Don’t pull your costume out of your bum – and other lessons from a first-time pole competitor

I have never been great at competing… I suffer badly from performance anxiety in competition and test environments. I remember back at school deliberately missing days we had to do presentations or orals, and I developed some serious ninja skills to get out of doing them at all. So it comes as no surprise, to me, that I have avoided competing in pole dancing for as many years as I possibly could.

This may seem unexpected to those who know me now considering my Burlesque stage persona and willingness to be on stage as Scar-lit Hearts… but performing always seemed worlds apart from competing to me.

Then they announced The Pole Factor.  

The Pole Factor promised to be a competition judged more on performance and showmanship than just big tricks… And being based in Cape town seemed like a perfect opportunity to start my Pole competition journey.

So my mind was made up and all I needed was the entry video… And boy, did I underestimate how difficult that would be. After many tears, about 13 takes on two separate occasions and many Magnum Almonds (irritated pole dancers like chocolate & food), mostly supplied by my fiancé to calm me down, I finally sent in my video for the amateur provocateur division.

It took a lot of training and focus to get to competition day – and no Magnums, which definitely was challenging. Once I arrived I was blown away with how supportive all the competitors were of one another. This may come from most being teachers and more inclined to build people up, and it was incredible to be around some of South Africa’s top professional pole dancers.

I went out, started my routine, got to my skirt peel, and…

nothing

… I blanked the whole beginning of my routine. Somehow I managed to perform it, didn’t stop, and I was able to improvise. I was pretty devastated at the end, but I learnt a lot more than I would have had I won.

So what were these great lessons..?

No1. Don’t pull your costume out of your bum… No matter how far it’s wedged itself.

No2. My bum eats all shorts/panties. All of them.

No3. Don’t sing along to your track… No matter how nervous you are.

No4. Even if you mess up, walk off stage like you owned it.

No5. Enter to win it… because otherwise when you realise you actually want to win, it will be too late.

No6. The pole community absolutely and unequivocally ROCKS

Next year I’m entering again… Probably in a g-string…. 😉

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From our students at The Scar-Lit Box:

“First of all, Gen is a lovely person and a great teacher – especially for beginners. She is so patient and understanding and also lots of fun. I also think the class prices are very reasonable and the studio is centrally located. I have already told many of my friends about it.” ~ Sorrel, Pole Dancing Student

“Gen introduced me to exotic two years ago and since then has taken me on a journey of body discovery through slow flow and heel clacks. Her exotic dance style has this delectable sticky smoothness to it that draws you in and demands your attention. You find yourself wanting to be in her shoes to learn her sultry ways. If you want a teacher that will bring out your inner sexy feels in a safe and encouraging space, then Gen’s exotic class is where you need to be (she is also no stranger to binding your legs together to make sure floor flow is on point 😉 ).” – Courtney, Pole Dancing Student

“So happy here! Best Studio.”  ~ Bridget, Pole Dancing Student

“I have referred friends and brought them with to classes, because pole dancing is honestly the coolest thing I’ve ever done. The classes are small so you can get individual attention. I’m definitely becoming slightly addicted to pole dancing and that’s because of The Scar-Lit Box.” ~ Lauren, Pole Dancing Student

 

 

On Burlesque

I will admit I never got into burlesque as a means of female empowerment or to express my feminine power to others. There was no great in depth analysis as to what drew me to it or the freedom I felt when on stage. I do it because I love it and I have learnt that there is nothing stronger than somebody (male or female) who loves what they do.

All that said however as a burlesque performer for the last six years I often find myself trying to explain why burlesque is in fact empowering to women ( strange how  the question is not why it is empowering to performers as there are male performers too). Burlesque’s strength, what I view as its ability to empower, is that the burlesque performer represents people who have broken free from body issues even if for just 10 minutes on stage.

Burlesque opens a window to view a world where sensuality is not seedy but a beautiful strength. That it is not linked to a partner or dependant on them and that beauty is not restricted to the tight constraints of a societal formula. It is through this window that burlesque has the ability to not only empower its performers but its audience members. While the performers on stage celebrate their varying female/male forms through creative self expression the audience members, especially the female ones, seem to feed off the confidence and freedom expressed on stage.

