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Meet the Queen of 10-inch Pleasers

Here at Pole Junkie HQ we are busy preparing our stock for our stand at our first ever pole event - and what better place to start than at Pole Theatre UK!

I attended Pole Theatre last year and I have to say it was one of the best organised competitions I’ve been to. With competitors performing in four different categories it was great to see different styles of pole dancing under one roof. One minute I was crying with laughter at Heidi Hildersley’s hilarious drunken scooter routine and the next I was entranced by the super sexy routines from some of the Classique competitors so I can’t wait to see what this year's competitors bring to the stage.

I caught up with Tiff Finney, one of last year's Classique competitors and a judge at this years Amatuer competition. Bad Kitty Brand Ambassador, owner of Pole Physique in Glasgow, Club Noir performer, Britain’s Got Talent contestant - the list goes on - Tiff Finney is one incredibly busy lady but I managed to distract her for a bit of Pole Junkie question time and a play in her custom built cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pole Junkie Question Time

On judging...

Q: What are the 3 things you look for when judging a performance?

  • Interaction- Seeing a contestant or any performer look you straight in the eyes and force you to take notice of what they're doing always gets me.
  • Creativity- Even the smallest nuance that you haven't seen before makes you desperate for the video so that you can watch it again, which is a great sign that you've seen something really cool
  •  Attitude- Whatever the performance theme, you have to own and embrace the character. Nobody else is going to do it for you. Without it, a performance can come across awkward.

Q: Whats more important: Tricks or flow?

 Flow. Always. Every day of the week. Flow in any dance form is integral to the best performances. 

Q: What advice would you give someone new to competing/performing?

Remember that it's ok to be you and do what you do. Don't swamp yourself by studying other competitors and worrying about their combos and tricks. It won't achieve anything aside from stress, self doubt and worry. There is enough feelings of self doubt and stress right before a performance as it is. 

 

On all things pole…

Q: You are doing workshops at Pole Theatre, what can people expect from a Tiff Finney workshop?

I am instructing 'Forbidden Floorwork" and "Sexy Sequences" at Pole Theatre. Expect, lots of interesting, unique and exotic style flow using lots of floor and lower pole tricks. And of course all of my cool heel work. You're guaranteed to leave feeling like technical wizards at all things exotic.

Q: What are your pole dancing essentials?

PoleFit by Bad Kitty (natch), Itac (extra strength in these winter months for aerial tricks), Dry Hands, massive heels, knee pads and music are my absolute essentials. I honestly feel lost if I forget any one of these.

Q: What move do you love and wish you invented first?

Oooh toughy!! How can I name one? There are a gazillion. I would have to go for a classic and say 'shoulder mount'. I mean, the amount of shit you can do with this trick is endless. It's an absolute staple. 

Q: What’s the one thing you love about pole more than anything?

That it's fun. The day it stops being fun is the day I will shut the door and leave quietly.

 

On the real Tiff Finney…

Q: How far could you walk in your 10 inch heels?

Unless I fall of course, I could walk forever man. They are incredibly comfy to walk in because the instep is so flat. When you're used to the tiny surface area and the sheer weight, you're laughing.

Q: Whats your favourite shade of lipstick? 

Ahaha this is like asking which pole trick I would have invented. Today, my favourite shade is 'Candy Yum Yum' by MAC. Yesterday it was 'Diva' by MAC. Tomorrow it could be a 'Morange' by MAC kind of day.

Q: How do you get your hair soooo shiny?

I didn't know it was shiny. I thought it always resembled Worzel Gummage. But I do live by Morroccan Oil because my ends are not my friends without it.

 

Tiff will be judging the Amateur Pole Theatre UK competition on Saturday 31st January and teaching masterclasses at Herts Dance and Fitness on Friday and Sunday - for more information check out:

 http://www.poletheatreuk.com/#!workshops/c1qae

Trust me - you don’t want to miss them!

