World Champion Pole Dancer Marlo Fisken
photo: New York Times

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ariel Interviews with Pole Skivies

From pin-up modeling to pole dancing, Ariel is taking New York City by storm!

I understand your background is in modeling and pole dancing in NYC. What has that experience been like?

Pin-up modeling is fun and helps to pay the bills, and pole dancing is my passion. I was born and raised in New York City, so instead of seeing it as a large, daunting metropolis, I see it as my quaint, little home. Everybody does a little bit of everything in NYC. A lot of my pin-up model friends are also amazing photographers and journalists, and some of my pole dancing friends are lawyers and engineers.

How did you decide to take up pole dancing?

About two years ago, I was booked to go-go dance this show at a venue with these huge poles. I thought I would make a lot more tips if I learned just one or two things to do on those poles, so I started taking classes at Crunch gym about a month before the show. Pretty soon, I was hooked. I kept taking classes and noticed that I was getting stronger, more flexible, and more in tune with my body. Pole dancing has changed my life, it has given me mental and physical strength, introduced me to magnificent people, allowed to me express myself, and restored flexibility that was compromised from back surgery. I recently started teaching pole in order to share its benefits with others.

You are one of the PoleRiders pole dancers. How’d you land that gig? What’s it like poling down the streets of New York?

My friend PlayJoy was one of the first PoleRiders. After hearing about all of her amazing rides, I contacted Andrew Katzander, the genius behind PoleRiders, and arranged to take a spin. My first pole ride was last November; it was freezing, yet exhilarating. I love creating a spectacle in the streets of NYC, I love how everyone whips out their camera phones and asks, “What is THAT?!” when we peddle by.

What do you like to do when you’re not pole dancing?

Hip-hopping, go-go dancing, rock climbing, biking, yoga, lots and lots of stretching. I like to be moving all the time.

Favorite makeup tip:

Apply mascara with a mini-fan brush instead of a mascara wand.

Barefoot, sneakers, or platform heels?

Pole dancing in heels – I like to clap them together to make certain tricks more dynamic.

Favorite grip enhancer:


Pole dance move that made you proudest to learn:

Right now, it’s the twisted grip handspring, but I get excited when I learn anything new.

Pole dance pet peeves:

Cattiness and cliques among dancers. Let’s support the crap out of everyone we dance with, no matter where they are in their pole journey!

Favorite treatment for bruises and sore muscles:

Figuring out what animal my bruise looks like.

Who would you most like to have in the audience when you pole dance?

Dita Von Teese!

Who is your hero or role model?

All of my friends and fellow dancers are superheros. They look damn fine in a cape, too.

What are your favorite words of encouragement?

“Me, We” (Muhammad Ali).

Favorite pizza toppings:

Cayenne pepper, basil.

Cupcakes or ice cream?

Lychee ice cream.

Anything else you’d like to share:

NYCers: take my pole dancing class at, or email me about private lessons.

I admit I’m a little crushed out on PoleRiders – it just seems like the coolest way to travel I’ve seen yet. If you want to know more about them, read these other interviews about PoleRiders.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

End of Season...

It has been an amazing first season and I would like to congratulate and thank all of the PoleRiders for a fantastic job and all of their help. In order of appearance they are:

Playjoy 2008 retired
Marlo 2008 current
Shaneequa 2008 would love to have her back
Nathalia 2008 would love to have her back
Gabriella 2008 would love to have her back
Ariel 2008 current
Jordana Rollerhoops 2009 PoleRider in training
Amaris Skye 2009 PoleRider in training
Barbara Dial 2009 special guest
Sarah Cretul 2009 special guest
Royal Buttercup 2009 current/visiting
Kat 2009 current
Brookelyn 2009 current
Christy 2009 current
Kyra 2009 honorary member, coming soon
Felix Cane 2009 honorary member, coming soon
Vivien May 2009 honorary member, coming soon

