863 before booking, to make sure you get the Unicorn friends deal! Once the spaces are gone they’re gone!