From knocking back wheatgrass shots to turning investor in Raw Pressery, there’s little that Jacqueline Fernandez does that flies under the radar. So of course, when we chanced upon a late night video of her pulling off some slick pole dance moves, we were intrigued.
In case you were wondering, those abs do take maintenance, and if you aren’t big on the idea of sweating buckets while working out, you are in good company: Jacqueline found herself learning some pole dancing on the fly for her upcoming release, A Gentleman, and has made it a permanent fixture in her workout regimen ever since.
The credit for those 1.7 million views lies largely with her mentor, Roksolana Chubenko, an international pole dancing instructor who has taught at studios across Milan, Dubai and Ukraine. So how did she get Jacqueline up to scratch for the movie schedule in a matter of weeks? “We were working on a tight deadline to have her ready for the performance without any previous background in the art. Fortunately, Jackie is in excellent shape and has great dancing skills,” explains Roksolona.
The actress attended two hour-long sessions every single day of the week to pick up the dance form. “We started from very basic pole conditioning exercises to build necessary body mobility and so her skin could get used to the strange sensation. Surprisingly for me, Jacqueline caught up very fast and after eight weeks, we had crushed all our goals. She could even pull off some complicated moves, like the Allegra and the extended butterfly,” she raves.
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Unfortunately for Jacqueline and Roksolana, they couldn’t fit in all that they had learned into the required movie sequence for A Gentleman. “Jacqueline has really taken to the dance form and is still training with me thrice a week for one-hour sessions. We have some exciting plans for pole dancing in India, but I'll keep those to myself for now,” she smiles.