Kirsten xx

 

 

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Here at Pole Junkie HQ we are busy preparing our stock for our stand at our first ever pole event - and what better place to start than at Pole Theatre UK!

I attended Pole Theatre last year and I have to say it was one of the best organised competitions I’ve been to. With competitors performing in four different categories it was great to see different styles of pole dancing under one roof. One minute I was crying with laughter at Heidi Hildersley’s hilarious drunken scooter routine and the next I was entranced by the super sexy routines from some of the Classique competitors so I can’t wait to see what this year's competitors bring to the stage.

I caught up with Tiff Finney, one of last year's Classique competitors and a judge at this years Amatuer competition. Bad Kitty Brand Ambassador, owner of Pole Physique in Glasgow, Club Noir performer, Britain’s Got Talent contestant - the list goes on - Tiff Finney is one incredibly busy lady but I managed to distract her for a bit of Pole Junkie question time and a play in her custom built cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pole Junkie Question Time

On judging...

Q: What are the 3 things you look for when judging a performance?

  • Interaction- Seeing a contestant or any performer look you straight in the eyes and force you to take notice of what they're doing always gets me.
  • Creativity- Even the smallest nuance that you haven't seen before makes you desperate for the video so that you can watch it again, which is a great sign that you've seen something really cool
  •  Attitude- Whatever the performance theme, you have to own and embrace the character. Nobody else is going to do it for you. Without it, a performance can come across awkward.

Q: Whats more important: Tricks or flow?

 Flow. Always. Every day of the week. Flow in any dance form is integral to the best performances. 

Q: What advice would you give someone new to competing/performing?

Remember that it's ok to be you and do what you do. Don't swamp yourself by studying other competitors and worrying about their combos and tricks. It won't achieve anything aside from stress, self doubt and worry. There is enough feelings of self doubt and stress right before a performance as it is. 

 

On all things pole…

Q: You are doing workshops at Pole Theatre, what can people expect from a Tiff Finney workshop?

I am instructing 'Forbidden Floorwork" and "Sexy Sequences" at Pole Theatre. Expect, lots of interesting, unique and exotic style flow using lots of floor and lower pole tricks. And of course all of my cool heel work. You're guaranteed to leave feeling like technical wizards at all things exotic.

Q: What are your pole dancing essentials?

PoleFit by Bad Kitty (natch), Itac (extra strength in these winter months for aerial tricks), Dry Hands, massive heels, knee pads and music are my absolute essentials. I honestly feel lost if I forget any one of these.

Q: What move do you love and wish you invented first?

Oooh toughy!! How can I name one? There are a gazillion. I would have to go for a classic and say 'shoulder mount'. I mean, the amount of shit you can do with this trick is endless. It's an absolute staple. 

Q: What’s the one thing you love about pole more than anything?

That it's fun. The day it stops being fun is the day I will shut the door and leave quietly.

 

On the real Tiff Finney…

Q: How far could you walk in your 10 inch heels?

Unless I fall of course, I could walk forever man. They are incredibly comfy to walk in because the instep is so flat. When you're used to the tiny surface area and the sheer weight, you're laughing.

Q: Whats your favourite shade of lipstick? 

Ahaha this is like asking which pole trick I would have invented. Today, my favourite shade is 'Candy Yum Yum' by MAC. Yesterday it was 'Diva' by MAC. Tomorrow it could be a 'Morange' by MAC kind of day.

Q: How do you get your hair soooo shiny?

I didn't know it was shiny. I thought it always resembled Worzel Gummage. But I do live by Morroccan Oil because my ends are not my friends without it.

 

Tiff will be judging the Amateur Pole Theatre UK competition on Saturday 31st January and teaching masterclasses at Herts Dance and Fitness on Friday and Sunday - for more information check out:

 http://www.poletheatreuk.com/#!workshops/c1qae

Trust me - you don’t want to miss them!

Kirsten xx