Featured Instructor of the Month: Dr. Chris Talbot

Dr. Chris Talbot, 2014 Mr. Pole Dance World, is the Blue Phoenix – marine biologist, body transformation specialist, fitness model and pole dance instructor/performer.

1. You made history as the first Liquid Motion Licensed Instructor in the continent of Australia! Tell us how you got started with Liquid Motion.

I first got involved with LM at Pole Expo a few years back. I took one of Jeni’s workshops and was totally hooked! A few years later, I was able to come to NYC to do my 1.0 certification (which was incredible) and become licensed to teach back in Australia! I connected with the concepts immediately, and loved how it changed my way of thinking about movement and coordination and flow! And its been an honour to bring it to my country to show the Aussies these amazing techniques and methods.

2. What is your teaching philosophy? Do you have a motto or mantra?

My motto is: “Healthy Mind ~ Healthy Body ~ Healthy Life”. Everything needs a balance, and these things go hand in hand and facilitate each other! My teaching philosophy acknowledges that people learn in different ways and at different rates – and this should always be embraced and accommodated and celebrated accordingly.

3. What has been your most rewarding teaching experience? Your biggest struggle as an instructor?

The most rewarding thing about teaching is seeing my students develop and progress through the levels, and achieving their goals with their tricks/routines/strength/flexibility etc. It’s the best feeling to watch them grow! The biggest struggle has been the same for all of us this past year – COVID really killed our groove and livelihood – and trying to get everyone back on track and comfortable again has been a challenge, especially as conditions can change so rapidly. But we’re getting there slowly!

4. How do you apply Liquid Motion as a methodology outside of the studio? Do you feel that it impacts other areas of your life?

LM has really changed the way I teach my classes and do my own dance! I find I can help people more using LM methodology in developing their body awareness and coordination, and just general way of approaching dance. For me personally outside of teaching – I find I am more connected to my movements and feel more organic and powerful.

5. What are your goals in your own personal movement journey? Has Liquid Motion changed the way you work toward these goals?

My movement goals – it blows my mind how dance and pole evolve so quickly, so my ongoing goal is to always keep learning and experimenting and exploring. My style is slowly developing over time, but is constantly open to change and new concepts. And LM has been a HUGE impact here in an amazing way! It’s opened my eyes to more exploration, and I’m so grateful for this as I am feeling more free as a dancer – it’s wonderful!

6. How did you get the name “Blue Phoenix”?

Blue is my favourite colour, and as a marine biologist, it represents the ocean – powerful, always moving and flowing, and unstoppable! The Phoenix represents rebirth and always changing/evolving and adapting – learning from previous experience and coming out stronger and more informed/prepared. I also have a phoenix tattoo on my hip, and it was the name of my first horse – she was beautiful and wild and taught me so much!

7. The last year has been unprecedented for artists and performers. How has COVID affected you as a mover and instructor?

COVID brought us all to a grinding and sudden halt in EVERY way! As an instructor – we had to adapt very quickly to online teaching and making our own online matierals to provide/sell to try and keep a small living happening. There were no shows or performances (half my income) and teaching was almost gone completely too (the other half) except for some zoom classes. It was very lucky that we could still do online work and try keep our students motivated and strong and moving in some way, shape or form. It did give me a chance to do more dance for myself though, which was nice and comforting. I’m so sorry its been so hard for those in other countries as well, and hopefully we can all get back to our studios and routines and students and performances asap!

8. Do you have any hidden talents?

Hidden talents… Well, pole dance was a certainly a hidden talent for me! I was never a dancer growing up, and the opposite of fit – I was a scientist, and later a personal trainer… so this has been a huge change for me and I LOVE it so much! I can also whistle a bit – random and useless but amusing!

9. Do you have any tips for aspiring dancers and/or instructors who are hoping to build a supportive community for themselves?

Surrounding yourself with the right people is hugely important for building a supportive community for your own development. You will see and experience a lot of different personalities and opinions and styles and thoughts – so it can be overwhelming at times. But always be open minded and accepting, even if something isn’t your taste. Celebrate all facets and areas of your art and acknowlege them, and take advice and ideas from them into your own training and development. And be kind – everyone is on their own journey for their own reasons. People can be nasty and quick to criticise, but that’s THEIR prerogative, so stay true to yourself and enjoy your OWN journey with YOUR kind of people who you can grow together with. We have a special thing going here in the pole and dance and movement world – ENJOY it and learn and grow!

10. In one sentence, share a life lesson you’ve learned. What do you think everyone should hear at least once in their lifetime?

Every experience is a lesson in some way – in all areas of life (positive and negative), but if you don’t take a chance – you will never know what could have been.

 

Featured Instructor of the Month: Ambrosia Pierre

Ambrosia is the resident Liquid Motion Instructor at Dimension Fitness in Cincinnati. She loves using the 1.0 and 2.0 Liquid Motion techniques to help her students connect with their bodies and emotions. Ambrosia is also a student at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality. Once completed she wants to combine the two teachings into a class that helps build confidence in expressing self-love, awareness, worthiness and empowering one to become their authentic self.

1. You’ve been certified in Liquid Motion for several years now! Tell us how you got started with Liquid Motion.

I found Liquid Motion at Pole Expo – maybe in 2015 – I think it may have been a teaser class even. I fell in love with Jeni’s energy and the movement. I became certified in 2016 and have since gotten my 2.0 and soon will obtain the Heels certification.

