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Friday, January 11, 2013

Size up your pole.

Many of you may have noticed that we have a large variety of poles at the studio's.  Some are thicker than others, some are made of different metals, and some are painted.  There are reasons for their differences.

At the Ogden studio, we have 45mm chrome poles, 40mm chrome poles, 50mm chrome poles, and 50mm brass poles.  The mm has to do with the diameter of the pole.  Different diameters are good for different sizes of hands.

40mm - skinniest pole available for shorter girls or girls who are pole masters.  The skinnier poles allow for harder tricks that are easier to execute on a skinnier pole.

45mm - This pole has become the standard in the pole competition circuit.  They are slightly skinnier than the 50mm pole (which used to be the standard).  A 45 mm pole will work for just about any dancer.

50mm - A 50 mm pole is exactly 2 inches in diameter.  This pole used to be the most popular pole, but has been replaced by the 45mm pole.  50 mm poles are still great for the taller students and are wonderful for tricks that involve a lot of gripping with the legs.  It's much easier to grip a large pole with your legs than it is to grip a skinny pole.  We have the 50mm pole in chrome and brass finishes.  Brass is said to be easier to stick to than chrome, but this varies student to student.

At the Syracuse studio, all of the poles are 50mm.  They are this size because of the extremely tall ceilings at this studio.  A skinny pole over 12 feet tall will bend too much and eventually snap.  50mm poles are much safer at these heights.  At Syracuse, we offer a chrome finish and a purple powder coat finish.

Powder Coat Finish - This finish is a painted finish that is very very sticky.  It's great for students who have clammy hands or students who sweat during class.

Friday, December 14, 2012

How I met my husband

Before Justin and I were married, he was a teacher at the studio.  He taught adult and kids break dancing and hip hop classes.  We had a horrible boss/employee working relationship.  I thought he was cockey and irresponsible and he basically thought I was a bi**h with no soul :)  After about a year, he quit and made a dramatic exit.  I like to say that I fired him, but it's very debatable...

Two years later, we both found ourselves single and looking for true love.  Once enemies, now soul mates.  I'm still trying to figure out how that works.  He asked me to marry him at Keys on Main in SLC in front of our friends.  We've been married almost two years now and I don't know how I ever lived this life of chaos without him.

Anyway, I was searching the internet today and I found a video of a news story that the Standard Examiner did on Justin's break dancing class when he used to work for me.  Enjoy!

I love you Justin Goodson!!!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Tonight's the night!

French Kiss Fitness has been nominated in the "best dance studio" category at the Indie Ogden awards.  The awards show is tonight at Ogden's Union Station.  I really really hope we win!  Thank you Indie Ogden for loving our city and allowing small businesses to showcase their products and talents with your help.

For more information on Indie Ogden, go to their website 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tour of Ogden!

Here's a ghetto video tour of our Ogden studio during business hours.  I love this space!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

What to wear to pole class

"What should I wear to a pole dancing class?"

This is the most common question I get, so lets dive into it.

1.  Stay away from lotion and oils the day of class!  Especially on your hands and legs.
2.  Wear shorts if you're comfortable with it.  Wearing pants will only make you slide more.  The goal is to STICK.
3.  Shoes are optional.  If you plan on dancing in shoes forever and ever, you'd better start learning with your shoes.  They are much harder to dance in if you try to add them into your workout months later.  Most students go barefoot.
4.  Take off jewelry.  Rings tend to scratch our poles.
5.  A good sports bra goes a long way.  Imagine that you are a mom of three kids and the "girls" aren't what they used to be.  Now imagine yourself going upside down in an unsupportive bra.  If you can't see the vision , it ends with your boobs on top of your chin :)
6.  If you're self conscious of your stomach, wear a form fitting tank top so that your shirt doesn't rise above your head when you go upside down.

This outfit is a NO NO!

These outfits are perfect for your first pole dancing class.

And this outfit is WAY TOO MUCH for your first time :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New dance merchandise coming this week!

Revolver Platform Shoes
A show stopper!  Great for sexy photo shoots too.
Price:  $99.00
Print off this blog post and save $5 off any pair of shoes!

Bondage Top
Price:  $39
Print off this blog post and save $3 off the bondage top!

Harem Pants
Perfect for hip hop or warm ups for aerial class
Price $29.99
Print off this blog post and save 10% off any clothing item.  

PINK Fold over Shorts!
Our favorite pole short now comes in pink.
Price:  $28

Friday, November 23, 2012

All Star dancers

Over the past  years, there have been so many students who have walked through the door, 5788 to be exact!  There have been a few who have really stuck out for very different reasons.  I thought it might be fun to tell a bit about a few of my favorite students from years past.

Dlynn joined the studio back when we were on Harrison Blvd in Ogden.  She wasn't particularly shy.  Her personality was very vibrant and the students and teachers were very drawn to her.  She was naturally a skinny gal, but I do remember looking at her in her booty shorts and sports bra one day.  She was starting to become very defined.  Her abs were killer!  She could do every trick the teachers showed her.  Dlynn was one of my best students.  About a year ago, she left the studio to pursue a new hobby.  Hunting!  You will find hot body Dlynn in the rugged mountains of Utah with her husband looking for elk.  Where ever your path may lead you, Dlynn, I wish you the very best and I hope that we get to see you again very soon.

Megan P.
I found Megan at an amateur pole fitness contest at Rumors night club.  She got up on the pole when her name was called.  In her jeans, she worked that pole, took 1st place and won a free 1 month membership to the studio.  Megan has been one of my best friends ever since.  She was a teacher at the studio for 2 years.  She is now engaged and has a brand new baby.  We are so happy for Megan and I can't wait for to start teaching again in 2013.

I'm not exactly sure how Davina found the studio, but I do remember noticing her in our Aerial Silk class.  She was AMAZE-BALL's!  Davina was such a natural.  I remember one day in the studio, she brought in a big bag that held a turquoise silk inside.  Her boyfriend had bought Davina her very own silk so she could practice at home.  I was very jealous :)  With the extra practice, Davina quickly mastered the Silk beyond most people in the studio.  It was only natural that her next step was to become an instructor.  Davina is in the military and I believe she still practices the art of Aerial Silk.  We miss her very much.

Graham was our very first male pole students.  He was outrageous and very funny!  He didn't mind wearing the booty shorts like the girls and twirling his hips along to the music.  Anybody who was around during my first year of business can't help but remember Graham.  To this day, I still love Graham for his bravery and his ability to open up to a room full of women on stripper poles.

Amy and Tara
Amy and Tara came as a pair.  They both worked at a local credit union and they didn't mind telling everyone in the office about their fitness fetish.  Amy was very sultry and sexy and Tara was incredibly flexible.  Long before we had flexibility classes, Tara was by far the most flexible student in class.  I can't remember what happened to them, but I am sure that where ever they are in this world, they will be the feisty diva's that I remember.

Meagan, owner