I'm Elaine, I'm a UK Pole Dance Instructor, teaching pole dancing in Surrey since 2005, and this is my Blog, where I put video-clips, pictures and articles as a resource for pole students (and sometimes just to let off steam, hehe). I try to post regularly, and would love to read any feedback so do post a comment.. Or add your email to get new posts. Enjoy :-)

Pole Dancing Pictures and Video Index

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Amazing & Funny Beach Pole Video :-)

What happens when your pole instructor suggests you might like to enter a pole competition, but you just happen to be on Honeymoon on a remote beach in Malaysia with no pole studios for miles (or countries probably) until the closing date?

 Armed with the wonders of modern technology, a husband prepared to walk for miles in the midday heat in search of something pole-shaped, a pair of heels, some super pole tricks, and (eventually) a rather wonky makeshift pole, Sheri managed to put her competition entry together and here it is :-) Please click LIKE and feel free to share, to help her win!
 Good luck Sheri!! XX

 (c) E M Gosling, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Poleminx Pole Basics

I have put together this fact-sheet for Students, with just the basics covered - Posture, Grips & Body Positioning, and Timing / Walking into spins. I hope it helps complete Beginners :-)

(c) E M Gosling, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Movement to increase upper back mobility

I have always had the stiffest upper back imaginable, and have long envied those able to perform beautiful back bends, while I tilt back like a plank of board.

I have recently found and have been following this video, and within one to two weeks, can vouch for a very significant increase in upper back flexibility. I have a foam roller, and have found that this works best. However according to Esther in the video, similar results can be achieved with a firmly rolled up towel. It hurt at first, enough to take the breath away as tight muscles were rolled over, but now there is no pain, only greater movement.

If you decide to follow this video, I hope it brings you the revolutionary results it brought me :-) x

(c) E M Gosling, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Olympics: London 2012

Four years ago, during the hand-over ceremony from Beijing to London, I wrote this: http://poledancinginpictures.blogspot.co.uk/2008/09/studio-pics-and-olym-pics-see-what-i.html

In 2012, I take it all back. Our opening ceremony was furthest from what I dreaded it would be (a kind of X-Factor in sportswear, with special effects provided by the main sponsors). Instead, Diversity and golden arches fireworks were nowhere to be seen, and we got a show which was a meaningful and true reflection of British history and a courageous stab at representing our very varied culture. Despite an absence of schmaltz, I had goosebumps up my arms and a lump in my throat at times, and howled with laughter when lofty institutions (the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Family) allowed themselves to be used with humour.

The effects were spectacular: the march of the Industrial Revolution over a pastoral landscape, with soaring towers, smoking factories and that amazingly clever forging of the Olympic rings (I couldn't help being reminded of Tolkein). Also the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the end. It was all very wonderful.

I truly felt very proud to be British, congratulations Danny Boyle, you achieved the near-impossible with a perfect balance of respect and irreverance. A knighthood surely follows!

The Olympics events themselves have gone smoothly so far and seem happily advert-free. I'm personally spoilt that several have taken place right on my doorstep. 2012 has been a brilliant year to be English.

(c) E M Gosling, 2011. All Rights Reserved.
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