Special thanks to: Nina B., Lee Kuwahara, Jonathan of Design Rider, Diane Passage, Melody, Annie, Kay Penny for the sound advice, Kari, Sean Robinson, Sathya, Joe, Yvonne, Alex Price, Josh at Bern, Kyra, Free Willie Nelson and the The Hot Tamales, Ashleigh, Jordana, Steve Lawler, Adami Hardware, The Fabulous Ska Jenny, Felix Cane and Chris Moore, Rica, Jack Gaffney, Ken Stanek and NYC Bike Polo, Kim Mantis, Trackstar, Janet Bike Girl, Dykes on Bike Cylces, Mike Carbonaro, Everyone at Bicycle Renaissance, Pratt ID esp. Julia in the furniture shop, George Barris, Rat Rod Bikes, Hans Rey, Johnny Allen, Gregg, Rob and Julia, Cycles Maximus, Chris Long, Alexa Castle for the web design and logo, my legal team Doug Secular, Dave Rankin and Mark Taylor, Bobbie and Donna from the insurance co., The dancers who filled in at Dance Parade, Sierra, Nicolina, Rev. Billy, George the stage mom, Gloria, Julian, Aaron, Michael Green, Transportation Alternatives, Larisa Fuchs, Fluff, Kevin Braken, Santacon, Jeanne Flemming, Dick Zigun, and all of the other parade directors and marshalls, all of the bloggers, media people and photographers that covered us and an extra special thanks to my family all of my friends, all of our fans, New York City and the awesome NYPD. Sorry if I missed anyone, please let me know.

We will be back again next year for the Five Borough Bike Tour, Sunday may 2, 2010 See you then!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Parade With Christy and Brookelyn

Christy and Brookelyn were both brand new to PoleRiding for the parade. It started to rain during the lineup; not too hard but we were under dressed and it was enough to eventually soak us. Despite being unable to do any tricks until the rain stopped halfway through they definitely put on a very hot show.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New PoleRider: Brookelyn in 'da House!

Brookelyn is a true good girl gone bad. This classically American Academy trained ballerina traded in her pointe shoes for stilletos two years ago.

She took classes at Crunch gyms for a year before she began teaching pole dancing. She now teaches several classes a week a Crunch NYC where you will always find this pole diva practicing her moves and rocking out new tricks.

Brookelyn contacted the clubhouse and asked what it would take to become a PoleRider. I asked the other dancers about her and they said "she is 100% PoleRider material"...She made it through hell week and her new PoleRider tattoo is looking sweet so we are pleased to announce that she is now part of the team!

"I don't do anything small; for me it's go big or go home. I love performing and going over-the-top so PoleRiders is right up my alley-- I can't wait to PoleRide on Halloween!"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bat-PoleRiders Kat and Ariel at Comic Con

Here is a clip from the event. Holy Bat split!

We are pleased to present our newest PoleRider Kat on the Bat pole with Ariel at Big Apple Comic-Con I met Kat with Ariel at Ricky's to pick out costumes for the gig. After, they came over to the clubhouse to work out a few new moves and figure out the logistics of pole dancing with super hero capes. It was so freakingly fantastic I completely forgot to take pictures.

Ariel (photo by Ellen Stagg)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Los Marcos Polo Meets PoleRiders!

PoleRiders was invited by our new friends at Los Marcos Polo to perform at the Melee. More shots here

Bike Polo is by far the coolest, most exciting 2 team/goal sport out there. It combines speed, skills, style and just the right amount of blood. For more information about NYC Bike Polo visit their site.

This guy had to be our best tipper yet.
My T-shirt is by bicycle stencil artist Janet Bike Girl I really like her work. More NYC Bike Polo pictures here and more PoleRider/polo pictures coming soon. If you have any please send them my way!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pole Superstar!

Diane Passage, the woman behind Pole Superstar. Thanks for an amazing evening!
Me with Mina Mortezaie, Sarah Cretul, Trisha Stone of Bad Kitty, Alethea Austin, and Kyra Johannessen outside the Highline Ballroom.

Sarah Cretul danced on PoleRider for the crowd outside.
Marlo was beautiful as always and her dramatic performance was absolutely stunning.

Congratulations to Barbara Dial the winner of Pole Superstar! More pictures soon. The outfits from Bad Kitty were very hot!