Posts tagged ‘performance’

January update

Here’s what I’ve been working on this month!

Splits: Just started working on these more seriously again.

Back flexibility: I’m thinking I might need to start working on this more, too.  However, this month I started being able to grab my foot with both hands in the cocoon for the first time (instead of awkwardly trying to latch on to my other wrist with the further away hand), so that looks much prettier now.

Invert: Now that I’m in the advanced class at my studio where we’re spending more time working on straight leg and scissor inverts, my invert is starting to look better.  I’m trying to avoid bending my legs every time I invert. (more…)

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February 1, 2012 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

My first pole recital!

This weekend I performed in my first pole recital!  It was AWESOME.  Technically it wasn’t just a pole recital – there were other forms of dance too.  Some of the other acts featured exotic dance, lyra, spinning poi, and silks, and all of the performers choreographed their own routines.  The recital was Twilight themed, so our music came from the movie soundtracks.  My song was Satellite Heart by Anya Marina. (more…)

October 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm 1 comment

Choreography: when you’re fresh out of ideas

It’s no secret that creating a routine can be tough.  You want to showcase your best moves, but if you’re like me you may have a few default moves or combos that you always fall back on because they’re comfortable.  If I don’t make a conscious effort to change it up, the moves I’ve been working on most recently tend to block out all of the other stuff I’ve learned, and my mind goes blank.  When this happens, it helps to have a backup.  Here’s a quick tip I use whenever I get stuck. (more…)

October 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm 3 comments

A word on “cheating”

It seems like everything is being called “cheating” lately – certain hand positions, grip aids, even whether a pole is spinning or not.  While it is not uncommon to form a bad habit, let’s refrain from making accusations and over-using the word.  Often, the thing that is being called “cheating” isn’t really cheating at all.

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July 13, 2011 at 12:00 am 2 comments

Grip aids

If you search for information about grip aids on the internet, you will find some helpful recommendations and product reviews; however, you might also come across a few warnings against the use of grip aids, especially from those who think that using them is a form of “cheating.”

I think this is total hogwash.

Yes, you should practice building up the strength of your grip without relying on “grip-enhancing” products.  However, those of us with sweaty hands know that sometimes it doesn’t matter how strong your grip is – if your hands are wet, they will not stick to the pole – period.  And if you can’t stick to the pole, you’ll have difficulty learning the very moves that will build the strength needed to improve your grip.  Plus, slippery hands simply aren’t safe. (more…)

June 11, 2011 at 3:00 am Leave a comment


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