September 12, 2011 at 11:29 am 2 comments

So I’ve hit a block.  I’m at a point where I have several advanced moves under my belt.  But as I have been doing more freestyles and composing more choreography, I’ve realized that my repertoire of “wow” moves – moves I love to do and can do well and that I believe showcase my talents best – is quite limited.  These aren’t necessarily the most advanced moves I know, but they’re at least the mildly impressive moves I feel comfortable with.  For instance, I have a pretty bendy back, so the forearm stand and rubber pencil fall into this category for me.  I also love doing the cross knee release, drama queen, butterfly, and gemini, and I love doing them A LOT.  As in, those are my default moves whenever I freestyle.  I’m trying to get away from doing them all of the time, but what else do I do instead?  I learn new tricks.  However, there are a lot of tricks I would love to learn that I just can’t do because I’m not flexible.  So I work on my flexibility.  But then I’m not actually doing anything on the pole.  And then, there are still those other tricks that fall through the cracks – the ones I have learned but don’t like or can’t do well, so I don’t do them.  And THEN, there are the ones in the middle – the ones I’m okay with, which could be better but which I’m too lazy to improve.  Arrrggg!

I’m not really sure what the solution should be.  I could go back to the basics and improve the tricks I already know, even the ones I don’t like.  I could learn new tricks.  I could throw a combination of moves into a routine and work on both the tricks and the transitions in and out of them – this actually helped me to solidify some of my new favorite moves in the first place, because, by using a routine, I was also working on flow and timing.  However, that’s how I got stuck doing the same combos over and over again… It’s kind of a Catch-22.

Back to flexibility for a moment.  I am really becoming aware of how limited I am.  Even excluding the tricks that rely largely on flexibility to execute (like the chopsticks or the allegra), flexibility just makes certain tricks look prettier – even tricks as basic as the scorpio.  I keep saying I’m going to become more serious about stretching (I even promised to in a blog post!), but in reality I’ve only come up with excuses not to.  And that only frustrates me more, because making excuses is exactly the thing I swore not to do.  So I feel like a hypocrite.

I’m thinking about adding a flexibility section to this blog where I post my splits progress.  Hopefully that will be the kick in the butt I need to keep it up, since it will be posted for everyone to see.  Until then, I still need to figure out how I am going to continue structuring my practices.  I haven’t been able to take a pole class for several weeks, so I am really excited to start a new session next week.  Maybe that will give me some direction.


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  • 1. Chwenny  |  September 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    What?! I’ve seen your videos, and the sheer fact that you can dance And choreograph to your Own music is awesome, but you look lovely doing it too. All I ever do is show up for class and try to get through the class routine. Try making a list of your pole accomplishments, TWO to match every so-called frustration 😉

    • 2. Holly  |  September 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Awww thanks Chwenny! But there’s so much that I don’t post that doesn’t look as lovely…Maybe I will try that list though as my next post… 🙂


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