“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Dance has always been an integral part of one half of us at TINKR STUDIOS. We love how the sheer beauty of fluidity, movements, nuances and pauses in single choreography can steer, stir or even string our senses, thoughts and deepest emotions together like they once knew how.
In this series, we speak to inspiring dancers from around Singapore and their love for the art.
Concept & Photography
Regina Goh, Instructor at SLAP Dance Studio
Why pole dancing? How did you get started on it?
I saw a friend post her pole dancing photos on Facebook 3 years ago and I wanted to try something new. Her studio, Acro Polates, had a free trial class. I grabbed a friend for the class and ever since then, I was hooked!
What are some of your favourite pole moves?
My favourite move must be the Jade! It's the one move that is easy to get into but so difficult to perfect. Other than that, my nemesis Static V and Superman with its multiple variations.
How do you even begin to train your flexibility and strength?
It starts with being serious in the warmups up during class. The Instructors do prepare warmups to aid strength and flexibility. I do my best and push myself where possible! Of course, just that won't get you strength and flexibility fast enough. I do some strength and core exercises at home, take stretch classes and yoga to complement!
How often do you train and where do you teach at?
I teach and train at SLAP Dance Studio! The studio has a great training program which allows us to take different levels of classes for tricks, musicality and most importantly, on how to teach effectively. On average, I take about 3-4 classes a week and teach about 3 classes.
What would you say to first timers or those who would like to progress faster in pole?
For those wanting to try pole, I would say come with an open mind! It would feel awkward at first but after the first class, you'll be hooked! For those taking pole now, the answer is Pole practice! Grab a friend and go for pole practice together!
Now that you've moved from Hip Hop to Pole Dancing. Our question to you is, which is your one true love?
Hmm, that's a tough one. Hip hop was great for me to express myself through style and musicality and pole dance came afterwards, a genre that leans towards strength and grace. Well, hopefully I will be able to combine the 2 in an awesome hip hop pole routine!
(We can't wait to see that!)
What do you have to say about people's general perception of pole?
I think people are generally more open to pole dancing and are starting to see it as an art or a sport rather than a sleazy dance at a club. If you still think it's sleazy, go look up Pole Championship on YouTube and it'll change your mind!
What is Pole Dance to you or how has it changed or inspired you?
I first started out learning only tricks for the first 1.5 year and it was more like learning something new and fun with a friend. It wasn't until I realised the dancing element of Pole that blew my mind. The floor work, sexy moves, flow from lyrical. It just brought me back to the days when I loved to dance. I stopped dancing Hip Hop after I started work, but Pole Dance really reignited the passion in me and I really look forward to my classes! Now, being an instructor, I want to teach students and let them enjoy the Pole experience.