This week on the podcast, we have NYC old school pole artist, Michelle Stanek! On this episode, we talk about how Michelle was thrown into the role of professional pole dancer after losing her full-time job in 2009, how her interest and education in art and art history has influenced her pole career, we get advice on how to be effective pole teacher, and we chat about her current focus on just doing pole for the pure love of it! You can watch or listen to the full episode here, then check put more from Michelle below!
Where did you grow up, and what is your current home town?
I grew up in a small town called Easton, Pennsylvania, where Crayola Crayons are made. And that’s about it. I lived in Baltimore and a few times abroad in Italy in my 20s then to NYC for grad school in 2002 and never left!
Can you share a favorite pole dance photo of yourself?
And a favorite non-pole-life photo?
What’s your go-to pole move?
When in doubt I’ll always do a Jade. To the non-pole community it’s still quite impressive and I’ve done it a zillion times so it’s become a “resting” place! Also the Juliette spin—it’s such a satisfying spin.
Give us a sexy floorwork song.
What’s a YouTube pole dance video we should check out?
At first I read this and didn’t see the pole dance part, and was like, oh a video I love, here is a blooper reel of Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation (I love watching bloopers and these are the best!) (Editor Note: BAHAHA!)
Ok, a pole video…..this video of Laurence Hilsum in Pole Art 2010 ) I saw it live because I was living in Sweden for 4 moths in 2010) really affected my pole career. I love everything about this.
Give us a song that makes you want to immediately strip off your clothes and jump on the pole.
I mean lately I want to put my clothes ON and jump on the pole. But, this one would do the job:
Who would you like to see interviewed on the Pole Parlour Podcast?
Amy Henderson, Dalijah Franklin, Marlo Fisken
Thanks Michelle! <3