World Champion Pole Dancer Marlo Fisken
photo: New York Times

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Holidays From PoleRiders!

Happy Holidays to all of our friends, fans and sponsors and a big thanks to all of this year's PoleRiders who are (in order of appearance): Ariel Iasovoli, Pantera, Lian Tal, Kyra Johannesen, Diane Passage, KellyMcLaughlin, Christianne, Brookelyn, Austin Lee Dylan, Roland Brown, Marlo, JillAnne Ohana, Tokyo Dolores (Aloe, Cay and Alk), Nicole, and RicaVeeka de Ocampo.

Special thanks to: Nina B., Sathya, Josh at Bern, Jack Gaffney and Bad Kitty, Ken Stanek and NYC Bike Polo, Dykes on BikeCylces, Damon and The Hog Pit, Everyone at Bicycle Renaissance, Julia Wheeler in the Pratt furniture shop, Gregg, Rob, Julian, Revolution Rickshaws, Cycles Maximus, Chris Longo, Ben, Matt Godina, Alexa Castle for the web design and logo, my legal team Doug Secular, Dave Rankin and Mark Taylor, Bobbie and Donna from the insurance co.,  Julian, Aaron, Michael Green, Transportation Alternatives, Larisa Fuchs, Jeanne Flemming, Dick Zigun, and all of the other parade directors and marshalls, all of the bloggers, media people and photographers (especially Color and Light) that covered us and an extra special thanks to my family all of my friends, all of our fans, New York City and the NYPD for being generally very cool with us. Sorry if I missed anyone, please let me know.

We will be back next Spring. Look for us in Dance Parade on May 21!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Halloween 2010

All of the photos on this post were taken by Color and Light Photography The video below was shot and edited by Grand Illusion Films. Both have been been helping to document PoleRiders.

Here we are showing up for the parade lineup. Our papers are in order but they don't want to let us in without a demonstration. Austin Lee Dylan is on the pole and you may remember her from the Gay Pride Parade. Not only is she a pole dancer but she is also a pedicab driver and will be pedaling the trike when she isn't dancing. This means that I will be walking most of the parade. Thanks Austin Lee.

We spent forever in the lineup trying to keep warm and trying to not go crazy listing to 4 bands playing at the same time.

The cave person theme was conceived by Lian who also managed the costume design and sewing. I loved my costume and wore it to bed and the next day. The fur kept everyone relatively warm. Any animals that were used were cooked over our campfire and eaten.

We ended up rolling behind the Central Park Dance Skaters Association/ DJ Julio Estien float who provided enough sound that we had no need for our system. They run NYC's longest running party every weekend in Central Park which goes back to the 70's. In the early years before they had a DJ, everyone would bring out their boom boxes and tune in to KTU or BLS simultaneously stopping to switch stations when ads came on. Pauli is still out there tending bar out of his panniers and talking about the revolution.

Lian Tal

Ariel Iasovoli

Austin Lee Dylan

Kelly McGlaughlin

Roland Brown

Jillanne Ohana

RicaVeeka de Ocampo