Wednesday, 23 April 2014

"Mr.Pole Dancer 2013" Alex Shchukin, An Interview!

Haven't I always mentioned that I love being a blogger as I get to interact with many interesting people? Yeah so this time I had this what I like to call "a golden opportunity" to interview a male pole dancer and not just any male pole dancer but the World Champion of Pole Dancing 2013. He is called Mr. Pole Dancer.  I also had a dream of becoming a dancer, then it grew to becoming a pole dancer but the last time I tried it, the pole snapped and I fell flat on my face on the freakin ground (wooppss) but I still have not given up. I think I wont until I break a bone or two. 

So here he is- "Alex Shchukin"

After reading the interview, scroll right down to see him in action. Your jaws sure will drop. 

Hi Alex, thanks a lot for doing this interview with me. It has been my desire for the longes time to be interacting with a male pole dancer and my good luck that I found you. First of all tell us something about yourself? How old are you and how did you get into pole dancing?

I am 29. I am a professional dancer, choreographer. I worked (and still do) on TV, sometimes as a dance coach for participants of talent and reality shows and sometimes as a choreographer. Also, my wife and I, we have a dance school in Kiev, specializing in aerial arts-hoop,silk,pole and additionally-choreo and stretching, although I have done my diploma in railway engineering and I worked at the railway station for a while.... I also worked as a chef at a national restaurant and MC at weddings but dance was always my life. Pole dancing however was my wife's profession. She used to teach pole dance and was among the first ones in Ukraine who believed in this controversial sport. She tried to get me into it but it dint seem appropriate for me at that point of time then unfortunately she fell very sick and was hospitalized for several months. I was really frustrated at that time, din't know what to do to make her and myself feel better. There is not much you can do in such situations. So I trained a lot, decided to give her a surprise and started preparing pole dancing routine. I wanted to  participate in some championship and found one and applied by submitting a video and I got through. It was the "World Pole Dance 2013" championship in Zurich. She got out of the hospital, I took her there and I was placed third which is brilliant because it was just my second performance with a pole ever and that was the point of time when I thought maybe I could do something more?

Now, even though we do have similar kind of art forms here in India, the first thing that strikes a persons mind when he/she hears the term "Pole Dancing" is a stripper, erotic dance, something that is definitely not done by men. So far I have not come across even a single pole dancing club in India which is a pity because from where I see it, pole dancing is a type of yoga which definitely includes a certain type of sexual movement but it definitely benefits both mind and body. It's just a hybrid of athletic. Correct me if I am wrong and tell us the benefits?

This is funny because in many countries pole dancers claim that pole dance came from India. From "Mallakhamb". Well that reaction is normal for a country with traditional culture. It was the same in Ukraine. There was a point of time when in Australia pole dancers were called acrobats where as in Ukraine they were still called strippers but it did change and quite fast. Pole dance is fun, it is sexy just like any other dance forms. It gives people confidence, teaches how to control their body and discipline themselves, its an amazing workout. All the muscles created by pole dance are natural. they look good both on men and women. If you don't use additional booster and protein then be sure that your body will reach it's own perfection. No less, no more. When I go to the sauna in the gym, professional trainers often ask me what programme I train with to achieve muscles I have. When I answer "pole dancing"- they almost faint.

I believe you participate in a lot of championships? I bet you have your house loaded with awards. What are the other forms of fitness dancing lessons that you give at your dance school?

I have been into pole dancing for a year only, but I already have three gold medals-both in sport and art championship, two silver ones and one bronze and all thanks to my signature style- I do sporty crazy tricks but most important-I dance. I dance everything from ballet to jazz funk, and that's what I teach in my school and not to forget- aerial art as well. 

