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.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Product Review: Bern Helmets

Josh from Bern Helmets presents the new lineup. Here's the deal with these. Bern makes a line of helmet outer shells (all very cool looking) with different padding options depending on usage and different lining options depending on season.

For example their bike helmet and snow helmet lines have the same outer shell but the snow helmet would have less padding for slower speed impacts and a warm lining and ear covers for cold weather. Ear covers with built in speakers are also available as upgrades. The bike helmet with the same shell comes with more padding for higher speed crashes no lining and a removable visor.

Josh provided the PoleRider team with some nice matching Blue Brentwood and Berkeley bike helmets. I have been riding with mine for about a year and I have to say that this is the best constructed and most comfortably lined helmet I have ever owned. Bern also make a line of knee and elbow pads as well as great sounding studio headphones and in-the-ear audio headphones called Bern Buds. Check out the Bern Unlimited website for more information.

5 Borough Bike Tour

Ariel and I are registered for the 5 Borough Bike Tour and we are raising money on a per mile basis to send over to The Single Parents Resource Center via SPIN, (Single Parents In Need) The route is approximately 42 miles so I am also looking for a couple of volunteer pedicab drivers to switch off with me on the PoleRider trike. (PoleRiders will pay for volunteers registration.) The farther we get, the more money we can raise. There will be 30,000 registered riders plus riders that jump in along the way. This is a really fun event. Register and ride with us! If you pledge, you will be able to place an ad on the trike. If you are interested in making a per mile pledge or in advertising on the trike or on the blog, email me at