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Alethea Shares A Lesson

Photobucket On Friday, August 17th, Alethea Austin fell from the pole at the Denver Showcase. Thankfully, she is not injured. After her fall, Alethea shared her thoughts on pole safety. UPA has spoken of pole safety a few times when a video is circulating of someone dangerously falling off a pole. Fortunately, Alethea’s extensive knowledge on pole dancing gave her a leg up and she was able to land on two feet rather than her head or any other part of her body. Read below to see what she has to say about how to protect yourself from falling. From Alethea’s Facebook Fan page: “So ..THE POLE FELL Last Night at a Performance While I was on it. I am ok, and not Hurt though i easily could have been, just a little bruised and was a very powerful Gut Check….. For ALL OF US. I am not blaming the pole or the organizer at all in fact the person i am most upset at is myself, the reality is this could have happened at anywhere or anytime to all of us. In class, or during a performance on tension mounted or a bolted pole. They can both come loose, screws can break or they can not be tight enough! Rigging is becoming increasingly important in our industry and something that i see very lax all the time. There needs to be multiple safety checks and a chain of command for practice and perfomance just like there is for scuba diving, stunts, and circus. In the end the Last safety check is YOU. YOU are really the one in the end responsible for keeping an eye on it constantly, speaking up if you see any instability, and either checking the equipment yourself before you preform or having someone you trust and know well (not someones boyfriend or someone that has been doing it all day and is tired). After the pole fell, I did go on to preform and had Estee safety check my pole for the 2nd performance. I felt so sure of it i did a death lay 🙂 ** In my experience performers and organizers are usually So focused on “cleaning” the poles,we need to be spending equal if not more time focusing on load bearing. ** We all need to constantly be speaking up and communicating about safety, i cant tell you how many events/ studios/ and even competitions where the pole has looked unstable and the group of performers stayed quiet, or did not strike as a whole until the problem was fixed. In the future it is always OK to say you will Not preform if you feel for whatever reason the pole is unsafe. We create the standard, we can not wait and expect the standard to be created… Both major pole companies make freestanding, tension mounted, bolted and competition grade poles. It is our job to be constantly choosing the correct equipment, updating it and, and being in charge of our own final checks and choosing what we feel safe on as a group. I did not feel unsafe last night, in fact i wasn’t even thinking about it, its always in the back of my mind but i guess just because i didn’t see a red flag does not mean something was not coming.. I watched the poles be cleaned and checked before my performance, but it was not a hard enough check for what I was about to do. I am just thankful that I started with some spins, not tricks and that I am experienced enough to fall safely **In a Fireman Spin variation!!!**. In the end I am actually GLAD This happened, and that most of all I learned and shared a valuble lesson with all the girls last night and am now passing the experience on to you. P.S. And for the record, i landed like a Sexy Cat in 7in stilettos xo Alethea”

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