Chastitie of Pole Dance International Magazine
Pole Dance International is a new pole dance magazine. Meet Chastitie, the woman who brings each issue together.
How did you start Pole Dance International magazine?
My husband, Anthony, and I have been huge fans and promoters of pole dancing for years. He has always supported everything I have done with my own studio and pole work. We are very involved in the pole dance community as a whole, and saw the need for a publication that was truly more global and researched, and written from the perspective of actual pole dancers and those inside the world of pole.
What made you take such an interest in the pole dance community?
I have been involved in some aspect of dance, gymnastics, and performance most of my life. I am also a huge health advocate. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with a minor in Theatre and Dance. I discovered the pole in 2002. It seemed like the natural next step for me to combine my love of dance, acrobatics, and fitness through pole dancing. As with most things, one thing led to another, and I now have my own studio, Goddess Arts Academy, NW and have had some great opportunities to meet polers from all over the world, and to travel, perform, and be involved.
How do you choose what to feature in each issue?
We try to keep a global view. If we are focusing on a studio from the US, we will choose a performer from another part of the world. And we try to include events and pole-related issues that are worldwide and that are applicable to the pole community as a whole. Beyond that, we definitely look for things that are both legitimate (i.e., that stick to the art and fitness aspects of pole) and unique. We do a ton of research!
What would you tell a new pole dancer about Pole Dance International?
I would really tell anyone that the publication gives you great insight into what the world of pole truly consists of, and that it’s an exciting way to be involved in something you love and are passionate about.
How do you take care of yourself, given all the pole dancing you do?
Balance and prioritizing are key in my life. In addition to the magazine, I run my studio with classes five days a week, work in the ICU at the hospital 20 hrs/week, am the manager for Pantera’s Pole World, perform in shows and events myself, and am a mom of two boys. I’ve found that I have to make lists and devote set times to things. I do a lot of stretching and try to remember to slow down once in awhile. Kids are great reminders of that!
Favorite makeup tip:
Glitter! And fake eyelashes … with glitter.
Barefoot, sneakers, or platform heels?
Depends where I am and what I’m up to. For pole, barefoot.
Favorite grip enhancer:
Pole dance move that made you proudest to learn:
Honestly, every move is an accomplishment in my book. Every time I learn something new, I feel the same excitement. The open-arm handspring took me awhile, though, so I was pretty glad to finally get it when I did. Every move opens a door to something else, though, so I’ve learned to evolve with each new thing and appreciate where I am, as well.
Pole dance pet peeves:
Finding appropriate clothing and close-minded or under-educated people that have negative views about the pole.
Favorite treatment for bruises and sore muscles:
More stretching, ibuprofen, and a heating pad.
Who would you most like to have in the audience when you pole dance?
I love it when my hubby is there. It would be awesome to have my mom or anyone from my family see me – they never have. That would make me really happy. Other than that, just an appreciative audience.
Who is your hero or role model?
On the pole, Pantera. In life, my hubby and boys.
What are your favorite words of encouragement?
Whatever seems appropriate for the situation ….
Favorite pizza toppings:
Cupcakes or ice cream?
Anything else you’d like to share:
I love networking and meeting new people all over who are passionate about the pole. Thanks for the opportunity!