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 humble beginnings in pole fitness classes in Drogheda, my journey from awkward teenager to womanhood. I hope you’ll enjoy it! As always, please consider supporting my work by buying me a coffee if you get value from what I do. It helps me to earn a living 💚
The Scoop on Snoop:
I pull my leg further towards my shoulder, flattening my Jade Split for all that I’m capable of. I peep out past my knee, an upside-down screaming sea spins in and out of view with each rotation. Taking a deep breath, I pull harder; my years of training have led me to this moment. Senses awakened and on fire, I feel aware and present to the magic of the moment.
When I first started pole dancing classes in my hometown of Drogheda in 2006, I felt like my body was a stranger and my sexual expression was stifled. Growing up in a Post-Catholic Ireland, I felt conflicted by mixed messages from society that being ‘too sexy’ was a sin, whilst magazines and media made me feel like I was too frigid.
I would never have imagined that in 2023 I would be dancing in front of over 10,000 people, decked out in a gold lamé g-string bikini and sky high glittery stripper shoes, for Snoop Dogg in Belfast!
Post-Snoop, I am filled with excitement for what the future of my pole dance journey holds, as well as that of the Irish pole scene at large.