World Champion Pole Dancer Marlo Fisken
photo: New York Times

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mini Interview: Kyra Johannesen

Where are you from and what is your pre-pole dance background?

I'm from Phoenix, Arizona. My first professional dance gig was when I was fifteen years old, dancing in the Super Bowl half time show with Diana Ross.

How did you get into pole dancing, how did you learn?

One crazy night in NYC I ended up at the Hustler Club drunk as ever. I convinced one of the dancers there that I could make her more money by choreographing her stage routines. So the next day I ordered my pole, and taught myself how to pole dance.

How would you describe your style?

I think I have a unique style because I try to bring emotion and a narrative into my dancing.

What inspired you to become an instructor?

I have always enjoyed teaching. I like that I give my students the opportunity to step outside their busy lives and have something just for them.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I have a show coming up, next week March 5, 6 and 7 at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo Brooklyn called Out Through her. I put this show up with Jen James, and Kyle McBeth last October and it was a great success. We brought it back better than ever, with more pieces, and live music. It has amazing pole dancing and silk aerialists as well as beautiful contemporary dancing.

Here is a video of our last performance:

You can get your tickets at:

I'd encourage anyone who loves pole dancing to come.

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