Irmingard is an NYC-based pole dance instructor and performer with a background in music, theater and gymnastics. She teaches at Body & Pole and Crunch Gyms. Irmingard discovered pole dancing in 2009 and instantly fell in love with its blend of athleticism and artistry. She has been teaching since 2011. She is the 2014 Atlantic Pole Championships Dramatic Champion. She was a featured pole dancer with Guns N’ Roses for their residency at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. She has appeared in several major motion pictures as well as television programs utilizing her pole skills. She is a Pole Speak company member. She is a blogger and contributor for United Pole Artists, where she assists with coverage of the pole dance industry and manages the UPA events calendar, which tracks workshops, pole events, and competitions happening all around the world (unitedpoleartists.com/events/upcoming/).
She believes pole to be an athletic art form that is physically challenging, mentally stimulating and emotionally healing. Her certifications include: AFAA Group Fitness, ElevatED, Xpert Pole Fitness, TRX Suspension Training.
Irgmingard recently performed live on stage with famed rock-n-rollers Guns N Roses. Here is our interview with Irmingard:
We heard you are performing with Guns N Roses at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Wow! How did this come about?
It was a weird series of coincidental events that led me here. My friend Suwasit who lives in Las Vegas posted on Facebook that Guns n Roses was looking for pole dancers. I thought it sounded cool and decided to submit. When I was called back to audition I found out they were being held in Vegas and figured I was out of luck since I live in New York. The casting director called a few days later to see if I could make an audition in LA the following Monday. I was due to travel there anyway for the National Aerial Pole Art competition so I moved my schedule around and booked a last minute flight to LA for the audition. I'm very grateful to all my friends and employers who supported me fully with this spontaneous risk that paid off!
Tell us about your role and portion of the show? (how long, which songs, solo or with others?)
There are four pole dancers in the show. Two poles in front and two in back. We come out for specific songs... Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Night Train, Rocket Queen and some others depending on the set list.
How long will you be doing this?
We were booked for the full run. Nine shows thru June 2014.
How many people do you get to perform for?
The show is at the The Joint located in The Hardrock Casino in Las Vegas and seats up to 4,000.
What's your favorite part of this terrific new gig?
It is so much fun being on the stage with such a legendary band playing songs I grew up listening. The crowd's energy is contagious. There's pyro, confetti, flashing lights. It's truly one of the coolest gigs I've ever worked. It's surreal to have Axl and the other band members walking by me on stage while I'm performing. It's also nice to perform a different type of pole dancing at a concert such as this. We heard they used strippers in the past but wanted to go a different route this time. It's nice to hear positive feedback from the band and crew as well. They really appreciate what we do and realize it isn't just "twirling" around a pole. We are really a part of the show and add to the overall experience.
Tell us something most people wouldn't know or suspect about your new work?
When we first started the poles they had set up were not professional grade poles. They had no finish on them, they were just steel rods like you would get from Home Depot. They couldn't be changed out right away so we had to dance on them as they were. We covered ourselves in Firm Grip (a PoleandAerial.com product!) so we wouldn't slip but we got cuts, bruises and burns all over from the friction. Thankfully they switched all the poles out for X-Poles so now we can really dance! We really appreciated the production team listening to our feedback about the poles and the crew working last minute to make sure we were comfortable and safe. They take us seriously and respect us as talent.