Posts tagged ‘dance’

Turning around a failure

I have exams this week and I have been beyond stressed lately, to the point where I’ve been driving myself crazy.  On top of everything, I haven’t been able to practice for a while because my pole broke and I’m waiting to receive a part from the company.  To relieve some stress, I decided to work a practice into my schedule yesterday at the studio.  My main goal for the day was to film a routine I had put together but had not been able to rehearse at home.  I wanted to be able to use the video as a submission for an upcoming showcase, and although I knew it probably wouldn’t be perfect, at least it would be a start.  At best, I hoped to run through the routine a couple times and film it just so I could go back and see what needed to be fixed; I would worry about perfecting it later.  In reality, things didn’t go so well.  (more…)

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December 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Intro to modern dance

“I’m going to dance and you’re going to follow along and do what I do.  I’m not going to break down every move and I’m not going to give you counts.  Welcome to modern dance.”

I’m not sure what I was expecting as I walked into class on my first day of modern dance.  I had been told to come prepared to dance, but I had not been told what to wear or bring to class.  I had known before class that everyone in the room would have had dance experience, but I hadn’t expected half of the class to have experience in modern (remember, this is intro level Modern I).  And coming from a background in Irish dance where t-shirts and shorts were the usual in-class uniform and – of course – pole dance, where sports bras and booty shorts are the norm, it was a little bit of a culture shock when I realized that everyone around me was dressed like a ballerina in leotards and tights. (more…)

August 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Pole class v. online instruction

We’re all different; we all think differently, learn differently, and experience life differently.  We live in different places and have access to different resources.  So it stands to reason that, when looking for pole instruction, different options are going to suit different people’s needs.

As pole dancing is becoming more popular, we’re lucky that there is a growing number of sources becoming available that offer instructional resources for the new dancer and veteran student alike.  Pole studios are opening up around the world, online communities, websites, and blogs are springing into existence, and YouTube continues to be a source of inspiring videos to gawk at and drool over.  Whether you learn best from a particular type or combination of resources, here are some pros and cons to think about when considering each option… (more…)

July 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Pulling yourself out of a rut

I don’t have time to practice.  I can’t find a song that inspires me.  I don’t feel like dancing.  I’ll never be that flexible.  I can’t nail that one move that everyone else can do.  I’m tired and worn out and the last thing I want to do is jump on a cold pole and rip up my skin.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

You’ve heard it before: often the only thing standing in the way of your success is yourself.  Here are some ideas to help you get out of your rut. (more…)

July 6, 2011 at 9:41 am 1 comment

Competition and jealousy

When I was younger, I took Irish dance lessons with my best friend (let’s call her Erin).  Like in many pole dance studios, students in our dance school were grouped into different levels based on the complexity of the dance steps we knew.  In order to advance to a higher level, we each had to compete for a certain rank in various categories in a competition.  We competed against both those from other dance schools and our own, so Erin and I were constantly in direct competition with one another. (more…)

June 17, 2011 at 12:00 am 1 comment


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