Learn more about our next student, Misha!
When did you start pole dancing?
About 7 years ago I tried pole dance back in Russia and it turned out to be amazing. In it I found my second home dance studio! I did it for almost two years before spontaneously coming to the US. And then I was very doubtful I can find any studios that are as good as my pole home. I was wrong. :)
Favorite part about pole dancing?
There is so many! I love that it is making me stronger. I love the challenge of new crazy moves. I whine a lot about it, but I like that it improves my pain tolerance. And well, when you spin up in the air, it feels like you are flying and what can get better than that right?
When did you first come to Pole Fitness Seattle?
I came to PFS 10 months ago, after I moved to Seattle from LA (where I DID NOT like their pole studios! Or other dance studios, really.) And I just felt that this place is the one. I saw the connection the girls had in class with each other as well as with the instructors. It took me a bit to go over my social awkwardness and feel at ease, but compared to some other new studios I've tried where it NEVER happened, I find this place a miracle for introverts and socially closed people.
Favorite class(es) to take at the studio?
My absolute favorite right now is Inversions 202 - I feel so close to getting into 303, where the craziest stuff happens! I also love love love Lyra, which I just started this year for the first time ever. Flexibility classes hurt, sometimes like hell, but that is the sweetest pain that makes me feel better after all.
Favorite songs to dance to?
Right now I'm into Powerful by Major Lazer and Ellie Goulding. I also want to do a dance number to Taking Over Me by Evanescence for a competition, but I will probably change my mind a million times until then.
What are your pole necessities?
Dry hands! (I am probably not very original in that one haha) And shorts.
Favorite pole move?
Absolute favorite right now is Ayesha, I am all about doing it and improving it, and it makes me feel strong as hell. I also love knee grip moves and everything upside down!
Jade is so elusive now, but I got it once and I will do it again! And aerial flare is my all times nemesis because my legs just won't go straight. It's so pretty though I want to get it.
What do you enjoy outside of pole? (Yoga, reading, work, hiking, etc.)
I like drawing pencil portraits and funny cartoony stuff, and mandalas with ink; make my own candles, play with my kitten who is the cutest thing in the world!, my work where I don't have to interact with adults.
Whether you’re a local or new in town, what is your favorite part about Seattle?
Coming from 3 years in the heart of Los Angeles, I love and appreciate Seattle's cleanliness, friendliness, and abundance of trees and flowers. My whole neighborhood smells like flowers in the spring, it's amazing! Coming from a lifetime in a cold part of Russia, I LOVE that I don't have to wear three pairs of pants and my nose doesn't freeze off! And again how clean it is (nobody back at home really cares about littering or picks up dog poop can you imagine). I am literally in love with Seattle.
Favorite food? Favorite place to eat in Seattle? Etc.
I'm not a big specialist on going out... but I like Maple Bar two blocks away from my house. They have a fireplace, cozy plaid blankets at each table, and they let me color their menus.
Biggest accomplishment for yourself this year at the PFS studio.
I got further in my pole progress in 10 months than I have gotten in almost two years at my first pole studio. (Yes I had some pole background starting here - but I lost it all in 4 years of no dancing.) I blame it all on my wonderful instructors! I'm so lucky to train with you!
How have you grown as a student this past year?
I hope I got a bit more determined in working on my new moves and a bit less whiny about "it hurts and I'm bailing"... it still isn't perfect.
Favorite thing about the PFS studio?
LOVE. Love and support I get here. Much needed girl time that I don't really have outside of it. I can just be myself and be accepted and understood and liked. PFS lets me get away from everything, it's like a freaking Narnia filled with beautiful unicorns who also happened to be badass pole dancers.
Again, feel free to share anything else that you want to!
I ranted a lot about it on Facebook and I will say it again - I love the people in this studio so much. You all make me forget all the crap that happens outside of it, and it's you who make this studio my happy place. As much as I love my husband (and I freaking LOVE him), time I spend at PFS is so special to me and I just want to live there. That's what I told him after my first few classes actually, "so baby I'm moving out" :D
We understand the feeling about wanting to live at the studio, he he. Thank you for sharig Misha!
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