Dimitry Politov - Focus on the Things You Really Like, Improve It, Drill It (Won Over 8 Different World Pole Championships in Different Countries)

Dimitry Politov

I discovered a pole in 2011 when I was working in Turkey, somebody sent me the video of a German pole acrobat and I was so inspired that started training on the street lamps and street signs, trees, and anything that stands vertical. I bought my first pole in 2012 and started training.


1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Hi, my name is Dimitry, I'm from Russia and I do pole dance. Before pole, I used to be the worst breakdancer in my crew and the first parkour boy in the town. I've never had a teacher except for my experience) 


2. When and how did you develop an interest in pole dancing? 

I discovered a pole in 2011 when I was working in Turkey, somebody sent me the video of a German pole acrobat and I was so inspired that started training on the street lamps and street signs, trees, and anything that stands vertical. I bought my first pole in 2012 and started training.


Dimitry Politov


3.How long and how often do you train and stretch to maintain your body?

I never schedule my training, but trying to do it every day for at least 1.5 hours, but if there is a chance I can train 6 hours in a row.


4. What is the most important in a pole dance performance in your opinion?

The most important in pole dance performance for athletes or artists is confidence, control, and excitement. For the audience is the atmosphere created by the performer.


5. What was your biggest challenge when you started pole dancing and how you overcame it?

In 2018 I had to perform in Paris as a competition judge, teach workshops and a week later fly to Capetown to shoot the German TV commercial where I would have to do my act 16 times a day. I was planning to perform a new flip in my routine and was very excited to show it off.  

Four days before Paris I broke my right foot tendon. This made me think really fast so I changed my routine and did everything on one leg, but the flip was the problem. I had to be creative and decided to land on my back into the windmill helicopter instead of landing on my legs. And in Africa I had to hide my injury otherwise I wouldn't be paid and not allowed to perform, so I did it perfectly.


Dimitry Politov


6. You won a lot of championships. How was your experience during the championships?

Yes, I won over 8 different World Pole Championships in different countries, some of them took time, some of them I had to lose, but in spite of the result, I was always happy at the end because I understood that this makes my skill grow.
 

7. What message would you give to aspiring pole dancers?

I wish all pole dancers lots of fun in their training. Focus on the things you really like, improve it, drill it.


8. Which is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Hagakure because it helped me to discipline myself and inspired me to follow my way only.




Interviewed By - Anshika Maurya



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