Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Level 1 Graduation!!!

Level 1 Graduation!

Short and sweet because it's 3:30 in the morning! This is my level one graduation from polelateaz in atlanta. I was supposed to start level two a week after but it got cancelled so i will be starting level 2 in june. hope you enjoy the video. also if you are in the chattanooga area, if you check the site, there are some new and exciting things coming to the Chattanooga DanceSport studio in the coming days and weeks. if you click the call me, it will connect you with my google voice where you can hear current class offering and also leave a message or text!
I'll try and update a bit more in the coming days! until then...

keep poling!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Updates and whatnot

It's been a while since I've updated, Didn't really have much to talk about. I've now made it through week 7 of my 8 week level 1 series at PolelaTeaz in Atlanta. It has been an absolute BLAST!!! Week 8 is my graduation where I get to perform the piece that we've have been learning progressively over the last 7 weeks. I should have a video of my routine posted soon after Sunday! I'll post it on youtube as well.

Classes at the studio have been getting more student as of late so that's a good thing. We've also been doin more parties lately. Last week was a bachelorette party for two hours and tomorrow we have another with a cowgirl theme. Guess I'll get to break out my new THIGH HIGH BOOTS!!!!

For those who want to know about classes, there is a Burlesque class (Pussycat doll style dance no pole, on Tuesdays at 8pm. Pole is now on Wednesday ay 8pm and Saturday and 11a and noon. Private lessons and semi private group lessons are also avaialble if the class time aren't good for you. Email me if you need any info Tamika.Tuggle@gmail.com

We're also starting up a burlesque troop soon. No age or body type requirements!! Feel free to post comments here or email me at Tamika.Tuggle@gmail.com if you would like to participate and/or know more details as they become available. And as always you can check the Chattanooga DanceSport Webiste for any class additions or changes.

Kepp poling!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

(5/5) then keep poling!
(4/5) studio has moved. Check the website for the new address. Class times are still the same! Ill try to go a bit more in depth on my classes tomorrow! Until
(2/5) drive to atlanta wasnt all that hot but once i was there it was worth it. Its going to be an 8 week series so i have 7 more weeks of making this drive.
(3/5) I pray gas prices go down! Its a beginner class and even though i already know what weve been learning its giving me good foundation. In other news the
(1/5) Im writing this blog from my bed via text message so it will be brief. I started my new pole classes this past sunday and i must say it was a blast. The

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

So over the past few weeks I have been quite busy. Along with my full time job and my 11am pole class, I have now also been given command of the noon drop in class as well. On top of that, we also have been booking quite a few private pole parties! So my Friday nights lately have been filled with ladies new to the pole and wanting to have a try. This past weekend there was a party that a promoter decided to run to get her own name out there as well as out classes and parties. This was by far the best party that I have hosted, chaperoned, whatever you want to call it! I love when the ladies don't need any coaxing to get into the spirit of the party!! I know how it is to feel self conscious about things that are new, I'm still learning along with the rest of my students. I have learned though, that I can't let what other people may say stop me from having my fun. Besides, I'm getting good at what I do :-p

Speaking of getting good at what I do, I found out last week that there will be a showcase and I'm being asked to choreograph at least 3 pieces for it by mid summer. EEP!!! Did I mention I'm not good at choreography? The good news is I will be able to practice at home soon because my new pole should be arriving on Monday, which, oddly enough is Valentine's Day. I guess maybe there will be a private show/breaking in of the pole at the house :) I'm pretty confident that I can get the pieces together by mid-summer. My goal is to go to some classes in Atlanta in order to get some ideas and also further my own knowledge. I was only going to classes for about 2 months before I was asked to teach the class myself, so I still have MUCH to learn. After I gain access to a camera and the pieces come together, I will get permission from my "students" to post clips, until then

Keep Poling!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My arms and legs are sore

So, I missed last weeks post after I taught a class but there wasn't much to write about exactly. I've been working on my choreography in the last few weeks. It's my weakest point overall. If someone comes up with it and teaches it to me, I'm golden, but if I have to come up with it myself, then there is a problem. So I've been watching more than my fair share of YouTube videos and dancing like crazy around the house. Yesterday I received a crazy look as my home was entered and there was a pole in the middle of the floor.

So last week I had to come up with a few 8 counts to get my one student moving. I came up with some moves on the fly and it actually turned out nice. So, this week with another two students (for a total of three!) raring to go, I taught the same choreography to everyone. To say that I came up with it so quickly and had two students who only learned the beginning in less than an hour, it was wonderful. It works so much better when there's more than two people doing it. So I'm guess this is going to be our piece for the showcase that's coming up.

