Arlene's Blog

Here on my blog I share my uninhibited miscellaneous writings, videos and photos. It's all shared free of charge, however I do ask that you make a donation via my 'Buy Me A Coffee' page if you are enjoying my various content; sure it's only polite! Thank you kindly!

Arlene's Blog

Here on my blog I share my uninhibited miscellaneous writings, videos and photos. It's all shared free of charge, however I do ask that you make a donation via my 'Buy Me A Coffee' page if you are enjoying my various content; sure it's only polite! Thank you kindly!
arlene caffrey pole dance portrait by stephen white december 2023

Old School Thoughts: To Witness And Be Witnessed

Snow was falling as I slowly stepped my way through a sleepy Berlin suburb, wet sludge making the streets slick. The hour was late, almost midnight, as I was making my way back to my AirBnb. I had just spent a final evening of teaching classes during my residency at Drehmoment, the studio of my...
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Arlene Caffrey photo by Stephen White : The Last Mixed Tape

2023: Sure it was grand, so it was.

My default response as an Irish person would be to say that 2023 was ‘grand’ if asked. The truth is, I am the happiest I have been in years. It feels like a vainglorious humblebrag to say that it’s been a good year, especially amidst the chaos of existence right now. But, I am happy....
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arlene caffrey in unleashed pole dancing documentary

‘Unleashed’ Pole Dance Documentary

“…I think what the audience perceives from your dancing is sometimes beyond your control and all that you can hope is that they will relate to it and feel some kind of an emotion. That’s all I want to do is to make people feel something within themselves when I’m moving.” Recently I was visited...
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Sexistential Dread: Photos by Stephen White The Last Mixed Tape

Workshops for 2024

‘So what’s your day job outside of this?’ I often get asked by my pole students as we’re chatting between workshops. ‘This,’ I say. ‘This is my day job!’ Pole dancing, particularly teaching, is how I earn a living. When you book into one of my workshops, take my online lessons and / or attend...
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Sexistential Dread: Photos by Stephen White The Last Mixed Tape

Sexistential Dread: Photos by The Last Mixed Tape

A woman enters an apartment in Stoneybatter, Dublin. She wears a leopard print trench coat with black patent high heels. Undoing her coat in the hallway, she slowly reveals her black lingerie underneath. She fixes her stockings in the living room mirror. Removing her coat, she enters the bedroom. See her on the bed, reaching...
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Scenes from ‘The Candlelight Cabaret’, Lost Lane, Dublin

Last Saturday November 4th I had the pleasure of making my debut at ‘The Candlelight Cabaret‘ in Lost Lane, Dublin. It feels like an age since I have performed in Dublin, as the pandemic coupled with a changing city shook up the Burlesque & Cabaret scene in our capital city. Now, new roots have taken...
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Arlene Caffrey portrait by Stephen White / The Last Mixed Tape

Scorpio Vibes: Photos by The Last Mixed Tape

“Have you got a leather jacket?” says he. “No I don’t” says I. “Can I borrow yours?”… With it being Scorpio season, I wanted to share with you the full set from a photoshoot I made with fellow Scorpio Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape, back at the end of August. Sometimes you meet someone...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing performance at defy gravity wales october 7 2023

‘October 7’ Pole Dance Show at Defy Gravity, Wales

Getting up at an ungodly hour to catch the ferry from Rosslare. Boarding the ferry, crammed into a mini bus filled with stags on their way to Cardiff for a weekend of shenanigans. Sitting in the café bar, listening to their soft, beer fuelled but wholesome giddy banter. Watching the shoreline disappear gradually, waves merging...
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‘Save The Last Dance’: Drehmoment, Berlin

Saturday September 30th, 2023. A white gold autumnal sunny early afternoon in Berlin, sipping an oat flat white in a hipster café near the Spree. I snap a photo of my coffee, put it in black and white and send to a close friend: ‘I’m here, I’ve made it. Living the dream’… This might seem...
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Arlene Caffrey frestyle pole dance to 'Enamoured of the Miniscule'

