No. When I started pole dancing I wanted to keep fit, I wanted to be strong, and I had to be pretty. I was skinny, or the same, not as fat. I was always a girl.
So you never really liked that definition?
No, and I never will. My pole dancing has been my life and it’s been my passion. I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I was ten years old. I was in ballet classes with my friends and in ballet class, there was nobody who was more beautiful. And I thought, ‘Oh, I could do that.’ But I never had the time. I went to ballet. I was a little more skinny than I am now. I wasn’t skinny at my high school. But dancing was so much more important for me, and I’m so grateful for it. It was a great gift and I have this gift now, being a pole dancer.
What about dance performance and dance training has made you the person you are today?
Training and having the desire for success, I believe, is what really made me a good dancer because dancing is not about feeling the music, dancing is about feeling the art. And then there is this great art and you know it’s going to show through. The dance will make you feel it and you will remember that, you will have the urge to do it and then you will make the connection. That’s what I do, it’s all about passion.
In high school, how often did you attend dance class?
Sometimes I would go but usually I didn’t have time. I went to class one night a couple of times.
What about being a dancer, is it a part of who you are as a person?
I’ve never seen how a dancer makes a career. There is nothing about me that is about that. I don’t know. It’s just been the way I was born. My father died when I was a teenager and that is something that always stayed with me. It was always the case that my mother was always a bit out of the picture.
Do you look back on any of those relationships now?
I think when I was 20 I found someone who I really wanted to be with. It was really hard. I didn’t want to be apart from her. He was someone I truly loved. I wanted to spend all my time with him, and she said, ‘Oh I’m sorry for
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