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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…)

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

I am a BEAST

January has been pretty great so far.  I’ve added silks and lyra to my list of aerial activities, I’ve been pretty involved with pole rehearsals for a show I’ll be in later in the spring, I’ve started practicing again with my pole buddy, I’m now in the most advanced level my studio offers, I’ve been pushing myself more than usual outside of class, and I’ve learned and improved a couple of moves that have been at the top of my list (including the cartwheel dismount/Jenyne tumble!  And yep, that’s my expression on the left there just after I’d performed it perfectly during practice).  (more…)

January 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm 1 comment

New class, new goals

Last week I attended my first pole class of the new session (the last one ended right before Christmas).  I’m now in the highest level pole class that my studio offers (yay!) and I have a TON of learning and improving to do.  I have an amazing teacher and the class is much more intense and fast-paced than all of the other levels I’ve taken have been, and I absolutely love it.  I’m definitely being pushed to my limits not only with the new moves I’m learning but also with the intensified conditioning and stretching exercises.  My progress in December was a little slow and my goals were a little sparse.  Granted, I did learn some new moves and even participated in my first showcase (I’m waiting on the photos and video from the event before I post about it).  However, after seeing what this new class is like and what is expected of me, my goals and priorities need to change a little. (more…)

January 17, 2012 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

November update

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

Splits:  Last month, I was really struggling to find the motivation to stretch.  This month, I’ve been stretching just about every other day or every couple days for the past couple weeks.  I’d love to get the splits by Christmas so that I can get a picture of me doing them in front to our Christmas tree, but we’ll see…Until then, check out my Splits Progress page!

Back flexibility:  This is slowly coming along.  I am now able to lower from a back bend into a forearm stand (without using the pole), which probably has less to do with an increase in flexibility than with an increase in confidence and comfort in the move (since I could already touch my toes to the floor when I was doing this move against a pole).  I am also continuing to practice transitioning into the cocoon more smoothly. (more…)

December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am 3 comments

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


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