‘Enamoured of the Miniscule’: Improvised Pole Dance

‘But don’t you ever say I didn’t care, ‘cause that’s not true But don’t you ever say I didn’t care, I care about you’. Please enjoy this sentimental improvisation on spin, in neon yellow. This was the last dance I made in my studio space at LSAD several weeks ago, playfully embodying ‘beauty without the...
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Arlene Caffrey, taking the final bow after her closing performance at 'Polyphonic Textures' exhibition at Limerick School of Art

A Reflection On My MA in Fine Art Journey

This is me, after taking the final bow and closing the show having made my performance at the closing night of our ‘Polyphonic Textures’ graduation exhibition at Limerick School of Art & Design, 12/09/2023. ‘But do you really need to go back to art school?’ one of my colleagues seated at the boardroom table asks...
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arlene caffrey masters fine art exhibition at limerick school of art

Vlog: My Masters in Fine Art Exhibition Walk-Through

It’s an emotional time as I have just completed my Masters Degree in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art & Design. My classmates and I opened our graduation exhibition, ‘Polyphonic Textures’, which is a culmination of our work over the past 12 months, at the Church Gallery at LSAD in Limerick city. This Fine...
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Arlene Caffrey performing The Death Of Cú Chulainn as the Morrigan in Amsterdam at The Slut Garden June 2023

Too Good For The ‘Gram: Video & Photos of ‘The Death of Cú Chulainn’ at The Slut Garden

I can share with you at last the full video, and some photos from my new act ‘The Death of Cú Chulainn’ that I created and performed for The Slut Garden in Amsterdam back in June. The concept for this act is informed by Oliver Sheppard’s sculpture of ‘The Death of Cú Chulainn’ at the...
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Arlene Caffrey pole dancing in Galway

Too Good For The ‘Gram: Photos from ‘Hell Of A Show’ Pole Dancing Show in Galway

Some of these shots certainly are too good for Instagram… Please enjoy these pictures of my pole dance performance at ‘Hell Of A Show’ in Galway recently by Laura McPhotography. Wanna buy me a coffee? I’d appreciate it greatly, ta!
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arlene caffrey pole dancing in galway at 'hell of a show'

My Pole Dance Performance at ‘Hell Of A Show’ Galway

Last Saturday July 15th I had the pleasure of performing at the first show by my dear friend Edyta (aka: Pole Bat). As the name suggests, it was indeed one hell of a show! Held in Seven Bar, Galway, this show was about showcasing darker and more gothic styles of pole dance and Burlesque. My...
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arlene caffrey reflects on 17 years of pole dancing

Some reflections on 17 years of pole dancing

Today is my 17th Poleversary! On Midsummer evening 2006, I took my first pole fitness class in Drogheda. The first moves I learned how to do were a cute walk with the pole, a back slide and body waves, whilst wearing runners. It feels like a lifetime ago, though I still vividly remember it! I’m...
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arlene caffrey performing 'the death of cu chulainn' at the slut garden amsterdam

Sneak Peek: ‘The Death of Cú Chulainn’ at The Slut Garden

Full heart and few photos from my experience at The Slut Garden in Amsterdam last weekend. Here is a sneaky peek at my new act, as well as some backstage photos, ‘The Death of Cú Chulainn’ that I made especially for the show. This act is about the secret softness and light that is part...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at the cat's meow kilkenny cabaret at the set theatre

Too Good for the ‘Gram: Photos from The Cat’s Meow Kilkenny

Last Friday I had the pleasure of producing another wonderful edition of ‘The Cat’s Meow – A Kilkenny Cabaret’ at the Set Theatre in Langton’s. As part of it, I performed my ‘Shoplifters of the world unite’ pole dance act. 🤘 I feel that these photos of my pole dancing performance by the amazing Eddie...
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arlene caffrey with snoop dogg interview in brass monkey magazine

