Interview with Chloe Anderson
Some things I learnt:
My skin is a stupid fragile thing and in no way protects me from shimmying up and down a pole
I am one heck of a lot stronger than I thought I was
Bloody hell pole dancers make this look easier than it is
You can be incredibly proud of large bruises
Spinning around a pole is SUPER FUN
Check those looks of deep concentration…
Truth be told, I turned up expecting to walk seductively around a pole a few times, maybe jiggle my butt a bit – but five minutes in and I was already learning how to do a chair spin, and by the end I was doing crucifix climbs, carousel spins, and – my personal favourite – some cross-legged, dainty sitting spin that made me feel like a boss ass bitch when I got it right.
The bruises the next day were something else though – real war wounds. But it was worth it – wholeheartedly recommend giving it a go, the sense of accomplishment is like nothing else I have experienced. In between inelegantly hoiking myself up the pole, I had a chat with Chloe about why she thinks pole is so special.
Photo credit - The Image Cella
1. Tell us a little about your background– how did you get into pole?
I started pole around 9 years ago. I primarily got into it for the fitness element and I had always wanted to learn some form of dancing. It just so happened that a studio opened near me, and from the first lesson I was hooked.
2. What did you find in pole that really made you stick with it?
I think the fact that it was a bit unknown and more taboo when I started made it feel a bit more exciting. Pole fitness is the only hobby or form of exercise I have ever stuck to and it is great for so many reasons: improving fitness, body shape, muscle tone, the social element of it and for seeing yourself in a more positive way. I love how supportive the pole industry is, and I couldn’t imagine what I would do without it!
3. What do you think makes a great pole teacher?
Patience, good listening skills, striving to be the best you can be, continuing your own personal development, and being supportive and positive.
4. You perform, teach, and compete – what’s your favourite and how do the experience of each diﬀer?
I love each one for diﬀerent reasons. Performing is a chance for me to relax and do the things I love when I pole, and the buzz you get after you ﬁnish is amazing - a true natural high.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, I love seeing the positive changes in people’s minds and bodies, and to be able to share my passion with others is a true honour. Plus, I get to meet incredible, strong and supportive men and women...people I wouldn’t normally cross paths with and we all have one thing that brings us all together.
Competing is one of the toughest things I do, it turns your life/relationships/work completely upside-down. You have no time for anything, are constantly tired, aching, those old injuries start to re-appear and you have nothing else on your mind other than the thought of walking onto that stage and making sure you are prepared for it. What I love about it though, is putting a routine together, the improvements I see in my body and how much better it makes me at pole. I have grown so much in pole, and a lot of that is down to the competitions I do and taking on board the feedback I get from each one.
5. Say someone is considering giving pole a go – how would you sell it to them?
I’m a terrible saleswoman! Most people make a thousand and one excuses for why they can’t pole (not strong enough, not bendy enough, don’t want to wear shorts, think they will be the worst in the class… plus numerous more!) But we all started at the same place, I have no gymnastic or dance background and I couldn’t tell (still can’t tell) my left from my right, my toes were ﬂexed, I couldn’t touch my toes or do a pull up… but you don’t need to!
Beginners’ classes are designed to help you improve your strength and ﬂexibility throughout the class, and the best thing is we do it together. We are all capable of achieving what we put our mind to. The Pole Fitness industry is friendly, supportive and so rewarding. It is a great way to get ﬁt, to meet people and to improve your self conﬁdence, I would truly be lost without pole.
Favourite item of polewear? Fly Baby
Favourite move to do? Chiropractor
Coolest place you’ve performed? Arundel festival which was outdoors overlooking the town and castle at night
Any particular pole idols? So many: Yvonne Smink, Kira Noire, Natasha Wang, Amy Hazel… just to name a few
Best piece of advice you’ve got from a pole teacher? Point your toes