Ever since Damaris Rivera (Dee) was a little girl, she has dreamt of becoming a professional dancer; Inspired by music such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Micheal Jackson and Madonna, Pop, Hip Hop, Dance and Freestyle became her favorite type of music to dance to. Shortly after Dee turned 17 she auditioned for the Roxy Night Club as one of their dancers and got the job! Dee has performed at over 50 different venues since her first job and continues to keep her dream alive with JMKennedy Entertainment doing what she loves the most… DANCE!
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Jennifer Kennedy – Pole Dancer, Cancer Survivor Role Model.
Written by Tinu exclusively for Pole Spin magazine.
It has been an eventful and exciting journey that began for Jennifer Kennedy some 55 years ago in Derby England. Born to Jamaican immigrants, Jennifer wanted to learn ballet, dancing was something she was born to do.
A kindly German neighbor meant ballet classes for the little Jennifer and a stint with Irene Bell’s Cabaret Troop when she was 17 meant that Jennifer did manage to live dancing dream at least somewhat.
Marrying Edric, she moved to Chicago soon after and went on to have a wonderful family and a long married life of 27 years. Edric however died of heart attack in 2001, a wonderful, wise, loving man who, for Jennifer was the personification of Gandhi, his illustrious compatriot.
Jennifer continued to be strong for her sons but there was more to follow – in 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a little later she was laid off from her 10 year old job with an airline.
What followed was a struggle to say the least. There was the pain and seeming hopelessness of her disease on the one hand, and the need to keep it all together on the other. Her struggle was fierce, but in the end it was her tremendous spirit that won out. She refused to let the pain and the difficult process of cancer treatment (which can often be worse than the disease itself according to so many survivors) get in her way and continued to live life on her own terms.
It was the fact that Jennifer never stopped dreaming, and that she had the sheer determination that helped her hold her life together and she decided to continue her education. Not letting the pain and her circumstances or her age stand in her way, she decided to go to college and went on to earn herself a degree.
And this wasn’t all. Her passion for dance dictated that she had even loftier goals in mind – her dream of dancing ballet at London’s Covent Garden had undergone a slight alteration and it took the concrete form of a 500 square foot pole dance studio, the J M Kennedy Dance Studio. The studio size soon started to grow to its present size of 3000 square feet and Jennifer’s remarkable ability to bring happiness and empowerment to women by virtue of her dance instruction grew along with it.
If Jennifer wants to send out the message to women to stay strong, then she certainly knows what she is talking about. Overcoming cancer 5 years ago, and starting afresh in life are monumental tasks; to be successful in your chose sphere at relatively later in life even more so!
It makes it all worthwhile for Jennifer when a client’s husband asks her why his wife looks so happy when she walks out the door of their studio! While Jennifer and her studio continue to empower women and educate them of their own worth, she also contributes to charity events to try and give back to the community, in whatever way she can; all the while staying true to her own mantra in life Never Stop Dreaming!
More stories on other cancer survivors can be seen in the October-December 2011 print issue of Pole Spin magazine now on newsstands and bookstores. Also available for worldwide delivery though theSubscription page.
This is a Pole Spin Magazine exclusive. ©2011 Pole Spin Magazine. All rights reserved.
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MURDER MYSTERY BURLESQUE ON OCTOBER 22, 2011
FROM 8:00 -10:00
AT THE HOUSE OF MOOD
461 MAIN ST. UNIT D2, PAWTUCKET RI 02860
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ON OCTOBER 22, 2011 WINSTON, A RICH PLAYBOY KNOWN FOR HIS CRAZY PARTIES AND SEXUAL ESCAPADES, WAS FOUND DEAD IN AN ABANDONED MILL BUILDING LOCATED IN PAWTUCKET RI. THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME. ALL THAT WE KNOW IS HE WAS MURDERED BY ONE OF THE WOMEN LISTED IN THE FACTS BELOW.
1. HE HAD AN ESTIMATED NET WORTH OF $7.2 BILLION.
3. HIS SECRETARY KNEW THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO LOOSE EVERYTHING. THEY HAD BEEN SCENE ARGUING ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS ABOUT AN INCIDENT WITH A “DESK”. SHE REFUSES TO DISCUSS IT.
4. HIS BI-POLAR MISTRESS JUST RETURNED FROM ONE OF HER FREQUENT TRIPS TO “THE HAMPTONS” AKA “THE MENTAL INSTITUTION”
5. WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED THEY FOUND A STRANGE WOMEN CLAIMING TO BE A PSYCHIC CHANTING NEXT TO WINSTON’S LIFELESS BODY.