The Scoop on Snoop Dogg

Here is a piece that was featured recently in Brass Monkey magazine, where I was asked to reflect on my experience of pole dancing on stage with Snoop Dogg in Belfast as part of the ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ tour 2023. As I wrote this, I was thinking back on my pole dancing journey; it’s...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at filthy friday manchester

Too Good for the ‘Gram: Photos from Filthy Friday

Here are some wonderful photos from my performance as part of Filthy Friday at Grub, Manchester back in March by the amazing Captured By Case. They’re certainly too good for Insta unfortunately, but you can enjoy them in their uncensored glory here. As always, if you appreciate my work you can express this by buying...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at spykes pole fitness clonmel

Freestyle at Spykes Pole Dance Showcase, Clonmel

It’s rare that make freestyle performances; I always prefer to have ample time to prepare for a performance, to lean into the flow of the music and let the choreography to manifest. When I found myself available at short notice for the Spykes Pole Dance & Fitness studio showcase down the road in Clonmel, I...
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arlene caffrey pole dance performance in edinburgh for pivot pole studio

My performance at Pivot Pole Studio 5th Anniversary Showcase, Edinburgh

Having lived in Edinburgh for brief time whilst on Erasmus as part of my undergrad studies in Art & Design, the city has such a special place in my heart. Getting to spend time in Leith these past few days to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pivot Pole Studio (home of the best pole dancing...
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arlene caffrey performing at filthy friday pole dance showcase manchester

Filthy Friday Manchester

“Learn to love me, assemble the waysNow, today, tomorrow, and always…” A massive thank you to Beanie The Jet for having me perform on the Filthy Friday stage and teach my Old School Pole Dance workshop as part of this all-weekend event! For folks who are not familiar with Filthy Friday, it is the first...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing in belfast with snoop dog march 14 2023

Catch me pole dancing with Snoop Dogg in Belfast!

I’m beyond excited to share that this coming Tuesday 14th, I’ll be in Belfast onstage with Snoop Dogg (I’ll be pole dancing, not rapping obviously). Myself and a team of pole dancers, including Terri Fierce, Sinéad, Maria and Nicole The Pole will be taking to the stage to pole dance for your entertainment. Tickets are...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing performance at grand canal dock dublin

My pole dancing performance in ‘Oscillation’: A short film about dance and Dublin

Back in September 2021, I had the pleasure of being invited to make a pole dancing performance at Grand Canal Dock in a beautiful short film by Adam O’Reilly. You can watch the short film in it’s entirety below, and I highly encourage that you do watch the whole thing! The ‘Oscillation’ short film is...
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arlene caffrey reflections on performative self vs authentic self blog

‘Who I am onstage is not who I am’: A Reflection

‘Who I am onstage is not who I am’… These words that Michelle Kasey recently wrote hit me really hard and got me thinking about my own performative self vs. everyday self. Who I am onstage is essentially a story-teller. The part of myself who wants to make you feel seen, to bring you joy and to...
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arlene caffrey at the scarlet show pembrokeshire

Too good for the ‘Gram: More photos from Scarlet Show ’22…

Here are some more beautiful photos of my acts from the ‘Scarlet Black – Beautiful Mourning’ show, by Bailey Media. If you haven’t already read my post about the Scarlet Show, read it here! As always, please do not download or share these photos without my permission or permission from the photographer. If you like...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing in the scarlet show at defy gravity wales

Too good for the ‘Gram: Some photos from Scarlet Show ’22

Last Saturday I had the honour of being invited back to the Scarlet Show in Milford Haven in Wales. I also got to teach my ‘Old School Flow’ pole dance workshop as part of this event; I had such a wonderful time and I can’t thank enough everyone who came and took part and who...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at culture night 2022 at d-light studios

