We’re Certified!

7 Feb

The long road to certification—

August 2010

The Polecats believe in giving their students only the best training. So when Myla and I heard of the pole certification course to be held at the Aerial Arts Academy (www.aerialartsacademy.com) in HK, and to be conducted by Emily Tan, who’s from Viva Vertical (www.vivavertical.com) in partnership with the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (www.ipdfa.com)— we said OK, let’s do it! We had previously met Emily (and V of VV) at the 2010 Philippine Polestars competition; I met Ania of IPDFA back in 2008. We like Emily, and we like Ania, and we like their approach to pole and fitness, so we happily took on this endeavor.

We had to take a first-aid course before going, and we had to pass an anatomy/physiology exam (whew!), and then one Friday morning, straight from salsa night at La Dolce Vita, Myla and I were on a plane to HK.

Straight from the airport we went to AAA at Central (complete with luggage!), grabbing coffee along the way.

We were such nerds– Myla and I were the only ones who brought our laptops. Haha.

We had no idea what the certification course would entail, but we decided beforehand that we would brave it no matter what. What followed was an intense 3-day lecture, workshop, and endless pole classes, with critiques and exams and evaluations.
We thought we were strong– but no. At the end of the first day, our arms felt like popping out of our shoulders! We could barely lift our arms to eat our KFC meal for dinner.

First day was all about the proper warm up. Who knew that warming up was so technical!? But it made so much sense to avoid injury. The lectures on this day complemented all our anatomy/physiology knowledge. After that, we learned all the basic spins. There were a lot. A LOT! I wish I had taken Dizi-Tab. It’s like being on a spinning pole for 8 hours. We were given assignments so there was no sleep for us. We fell asleep with our laptops on our beds.

Next day, we all took turns teaching classes, and took turns being students. Pole dancing is fun, but if you’re doing it straight for 8 hours sometimes you feel like throwing up. At the end of each session we get evaluations from Emily and the other candidates. So for the last day, Sunday, we had to think about all those evaluations and revise our pole class.

Saturday night the other pole girls wanted to go out for drinks and dancing. But since Myla and I were feeling very responsible, we opted to stay in and work on our revisions instead.

After we had passed that 3-day practical exam, we thought it would be over– but no, far from it!

There were more requirements for when we got back home. Papers, videos– it’s like going to college all over again!

But Myla and I fulfilled our requirements. And sent them in. And waited. Waited. Knowing that we did our best, hoping that we’d pass. Still waiting.

BUT NOW! The wait is over!

CONGRATULATIONS to us! We are the first and only certified pole instructors in the country. YEY!!!!

This is one of the happiest moments in our pole lives! This experience has taught us so much. It has taught us that there is still so much to learn about pole dancing, about fitness, about teaching. We were saying that ok, even if we didn’t pass the course, all the time and effort was worth it, because we learned so much during those 3 days.

We learned a lot about the technical aspect of pole dancing– about anatomy and stretching, about body types, about force and momentum. But also, we learned that no matter how tired we are, we can still give our best in a pole class. We learned that when we work together, we come up with ideas that are better and more exciting.

We learned that teaching a pole class is a lot of hard work. We learned that education is always evolving and never ending, and that this certification is only the beginning.

This experience has also deepened our love for pole dancing, for the Polecats, and for all our students. Whatever we learned here, we want to share with you all.

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Thank you to our wonderful instructor Emily Tan, to V/Viva Vertical, Ania/IPDFA, to our classmates in the course, and to everyone who has helped us in this journey. Thank you!

—Christina Dy

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12 Responses to “We’re Certified!”

  1. Myla February 8, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Super well written CD! I could not have said it better. I wish we can go through another course like that. It was so much fun 🙂

    • polecatsmanila February 8, 2011 at 2:27 am #

      YAAAY! Spectacular job ladies! We’re super proud of you both! All the love! 🙂

  2. cheketeng February 8, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    Wow! Congratulations to the both of you!
    I made the right decision to join your class. ^_^

    • polecatsmanila February 8, 2011 at 7:57 am #

      awww. thank you! we love having you as a student. see you in class for more pole fun!

  3. margaret February 8, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    we’re so proud of you guys!

  4. sexysadie February 8, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    wow! first in the Philippines!?! now that is something! More power to the polecats! you are truly the best.

    • polecatsmanila February 8, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      thank you sexysadie for your kind words. hope you could join us in class soon!

  5. Kayleen February 8, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    yey! congratulations cd and myla! you girls rock! all the love!

    • ivy February 8, 2011 at 9:08 am #

      Congrats ladies!

      • polecatsmanila February 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

        Thanks ivy! See you in class!

  6. Anj February 9, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Congratulations, Myla & CD! See you in class soon and hope to learn new tricks too!

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