Saturday, 10 December 2011

Pole Files Interview 3: Crystal Lai Pole Dancer

The 3rd interview is with Crystal Lai from Canada, she has held the title of Miss Pole Canada. I love her upbeat, bouncy style, she captures an audience so easy.


So here is more about Crystal Lai.


Quick bio.


Crystal Lai is proud that her 6 years of training have culminated in her becoming Miss Pole Dance Canada and winning Best Entertainer and People Choice at the World Pole Dance Championships. Most recently, she competed at the World Pole Cup in Rio and was one of the finalists. She was also a guest performer at Gravity First 2nd Edition in Mexico City.

Crystal enjoys bringing her bubbly personality to upbeat routines, but can also demonstrate grace and control to more melodic music. As a senior instructor at Tantra Fitness in Vancouver, she hopes to use her platform to educate the public about the sport of pole dancing. Crystal also hopes revealing her lack of a dance or gymnastics background will inspire future pole dancers who question their potential; pole dancing can truly stand alone to develop strength and fluidity. With her dancing, she wishes to help progress the technical and performance aspects of her sport.



How long have you been doing pole dancing?


I have been pole dancing for about 6 years now. I started when I was going into my 3rd year in university.


The moment you realised you love pole dancing?


I think that would have to be one of my visits to Brandi’s in Vancouver when I was blown away by a pole performance (by Tammy Morris – who is the owner of Tantra Fitness and my mentor) at a strip bar. I thought it was one of the most artistic and amazing form of dance ever. It showcased beauty, strength, and grace all at the same time. Then when I finally took my first pole class, I fell in love with it and never stopped since.




Describe your style.


I enjoy dancing to fast paced and bubbly music; however, I like mixing it up with something slow (like Adele, Coldplay, etc..). A lot of my friends describe me as a little powerhouse or a little firecracker on the pole. 


Favourite move?


There are so many that I love, like the Jade Drop and Aysha Iron X and any sort of crazy drops.


Tools of the trade, what can’t you live without when pole dancing?


I have a goodie bag for pole – includes all sorts of grip aids from Dry Hands to Mighty Grip to iTac to shaving cream to butterfly balm (I usually bring it for the students to give them options). Aside from my bag of tricks, I definitely need my iPod, my pole clothing (from Light Active Wear), and most importantly, a pole!


Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?


I started playing Squash this year and absolutely love it. I also really enjoy cooking and most importantly, I LOVE eating. Thank god for pole dancing, or else I would be doomed! There are a ton of other things that I really like doing, such as traveling, going on adventures with friends, learning (I’m a giant nerd at heart), and spending time with family and friends.


Can't live without?


Pole dancing is definitely something I cannot live without. However, I definitely cannot live without my family and my friends. I am such a social butterfly that if I spend too much time alone, I get really depressed and become the biggest Debbie Downer ever! Another thing I cannot live without - coffffeeeeeeeee.



Photography by JLS Photography


Growing up I wanted to be a.....


I went through different phases, for a while, I was contemplating between healthcare and fashion. Now as I get older, growing up, I just want to be happy and I want to bring happiness to everyone that’s around me.


Favourite things of all time:


Movie: Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice, Superman, and etc…


TV Show: Big Bang Theory, Arrested Development, Scrubs, Modern Family, New Girl, Dexter, True Blood, Battlestar Galatica, Sex and the City, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Criminal Minds, and the list goes on…


Musician: Jason Mraz, Adele, Jack Johnson, Michael Buble, John Mayer, Marc Broussard


Album: Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things; Adele – 19 and 21


Song: Jason Mraz – I’m Yours; Adele – Make You Feel My Love and Someone Like You; currently, I’m super addicted to a few of Marc Broussard’s songs and Katy Perry’s The One that Got Away


Book: …. Anything that’s big enough to make it to the movie theatre and then I just watch it there. I actually really liked Harry Potter and Eat, Pray, Love.


Magazine: In-Style and any gossip and cooking magazines


Food: Anything that is good – I love experimenting new cuisines, but my go to is always Chinese Food and Japanese Food (when I’m feeling home-sick)


Designer: Light Active Wear, Lululemon for my pole gears. I also can’t go wrong with 
Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson or Dior!




I have attached my personal favourite performance by Crystal, I just love this routine:)  


I would like to thank Crystal for taking the time to tell us her story. 


Please check out Crystal's Website.






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