PoleCon workshop leader and returning free workshop leader – we sat down to talk with Tanya Christopher from Amorous Dance and Pole Fitness!
Mica (M): How did your pole journey start?
Tanya (T): My pole Journey started with one Sample Class. It was so much harder than I thought! Sold right away!
M: How old were you?
T: 22 years old
M: How many times a week do you exercise?
T: Basically every day and I never over do it. I do little by little so I do not stress my body out.
M: When did you start taking pole more seriously?
T: I trained to be an instructor right away so definitely took it more seriously then.
M: When was your first performance?
T: I performed my whole life. I’ve done showcase performances but never competed in pole. The place I taught at told me they would train me to compete & 4 years later I realized it just wasn’t going to happen with the approval of that Owner. I then opened up my own studio. When I became a studio owner I told myself I would dedicate my efforts into achieving my instructor’s dreams so they never feel that sense of disappointment.
M: What is the most common mistake among pole artists?
T: Over training
M: What is your favorite pole move?
T: Anything Handstand and/or Handsprings
M: Where/who do you get your inspiration from?
T: My inspiration started with Carmen Electra, ha ha ha. Love her!
M: What training regimens/Diets do you have?
T: Eat for your blood type and portion control
M: What competition are you currently training for?
T: My instructors and clientele are currently training for the Pole Sport Southern Championships in Atlanta, GA.
M: Are you performing at PoleCon?
T: I will not be performing however I will be teaching a Free Chair Choreography workshop. Theme this time is TWERK. Whoop whoop!
M: Are you teaching any workshops at PoleCon?
T: I sure am! I will be teaching the following TWO workshops…..
- Free Workshop: Amorous Chair (Twerk chair routine) on Friday, June 2nd, 11:00am til 12:00pm
- Handstand Pole Spins & Tricks (All levels) on Saturday June 3rd, 4:30pm til 6:00pm.
M: What is your favorite workshop to teach?
T: Anything Choreography & Handstands
M: What is your favorite genre of music to while poling?
T: This is a hard one! I guess I would have to go with the raspy rock voice type of music.
M: Why is it important to brand yourself?
T: Branding yourself can set you apart from others in your field. In this industry I feel it is about making a difference in other people’s lives. The more you can stand out from others, the larger the impact will be as far as reaching a higher quantity of people.
M: How would you explain your style of pole dancing?
T: Confident & Fun (pretty simple). Confidence goes a long way.
Thanks Tanya! Check out her upcoming workshops at #polecon2017!