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Pussy Power Hour: Stacey Snedden!

Posted on December 08 2016

We were super excited Stacey agreed to be interviewed as she is such a crucial person in our UK Pole community, and that is why she is the first UK poler we wanted to have featured on Pussy Power Hour. Working for X-Pole, being a mum, organising events such as Pole Theatre and Dance Filthy (UK Editions), we delve into Stacey's nearly 13 years in the pole industry!

Q: What was your first experience of the pole dance industry?
A: The first event I ever went to was in February 2004 and was called Miss Pole Queen, I remember seeing these girls and thinking “blimey I wanna do that!” Actually it was the first time I met Genevieve Moody (thanks for reminding me of the competition) even back then pole was impressive. It was a lot more strip club and less fitness but I had never really seen it done properly before, so this really was what got me interested.

Q: What is your favorite event to run and why (which event, and which year was your favourite)? 
A: Ahh, that’s really hard. Almost all the comps I’ve run, I’ve loved and had a passion for. 

Pole Theatre UK is one of my favorites to run as I feel like it’s changed the industry and really made people more creative. Every year people just come up with these insane story lines, we’ve had dead nans, aunties, a mouse with a giant cheese, a revolution, ninjas and a gran on a electric scooter just to name a few! 

I was also one of the original creators of UKAPP which ran from 2009 - 2012 and was the first and biggest Amateur pole championships. I’m proud of this too, as it allowed some of the pole stars we have now to come through the ranks and start at this competition. Some of our winners include Bendy Kate, Karry Summers and Daniel Rosen before they were ‘polebrities’.

I also run Dance Filthy UK which I think is my most fun comp. It has created a great platform for Sexy pole and for ladies to just let loose without being judged by anyone (other than the judges lol). 

So the answer is ALL of them. 

Q: What is the worst thing to have happened when you were managing an event?
A: I have been sooooo lucky in that nothing major has happened (touch wood, rub rabbits feet and all that lucky jazz) I’ve had to deal with a few ‘Diva Strops’ but other than that, its all been good.

Oh yes, I do remember arriving the first year at Pole Theatre and the floor had just been painted with wood chip lol, so there was no way anyone could roll around on it. I screamed like a child, jumped up and down and had a moment (I often have moments), then my husband went and bought lino and all was fixed lol hahah. 

Im very lucky I have amazing support when I do shows that everyone sorts things out pretty quickly. 


Q: What was your first year working for X-Pole like and how did it come about?
A: Errrr a little CRAZY! I kind of just fell into X-POLE. I had been poling a little while and been attending classes, some of the first in the UK. I met X-POLE at a show called EROTICA in 2004, Clive my MD was looking for a sales rep, I was working for an advertising company at the time so jumped at a chance to work with a new start up company especially one that was my hobby.

The first year was a crazy fun whirlwind of a year. We just launched the first pole, back then we were working in my boss’s house on his sofa and a laptop lol (how things have changed). I got to travel a lot which was great, and meet all these new polers who had just found pole and were excited that there was a new product out. There were very few classes so X-POLE really helped build the classes by allowing people to take their poles around with them and teach in different venues. It was unheard of to have a dedicated studio, most taught out of strip clubs, pubs and nightclubs and eventually fitness centers. We had a vision and that was to make pole a fitness activity, I feel like this has happened.


Q: What is a normal day in the life of Stacey Snedden like?
A: BUSY! I get up get my kids ready for school – getting two boys out the door is a nightmare. Get them to school and be a normal mum, I then go into work at X-POLE and work a normal working day so 9-5pm – working in our office is fun, we have a great team and my job role varies so much you never know what you will deal with on that day. I then finish work and go and see my boys, Once they are in their PJ’s I go back out to the studio and teach my classes. I only teach Monday and Tuesday so the rest of the week is seeing my husband and kids. To be honest my children are busier than I am. At weekends I am either teaching, judging at comps or doing something with the children. I think everyone thinks I live either a super glamourous life or I’m just poling all the time. I promise that is definitely not the case. My life is very normal, just very pole and busy.


Q: Who inspires you in the pole world who is not pole-famous?
A: My students and instructors at Herts Dance & Fitness, they keep me going, they are so loyal and normal and crazy and work so hard I love them all. When I’m having a bad day they are always there to make me smile again.


Q: If you could marry one pole celebrity who would it be? And who would be the maid of honor?
A: Hahaha I would marry Tiff Finney OMG she is just such an amazing women…  she is a good friend of mine but also a major crush. Errrr and have you seen how hot she is lol! Maid of honor would be Sarah Scott – she’s already been my bridesmaid so I’d upgrade her this time ;)


Q: Outside the pole world, what female inspires you and why?  
See this is hard as most people I know are in the pole world.

My sister Kelly is probably my biggest inspiration, she doesn’t pole but listens to all my daily crap and gives me a lot of good advice, she is my only member of family other than my hubby so is an incredible support. She has always stuck by me through everything so it would definitely be her.

I know you said non-pole but we really don’t talk pole when were together, one of my biggest is my closest friend Sarah Scott. I don’t know what life would be like without her, Sarah is my calm and inspires me to carry on when I’m feeling low or tired and well a little poled out. We’ve had so many crazy adventures together and she just amazes me how well she has done and yet is still the same Sarah I knew 7 years ago…


Q: If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
A: Mmmm can I be a member of the goonies, how cool would that be ;)


Q: If you could be highly skilled in any art, what would it be (pole dance is not allowed as an answer for this question!)?
I would be a makeup artist, I love show makeup…  I’m actually thinking of going back to college to do it. ( when I find some time )


Q: What non-pole related achievement are you proud of?
A: Kind of non pole, This year I won the International Fitness Showcase Health and Fitness manager award, It’s the first time someone in the pole industry had won it so I was very happy with this ☺ Other than this I’m really boring and do nothing else other than pole !

Q: If you had your own autobiography what would it be called?
A: LOL The survival of Stacey Snedden …..  There’s definitely more than 24 hours in a day right! 

Q: Which Tee from the Creatures Of XIX Teevocative range is your fave? 
I like the Bat Wings come as you are ☺ but they are all pretty cool. Come as you are Bat Wing can be seen here.


Q: The internet can be a black hole of misogynistic comments, with Pole Dancers at times in the firing line. The Internet however also opens us to some incredible feminist communities with great speakers/thinkers and engaged in-depth discussions. What is your experience of this, have you been the target of positive or negative comments or know someone who has?
A: The Pole industry has changed over the years! When I started I was a hoe for Pole Dancing, a lot of my old friends stopped talking to me, finding a boyfriend who didn’t say ‘ you can dance on my pole ‘ was pretty impossible, I was even told once in a gym when I asked to hire the room for pole classes that they didn’t like our kind and it was a family institute lol hahah 

The pole industry is lucky, as we never get as much as we used to. I don’t take any notice of it now, I just think they are just sad and have nothing better to do.

Pole is liberating and I’ve met my closest friends from it! We will always get bad comments it doesn’t matter what we do! The main thing that upsets me is the Pole Type bashing from inside our industry. There is a big line between sport and sexy and I think it’s sad I get more upset about other polers bashing polers and not people outside. 

Q: Who is your favourite opinionated Poler in your country, and who in the global pole community?
A: I don’t have a favorite in the UK but I love Michelle Shimmy, Michelle is just so open and inspirational. Her latest performance at Miss Pole Dance Australia was just incredible I was sobbing over my toast and tea lol! I know im biased as she is a good friend (Shimmy and Maddie own Pole Theatre and Dance Filthy) but she really is a positive voice for all women in and out of pole.

Stacey owns Herts Dance and Fitness, check out what is on offer here

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