Seriously talking.... I really wish I could pole dance too. When I was a young boy, all I wanted to become was a pole dancer but it was such a hush hush thing to talk about here in India for boys that I could not tell this to anyone and besides, there are no male pole dancers in my country (not anyone that I know of) and now I think it's too late but I guess I could give it a try if I get a chance. Is there any age limit to master this form of fitness dance? I know it's much easier to learn it when you are young and flexible. Do you have grown ups who come to you for classes?

There is absolutely no age limit for pole dance. In London the World Championship is held in Master's category also. Last year it was won by an amazing woman Greta Ponterelli, who is 62 now. She started pole dancing only three years ago. There are older men competing as well and all of them say that pole dancing keeps them fit,fresh,young and attractive. Of course, it's easier for children but as a sport it is still quite controversial here as there are not many parents who are willing to take their children to a pole dance class, so the average age for starting pole dance is actually 23-25. I started pole dancing when I was 27 and I am World Champion. So it's never too late. You won't regret it.

You won the title of "Mr.Pole Dancer 2013", I have watched all your Youtube videos several times and I see that you travel around the world giving workshops. Till now how mnay countries have you covered? When are you going to grace India with a workshop? Trust me, I would be the first one to register.

Travelling is the most amazing part about my career, You are hosted by different people of different nation. I have actually never counted how many countries have I been to, my guess would be 30 to 40 and there are more exciting ones to come. Like this year I am visiting all the continents except for Antarctica. Europe+Asia,Sount Africa, Australia,US,Argentina and Chilie..... It's the best job ever! India is a country of rich culture and amazing nature and I definitely would like to conduct a workshop here on day. 

Thank You once again Alex for interviewing with me.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Fashion and Style tips for Broke people!

There is nothing wrong in being low maintenance. You will learn how to make things possible that would otherwise seem impossible when you keep yourself on a tight budget. After all it was the desperation that led to any kind of invention. 

I definitely take a certain level of pride in being low maintenance. It's a nice feeling when people ask you if what you're wearing is some designer brand when it is not. Isn't it all about finding fashion in the most unlikely place? If you can find a stylish piece of anything where people do not even think of going, then you have already won the fashionisto crown. 

I remember when I was student, it was more than just difficult to keep up with my demands. Well.. not that much has changed now. Pffffff....   

So if you are a student and you don't wanna shell out your piggy bank savings or your monthly grocery money over shoes and accessories and yet want to look stylish and trendy then do what I do and follow the tips given below:

  1. Renew the oldies- Dig into your closet and take out clothes which you have not worn in a long time. First check if they still fit you then see if you can crop them, paint them or simply match them with something new to make it look fresh and trendy.
  2. Shop at flea markets- I always shop at places most fashion bloggers would not even want to go. You will always find me at the flea markets, discounted stores or street shopping. Do not get me wrong, I never buy duplicates. I'd rather not wear brands than fake it. You will be surprised how many stylish clothes you will find at these kind of markets. Of course you will have to give time and dig through the pile. 
  3. Swap or borrow- I do this. Every once in a while borrow clothes form your friends or swap them. There is no harm. No one at the club is gonna know who you are wearing. 
  4. Mix and Match- This is the best option. Buy something new, mix and match it with something and you're good to go.
  5. New hair do- In the worst case, just get a new hair do, this way people would not notice that you are repeating outfits but will be too busy looking at your hair. 
Now coming to what I am wearing. It's all the combination of old and borrowed,nothing new. This is how I live my life. I literally leach on to people. I take stuff from them and never return. 

The pink t-shirt is from H&M that i bought two years ago, pants gone wrong while attempting to crop it Tommy Hilfiger (3 year old), Denim Jacket belongs to a darling friend Camille who by mistake left it at my house and went back to her country and here I am working a female denim jacket (sorry Camille, I promise I will send it to you soon), bag belongs to my little baby sister Mili who thought that this bag would definitely make me look more gay than I already do (thanks Mili, I think I served the purpose. I am now 2 seconds away from being a drag queen) and finally my favorite Chuck Taylor shoes. They never go wrong. 

