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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Studio Home

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

“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

About the studio:

Situated at the corner of Warwick and Cavendish Street, The Scar-Lit Box is a pole dance studio in Claremont, Cape Town, offering pole and burlesque classes for women of all ages and fitness levels. 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.

The Scar-Lit Box was founded by Genevieve Eyre, a pole dance and burlesque artiste who has been performing and teaching in Cape Town for over five years.

A Cocktail Fundraiser

A huge thank you to the students and friends who joined us for a fundraising event to help raise money for wall mirrors in our studio. A great evening filled with bubbly, cupcakes and pole!

Thanks to Adele Kloppers Photography for the amazing pics.

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Contact

The Scar-Lit Box Pole Studio is situated on the exterior of Cavendish Square at the Corner of Cavendish and Warwick Street in Claremont, Cape Town – just before the traffic lights.

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

Alternatively, fill in the form below.


Parties + Events

Looking for a night out with a difference? At The Scar-Lit Box, fun and sexy parties are what we do best.

We offer great party options to celebrate almost any occasion, from Pole Parties to Themed Burlesque Parties… Or you can combine them to make a customised party to suit your needs. You can
enjoy our studio space – or we can come to a venue of your choice.

HOW TO PLAN YOUR NIGHT OUT

Send us the following information so that we can send you a quote:

  1. The type of party for you and your guests
  2. The venue – your place or ours?
  3. The date and time
  4. How many people will be attending your event

From there we will send you a quote and our banking details for your 50% deposit. Your booking will be confirmed once the deposit has been received.

You can find our contact details here.

POLE PARTIES

Pole parties are a fantastically fun way to enjoy Hen Parties and Bachelorettes, Ladies’ Nights, Birthdays – and even team-building with a twist! All the moves taught in the pole parties are easy to learn and are suitable for all fitness levels. During the pole party, you will learn some basic spins from an instructor and how to string them together in an entertaining routine.

The cost:

Small Parties (up to 3 people)

1 hour: R130 per person

Medium Parties (4-6 people):

  • 1 hour: R550
  • 1 1⁄2 hours: R650
  • 2 hours: R900

Large Parties (7-20 people):

  • 1 hour: R1200
  • 1 1⁄2 hours: R1500
  • 2 hours: R1800

THEMED BURLESQUE PARTIES

Burlesque Parties make for a super sexy and memorable way to celebrate a special occasion! Choose from one of our two themes for a glamorous evening you and your friends will never forget.

Cabaret Chair Party

Get a taste of the fabulously glamorous routines of Vintage cabaret. You will learn a fun and amusing chair routine, and no previous dance experience is required.

Boa Burlesque

Get bump and grinding with your gorgeous burlesque host. To get you in character all guests will get their own scintillating stage names. After mastering some burlesque poses you will learn how to work a tool of the tease with a feather boa routine. Want some extra props? Gloves and garters can also be provided.

Fees

Cabaret Chair Party (1 hour)

  • Small party (up to 6 people): R900
  • Large Party (6-20 people): R1300

Boa Burlesque (1 hour)

  • Small party (up to 6 people): R1200
  • Large party (6-20 people): R1600
  • Garters and Gloves R1900

Want something a little more risqué? Lap dancing parties can also be given… just send us an email at thescarlitbox@gmail.com for more details.

Please Note

All above fees are in-studio rates. Any parties held at outside venues will be charged at a Large Party rate, regardless of party size.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required in advance to secure bookings, with the balance to be paid in cash on the day.

Parties in the studio have an extra 30 minutes added to allow for arrival time, pictures, etc. Any time spent in the studio over and above this will be charged at R100 per hour.

If food and drinks are consumed at the studio, a cleaning fee of R150 will be charged.

A travel charge of R3 per km is charged and payable in cash on the day of your party. Distance is measured from our studio in Claremont. If we travel to you, details of roof measurements and stability are required to ensure the suitability of the pole and to best gauge which pole would work best for your venue.

All props are the property of The Scar-Lit Box, and are provided for party purposes only.

About

The Scar-Lit Box is a pole dance studio in Claremont, Cape Town, founded and directed by pole dance and burlesque performer Genevieve Eyre.

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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

“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