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arlene caffrey 18th pole anniversary blog - photo by ray marsh
‘My pole dance jaunt is now old enough to vote’, I wrote in an Instagram post as I drank alone in a swanky cocktail bar in Sevilla. It was June 21st, 2024; my 18th pole dance anniversary, or ‘poleversary’ as it’s referred to by those who also practice this art form. It’s very probable that...
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arlene caffrey pole dance portrait by stephen white december 2023
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
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
“…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
‘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
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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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
“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
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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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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