Oh and by the way... the pictures as usual have been taken by my dear friend Allan Raj but have not been re touched coz I am f*****g picture perfect. I woke up flawless (wink).       
Hail Beyonce!

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Top 10 reasons for not wearing PANTS!

So as y'all may or may not know that the most retarded ideas come to my head when I am unable to sleep. Yeah so last night I was unable to sleep for some odd reason. I was pretty comfortable in my bed scratching my legs, looking at my ugly feet and kinda feeling myself. Then it occurred to me that I actually rarely wear pants at home. FYI, I live with 8 housemates. Yeah that's true, there's always a party in my house and I don't even need to get drunk to take my pants off coz I barely wear them. One of my room mates actually was surprised to see me wear pants one day and told me that it's kinda weird to see me that way... you know.... "fully dressed". Well I can't help it.... I must be a street walker in my last life.. otherwise why would be slutty? The only thing that I haven't done yet is flashing my junk to a stranger and the rest I put in "been there done that" category. 

Anyway so I decided to do you a favor by letting you know why you should not wear pants at home (wink).

  1. Comfort- First and the foremost-No pants mean comfort. It's just so comfortable. Pants ruin everything. When you live alone where no one is coming to see you then let it go. Well in my case, I live with roomies but I still don't give a flying f**k. I do squats. 
  2. Freedom- After a long day of work you gotta let them breathe. Myyyy... can you imagine yourself being in a box for 10 hours a day and sleeping in it too? No rite? Your junk needs fresh air. 
  3. Let lose- Just like Bruno Mars says in his "The lazy song" Let everything hang lose. 
  4. Makes you a better dancer- Now if you have seen any of the famous dancers then you will know that dancers never practice with pants on. So you think you can dance? Then take your pants off and show the wiggle and jiggle. 
  5. Being lazy means No Pants- Seriously, how else are you gonna be lazy? Stay home all day long, eat, sleep, watch a movie without your pants on. I even cook without pants, my maid once saw me in the kitchen and could  not stop giggling. Pffffff.... now she is used to it. haha
  6. Confidence building- Yeah.. it boosts your confidence about your own ass. So next time you walk into a club and someone says " Ooo la la ...dat ass" then you gotta turn around and say "I know rite".
  7. Easy access- Also you get easy access to scratching your bum. You can put your hands all around if need be.
  8. If Miley Cyrus can go on world tour just in her underwear then you of course can wear them and strut around in your territory.
  9. Toilet friendly- Yes.... its convenient when you need to go for a lil poopsi doops. 
  10. and last, it just makes you feel relaxed and puts you to a good sleep.                                                

and here is a little video to brighten your day. Thank me later 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Style VS Fashion. Do you know the Difference?

"Fashion fades, style is eternal"- Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion, style, fashionable people, stylish people. We talk about the two quite often and in the same context mostly. Can a stylish person be fashionable and can a fashionable person be stylish? Are style and fashion the same thing? Do they project similar traits? Is there any difference between the two?

Well here is my take on it and I say "YES". There is a big difference between the two. So do not get confused because they are not synonyms.

Fashion is trend. It's not permanent, it needs to change every few months, it can change within weeks or days. Fashion is what you see on televisions, on the runway, on the fashion house's window display, fashion can be learnt from magazines, from movies , from the internet.

Fashion is for your body which has to change, style on the other hand goes beyond someone's body. It's not only in your clothes but in the way you speak, the way you eat or drink, the places you visit, the movies you watch, your facial hair, your body hair, your phone, the car that you use, the cigar that you smoke and the house you live in.

Style unlike Fashion is not pre-determined, at the same time they depend on each other for their existence. You learn from fashion and make it your own unique style. 

To be a stylish person you have to make a statement using your clothes and your body. It's something that you want others to see in you. You want them to listen as your outfit speaks. Style comes when you are very well aware of your personality and what you can do to enhance it.

