Inspirational Mover - Dalton Rhodes

November 15, 2019

Dalton dancing with a pole

We've been Instagram stalking Dalton ( ) for longer than we'll ever admit out loud. Yep, take a moment to watch. Go ahead. We're not going anywhere. So now that you've witnessed all of the marvelous low flow goodness just know there may have been some fangirl squeals of excitement when they agreed to an interview.

Dalton dancing in a combination studio living spacePlease tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Dalton Rhodes, I'm originally from a smaller town in Texas but have lived in Chicago since 2011. I teach pole dance classes and train at The Brass Ring and Fly Club. I like short walks to the fridge and exposing my gluteal folds.

What kind of mover are you?

The short answer is a dancer! The longer answer is my movement has been informed by a lot of different practices for as long as I can remember. I grew up playing tennis and volleyball and then found my way into cheerleading and gymnastics. In high school, I started taking dance classes and from there it was a wrap, went to college to further my dance studies and ended up in a pole studio in 2016. Pole dancing is now my primary style of movement.

What motivates you to move?

Music and other dancers are my two biggest motivators. Anytime I'm listening to music it's pretty much a guarantee that I'm dancing in my head. I'm pretty much always down to move so it's not hard for me to find motivation or inspiration.

What are your go-to warm-up and cool down rituals?

I love a good progressive warm-up, if I'm in the studio I truly just love to roll around on the floor for a while to get the body moving. Depending on what I'm working on that day determines the intensity of the rest of it but I always try and make sure my shoulders, core, and hips are ready to rumble. As for a cool down I like to stretch my feet and calves out really well, especially if I had heels on and show my shoulders and wrists a little love too.

Who has previously or is currently inspiring you in movement? And why?

The list is long and ever-growing but currently and forever: Anna Kia, she's a powerhouse performer and mover who isn't afraid to get nasty. Vera Kim's performance from ExoGen Poland blew my mind and I've been obsessed with her style and trying to milk out everything from my movement since I saw that. Some other dancers who are constantly in my saved videos on IG include Lauren Elise, Wes Marx, Jazzy K, Yvonne Smink, Tia Jax, Melissa Schrader, and Allie Kamikaze. Clearly I've got a low flow obsession I can't quite kick.

"When I walked off stage as naked as I legally could be, it was one of the first times I felt like I was on the right path." -Dalton RhodesCan you tell me about a favorite movement moment you experienced and what made that moment so special?

The first time I brought a pole act to a non-pole show was to this production called The Fly Honeys. I was super nervous to be a part of it as a solo act and my piece was about FOSTA/SESTA and the dangers it presented to sex workers. The crew and crowd were so incredibly supportive and loud. When I walked off stage as naked as I legally could be and turned around to see everyone it was one of the first times I felt like I was on the right path.

What is one thing you never go to the gym/studio without?

I'm always listening to music so that's a bit of a given. It's also very rare to catch me in the studio without a pair of heels. Oh, and snacks. All the snacks!

What does diversity and inclusion in your movement practice mean to you?

Cross-training truly changed my movement practice. Growing up and even in college I just assumed being in pain all the time was normal. It wasn't until I saw a physical therapist for an overuse injury that they told me I had to start switching up my practice if I wanted longevity. Yoga and developing my own workout routine essentially erased the pain I was in and also added more strength and flexibility to all of my practices. I've always been pretty voracious when it comes to knowledge and took a lot of opportunities in college and after to broaden my movement style by taking any class I could. As much as I loved modern and ballet classes, West African techniques taught me a lot more about staying grounded, rhythm, and use of energy.


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