Meet our Instructors | Vera Kim
We are excited to have our team grow as we start off 2019. As we catch up on our Meet our Instructors series, we’d like to start if off by introducing you to one of our newest instructors, Vera Kim! Get to know more about her below!
What drew you to teach at Ascendance?
I was drawn to teach at Ascendance to join a team of individuals who are dedicated, passionate, and encouraging. I love the diverse, yet inclusive, community and that the focus is student-centric. Most importantly, I appreciate the safe environment provided for students to grow inside and outside the studio.
What would your advice be for students who want to find their own style in dance?
Spend lots of time freestyling! Notice your nuances and explore them further. Take classes from many different instructors and in many different styles. Take a non-pole dance class (ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, social, etc.) to gather inspiration. Find what feels good and listen to how your body wants to move naturally. You don't have to be 100% in line with one particular style. Don't be afraid to be different!
What are your feelings about pole dancing for fitness being associated with exotic dancing/stripping?
I think it's important to recognize that the roots of pole dance are in exotic dancing/stripping. There are different styles of pole dance being developed and defined and sub-categorized each day -- all should be respected equally.
What has made you stick with pole dancing?
For me, pole dancing is therapy! I get something new out of it artistically, physically, mentally, or emotionally on a regular basis. It never gets old; it's always exciting and challenging. Plus, I've met some of my best friends through pole dance.
What is your proudest moment in your career?
Winning Exotic Generation Poland, Old School, 2018. It was an incredible experience from start to finish and it will go down as one of my proudest achievements.
What is your favorite pole workout wear?
Flow Movement apparel by Marlo Fisken makes THE greatest pants to get your dance on. I feel like they're magical and they bring out some of my best pole flows. American Apparel bodysuits are great for slinking and sliding. Rad Polewear, Artista, Cleo the Hurricane, random stuff on Etsy, Yandy, and Dolls Kill. And of course, Pleasers.
Check out Vera on our schedule and be sure to give her a warm welcome when you see her!