Culture Night ’22 Mini Showcase at Irish Pole Dance Academy

Here’s my performance from our mini showcase as part of ‘The Housemates Takeover’ at D-Light Studios for Culture Night ’22. I had been wanting to dance to this song for a while now, and this felt like the right time. So please enjoy this largely improvised choreo, made up of some of my favourite Old...
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edit of Arlene Caffrey performing at Bringing Sexy Back pole dance showcase 2022, by Laya Meabhdh

Too Good for the ‘Gram: A Photo by Laya Meabhdh

Here’s a photo from my recent performance at my ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ Showcase ’22 at Irish Pole Dance Academy, by the wonderful Laya Meabhdh (@layameabhdh on Instagram). I did share it on the aul Instagram, but alas it got taken down on the grounds of “sexual solicitation”. Le sigh. Anyway, we know well at this...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at bringing sexy back 2022 showcase

My performance at ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ Showcase ’22

Here is my performance at my annual ‘Bringing Sexy Back’ Showcase ’22 at Irish Pole Dance Academy! I have not one, but two videos from different angles, as well as with the intro from our wonderful MC Bláithín de Burca, so that you can enjoy it in it’s full glory depending on whichever device you...
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Arlene Caffrey pole dancing at Eden Pole Competition

Too Good for the ‘Gram: Photos from Eden Pole Competition

I have decided not to share these photos on Instagram for fear of getting punished, due to the silly restrictions on what they deem to be “overtly sexual content”. So please enjoy them, unrestricted in their full glory here 🖤 Photo credits: Denyer Pro If you enjoyed looking at these photos, please kindly support my...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at eden pole compeition london. photo by denyer.

My performance at Eden Pole Competition

Thank you Denyer Pro for the above photo from my performance! About my act: She is the mist kissing a golden morning. Pearly dew drops on green grass, wet within and without. She is the sparkling effervescence that dances at the meeting of your legs, and the parting of your lips. She is that which...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing to protomartyr

Protomartyr Pole Dance Improv

After a busy number of weeks I finally had a bit of time to put on a bikini plus a banging tune and dance for faff’s sake. Massive thank you to my dear friend @estefjimpa for this beautiful bikini! Music: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Protomartyr + Kelley Deal To all the Protomartyr fans who always come...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing at irish pole dance academy in dublin

Why I am competing in a pole dancing competition

On Sunday May 1st I’ll be taking part in my first pole competition in 4 years. I wanted to share some words of wisdom as an OG poler who has honestly taken part in more competitions than she can count. What I’m about to say is very much not intended as a humblebrag or a...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing in a tesla advert commercial

Pole Dancing for Tesla – DARE

Back in August 2021, I had the pleasure of pole dancing in this commercial shoot by Heritage, a female led creative agency based here in Ireland. It’s a spec advert for Tesla. Heritage say about the project: “We wanted to create this as an identity piece of our brand, focusing on unheard voices, pushing the...
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arlene caffrey pole dancing to just mustard

Pole Dance Improvisation to Just Mustard

Some spinny faff and feeling my way through the music for a new pole dance choreography lesson I’ve cooked up. You can learn an intermediate level friendly version of this choreo over on my online pole dance lessons page, over at the Irish Pole Dance Academy website! Click here to watch the lesson!
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arlene caffrey coffee grinder

The Daily Grind

Love is… my daily grind. 💦 In the spirit of Love Day, please enjoy this quite extra expression of my love for coffee. I’m posting it here on the safety of my website as no doubt it will get removed from social media. Thanks so, so much to all y’all who support me, and especially...
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arlene caffrey old school pole dancer portrait by deirdre mc ging

A Tip on How to Find Your Pole Dance Style

A tip on how to find your style from an OG pole dancer: You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time you dance. 🤘 Meaning it’s not necessary to learn a whole new bag of tricks or come up with something completely different every time you perform. The pursuit of newness is so exciting:...
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