2. What is your teaching philosophy? Do you have a motto or mantra?

I found Liquid Motion at Pole Expo – maybe in 2015 – I think it may have been a teaser class even. I fell in love with Jeni’s energy and the movement. I became certified in 2016 and have since gotten my 2.0 and soon will obtain the Heels certification.

3. What has been your most rewarding teaching experience? Your biggest struggle as an instructor?

I love everything about teaching Liquid Motion – the pleasure I see on the faces of my students when they finally understand something complex. The emotion I can feel coming off them during the dance breaks, seeing them embrace those emotions and their bodies through movement lights me up.

4. How do you apply Liquid Motion as a methodology outside of the studio? Do you feel that it impacts other areas of your life?

 The confidence I have gained in myself, learning and teaching the methodology, has definitely changed aspects of my life in work, school, dance and many other ways.

5. What are your goals in your own personal movement journey? Has Liquid Motion changed the way you work toward these goals?

My personal goals are to connect more with my body and to get out of my head during my training sessions. I like to find unique pathways inside the core moves that get to the desired place. Liquid Motion has definitely built my confidence in my own movement style.

6. Your students and fellow instructors love how you create a fun, yet sultry, class atmosphere. How do you approach planning your lessons and creating a positive vibe in a multi-level class?

All of my classes are multi-level. I plan my progressions from my own training sessions, so I know how they feel in my body to help my students understand the mechanics of the progression we are working on. I curate everything, from the lights to the playlist, and encourage my students to engage with each other as well as with me. I scream encouragement at them during all parts of class and give many compliments and constructive criticism.

7. How has COVID affected you as a mover and instructor?

As a mover, I have become more connected to how my body wants to move. As an instructor, It has not really changed anything except how many people I can have in class.

8. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose.

9. Do you have any tips for aspiring or new instructors who are hoping to build a supportive community for themselves?

Do not show up to your classes as someone you are not. Know all the ways in and out of moves so you always have a beginner and advanced progression inside the same class. Set the atmosphere for the class based on how you set up for yourself. Have fun and don’t be scared of your students.

10. In one sentence, share a life lesson you’ve learned. What do you think everyone should hear at least once in their lifetime?

It’s pretty basic but BE YOU. Stay true to yourself. Don’t try to be perfect; that’s impossible. When you let your true self shine, the people that need you and your energy in their life will come to you organically.

 

Featured Instructor of the Month: Krystal Bryce

Krystal Bryce is a Liquid Motion addict with a love for seduction and expressive release through movement. She has been a teacher of sensual dance since 2009 and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. You can find Krystal’s classes in Houston, Texas.

1. You’re a very active member of the Liquid Motion family, and we love your passion! Tell us how you got started with Liquid Motion.
Actually, this is an interesting story. It was 2015, and I was teaching at S Factor in Houston, Texas. The Annual Melee on the Bayou competition had just finished taking place. My students were all abuzz and could not stop talking about this amazing dancer who did all this stunning, smoldering floor work. They mentioned this new thing this dancer was doing was called “Liquid Motion®.” Since my students seemed to be completely enamored by this beautiful dancer, I decided I should check into her a little more. I signed up for the Level 1 Certification in 2016 and I haven’t turned back since.

2. You have quite a few different certifications under your belt. Why did you choose to get Liquid Motion certified?
Liquid Motion gave me more vocabulary for my body. The way it was (and is) broken down and explained was something I could get. I’m an adult learner of dance. I never had professional dance training as a child or young adult, so learning to dance is a little more challenging for people like me. I also found that since my body loved it so much, I wanted to share it. Therefore the certification just made total sense.

3. What is your teaching philosophy? Do you have a motto or mantra?
Be present in all that you do. If you are present when you move, you will find your zone. Finding your zone is the ultimate bliss. BE PRESENT.

4. What has been your most rewarding teaching experience?
Having a student tell me I saved her life. I gave her confidence. She found a reason to live again. Nothing can ever beat that.

5. What has been your biggest hurdle or learning experience?
Allowing myself to make mistakes. Nobody is perfect.

6. You’ve been teaching for a while and have extensive experience. Do you have any tips for others who might be thinking about teaching in the future?
I think one of the biggest things is to listen to your students. Not just what they are saying with their mouths, but what they are saying with their bodies. Are they scared, are they embarrassed, are they angry, confused, happy, or just plain done? When you are concerned about whether you’re “the best” teacher, you aren’t paying attention to your students’ needs. Furthermore, you aren’t allowing your personality to come through your teaching. Relax and enjoy your teaching journey. If you do that, your students will stick with you through thick and thin.

7. Where do you see yourself going in your movement journey? What are your goals?
I always feel like a beginner. I never feel like I have mastered anything. I don’t think that is a bad thing. I mean if we master something, then does that mean it can never change? Because I think change is important. Change helps us grow. My goals are to continue to move and continue to seek knowledge in how to share movement. I don’t care to be the best. I just want to always inspire people to live to the fullest.

8. What’s your all-time favorite song that makes you want to get Liquid?
There isn’t just one. There’s about a million. However I can always sink into “IDGAF” by Diamond Saints (feat Yaarrohs). I tend to love the naughty genre. If there’s such a thing…I’m all about it.

9. Do you have any hidden talents?
I can bake cakes from scratch like a mofo.

10. You often post on your social media about personal growth and development. What one piece of advice would you give to someone to step out of their comfort zone and try Liquid Motion?
You will open up a door to magic. That door will lead to another door, and that door to another. Don’t pass up an opportunity to be a part of something magical. Make it happen for yourself.