6. BEFORE CALLING THE POLICE THE MAID THOROUGHLY CLEANED THE CRIME SCENE CONTAMINATING AND DESTROYING ALL THE EVIDENCE THE KILLER MAY HAVELEFT BEHIND.
7. A LOUNGE SINGER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCEFOUND AT THE CRIME SCENE.
8. EVERY HALLOWEEN HE HOLDS A MASQUERADE PARTY AT ONE OF HIS HISTORIC MILL BUILDINGS LOCATED IN PAWTUCKET, RI.
9. THE AUTHOR OF AN ADULT THEMED BOOK TITLED “THE SAFE WORD IS DIE” WAS PUT IN CUSTODY AFTER GETTING INTO A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH WINSTON’S WIFE. SHE KEPT YELLING “DIE” “DIE” EVERY TIME THE WIFE CAME NEAR HER. (IT WAS RUMORED THAT WINSTON WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THE AUTHORS BOOK.)
10. A BROKE ACTRESS “FRIEND” OF WINSTONS WAS THE LAST PERSON TO SEE HIM ALIVE. DURING THIS LAST ENCOUNTER WINSTON TOLD HER HE WAS NOT GOING TO FINANCE HER ONE WOMEN SHOW TITLED “ME, MYSELF, AND I” A MODERN, HISTORICAL, FICTIONAL BUT NON-FICTION BASED , DOCUMENTARYABOUT HER LIFE STORY WHERE SHE PLAYS THE BOTH THE INTERVIEWER AND THE SUBJECT OF THE INTERVIEW.
12. HIS EX WAS ALSO FOUND ON THE SCENE WITH HER NEW BOYFRIEND… SHE REPORTEDLY CRASHED THE PARTY IN AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW WINSTON WHAT HE WAS MISSING.
After taking pole for the first time, Deanna Cruz wrote…
“Pole Dancing May Just be my New Workout!”
When all else fails why not try some Pole Dancing?? And that’s exactly what I did yesterday as I stopped in at JM Kennedy Studios in Pawtucket for a Pole Dancing AND Zumba class. Let me begin by saying I love working out. Yes you heard me I actually like it. I also love running, but I’ve been laying off it a bit because of my lower back. I decided it’s time to find something else to do instead of just running. So I turned to the experts, Jennifer Kennedy from JM Kennedy Entertainment. And let me just say if Pole Dancing can get me Jennifer’s body than DAMN I’m IN! Lol. I will admit I was a little intimidate and maybe even scared for my life. I mean how the hell am I supposed to climb up this pole or even hang there. But throughout the whole class I kept telling myself, “Just Have Fun” and that’s exactly what I did. And what a workout! I forgot that there are other things you can do instead of running to get a good workout. Pole Dancing is a GREAT upper body AND core workout. So does that mean I’ll finally have a 6-pack?? Well maybe not in the next few classes but maybe I’ll become a ‘Pollerina’ afterall. So after an hour of Pole Dancing I stayed for Zumba. My first Zumba class may I add and wow I felt like I was at a club. I mean this is a workout right? Zumba made me realize you can have fun while burnig some calories. Geezzz I need to change up my workout routine more often and have fun with it. I had a really good time and almost forgot I was working out. Thanks ladies….you’ll definitely be seeing me again. Check out the video below. ENJOY!
Deanna Cruz, “Pole Dancing May Just Be my New Workout!“, August 3, 2011
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Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our first annual Pink Pastie Burlesque Show. We raised over $1,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure!!! A Special Thank you to Catz Exotic Wear for donating a pair of pink heals that sold for $500.
WELCOME TO JMKENNEDY ACADEMY SCHOOL OF BURLESQUE
I am thrilled to announce a brand new lass series, so Ladies come out to play because we have a great summer class curriculem for you to choose. Click here to register online.
Our brand new class series is dedicated to the Art of Burlesque.
JMKennedyEntertainment will transform any wannna-be burlesque diva into a great performer. Join the JMK Showgirl Chorus and
you will learn and have the chance to perform several fun and sexy burlesque chorus acts at the JMK Recital Show. So get your favorite lingerie
out of hiding in the top drawer and let’s get a jump on for summer… with Burlesquercise!
Learn the Art-Of :
Walking in Heels
The Art of Tease
Taste of Tease
Bump & Grind
Take it of for you Lover
Burlesque with Props
How to Make your Fans
How to Take off your Stockings
Work your Feather Boa
AND MUCH MOORE!!!
