Category Archives: Dancers

Brooklyn, NYC portrait photographer Petra Romano for dancers.

A Look into a Mind of a Pole Dancer

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You guys, who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, may remember the photo of a pole dancer. I wanted to share with you more than just the photo because Samantha is super inspirational and as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. She is a pole dancer, a personal trainer and a student finishing up her prerequisite courses to apply for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. And she teaches pole dancing too. Busy lady!

I asked her a few questions to find out how and why she started pole dancing and how it makes her feel. 

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How long have you been pole dancing and why did you start?

We’re approaching about a year and a half ago now that I started pole dancing. One of my closest friends, Jackie, invited me to come to a class with her just as a way to switch up our workout routines. I took one class and didn’t go back for fear of getting “too muscular.” I had NO idea that pole would change my life shortly after. My friend convinced me to come back and give it another try. I did my first invert during that class–which for a beginner is a big deal–and for the first time felt the “high” that is well known to pole dancers. From that point on I was hooked.

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How does the pole dancing make you feel?

Pole has opened so many mental doors for me. For one, it has opened my eyes to a beauty outside of traditional standards. As I said, I originally ran from pole because I didn’t want to get too muscular or “manly” looking. I struggled for a while with the changes that my body went through as I grew stronger– I felt inadequate at times as a woman. But over time I’ve come to find such power in the strength that my physique conveys. It is my badge of honor that I’ve overcome both the physical and mental challenges that pole dancing has presented to me. 

But the most important part of pole for me is its ability to bring me to the present. I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. The ONLY time that my mind is quiet and at peace–the only time that I’m in the present moment–is when I’m on the pole. It is my form of meditation. It has given me the strength to make it through some of the lowest points in my life. 

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What would you say to the those who are thinking about starting pole dancing?

Just start. And keep coming. Pole is one of those sports that tells you “no” over and over again. It requires strength and grace, and it can be quite painful. But the feeling you get when you defy it and conquer a trick makes it all worth it. It’s truly an indescribable feeling. I can guarantee you will discover an inner strength in yourself that you never imagined existed

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Those of you, who would like to join Samantha’s pole dancing class in Brooklyn, NY, she teaches at the Flatbush Loft (where these photos were taken). Or shoot her an email for private lessons.

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Now, I would love to know what is YOUR form of meditation and what makes YOUR mind at peace?

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Ashley, Latin Ballroom Dancer • NYC Portrait Photographer

Ashley is such a talented girl! Beside her being a little fire cracker, she is a zumba addict and a yoga lover. But her main focus is on being a latin ballroom dancer. I had a chance to see her performing and I think she is amazing!

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Dudeoir and Fine Art Photography for a Dancer/Actor

I know what you are asking – What the heck is dudeoir? Well, you are most likely not going to find it in any dictionary, but it’s a real word. It is simply a boudoir (photography) for men. That means (not just) intimate, sexy photos of a guy:

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Now, since we put the term dudeoir off the table, let me put all the attention to the “dancer/singer” from the title.

Chris Schermerhorn is definitely a name you should remember. He is a young artist who I believe will become a well-known star in a near future. Originally from Ohio, he used to live in L.A. before moving to NYC. However, it was in Boston where he appeared in a theater show from Good Natured Dog Productions called Hurry Up and Wait. He is the dancer and singer. And the sweetest person ever.

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Nowadays, he studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Even though I cannot tell you anything specific as of this moment, I am sure you will start recognizing the name pretty soon… Break a leg, Chris!

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Namaste

Ms. M. is such a beautiful woman inside-out. She is a great yoga teacher and an amazingly kind person who is not afraid to let go and have fun. See for yourself!

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