Interview with Evette - Evette's Dance & Fitness Club USA

Posted: Jun 11 2012

In excitement of Justine's first US tour in June and the LA Pole Convention we're talking to pole dancers from the USA throughout the month and to start us off is Evette from Evette's Dance & Fitness Club where Justine will be doing workshops from 20th to 21st June 2012...

1. How and when did you first get interested in pole dancing? 
I started pole fitness in 2009. I heard celebrities and more specific Britney Spears demanded a pole while on tour so I thought "ok let me see what this pole fitness is all about". 

2. Tell us about your pole school? 
My studio is a place where serious pole aspiring students train. I offer Pole, Aerial Silks, Aerial Lyra, And suspension yoga. We have our fun sexy class too however the focus of every class is a workout. You work hard at my studio. Girls come to me to train to be fit and to learn pole with hard training. 

3. What is it about pole dancing that you enjoy the most?
What I love about pole dance fitness is that it combined all of my background into one sport. In pole I can create story choreogrphy, pole with strength holds, show flexibilty and feel like a kid again. This combines my dance background, gynastics background and my personal trainer background so I get all 3 in one.

4. What are your 3 favourite pole moves and why?
1) I love doing an Iron X because its hard lol.
2) I love doing a brass monkey press to handstand and then down again because I feel like its a balance beam (gymnastics) on pole move 3) My newest trick is the toothbrush/twisted grip twizzler. I didnt name it that but its an awesome transition on mid pole. 

5.What are the main fitness benefits of pole dancing and how have pole dancing improved your fitness, strength or bodyshape?
The main benefit to pole fitness is that you get in awesome shape while having fun. You dont feel like you are working out and your working out harder than you would in a gym. I have gotten my teen age body again (from being a gymnast). My strength feels like when I used to train as a gymnast and martial artist.

6.What’s your favourite move for strength training on the pole?
Twisted grip circles. I recently tried this and it is HARDDDDD so I love it.

7.What pole performers do you admire or inspire you?
Jenyne Butterfly, Justine McLucas, Phoenix Kazree.

8. If someone has never tried pole dancing before how do you advise them to get started?
I always recommend trying my beginner pole class before starting in a package. The pole is not hard, but its not easy. It also pinches and causes bruises so I like them to try a class and see what they think and then we talk about pole goals and what package is best for them.

9. What’s next for you in the coming year?
Some of my students are aspiring to perform and compete. I am really looking forward to training them and helping them be the best they can be.I am also always adding classes and more recently looking to have a fitness program helping woman achieve their fitness goal with a proper regimen. Eating properly is important. I am looking to expanding as well. I can keep going on and on. lol I am always doing new things. 

10. What are your hopes for the pole dancing scene/industry in the UK for 2012? 
There are so many great pole athletes in the UK. Pole has been there for several years before the U.S. I really would like to see some pole camps offered with several of the Pole Athletes offered. I am looking forward to having Justine McLucas too at the studio being that she is from the UK. Having more pole athletes come to the US too on tour is awesome. Maybe next year we can plan a pole camp with Justine McLucas at my studio for a week. I would LOVE LOVE that. :D (big smiles)

Watch the video and find out more about Evette's Dance & Fitness Club here

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