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Kickstarter and Comic Con Update

Hi everyone! Just a few updates. It’s a busy week! We’re entering the LAST WEEK for the Pole Dancing Adventures Book Kickstarter campaign and I’m prepping for Comic Con. I’ve got a few commissions and orders to get through so I’ll make it quick!

7 DAYS LEFT TO PRE-ORDER your copy of Pole Dancing Adventures: Volume One and get free rewards with your pledge!


Pole Dancing Adventures Comic Book Kickstarter!

On the fence about getting the book now? Starting at $25, you will not only get the physical book when we’re funded but you’ll also get free backer rewards! (And shipping is included in the price for U.S. residents.) After the Kickstarter ends, the book will be sold at retail price without the free goodies. So why not jump on this great deal now? We have 7 days left and we’re at 80%! We’re getting very close to the goal! <3 https://bitly.com/pdabook

 

ENTER THE BOOK GIVEAWAY! (Win the book and other fun accessories!)

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Did you get your daily entry in for the Kickstarter giveaway? THREE lucky winners will get a book, a tank top, a tote bag and a sticker set! If you have already pre-ordered the book, you have more chances to win! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/puqly38

San Diego Comic Con 2014

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Going to the biggest comic convention in the United States? Come find me!
I’ll be with my lovely female artist collective Girls Drawin’ Girls at BOOTH 5628

Friday, July 25th 9am -11am
Saturday, July 26th 4pm-7p.m

ALSO come by Chuck Jones Gallery Thursday from 7-10 p.m. for a fun art show & party w/ Girls Drawin’ Girls. I’ll see you there. RSVP at the gallery is required.

Chuck Jones Gallery
232 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel)

 

 

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Kickstarter Update!

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We’re just past the halfway mark and things have slowed down quite a bit. However, most Kickstarter campaigns see this mid-campaign slump so it was expected! (Visit the Pole Dancing Adventures Kickstarter campaign here.)

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We’ve been just shy of 50% for nearly a week and it’s time to kick up the momentum! If you would like to try your hand at the Kickstarter themed giveaway, you’ll have a chance to WIN the book plus a ton of goodies and all you have to do is share the campaign and giveaway with your friends! (Good luck!)

The book printing process is running a little ahead of schedule so fingers crossed, it will be here sooner than expected in September or late August. Exciting, right?! But if you pre-order your book now, you have a chance to pick up some fun rewards if we meet and hopefully exceed the funding goal.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or email me or message me on Facebook. I am always happy and open to respond.

Thank you for the laughs and for sharing with me your pole dancing journey. I’m touched every time someone chooses to share my comics with their pole friends & family. This campaign will hopefully kickstart a future of Pole Dancing Adventure books and I can’t wait to create that for my readers. <3

Best,
Leen

If you would like to see the progress of the campaign on Kicktraq, here is the link.

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6 Hilarious & Awesome Pole Dance Videos

 

It grinds my gears when people outside the pole dance community compile blooper videos of pole dance accidents. People falling off the pole, people landing on their heads, poles coming down, etc. As a pole dancer, that’s my nightmare!

I choose not to celebrate someone else’s pain or embarrassment and I won’t find humor in that! That being said, here are 6 of my favorite AND HILARIOUS pole dance skits and moments. (And no one gets hurt!) Each one made me laugh when I watched them for the first time! I hope they make you smile for the whole week!

 

Wiggle Pole Dance Clarinet
by Paul Groslouis
(Today’s comic is dedicated to him!)

Body & Pole Presents – AERA Back to the 80′s
by Body & Pole

GIRL NEXT DOOR: Super Mario
by Jamers A.

Clementine Granny Pole Dance
by Carlie Hunter

Vote for Pedro
by Annemarie Davies

Pole Dance
by Academia de Pole Dance da Bahia

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Blog: Good side, bad side.

While I’m not much of a performer, I have had my share of experience as a pole dance competition audience member. And one thing I sometimes notice is this.

When a dancer is on a static pole and settles into the last pose of his or her combo, she or he may unfortunately end up in a not-so-flattering angle like so.

My combo in class at Tilt Studios ended up with me facing away from the camera. (a.k.a. my audience.)

My combo in class at Tilt Studios ended up with me facing away from the camera. (a.k.a. my audience.)

She or he is facing away from the crowd and any acting or emotions they might be expressing with their face or hands goes unread by the audience. More so, the angle isn’t flattering and may do harm in distracting the audience away from how they wish the audience should perceive the routine as a whole.

I know when I see this pop up in a routine, I’m certainly thinking, “Oh no! I don’t think they meant for that to happen!” or “Oh geez. All I see is their feet. That looks like it would have been cool though…”

Ideally, one should practice and understand his or her own tendencies when transitioning from one pose to another. Get to know how much your body rotates when finding that “sweet spot” in a pose. Where should you be standing before you begin a trick in order for it to land in such a way that looks best to your audience? Can you adjust how much you rotate in a pose by squeezing a bit harder with your thighs or adjusting your hand grip?

(I know in order get this pose just right, I have to start the pose approximately 18-45 degrees towards the camera to accommodate for rotation.)

There’s a lot to consider even after you have conquered a pose. If you’re venturing into performance or competition, I think it’s important to remember that your audience is there to experience your accomplishments too. Be sure to show them your best side. (See this blog entry’s corresponding comic.)

Kickstarter update! We’re 36% funded with 27 days left! Please share the campaign and reserve your copy if you already haven’t. Let’s get to the goal! Thank you for your support!

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