Featured Pole Instructor - Joanne Mardles.
Welcome to one of our latest 3 star pole dancing instructors Joanne Mardles. Joanne teaches at Mind Body Pole in Camberley, Surrey, UK.
How long have you been pole dancing?
I started Pole Fitness in August 2016, I love static, spinny and heels! I bought my own X pole for home in January 2019 and that’s where my talents and confidence really came to life. I then qualified as a pole instructor with the PDC in September 2019.
What made you start pole dancing?
My friend suggested it to me and I was instantly hooked. I loved the feeling of being proud of my achievements and amazed what my body was capable of.
What did you do before you started teaching pole dancing?
I would be your typical gym bunny hooked for a couple of months and then lose interest again. I was in and out of different gyms over the years but could never stick to them, I found them so dull!
What is your favourite pole move?
Without doubt its extended butterfly, butterflies are my favourite animals and I like what they represent. Pole is like starting as a caterpillar and then getting your wings and flying through moves like a butterfly.
What made you start teaching pole?
I have always known that I wanted to help people but was never sure on how. When I bought my own Pole at home in January 2019 I decided teaching was the path I wanted to take, the minute pole was in my home it needed to be part of my work life too! I worked hard to get noticed with my strength and determination and then an opportunity came up much quicker than I expected, I still find it hard to believe now that I’m teaching my passion!
Have you entered any pole competitions?
No but I would absolutely love to do this, I feel that with pole the journey is never ending so there is still so much to learn and achieve with it. I would love to be part of a show!
Which pole dancers inspire you?
I am obsessed with Bendy Kate, Charlotte Robinson, and Sarah Smith… I watch their videos and look at their pictures all the time. My main inspiration is my instructor Leanne, she is such a credit to the pole industry. She is extremely knowledgeable, well trained and full of ideas, she has made such a fantastic career for herself, I love that she has grown though the years. I owe her everything with my pole journey.
What move is your Nemesis?
So it was Superman, I couldn’t get my hips over but after being shown a different variation to get into this I can now smash it! I actually like it when I have move I can’t do so I push myself to achieve it. My new nemesis move is iron X, I am about half way with this now, very exciting move to do!
Do you have any other sports/hobbies?
I’m really creative so I like making anything personalised, such a wedding frames, short films of celebrations, this is why pole suits me to a T as its being creative with your body!
What is your preferred footwear for pole dancing?
I like bare feet, it feels raw and exposed which I like, but heels do make the pictures look pretty and I’m a heels women!
Do you prefer 38mm, 42mm, 45mm or 50mm poles?
I like the 45mm, it’s the right size for my big thighs and little hands. This is what I have at home.
Titanium, chrome or stainless?
Chrome, it’s so smooth!
Static or spinning?
I love spinny!!!! It’s so pretty, such simple moves look impressive on it!
Do you use any grip aids or gloves when you dance?
I like dry hands if I’m really trying hard on a new move!
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to climb the ladder so I would be aiming for PDC level 5 graded 5 dancer and PDC Approved 4 star instructor, anything pole related that comes my way I want to do. I have a photoshoot next week which I can’t wait for!