About me

I was born and raised in the Eastern part of Ukraine, in Dnipropetrovsk. His father is a multi-champion of the Soviet Union in swimming, so he was in love with sports from an early childhood. When i was nine, he was selected to join a special sport gymnastics camp for children. He participated in various junior competitions, earning his first titles and dreaming about the Olympics.

But there was a huge financial crisis in Ukraine, people lost their money and the government refused to support junior sports. My family couldn't pay for the training and he had to drop out. But he didn't lost his dreams and found the only sport that was not just absolutely free, but let him earn his first earnings – street dancing. I tried to add new tricks and choreography to his gymnastics background and create something new and special. After dancing in the street, i started to receive invitations to perform at parties and concerts, and that motivated him to organize his own dance group.

In 2009, i went to the casting of the show "So You Think You Can Dance" in Ukraine. Not only did he get into the finals, but he also met his future wife. Thanks to the show, i got the job as the principal choreographer for such big TV-hits as "Star's Academy" and "Ukraine doesn't Believe in Tears". Due to his wife, i became interested in pole dancing, which was quite a controversial sport back then in Ukraine, and still somewhat is.
In 2010 opened my own dance school. Today the studio is the only school in Ukraine that teaches not only various dance styles and pole-dance, but has aerial arts courses for children and adults– the hoop and silks. I is often asked to do workshops, guest performances in pole-dance competitions or school presentations, and also to judge national competitions.

In 2012 participated in his first pole-dance competition – World Pole Dance in Zurich, and received the bronze medal. I believes he is living proof that if you have a real sincere dream, there is nothing in the world that can keep you from making it come true.

In 2013 participated in first overseas pole-dance competition – Australian Pole Fitness Championship, and received the GOLD medal.

And In 2013 ,3weeks later i participated in first Mr Pole Dance competition – Mr Pole Dance in Australia, and received the GOLD medal.

 

Now i going to-

5-6 July - Pole dance Cup   Poland, Warsaw - First runner up, The Best Choreography

20-21 July - The International Pole Sports Federation   England, London - GOLD medal.

14 September - POLE ART competition    Helsinki, Finland

30 November - 5th International Pole Championship   Singapore-

First runner up and Pole Fit Winner

HAPPY NEW 2014 YEAR!!!

 

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Why?

I`ve decided to start this blog, because I`m honestly so… fed up! I`m so fed up of explaining to people, who I am and what I do. I am the pole-dancer. And I’m proud of it. I`m a sportsman, an acrobat and a dancer, hard-working, venturous and creative, I love girls (especially – my wife), children and dogs, I hate vulgarity and insolence.
I do understand, that it`s so much easier to think with stereotypes. Russian means drinking, American means fat, blond means stupid. But, c`mon people, is it really so?! It doesn`t need any effort to smirk – you dance on the pole, so you`re a stripper. It`s so much harder to overthink it all, analyze, watch videos with the performers, championships, read the rules of competitions and learn at least something about the winners.
This is a very entertaining, but extremely laborious sport. It demands huge physical strength, gymnastic flexibility and tremendous sense of balance. Each trick and combo comes from blood and sweat – literally. Month after month you hit the skin in order for it to lose the sensitivity.Then you wait for bruises to heal, as there is a golden rule: new trick = hematoma = healing = no more pain in that exact spot. It`s dangerous, because you`re not able to control yourself 100% of time. One wrong move – and you crash down right on your cervical vertebrae. You perform with the most unreliable partner possible – the pole. Because of the negligence or lack of knowledge on the side of organizers so often you put your health and life in danger. The room is too cold – you lose the grip with a pole, too hot – you slip down because of the sweat, bad fixation – you fall down with a pole on top of you, doesn`t spin – you hang on it, like an idiot. And then somebody asks you a question – so you`re a stripper, right? 
Well, no. I never was, I will never be

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How It All Began

Since my early childhood I was sure, my life will be dedicated to sport. My father was multi-champion of Soviet Union in swimming. I was always amazed with his power, persistence and hunger for victory. I learned to swim before I learned to walk. And then I knew it wasn`t for me.
I came to the gym, when I was 9. It was too late to start professional career in sports gymnastics. Do you agree? No, if you really want something. In a year I took part in my first competitions. After six more months I won my first medal. After seven years with a title of Candidate Master (of Sports) I… had to drop out. 
After the Union`s collapse, and after the huge financial crisis, the state stopped supporting sport organizations. We had no money to pay for the training or at least gym rent. Nobody ever heard anything about scholarships then.
Unfortunately, almost always, sport is expansive. While dance is free. Especially if you dance on the street. Few videos from internet, good company – and I became a break-dancer. We gathered a team and were practicing on the streets, killing our backs, scratching our elbows down to the blood and naked muscles, leaving half of our skin on the asphalt. We decided to dance on the Dniepropetrovsk quay on the weekend nights. Soon more and more people heard about us, and they were coming there for us, to watch our street performances, give us some money for the show… After a while we`ve earned enough to rent a space for practices. Then we opened our dance school for children. A free one.
Then I fell in love, moved to the capital, got into “So You Think You Can Dance”, got married, worked in several big TV-shows as a choreographer, opened my own dance school, and felt pretty happy.
My wife was doing pole dance. Actually that passion of her was a big part of the appeal, that made me fall head over heels for her. For several years she tried to talk me into her favorite sport and shook her head desperately, when for pure fun I tried X-flags, parallel stands and blanches, refusing to take it all too serious.
And then she fell sick. While my wife was in the hospital I found myself lonely and completely lost. All I had was a lot of time, that was filling up fast with absolutely unnecessary depressing thoughts. In order to get rid of them I went to the dance studio. Pole dance studio.
For her I filled out the application for World Pole Dance and Sport in Zurich. For her I practiced every day for 8 – 10 hours. And for her I won the bronze medal. Now I don`t want to stop. She fought with her decease and she won. And I will win for her everything else I can.

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