Hi! I’m Cathy, a beginner-level pole dance instructor and pole student. I started this blog in 2012 to help build an online presence as a brand-spanking-new instructor with no clients yet. Since then, it’s morphed into a database of all my thoughts and feelings about pole, a media repository for videos, photos, and hacks for tricks I’ve been working on, and a “Dear Prudence” of sorts for people that write me and tell me they wish they could pole but they can’t (because of X, Y, Z).
My goal in life is to scare my mom! Just kidding, but between the pole dancing and majoring in writing in college (and journalism for my current master’s program), I’ve been remarkably consistent at making my parents feel confused inside. Especially that one time I was on a pole in the New York Post. Love you, mom!
I am a working writer, with ish published in Huffington Post, Time Out New York, Gothamist, XO Jane, Our Town Downtown, CNBC.com, and amNY, and have the lingering confusion about italics usage to match. My passion for guiding people into satisfying, eclectic careers (pole instructor, heyo!) has led me to my perfect day job(s): blogging career and education advice. And my penchant for telling people what to do has guided me here: my very own pole blog. Bossing people is fun!!!
I hope other people like it, and I’ve been included on at least this one list of pole bloggers, so, crap, I guess we’re really doing this.
I got my start in belly dance, which seemed super risque (sequins! belly buttons!) until the dark world of lucite platforms called to me.
Starting at Pratt Institute with the Bastet student troupe, I’ve since gotten to perform in an Off-off (off… off… off…) Broadway production, a Bellyqueen theatre show, and countless restaurant gigs, recitals, conferences with Bellyqueen’s Fireblossoms troupe.
(I mean, not really, this is a blog where I make fun of stuff, but it sure sounded dramatic for a second, didn’t it?)
I love questions, advice-giving, and debates about shoes vs. no shoes and whether pole should be in the Olympics, so talk to me!