If I can manage to find my charger for my camera then I will try to have a little video of where we are so far up in the next couple of weeks. As the time goes by, I get more and more excited about this class and where it can go. I also picked out a song for myself which I'm not going to tell many people about. Let's just say it's going to be my tribute piece.

That's all for now!
Keep Poling!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I'm posting this up and you may see that every now and then when it gets too far to the bottom I will post again. Don't hate me for the repetition, I just love my friends and they are extremely talented. With that said here goes:

The man to watch out for on the music scene: Mystery http://mystery84.blogspot.com/
If you aren't ready to hear some real shyt then you might as well not even click the link. I plan to use some of his music for my routines if he doesn't mind! :) I've know this cat since middle school and he's one of the best MEN I know!

Also my friend Moonshine Bonanza who dances at Deja Vu in New Orleans. You can catch her and her crazy gypsy boots here: http://moonshinebonanza.blogspot.com/
She is one of the coolest chicks I know AND SHE'S A STRIPPER!!!! Gotta love that right?!

I think that's all for now. I'm still creating a website for this as well so stay tunes!

You too can pole!!

When I mention pole dancing and invite ladies to come, I hear all so often that they think they are "too big" to dance on the pole. My first comment to those of you who say that is "stop with the self deprication", the second is "anybody can pole dance". Despite what you may see other people do, pole is not simply about flipping upside down and being able to let go. It involves sensual movement AROUND the pole too. Outside of competitions, I have never seen a performance where all the dancer did was tricks on the pole. While it does allow you a show of strength, the actual floorwork is important too. So being able to look good while working around the pole is key.

With that being said, I'm about 125 pounds and I have been this weight for quite some time. I always look at "thick" girls with a bit of envy because they have curves to flaunt. I took a belly dancing class and there were some bigger ladies and I was so jealous because they actually had hips and ass to shake and shimmy. It's 10 times harder for me to make the same move look good.

With that being said, I want no more excuses. If you want to pole dance, DO IT!! Stop with this, I'm too big because not only is your size fine, but one of the other instructors had a lady that was close to 400 lbs who was able to climb the pole, no problem.

So here we go: I currently teach the 11am class on Saturday mornings at Chattanooga-Dancesport http://www.chattanooga-dancesport.com/index.htm . It's listed as intermediate but any level is welcome. There is also a 12 noon class that is taught my another instructor and sometimes myself. Wednesday night has a 9pm class and also new is a beginners burlesque class at 8pm.

If you have any question you can email me at Tamika.Tuggle@gmail.com amd I will get back to you. The website also has the number for the studio. If you call there ask for Rhonda she can give you details. This is my second job so I'm not always at the studio!

Keep Poling!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Blog Post...Ever!

So I decided to go ahead and start a blog. I've wanted to do this but there is nothing in my "normal" life that I feel is interesting enough for someone to take the time to read about. So, my not so normal life has just recently come to include a second job as.. a pole fitness instructor. For many of you, the first thing that came to mind was STRIPPING! And you would be wrong in the way that I don't remove any clothing, but right in the way that you have to have that sensual mentality in order to make the moves look good.

After I started looking around on the Internet for videos I came across videos for competitions where woman did moves on poles and they were AMAZING. Here is a video of the World Pole Dance Champion, Felix:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3i7dGwQboI

This is what got me excited about pole fitness, I love to dance and this was something that not everyone was doing. I would be something that allowed me to stand out, and use my creativity. So I looked for some classes and happened to find a studio locally that offered them. I was nervous for my first class because I was thinking that I would get there and it would be a class full of people who knew about this before I did and they would be out spinning me. It was the complete opposite, I was the only person that showed up for the noon class and there had only been one person in the 11am class. The instructor showed me how to approach a pole and then she told me to take five minutes to move around the pole by myself.

I felt like a fool walking around the pole and then just hanging there like a monkey who couldn't quite figure it out. Apparently despite the way I thought I looked, I actually showed some aptitude and after being shown the mechanics of some of the moves was able to pick it up rather quickly. Fast forward 2 months and more people have started coming to the class and the instructor has hyped us up to learn routines and possibly go and compete in Atlanta. I end up hurting my wrist and not being able to attend classes for about a month and was quite upset about it. Once I healed, I show up back to class only to find that the instructor has flaked out and they haven't even been holding her class for about a month or so. I was so shocked to learn that in the time it took me to heal and be able to dance again, I would no longer be able to progress in my classes.

This is when the surprise came, I was asked to be the new instructor instead. They had been watching me and saw that I was picking it up and could progress to a level where I could teach classes for them. So I agreed to be their instructor and they are going to get me certified as in instructor in Atlanta in exchange for 6 months to a year or working exclusively with them. That's fine with me!

So all that to say, stay tuned because as I start to teach classes and go through my certifications, I will be posting to keep you updated. Maybe even videos and pictures if I get brave enough :)