INTERVIEW WITH LAURA REYES
Can you imagine pole dancing without being able to see where to place your hands and feet? It takes a true athlete to pull that off, and a lot of hard work! Laura caught our attention when we met her in Spain last year, where she stepped onto stage blindfolded to compete in the Spanish Nationals in the category ParaPole, classification visual impairment. Lucky for us, she wanted to participate in a short interview to get to know her and her pole journey a bit better. We all know pole classes, just like a lot of other hobbies, can cost quite a lot of money – read about Lauras clever way of being able to afford her first pole classes! She also shares her thoughts about competing in pole and some of her best sources for inspiration. If you want to see more of Laura, make sure to visit her instagram account here!
Name: Laura Reyes
From: Canary Islands, Spain
Occupation: Studying physical education
How did you first hear about pole dancing and what made you decide to give it a try?
I heard about Pole Dancing when I was eighteen because a woman opened the first Pole Studio in the south and I was really curious about it, but it was very expensive for me and I wasn’t able to afford it. But when I did my exchange at the University of Sussex in Brighton when I was twenty, I discovered that there was a pole dance society and I contacted the head teacher. She was studing law and spanish so I told her to change spanish lessons for pole classes and she accepted it. She was very kind!
When did you start competing in pole? How does competing make you feel?
I started competing two years ago. It was very hard in the beginning but I got used to the training. I feel so good when I compete because I challenge myself and I realised that I can do more than I think. I love the emotions that I transmit to people when they see me on stage.
Would you recommend others to compete? If so, why?
Yes of course! It us a very beautiful experience that people who love doing sport should experience at least once in their lifetime. But on the other hand, I think that it is a sacrifice so it is very important to know if you are prepared to leave other things and dedicate time to be the best.
What is parapole & how does it work?
ParaPole is the category in the Pole Championships exclusively for people with a disability. It has some regulations and adaptations to make it easier but still it has to improve.
Has pole dancing lead you to any other opportunities?
After three years practising Pole Dancing I started to dance Latin Dance or Caribbean Dance such as Salsa, bachata, merengue or chachachá and now I prepare a show with fusion styles mixing Pole and some latin dance. I also participated in the tv program Got Talent Spain thanks to Pole.
Your performance at Spain’s Got Talent was so inspiring! How was it to participate?
People from the programme contacted Nadina, my instructor, and she told them about me. She asked me to participate and we prepared the show together. The experience was very beautiful. What I liked the most was the impact that it had for people because of my show in my words. I am so happy to help other people and demonstrate that no limits exist if you want something and work hard to get it.
To watch the performance, click here!
Who inspires you most in pole dancing?
There are lots of Pole Dancers that inspire me but I have to mention specially Diana López because she started from 0 without experience in any artistic discipline and nowadays she is amazing. She has worked very hard and I try to do the same. Also Kasia Kwaśniewicz because I like how she works and I love contortion tricks and back bends so would love to
train with her. The last one is Denis Terrones because of his creativity and his way to explain technique. I went to a workshop with him and fell in love.