Style comes when you know what kind of clothes would look good on you, style is when you know what kind of attitude suits you the best, style is when you know exactly what you can pull off without feeling awkward, style is when you dress according to your weight,height and skin tone etc.

Fashion has dedicated followers but style has an individual status and it's yours. You do not follow anyone else's style but create your own and make it a trend. You watch fashion but you do not become a victim of it, instead you learn from the trends and set new ones.

Fashion on the other hand is hard to keep up with. If you are a fashion follower then you will not realize what looks good on you and what does  not because you will be too busy changing with the season as it changes. You would not care if you have a toned body or not but just because low cut skinny jeans is in fashion you will wear it to look fashionable regardless of whether or not you look presentable or not. 

I often hear women say "This is in fashion, saw it on the Milan Fashion Week, all the actresses and models are sporting this". 

Oh well... true they are wearing it but unfortunately it's not for you. It can be in fashion but not good for you, therefore it is critical to understand and develop your own unique style. Wearing what's in fashion would not make you popular but being stylish sure will force people to remember you. 

A fashionable person always conveys a great sense and ability of self and social confidence and intelligence. Fashion distracts us from concentrating on ourselves whereas style brings our focus directly on ourselves. Style teaches us to respect ourselves as an individual.

Oscar de la Renta says- " Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself." 

So my dear readers make sure that you have a good grasp on what suits best on your body. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, be aware of your inner self, be original and do not try to be someone you are not. Use fashion and incorporate it in your style, make it an extension of yourself for others to see.

Now coming to what I am wearing. This ensemble just happened very randomly. I had absolutely no idea what to wear. I dug into my closet found some stuff which I had not worn in sometime so decided to try them on, then I realized I have gained way too much weight to just wear a t-shirt and pants (dint wanna sport those muffin tops) so I borrowed this fabulous jacket from my  friend "Jacob Browning" to cover all my horrible disfigurements. Thanks for saving me Jake.    

Pictures taken by Allan Raj. Click here to check out his Flickr account and here to find him on Facebook.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Beauty with Brain "Anais Veerapatren", a strong contender at The "Top Model of the World 2014" Contest.

Talk about exotic beauty, Anais Veerapatren literally defines it. She is no stranger to the runway, she exactly knows how to pose in front of the camera, she knows how to seduce the camera, she is beauty with brain- a perfect match , she is a former beauty queen who won the title of Miss Mauritius and this year she is representing her country in the "Top Model of The World 2014"contest. Last year she graced my blog by giving me her interview and if you missed out on that then click here to read.

Now here is my thing- Anais might not arguably have the best body or the perfect looks but she is gorgeous, sexy,and definitely has her place in the competition. Strong of her experience from International pageants like Miss Universe, Miss World and from her achievements as a top model across the world, Anais is a strong contestant in this pageant and more importantly she is very well educated and that's the reason I call her beauty with brain as she did not let anything come in between her studies, went ahead and completed her masters degree.

You sure do not want to vote for girls who are just skinny and know how to pose but have to wake up every morning, eat a bowl of alphabets to crap out some sense or the ones who get insulted but take a whole live long day to figure what it was. I mean at the end of the day you do want your beauty queen to stand up on the stage and talk something other than "World Peace" rite? Yeah.. that's what I thought. So we do agree with each other! 

It just so happens that Anais and I are really good friends and talking from my own experience I can tell that I have never met a super model who is so well educated, is nice, sensitive, kind, not judgmental, and who actually cares. She is like a package.  

So my dear readers, lets do this world a favor by voting for Anais Veerapatren this year. A model who can make a difference. Who can actually differentiate between Economics, Business and a Chanel clutch purse. 

So spare just 5 seconds from your busy time and vote for Anais Veerapatren. The contest is tomorrow so do not waste any time and vote now. 

To vote for Anais click HERE and select Mauritius and press the vote button. It will not take more than 5 seconds.

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