Name: Julie Bendza
Height: 5′ 5
School or Club: Pole for the Mind Body and Soul Plus Pole Control Studios
Location: 500 Talcottville Road, Unit 6 Vernon, CT 06066
Signature Move: Janeiro
Favourite Song: “Crystallize” by Lindsey Stirling
Splits? Or no Splits? Oversplits baby!
P2P. How did you find Pole Dance? Or did it find YOU?
JB. I was born and raised in Connecticut, my pole story began when my sister asked me to take a pole dancing class with her. That was the day that changed everything for me. I felt the passion and drive that had been missing in my life. Pole incorporates gymnastics, strength, dance, Art, beauty, etc. it’s amazing.
P2P. Who taught you? Or how did you learn?
JB. Pole Control studios and Pole For The Mind Body and Soul and they are the current studios that I train at to improve at this challenging sport.
P2P. How did you think and feel back then, being a newbie?
JB. I was fine as I trained in competitive gymnastics and acrobatics at a young age. It was a serious passion of mine, or maybe even an obsession. Training all day and sleeping in my splits at night.
P2P. And now?
JB. As I got older finding the proper training for my family’s financial situation proved difficult. I found myself unfulfilled because I was losing my passion.
P2P. Where/who do you get your inspiration from?
JB. From all the pole dancers around the world. I recently started training with aerial silks, Lyra, rope, and static trapeze, as I dream of running away with the circus.
P2P. Describe your dancing style in and any other hobbies.
JB. Dance style modem, I have a love for lots of hobbies but, it still didn’t bring me the feelings I had in my gymnastics and acrobatic days.
P2P. What training regimes/Diets do you have?
JB. I don’t diet; I managed to stay active as a fitness trainer, assistant acrobatics teacher, and freelance model. With my love of the arts I dabbled in makeup/fx makeup for theatre, photo shoots, and expos. My free time being spent sky diving, riding my dirt bikes, quads, and snow mobiles to feed my adrenaline junkie side.
P2P. How often do you pole? And how long for?
JB. As much as possible and as long as possible
P2P.What are your thoughts and opinions about the industry and pole dancing being more main stream now?
JB. It would be great if everyone could just work together to bring different pole and aerial arts not only to Connecticut but all over the world so others can share in the passion.
P2P. How have things changed?
JB. For the best Rock on Pole
P2P. What are your favourite moves?
JB. I just love the Janeiro. I recently started training with aerial silks, Lyra, rope, and static trapeze, as I dream of running away with the circus.
P2P. What competitions have you entered? Or won?
JB. I am currently training for a showcase performance to the song “Crystallize” by Lindsey Stirling. That song gives me the chills!
P2P. What are your future plans for pole dance?
JB. In the future I hope to open a studio for pole and aerial arts.
P2P. Do you have any upcoming events?
JB. I continue my training and hope to become a known performer/competitor in the pole dancing industry on day.
P2P. What hints and tips would you like to share with our readers?
JB. Push your abilities, break your limits, love what you do, and wake up every morning with the passion.
Photography: Walter Jedziniak Photography
All photos taken at studio: Pole For The Mind Body and Soul