Thursday, 15 December 2011

Pole Files Interview 7: Mina Mortezaie Pole Dancer

I have had the great pleasure of interviewing Mina Mortezaie. A truly amazing pole dancer. She holds many Championship titles at different pole competitions around the world. She has also collaborated with Karol Helms (2010 USPDF Miss Sexy), Estee Zakar (2010 USPDF Miss Trixster) partnered with Bad Kitty in order to create PoleFit with a goal of giving the Pole Fitness community the best possible product specific to their sport. They have worked tirelessly and taken part in every facet of design, testing, research and development in order to achieve this goal.

Lets find out a little more about Mina Mortezaie.

Quick bio.


Mina comes from a background in Dance and Gymnastics. She has trained in lyrical, ballet, hip hop, and modern jazz dance styles and performed with multiple dance companies. In addition to training in gymnastics she has coached children’s gymnastics for over 8 years. Her fitness background also includes: weight training, yoga, surfing and snowboarding. Mina has been Pole Dancing for over 2 and a half years with experience from a number of different studios and styles. She brings grace, strength, and flexibility to her pole dancing. With a degree in Communications from UCLA, Mina’s resume includes experience in broadcast journalism and digital marketing. Mina’s biggest joy lies in the empowerment of women through the beautiful, strong and seductive art of Pole Dancing.
  
Mina graced the December 2009 cover of Pole 2 Pole magazine where she was featured as Pole Star of the month. Other press Mina has been featured in includes an article in the LA Times titled: “The pole vaults into a new role.” The LA times described Mina by saying her “forte seems to be perfectly executed vertical and inverted split maneuvers.”
Mina has also been seen on national television teaching pole lessons to adult film stars in “The Secret Lives of Women” which airs on the Women’s Entertainment channel.
Mina’s clientele includes teaching the girls next door/playboy playmate twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon at the playboy mansion.
Mina says: From my first pole dancing class I instantly became addicted and couldn’t get enough. The movement is an incredible workout and a powerful boost in confidence. I definitely recommend this for all women; not only will it tone up your body, but it can transform your life.
Mina's titles include: 2010 USPDF Amateur Champion, Pole Vixen Los Angeles Champion, East Meets West Doubles Champion (with partner Nadia Sharif). Mina currently teaches at Evolve Dance Studio and Be Spun in the Los Angeles area.





How long have you been doing pole dancing?

4yrs

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

my first class

Describe your style.

lyrical, expressive, fluid, graceful 

Favourite move?

i have a new one I made up, its like an over extended iguana, required alot of shoulder flexibilty, thinking of calling it the komodo dragon ;)

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

itac2



Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

traveling, yoga, aerial arts

Can't live without?

my bf


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

a journalist 

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: black swan



TV Show: workaholics and the office

Musician:  the xx, skrillex

Album: art of flight soundtrack 

Song: toxic cover by yael naim

Book: memoirs of a geisha

Magazine: vertical mag

Food: sushi salad and cereal 

Designer: J. Valentine


 I like to thank Mina for her time and for sharing her amazing work with us.


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