Interview with Lorna Nolan - UKAPP Hertford Heat Winner 2013

Posted: Sep 03 2013

After a sweltering heat in Hertford for the UK Amateur Pole Performer competition we talk to one of the amazing winners to tell us about their love of pole dancing and how she feels being a winner. Let's meet Lorna Nolan...

1.You recently won the Intermediate category at the UKAPP Hertford Heat. How did you feel being a winner and what made you enter UKAPP over any other competition?
This was my first ever competition and I had no real idea what to expect, I figured UKAPP is a good place to start, it's been going along time and is well known competition. Honestly, I think I chose the right competition as everyone was so lovely, friendly and really helped to put me at ease. I did not expect to win or even place so winning literally took my breath away, I was so pleased I couldn't stop smiling for 3 days afterwards.

2. How did you first get interested in pole dancing?
I have always been into it and have always loved watching it. I never thought I would try it until I came across a pole art video, that still to this day brings me out in goosebumps and I remember the first time I watched it I couldn't get over how strong she was and how stunning her routine was, I just sat there thinking I need to do that, so after a ton of research into pole dancing, I got my first pole and my journey began.

3. What is it about pole dancing that you enjoy the most?
I love that no matter how advanced you become there is always something else you can learn or something new that you can try. It is so much fun learning all the new moves and how to put it all into a beautiful and elegant routine.

4. What are the main fitness benefits of pole dancing and how has pole dancing improved your fitness, strength or body shape?
Pole dancing has changed everything about my life. I am stronger, fitter, way more flexible. I've had 2 children my youngest is just over a year old and already I have my six pack showing and I only went back training when she was 7 months old, people can't believe the difference in me and they all ask how I have done it. My response every time its all thanks to pole.

5. Has pole dancing had an impact on anything else in your life such as giving your more confidence or making new friends?
I have never felt so strong and powerful yet sexy at the same time, I no longer care about my stretch marks or body flaws it's all about the moves and how you feel while performing them, and i've never felt so beautiful or confident. I am really lucky to have such an incredible pole group at IFA pole and aerial we are all so close and our love of pole has brought us together.

6. What are your favourite pole moves and why?
The iron-X. purely because of how amazing it looks and how strong you have to be to hold it ( I am determined that one day I will get this move). The jade splits. flexibility and strength in an all round beautiful and elegant move.

7. What are your favourite strength training moves on the pole and why?!
I am completely in love with the iguana, it has been such a difficult move for me to pull off and make it look pretty at the same time. Also the shoulder mount is another favourite it really gets to work on improving your core strength.

8. Where would you like to see pole dancing in the future?
Personally I would like to see the stigma of pole dancing taken away, there is such a huge difference between being a stripper and a pole dancer, it would be nice if this was removed and pole sports could hit the Olympics.

9. What pole performers do you admire or inspire you?
There are just so many wonderful and talented pole dancers out there it is so difficult to choose a few. Anastasia Sokolova, I love her style she looks so comfortable on the pole, Daniel Rosen has shown me that a man can do it just as well as any woman and still make it look stunning, he makes the most difficult moves look easy and pulls them off with style. Jenyne Butterfly is such a beautiful pole dancer another one who makes it look so simple and elegant.

10. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying pole dancing for the first time to convince them to give it a go?
I would say don't give up easily, its not easy, it hurts but it's the greatest thing you will ever do and completely worth every bruise.

11. Three words that sum up pole dancing for you.
Beautiful, Powerful, Creative

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