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Pussy Power Hour: Carmine Black

Posted on January 26 2017

This week, we were lucky enough to interview Elizabeth Carmine Black, the sensual low flow queen, Dance Filthy USA Pro Winner, and floor slayer.

Find out what inspires her creation of movement, what grinds her gears, her favourite opinionated poler and more...

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In your first year of Pole Dancing, what was your nemesis move? 

The Superman was my first year nemesis move. I hated having to shift my hips and how it forced engagement with my inner thighs. Yuck. 

Who was your first pole idol? 

Alethea Austin, she’s magical. 

 

 

What ‘non-famous’ pole dancer inspires you? 

Kristina Lloyd and Nadia Mitri were some of my first pole instructors. They seriously nurtured every aspect of my pole journey when I first started dancing. I wouldn’t be the dancer or teacher I am today without them.  

Any plans to tour in the near future that you’re allowed to tell us about, even a hint!?  

I am road tripping all over the US actually. I will be teaching my first intensive in Asheville, NC at Empyrean Arts Feb 18th. After which, I’ll be all over the South in Feb. I will be in the midwest all of March… the East Coast (NY, NJ,,CT, Philly) in April… I am also doing a European tour in May. 

5/6-5/7: Drehmoment Pole in Berlin 

5/13: Zurich, Switzerland. TBD (more details coming soon) 

5/27: Irish Pole Dance Academy. 

I will also be spending some time consulting and doing privates in Paris and the UK from 5/16-5/24. If anyone is interested in hosting me the UK around that time that would be amazing. 

If you could marry one pole celebrity who would it be? And who would be the maid of honour? 

Chris Talbot.. he is gorgeous, a beautiful dancer, and an overall amazing human being. I love him so much. 

Brandon Grimm would have to be my maid of honor. He has the best style of anyone I know. I couldn’t imagine anyone who would do a better job…. Or Sam Doblick, he’s my brother from an-other mother. 

Outside the pole world, what female inspires you and why?  

Personally… (sorry, she is a pole person, but I also know her somewhat outside of the pole community), Natasha Wang. She is a truly remarkable person. She is humble, wise and epitomizes grace. I hope one day to be as awesome as her, both personally and professionally. 

 

 

You can make one law that everyone in the world must abide by… what is it? 

Mmmmmm.. that’s tough… anything to do with equality is good by me. 

Which Tee from the Creatures Of XIX Teevocative range is your fave?

The black crop top that says “Pussy Power”…. Of course 😉 

 pussy power crop tee

What inspires you in your creation of movement? 

Emotion usually drives my movement… it gives me a frame of reference from which I can connect to my intention. Either that or exploring a specific transition. I like to think about the ways in which my movement works, and the places in which it doesn’t. I play with the idea of refining movement both functionally and aesthetically. It gives me the opportunity to come up with new and safe ways to dance in and out of transitions. 

 
What is it important that all pole dancers remember? 

Intention…. If you don’t have one, why move in the first place? Always explore what moves you and why… it helps you connect to your internal compass and will be more impactful.. to yourself and others. 

How many times a week do you train, and what are you working on at the moment? 

Every day, except Wednesdays… between 3-12 hours a day. It can get pretty intense. I’m currently working on Pole Show LA. 

If you could train with any Pole Dancer for an entire month, who would it be and why? 

Olga Koda… she is my spirit animal… either her or Nadia Shariff. They are very powerful individuals. I appreciate their work ethic and style… plus it lends to where I am progressing in my movement. 

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What really grinds your gears? 

People who use divisive issues to create drama… or exploit it to support their best interests. Plagiarism. People who lack mindfulness before they speak. 

What is the BEST thing about the Pole community? 

Body positivity, gender sensitivity, the ways in which we really support each other is truly is inspiring. 

If you could have sex with any celeb, who would it be? 

Possibly Tom Hardy… OR Jason Mamoa.. though Joseph Gordon Levitt hit on me a while back and I regret never taking him up on it.  

peacock Joseph Gordon Levitt

Who is your favourite opinionated poler? 

Peach Lee Ray… she is articulate and mindful when discussing issues that might be considered controversial...I also appreciate Amy Kim. 

Is ‘Sex positivity’ apparent in the Pole Dance community, and what are the implications of re-claiming words such as ‘slut’, if any? 

Very much so. Reclaiming words can be very cathartic to individuals who have experienced slut shaming in their lives. To be honest, throughout my life, I’ve been shamed for my connection to my sensuality, even before I had an understanding of what it really was. I’ve had peers, family members... even my romantic partners, make me feel uncomfortable about things that seemed very natural to me. 

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Pole allowed me to explore those parts of myself, within a safe space. It also allowed me realize that my body is mine… first and foremost. That I can do with it as I chose, and that my opinion of it should come before anyone else's. In some contexts, others might consider me “slut” because of this. I think reclaiming myself, as well as the words or associations of those connotations make me feel in control and empower me to make healthy assessments of who I am, and my self worth. 

Pole dancing has empowered many women to be comfortable in their own skin, and express their sensuality. Is there a part of Pole Dancing or the Pole community that you find to be detrimental to feminism? 

The exclusion of men and transgendered individuals who are genuinely interested in understanding the movement. Individuals who shame women for working in the sex industry or strip… also the inverse… sex workers excluding individuals who have never experienced it.  

I genuinely appreciate the concept of equality and compassion. It seems like there are so many individuals who are hurt by their personal experiences and it informs their opinions about others, in and out of the community. What concerns me is the ways in which they let those impressions bleed into the community in unhealthy ways. I think it is essential to feel support or empowered, not excluded. I think an essential component of feminism should support the inclusion of anyone who collectively supports what we do as a community, regards of who they are or what they do. 

Dick Pics. Discuss. 

I used to be disgusted by the idea of them… someone recently changed my mind about it. I think context is important when sharing intimate parts of yourself. I say ask before sharing. Otherwise, you might get yourself into a situation that you potentially regret. 

 

2 comments

  • Natasha Payne: January 28, 2017

    Just a little comment…
    I’m a TS girl and I’ve found so much support and love in the Pole Community. Luckily the girls I first met in Pole included me, that built trust and friendships. I now live and I am on the female side of the line. So I get all the problems girls do.

    The worst discrimination I get in UK is from clubs refusing to let me dance because I’m TS. In Germany they let me!

    Competitions, pole schools and events I’ve had no problems at all. Tasha xx

  • Annabelle : January 26, 2017

    I LOVE HER! I’ll keep my eye out for her workshops in the UK

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