Space is limited, and this is the only JMKBurlesque Showgirl Chorus series I will be offering until August, so come and get it while the gettin’s good!
No nudity is required. This is all about comfort level. So, come on girls lets educate our audience. And give em the Wow! factor.
Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm
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LEVEL II IS FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS ONLY. YOU WILL LEARN ADVANCED SPINS, CLIMBS AND INVERTS.
INSTRUCTORS – JENNIFER KENNEDY AND ALICIA
WHAT TO WEAR:
– RAZORBACK TANK TOP OR T- SHIRT *SPINE MUST BE COVERED
– SKORTS OR SHORT *SO LEGS CAN GRIP THE POLE
– SNEAKERS OR ANKLE BOOTS *ALL SHOES MUST HAVE ANKLE SUPPORT
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Being a Pole Fitness Mom, Before and After!
I am the first at the JM Kennedy Dance & Pole Fitness Studio to have what we like to joke about as a “Pole Baby”. Yes, taking Pole Fitness classes made me feel sexier and then before I knew it… “Oops!”…here’s my pole baby. I had my son in July and in September I was back in the studio taking classes. By October I was ready to perform in front of an audience for our annual Halloween Show and by January I was teaching Pole Fitness classes for the first time.
For the ladies out there that may currently be pregnant, I do not recommend pole fitness as a source of exercise. With the pregnancy, it limits the number of safe moves you can perform and it’s just not worth the risk. There are many types of safe exercises you can perform while pregnant like walking, swimming and yoga. I also recommend using coco butter daily to avoid stretch marks.
I also recommend that you wait at least 12 weeks after having the baby before taking pole fitness classes. It does take time to gain the strength back and get your muscles back into shape after giving birth. Even the students out there that haven’t had a baby know, if you miss a few months or even weeks of pole you’re not going to be as strong as before. Don’t get discouraged, your muscle memory will come back. I am living proof of that.
If you’re looking for a way to get back into shape and be the sexy mama you know you are, pole fitness is the way to go!
This article was inspired by Jennifer Kennedy owner of JM Kennedy Dance and Pole Fitness studio and Mother of two.
Guess What?! No Dance Background Required!
Hello to all the Sexy Ladies out there! Yeah, I’m talking to you! My name is Kerri. I’ve been a Pole Fitness Instructor with the JM Kennedy Dance Studio since January of 2010. I am certified through NETA.
So you’d like to know how I became part of this amazing studio? Well, here it is!
It all started in February of 2007. I’d always wanted to take some sort of dance class, maybe hip hop or jazz but I was 27 at the time….where would I begin? I was driving home from work one day and heard an advertisement on the radio about Pole Fitness classes. That would be perfect! I made a mental note to call as soon as I got home. I got the class schedule and came to the next walk-in class available. Now, mind you, I had no sort of dance training or taken a dance class before in my life! I walked into the 3rd week of the session surrounded by other students that seemed like professionals to me (Airplane…what’s an airplane?). I couldn’t find my right from my left. I’m not going to lie…it intimidated me. But I hung in there and after a few classes I started feeling comfortable and couldn’t get enough of it. After 6 classes there was a noticeable difference in my appearance. I started getting comments such as “where’d you get those muscles?” And we can’t forget the infamous bruising…”how’d you get those bruises”. (I’ve learned that everyone has their own way of answering those questions).
After taking a few sessions at the studio, I got to know Jen and I started helping her out in the office. Jen is a motivator and the saying, Never Say Never, definitely applies to her classes. Elevator, I could never do an elevator…by the 6th week I’d guess about 90% of the students are doing elevators. She also motivated me to start teaching my own Pole Fitness classes. Did I ever think in my wildest dreams I would be a Pole Fitness Instructor one day? No way! But here I am, teaching not only Basic Pole for Beginners but Jen also allowed me to create a Pole Level I class for the women out there not ready for Pole II.
A little bit more about me….I am a proud mom to a 19-month old boy. During the day I work as a secretary in Downtown Providence. I am also part of JM Kennedy’s Fringe Dancers who have performed at various venues. The Fringe Dancers specialize in Cabaret and Burlesque performances. We most recently performed at the Hi-Hat in Davol Square for a Valentine’s Burlesque Show which included singing, pole dancing, chair dancing and belly dancing.
So, take it from someone with no dance background. This is the place to start! It’s never too late. I’ve seen all sizes and ages take class at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio. I’ve seen mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends, co-workers and even the occasional being of the male species. We do not discriminate at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio!
ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA
Development of American burlesque
According to Wikipedia This is the definition of American Burlesque. What do you think?
While the American form of burlesque has its origins in 19th century music hall entertainments and vaudeville, in the early 20th century American burlesque re-emerged as a populist blend of satire, performance art, and adult entertainment featuring striptease and broad comedy acts that derived their name from the low comedy aspects of the literary genre known asburlesque. Here the term “burlesque” was used loosely to describe these adult revue shows in which striptease acts would perform—often with themes, characters or gimmicks—but classic striptease and “hootchy kootchy” dance were already forms in themselves and not automatically “burlesque” by default.
In burlesque, performers, usually female, often create elaborate sets with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting, and may even include novelty acts, such as fire breathing or contortionists, to enhance the impact of their performance.
Put simply, burlesque means “in an upside down style”. Like its cousin, commedia dell’arte, burlesque turns social norms head over heels. Burlesque is a style of live entertainment that encompasses pastiche, parody, and wit. The genre traditionally encompasses a variety of acts such as dancing girls, chanson singers, comedians, mime artists, and striptease artistes, all satirical and with a saucy edge. The striptease element of burlesque became subject to extensive local legislation, leading to a theatrical form that titillated without falling foul of censors.
The American form also was highly influenced by 19th century English variety and music hall shows as developed in the 1840s, early in the Victorian era, a time of culture clashes between the social rules of established aristocracy and a working class society. Originally, burlesque featured shows that included comic sketches, oftenlampooning the social attitudes of the upper classes and their music (particularly parodies of opera songs), alternating with dance routines. It developed alongside vaudeville and ran on competing circuits. In Britain, burlesque continued its established position in theatreland and enjoyed its own theatres (such as the Olympic Theatre in London) and was largely a middle class pursuit, where the jokes relied on the audiences’ familiarity with known operas and artistic works.
In its heyday, American burlesque bore little resemblance to the earlier literary and musical burlesques of the UK (now known as “classical” or “traditional British” burlesque) which parodied widely known works of literature, theater, or music and did not feature striptease. Possibly due to historical social tensions between the upper classes and lower classes of society, much of the humor and entertainment of later American burlesque focused on lowbrow and ribald subjects.
The popular burlesque show of the 1870s through the 1920s referred to a raucous, somewhat bawdy style of variety theater inspired by Lydia Thompson and her troupe, the British Blondes, who first appeared in the United States in the 1860s, and also by early “leg” shows such as The Black Crook (1866). Its form, humor, and aesthetic traditions were largely derived from the minstrel show. One of the first burlesque troupes was the Rentz-Santley Novelty and Burlesque Company, created in 1870 byMichael B. Leavitt, who had earlier feminized the minstrel show with his group Madame Rentz’s Female Minstrels.
Burlesque rapidly adapted the minstrel show’s tripartite structure: part one was composed of songs and dances rendered by a female company, interspersed with low comedy from male comedians. Part two was an “olio” of short specialties in which the women did not appear. The show’s finish was a grand finale.
The genre often mocked established entertainment forms such as opera, Shakespearean drama, musicals, and ballet. The costuming (or lack thereof) increasingly focused on forms of dress considered inappropriate for polite society. The British form, however, carried on much in the same musical-satirical style of the 19th century and is still so today.
By the 1880s, the genre had created some rules for defining itself:
- Minimal costuming, often focusing on the female form.
- Sexually suggestive dialogue, dance, plotlines and staging.
- Quick-witted humor laced with puns, but lacking complexity.
- Short routines or sketches with minimal plot cohesion across a show.
Chicago … had a fierce pioneer gaiety that enlivened the senses, yet underlying it throbbed masculine loneliness. Counteracting this somatic ailment was a national distraction known as the burlesque show, consisting of a coterie of rough-and-tumble comedians supported by twenty or more chorus girls. Some were pretty, others shopworn. Some of the comedians were funny, most of the shows were smutty harem comedies—coarse and cynical affairs.—Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography: 125–6
The popular burlesque show of this period eventually evolved into the striptease which became the dominant ingredient of burlesque by the 1930s. In the 1930s, a social crackdown on burlesque shows led to their gradual downfall. The shows had slowly changed from ensemble ribald variety performances, to simple performances focusing mostly on the striptease. The end of burlesque and the birth of striptease was later dramatized in the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s.
If you are interested in learning more about this unique art form register for our Burlesque work shop and pin up shoot December 11th & 12th.
Let your inner diva come out to play…
Burlesque Workshop – Saturday December 11TH
Burlesque Photo Shoot – Sunday December 12th