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The Vertitude Studio West Launch Party

Check it out! I’m happy to share that The Vertitude is expanding their studio out here in California! If you plan to be in the area, please come by and see the new space. I’ve enjoyed classes here and the company of some amazingly talented dancers so I’m happy to give this great studio a friendly shout-out. To RSVP, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/412168248983472/

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Pre-order Pole Dancing Adventures Volume 2 on Kickstarter today!

I’m so excited to announce that we’re live! Through Kickstarter, let’s fund the printing of “Pole Dancing Adventures: Volume Two.” I can’t make this a reality without your help. As my thanks, I also have fun exclusive rewards lined up for backers!

To learn more, click the link –> http://bit.ly/pdabook2

Thank you!

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Important News! San Diego Comic Con & Kickstarter

Hi everyone! I have two big important announcements that PDA fans might like to hear!

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First things first, Pole Dancing Adventures Volume 2 will be going live on Kickstarter THIS WEEK. We had such a fantastic run last year that I hope you’ll join me again this month in making Volume 2 another success. I enjoyed bringing the first book to fans all around the world and I hope you’re excited to add #2 to your collection. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them on this post. I will officially announce a day before launch to give you an official heads-up. (And any early bird backers will have a chance to pre-order books at a special discount price.)

Interested in picking up Volume One now? Visit the official Pole Dancing Adventures shop!

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Find myself and Nguyen Dong at San Diego Comic-Con International this year at Small Press P-11!

New comics, new art and huge news to come. See you there!
http://darkproductions.org/
www.comic-con.org/cci/2015/small-press/exhibitors

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Lotions for Pole Dancers

When it comes to pole dancing, we have to be very careful with how we moisturize. Using the wrong kinds can keep us from sticking to the pole and worse, causing injury when our bodies are too slippery.

Luckily, there are good options out there that have been tested by fellow dancers that will help keep you smooth … and sticky. Here are a few!

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Pole Physics
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The manufacturer describes it as “No-slick non-slip body lotion Scientifically engineered no-slick formula for superior pole performance, because healthy skin grips better … naturally! NO Mineral oils NO SLS NO Propylene Glycol NO Silicones or silicone derivatives NO Parabens NO Petrochemicals NO Artificial fragrances or colours NO Animal Testing Certified organic extracts to visibly tone the appearance of your skin.”

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Corn Huskers Oil-Free Hand Lotion
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I’ve heard this one is fast absorbing and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin! The description reads, “gives immediate dry skin relief, dries very fast, and does not leave a sticky / greasy feeling. Do your hands become dry easily while at work? Cornhusker lotion is an instant moisturizer for your hands that allows you to return to work quickly. More like a gel than a lotion, Corn Husker’s lotion works great on dry hands. There are many products out there but nothing works better than Corn Husker lotion to keep your feet soft and callous free for such a small price.”

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Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion
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I’ve heard pole dancers swear up and down over this lotion by Vaseline! “For best results put it on a few hours before poling. Wash it off your hands. Play around with the amount that works for you.” – Diana Renee Boyle Owner of Embody pole fitness

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For the record, I have pretty sensitive skin so I haven’t tried any of these brands. I’m careful to plan my moisturizing days around my classes so that I’m not putting on lotion the night before.

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Mad Props – Freedance Movement Lab at The Vertitude

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The pole may our favorite dance partner, but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up with PROPS!

I was inspired when I met and danced with an amazing crew of women at The Vertitude this past weekend. The “Freedance Movement Lab” was the brain-child of Danielle of Poleitical.com and she and three amazing instructors from the Vertitude (Iris, Dru and Tiffany) created a two-day, eight hour workshop focusing solely on free dance. During this intensive weekend-long workshop, we were given a safe place to explore our own individual pole flows through various dance games.

While each session was fantastic, one of my favorites was when Tiffany Jane introduced the idea of using props with our pole dancing. We were welcome to use our it to explore new floorwork and/or incorporate the pole into our free dance. I found this added element opened me up to so much more creativity! Since I was using my hands (and feet and torso) to keep the prop “alive” in my dance, I was instantly aware of the challenge I faced when I interacted with the pole. For example, think of how hard it might be to hold onto a ball while climbing and inverting. It forced me to get creative on the fly. It was weird, exhilarating and fun.

I dedicate today’s comic to this exercise that I found joy in. With or without a prop, I hope it will encourage you to try free-dancing too to see what shapes and flows you can create. Don’t be afraid to tap into your weird side because you might find something you love to do over and over again!

Thank you for a wonderful weekend, Verties!
The comic features three amazing dancers from the workshop – Iris, Tara Dee and Aerial Amy!

Don’t forget to #findyourfreestyle and READ TODAY’S COMIC HERE.