Ms. Namita Nayyar:
How did you feel before and after winning Miss Pole Dance Australia Champion 2012?
I was really excited the weeks before the competition. The journey is always the most rewarding for me, especially the creative process and seeing it come together. The day of the competition is also very exciting with waves of nerves now and then.. but you need that! The 10 minutes before I go on is always a time I never want to live again.
But after 10 seconds of being on stage it just goes too quickly. This particular show I wish I could do again, as I had planned a whole lighting show with lasers, (which I hired especially for this night) but they did not work as the lighting operator forgot to fill the stage with smoke (lasers only work well with smoke).
My spinning pole also go stuck on static, so all my spinning combos stood still which was VERY disappointing because it just changes the dynamics and the whole effect I was going for. Spinning pole is my biggest strength and I had to perform my entire routine on static. After winning MPDA 2012, of course I was extremely happy but days after I came into a little post-competition depression. Which sounds really ridiculous, but I felt I had nothing to work towards and having a goal gives me so much of motivation. This did not last long of course!
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Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Tell us about your endeavor of release of the two DVD “Rockin Legs n’ Abs” and “Cleo’s Rock n’ Pole”?
I have taught pole dance and flexibility classes for the last 7-8 years. My flex classes were SO popular, always booking out – the girls loved a challenge, plus they were seeing very good results in their flexibility as well as their fitness. Women of ALL ages were getting into their splits! I have also always been a fan of exercise videos, back from the 80’s when Jane Fonda was popular… I remember doing her videos back when I was 5 with my mother and I continued to use them well into my 20’s.
So it was only natural for me to put out my own DVD. I wanted to share with the world what I had taught in the previous years and share as much information as I can about flexibility, coming from a wealth of experience in Ballet, Martial Arts, Gymnastics and Fitness. The DVD Rockin’ Legs N Abs was released in Feb 2013 and is well on it’s way to going ‘platinum’, which is amazing considering it’s an independent release.
Of course it is aimed at pole dancers, however anyone can use it, because there is no pole required. I thought ‘do I make a DVD that is easy for people to try it once or twice then put it on the shelf or one that is challenging that will give results’, just like in the classes I was teaching. I opted for the latter… and ladies all over the world thank me everyday! My 2nd DVD was released in March 2014. Cleo’s Rock N Pole is also a workout but based on pole dancing so you do need a pole at home.
I felt like pole dancing was becoming so trick oriented. Because of the negative stigma attached to pole, the dancing was being phased out, polers were going barefoot and it was all about the tricks. But dancing has so many benefits – coordination, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance (heels), not to mention EVERY girl likes to feel sexy! This DVD has 4 choreographed routines (3 pole and 1 floor-work) with step by step breakdowns, plus 3 chapters on strength and conditioning specific to pole dancers.
It also has pole trick tutorials in the special features section so the DVD is for EVERYONE! I have done pole dance for fitness for so long, and feel it is one of the best workouts for a long, lean, dancer’s body. Great for cardio, strength and flexibility training. PLUS I LOVE rock music and the entire soundtrack comprises of rockin’ tracks from some of my favourite bands.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Who has been your greatest influencer and motivator in your success in the field of your career in competitive pole dancing ?
In my opinion Felix Cane is one of the greatest pole dancers, if not THE greatest in the world. Back in the day she was well ahead of her time and the most innovative when it came to creating the pole tricks you see today. The first time i watched one of her videos I was mesmerised and so blown away with pole dancing as an art form. Her style of dancing has definitely influenced more than any other pole dancer… and she has always embraced the ‘sexy’ side of pole.
Another pole dancer I need to mention is former US champion Alethea Austin. Another ‘sexy’ pole dancer staying true to her style but also someone who opened my eyes to the potential I have to make a career out of pole dancing.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
The website is amazing with so much information, great articles and so much everyone can learn from! LOVE IT! I am launching a new website – www.cleosrocknpole.com. This is based on my 2 DVD’s rolled into one website. Pole Dancing, Fitness and Flexibility for all levels! Weekly classes, tutorials, tips and tricks and so much more… You can also buy my DVD’s from www.cleothehurricane.com. If you haven’t tried pole dancing I suggest you do so. Every woman needs to try it.
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