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An Interview with Tanya Christopher

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!


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Mica Saunders

Mica Saunders owner of Pole Pressure Baltimore and Pole Poised. Pole Poised sells Grip Aid, Body moisturizer, handpainted fitness clothing and Bath Tea for pole artist .She has been pole dancing for 4 years. Mica has no dance background however she was a pom-pom girl in her high school marching band. Mica discovered pole fitness when she was studying Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Washington. Mica fell in love with Pole fitness after her first class back in 2010 at Pole Pressure DC. She joined Pole Pressure DC dance troupe and performed with them on various occasions.Every time Mica gets a chance to perform she always takes the opportunity.
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