So excited to share this week's podcast with total babe Lauren Lukrich, who is the co-owner of Kiska, a Russian Exotic Fit style pole studio in Portland, Oregon! Check out her episode here, then get more goodness from Lauren below!
Where did you grow up, and what is your current home town?
I was born a "valley girl" in southern California. Spent half my life in Los Angeles and the other half in Portland, Oregon. Current hometown Portland. I absolutely love living in Portland. It's an artistic, creative, authentic city full of people who can be proud to be whoever the fuck they want to be. We have a very open and non judgemental culture which suits me quite nicely. We have an openness about sex, nudity, stripping and sexuality that I forget isn't the norm in most other US cities. It's a great place for a dancer to live. And an even better place to open a sex positive, gender neutral, supportive of stripper culture Pole Studio. I genuinely don't think we would have the same type of positive response and community support to opening Kiska if we had opened anywhere else but Portland. If you are ever in Portland come for our Russian Exotic based studio... but stay for the strip clubs. Don't forget to bring your $1's.
Can you share a favorite pole dance photo of yourself?
The lighting in the studio was just right during this freestyle that the images captured are some of my favorites of myself.
And a favorite non-pole-life photo?
Pictured me and my husband.
What’s your go-to pole move?
Bembo Handstand.... Eva Bembo was the first.dancer I'd ever seen do this trick and the minute I saw it it was a goal trick for me.... flexibility, strength' balance ... it's such a beautiful transitional move. Seen in my other favorite pole video of Eva Bembo at time stamp 1:48.
Give us a sexy floorwork song.
What’s a YouTube pole dance video we should check out?
Olga Koda Floor work:
Olga Koda's The first master class video of hers I ever saw. This was a pole game changer.
Give us a song that makes you want to immediately strip off your clothes and jump on the pole.
Who should we follow on Instagram?
Show us an inspiring image.
From the 1993 TV Adaptation of GYPSY. This is the moment where Rose meets three strippers backstage at a vaudeville show. The moment she is taught the business of showbiz and stripping, performance and finding a schtick. It was also the moment for me watching this movie as a 8 or 9 year old little girl... that I was introduced to the female empowerment and allure of stripping. I was facinated by the costuming, the energy, and the confidence of these strippers and the moment I saw them I knew one day that this would be my life's calling. Finding pole has allowed me to truly live out my childhood dreams.
Who would you like to see interviewed on the Pole Parlour Podcast?
Olga Koda & Dimitri Politov. I'd love to get the male and female perspective on pole dance and the community from one of the Queens and Kings of Russian Pole.
Thank you so much, Lauren! X