PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Clare Kuzniar.
Clare started pole dancing in March 2015 before qualifying as an instructor with Spin City in April 2018. Clare has also undertaken a successful level 1 pole dance grading. Clare teaches at Pole Fitness Salisbury, UK. We interviewed Clare to learn more about her love for pole.
How long have you been pole dancing?
I started Pole Fitness in March 2015.
What made you start pole dancing?
I wanted to try something different that wasn't just weights or cardio so I tried it, loved it and haven't looked back.
What did you do before you started teaching pole dancing?
I was spending my evenings studying for accountancy exams.
What is your favourite pole move?
Butterfly into extended butterfly and I like handstands - there are so many variations!
What made you start teaching pole?
My instructor suggested it, and I really enjoy learning and helping others.
Have you entered any pole competitions?
No I haven't I am more into the fitness side of it so probably not something I would take part in.
Which pole dancers inspire you?
There are so many strong pole people out there I take a bit from everyone, My instructor Emma and fellow beginner instructor Vicky and the Pole Fitness Salisbury team inspire and encourage me.
What move is your Nemesis?
Superman! I just can't twist my hips around when I want them to.
Do you have any other sports/hobbies?
I don't know how I find time for them all as I work full time too but I horse ride at least twice a week, running when the evenings aren't too dark and I do PiYo at home and try to get to either Pilates or Boogie Bounce if I ever end up with a spare night.
Do you have any pets?
Yes my beautiful ginger tom called Garfield (pictured left) and my Dutch bunnies Thumper and Flower (I didn't name them!).
What is your preferred footwear for pole dancing?
I love my grippy ankle socks as they give you a little protection on the front of your foot and grippy on the floor when walking around.
Do you prefer 38mm, 42mm, 45mm or 50mm poles?
I have used 42,45 and 50 and love them all for different reasons, 42 for hand moves, 50 for leg moves but 45 for general bits in between.
Titanium, chrome or stainless?
I have only ever used stainless so can't comment on the others.
Static or spinning?
I prefer spinning, not to go fast but it feels more fluid, less resistance against the pole.
Any fun student stories?
We try to have a fun class in the summer and at Christmas with a few games normally with some silly accessories like fun hats or outfits.
I have an Auto Immune Thyroid Disease and we organised a Pole A Thon to raise money for Thyroid UK, we had a hour of spin, an hour of doubles, an hour of guys coming to try but all the time either me or one of our team at Pole Fitness Salisbury was on the pole. We did 5 hours of non stop pole and raised a huge £800 i'd like to do something like that again.
Do you use any grip aids or gloves when you dance?
Only chalk on hands, I tried the gloves but felt they were restricting my fingers.
What are your plans for the future?
To get stronger, to inspire others in their journeys, to try to beat the stereotype around pole, to get qualified at a higher level and to teach and to spread the word about just how fun pole fitness can be.