I feel truly lucky to be a part of this amazing community, surrounded by beautiful, amazing people who are constantly pushing their edge. I hope that more people get a taste of the mesmerising expression we call Burlesque.

Contact

For more information or to book classes, contact Genevieve on 072 275 6964 or email thescarlitbox@gmail.com

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Workshops & Events

Burlesque, Pole Dance and Lap Dance Workshops (60 mins)

*60% non-refundable deposit required to confirm booking.

max. 5 Persons – R1150

max. 10 Persons – R2200

max. 15 Persons – R3000

 

 

 

Women’s Team-Building Events (120 mins)

Pole Fit

*60% non-refundable deposit required to confirm booking.

max. 5 Persons – R2150

max. 10 Persons – R4200

max. 15 Persons – R6000

 

Pole Sexy

*60% non-refundable deposit required to confirm booking.

max. 5 Persons – R2150

max. 10 Persons – R4200

max. 15 Persons – R6000

 

Additional Studio Hire

60 mins – R1000

90 mins – R1500

120 mins – R2000

 

Terms & Conditions:

*60% non-refundable deposit required to confirm booking.

* minimum of 4 people per booking

* external catering permitted, R300 cleaning fee

 

 

 

Classes

From your first spin on the pole to more advanced tricks, there’s a class for you. Whether you’re there to dance, keep fit, have fun, compete (or all of the above!), all of our pole dance classes are kept small to ensure that all students receive the attention they deserve.

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About

The Scar-Lit Box is a boutique pole dance and burlesque studio.  We can be found in the beautiful Wild Flow Pole Movement Studio located in the Mason’s Press in Woodstock, Cape Town.

 

Founded and directed by pole dance and burlesque performer Genevieve Eyre aka Miss Scar-lit Hearts we are dedicated to empowering students through body awareness and sensuality.

Classes remain small, consisting of one instructor and  no more than 5 students per class. This “boutique” approach allows for individual attention and an intensive class. We also offer the opportunity to refine technique, learn new movement and perfect performances through private and semi private classes.

As a performer-run studio, our focus extends beyond fitness to include both dance and performance.

We hold regular workshops from other dancers and performers – from burlesque classes to contemporary workshops – to broaden our students’ horizons.

About Genevieve Eyre: 

 Genevieve Eyre – also known as Miss Scar-Lit Hearts – is a pole dance and burlesque artiste who has been teaching for over four years. With 10 years dance experience Genevieve specializes in Exotic Flow and Performance Art.

She is a certified pole instructor and the Pole Factor 2017 Professional Provocateur Champion. Her belief is that through connecting with their bodies students can discover THEIR authentic movement and sensuality.

 

 

Testimonials

We love our amazing students – and we love their feedback! Here are a few of their testimonials…

“Thank you again! A thoroughly  good time had by all, and you got us started  on a fabulous foot for Stardust because we danced all evening and I noticed that everybody was feeling particularly appreciative of their long legs and beautiful  curves!”  ~ Emma Proctor, Burlesque Hen Party Organiser

“Gen introduced me to exotic two years ago and since then has taken me on a journey of body discovery through slow flow and heel clacks. Her exotic dance style has this delectable sticky smoothness to it that draws you in and demands your attention. You find yourself wanting to be in her shoes to learn her sultry ways. If you want a teacher that will bring out your inner sexy feels in a safe and encouraging space, then Gen’s exotic class is where you need to be (she is also no stranger to binding your legs together to make sure floor flow is on point 😉 ).” – Courtney, Pole Dancing Student

“Lovely atmosphere. Fun exercise. Great people.” ~ Tessa Cloete, Pole Dancing Student

“First of all, Gen is a lovely person and a great teacher – especially for beginners. She is so patient and understanding and also lots of fun. I also think the class prices are very reasonable and the studio is centrally located. I have already told many of my friends about it.” ~ Sorrel, Pole Dancing Student

“So happy here! Best Studio.”  ~ Bridget, Pole Dancing Student

“I have referred friends and brought them with to classes, because pole dancing is honestly the coolest thing I’ve ever done. The classes are small so you can get individual attention. I’m definitely becoming slightly addicted to pole dancing and that’s because of The Scar-Lit Box.” ~ Lauren, Pole Dancing Student