Friday, 18 May 2012

Pole Files Interview 25: Bonnie Black Pole Dancer

The 25th interview is with Bonnie Black a absolutely strong individual. Bonnie has a studio in New Zealand check out there website

I have enjoyed so much looking thru all her you tube videos and check out her amazing, amazing moves. I love the Ayesha jumps, very inspiring.

Lets here what Bonnie has to say.......

Quick Bio.
I have studied dance, Ballet and American Jazz for fourteen years, prior to starting pole, as well as gymnastics and various other sports.
I started pole in the clubs, but when I went to Australia I saw how they had developed it as a sport and this is when my interest was really taken with it. I competed in Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2008 and came 2nd runner up, then was given the opportunity to compete inn the finals against Felix and Suzie Q. I was ranked 11th in Australisia. After that I came back to NZ and opened Vertical Aerial Dance. I have since been a finalist Asia Pacific Championships (unable to compete in finals due to the ash cloud that grounded airlines), World Championship semi finalist 2010 and 2011 singles as well as 2011 doubles and made finals preselection wih Amanda McCrae and runner up NZ pole Championships 2011.
I have successful studio with my students winning and competing in National and international competitions.

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been pole dancing for about 5 years.

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I realised I loved pole earl on when I was dancing in the clubs and saw what some of the others girls were doing on the pole and wanted to learn more, it just got addictive from then on.

Describe your style.

My style is grace with strength and then the odd piece of insanity. I studied ballet for years so I have the fluidity of a dancer, but I am exceptionally strong so alot of my moves are holds. Im also a bit of a nutcase when it comes to tricks, so in amongst all the pretty transitions all of a sudden I'll do a drop or a flip of some insane kind 

Favorite Pole move?

Favourite move is a tough one. Love the Iron Cross because its so hard and I am able to hold that one forever. Also, strangely enough I like shoulder mounts and holds.

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

Can't live without Titegrip and iTac. Don't need wax on a pole but I need to know my body is sticky and my hands are dry 

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

Outside pole I exercise racehorses and break in the babies. It is great exercise that helps me with pole. Thats about all I can fit in my day.

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

Growing up I wanted to be a dancer and a horse trainer, so I am fulfilling my dreams.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie:  Shooter


Musician: anything with a good beat

Song:  to dance to, Russian Roulette by Rhianna and Roxanne chicago.

Book: the Mortal Instruments series

Magazine: don't really read them

Food: chocolate

Designer:  chocolate

Thank you Bonnie so much it has been a pleasure hearing about your story.

Pole Files Interview 24: Gracie Buntine Pole Dancer

Our next interview is with the amazing Gracie Buntine. She is an awesome performer and a even better pole dancer. I have had the honour of watching Gracie perform live and was blown away. She performed a fantastic routine which blew the judges away and lead her to win the Australian Pole Fitness Championships.

Gracie has a beautiful dance style and really knows how to engage the audience. Gracie is currently teaching at Pole Divas in Victoria, Australia. 

Lets here from Gracie and watch some of her amazing performances.......

Quick Bio.

Gracie is a true dancer and throughout her career has been involved with dance on numerous levels. From Ballet and Swing to Disco, Hip Hop and aerial hoop, Gracie’s dance background is broad and includes features in music videos and documentaries! After gaining diplomas in dance technique and performance, Gracie travelled around Australia and New Zealand as a dancer, before making her way back to Victoria to choreograph. Over the last 2 years of teaching, peforming and competeing professionally in the pole industry she won her first national title as the Australian pole Fitness Champion 2012. 

How long have you been doing pole dancing?

I have been pole dancing for 2 years properly

The moment you realised you love pole dancing?

I realised i loved it the actual moment i stepped into the studio for the first time, i looked at the instructor on the stage and just thought "o my goodness, i want that"

Describe your style.

my style...hmmmm....i think one of the things about my style is that i am super malleable, i have been trained in many styles of dance and i think i can perform in a variety of different styles effectively. but when im just alone dancing, i think i have a very musical and buttery style. i love dynamic and as lame as it sounds, my favorite thing to do is to freestyle and just moooooove! but when im on stage i want to engage my audience, put on a real show 

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

x-pole, dry hands, for those natural slippers like myself. music..loud music. heart.

Any hobbies or passions outside of pole dancing?

outside of pole dancing.... pole is my whole life, but i am a big nerd, i love to chill and play video games, i read loads of fantasy novels, comics, cartoons, dance, pin up culture, tattoos, music and im obssessed with youtube beauty channels lol (dark secret)

Can't live without?

I cant live without animals! I have so much love to give to them hhahaha

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

Growing up i wanted to be a ballerina.... ofcourse.

Favourite things of all time:

Movie: well The Lord of the Rings trilogy for sure, but i am a disney freaaaaaaaaaaaak!

TV Show: Game of Thrones and Sex and the City and My Little Pony

Musician:  thats tough!!!! i love Bring Me The Horizon, but I also love Chris Brown and Maxwell. some ssongs or musicians just make you feel something.

Album: so many. most recently in terms of a full album probably What seperates Me From You by A Day To Remember

Song: at the moment, 1+1 by Beyonce to dance to

Book: Perfume, the Story of a Murderer..

Magazine: Inked Girls

Food: Chocolate!

Designer:  Iron Fist for shoes

Thank you so much Gracie for the interview, look forward to seeing more amazing performances from you.