Originally from eastern Washington, Evie Vander Wende is an LA-based dancer and private pole instructor. She is an advocate for mental health awareness, medicinal cannabis, sexual expression and proper sex education for all.
Could you describe a typical day in your life?
“It includes taking care of my Boston Terrier puppy, Earl, hanging out with my boyfriend, probably yoga or some sort of active stretching, definitely dancing--whether it be pole or floor-work or whatever my body is feeling.”
Any dance tips you can share with our audience?
“For me, dancing is all about attitude! Moves can be technical, but what grabs my attention watching someone move is their mannerisms. A little head roll or lip-bite or touch to the collar bone can be all it takes to connect to your audience.”
What inspires you the most?
“I've always been driven by my love of music and its ability to simultaneously allow me to escape reality and connect to myself, and I've always admired others who can tap into that internal vulnerability. I've had a series of strong female figures in my life that have provided me with great inspiration: I was raised by my brave and beautiful mother, and upon moving to LA, Jamé was definitely the woman who inspired me (and continues to inspire me) on my pole dance journey.”
Any other hobbies, passions or occupations?
“Before I found pole dancing I was pursuing my culinary interests, the main one being pastry work, and I still find an overwhelming sense of calm working in the kitchen. Food is an absolute passion of mine. I have also been practicing yoga off and on for years, and I also enjoy painting as well as writing.”
Do you have a personal mission?
“To help others feel comfortable in their own skin, and specifically with their sexuality. I was lucky enough to be raised by supportive and educational parents who never made me feel ashamed of my body (although external factors did the job just fine!). No young adult should be forced into a life of secrecy over such a fundamental part of human existence. I love pole dancing because it allows a physical connection to one’s body, an emotional release, and the expression of one’s sexual/sensual/raw identities. For me, dancing is less about putting on a show and more about sharing a personal moment of emotion. I hope one day to return to school and eventually become a sex therapist or something in a similar vein.”
To learn more about Evie, follow her @evelynlaurel