Hello friends! 👋🏼
I’ve been reflecting a lot on my pole journey lately and it inspired me to write todays blog post. There are so many genres in pole dance today and I can totally understand why some new polers might feel overwhelmed when starting out. I have been dancing for many years and it’s safe to say that I’ve tried it all. I’ve practiced sexy pole dance choreography, I’ve attended pole “fitness” classes which were strictly for strength training and I’ve even tried out Russian exotic and contemporary pole dance. It’s taken years to find a style of dancing that feels natural and authentic to me and I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips on how to find a style of pole dance that suits you. Ps. You don’t have to limit yourself to one genre, it’s completely okay to take different factors of each pole dancing niche and make it your own.
We live in an age where we can access information at the touch of a button! The pole world is expanding and apps such as Instagram, Patreon and YouTube are bursting at the seams with talented pole dancers. I found my favorite pole dancers on YouTube when I was starting out, Instagram wasn’t really a thing yet and Facebook was generally used for close friends and family. The first pole dancers I ever saw online were Felix Cane , Sergia Louise Anderson, Cleo The Hurricane and Eva Bemo. All of these dancers were in completely different categories of pole dance but I loved their dancing equally. I admired Cleo’s flexy legs and “no fucks given” attitude, Sergias ability to tell stories through movement, Eva’s flow and unique dance moves and Felix’s strength, grace and hyper flexibility. At first I thought that I would have to squeeze myself into a box and pick one pole dance genre in order to be a successful dancer, but I now know that isn’t true. It’s totally fine to take different elements of pole dance and create your own style! After all, if everyone danced the same way pole dance would be pretty boring.
Although I encourage every pole dancer to follow other artists that inspire them, it’s so important to not lose yourself in the middle of it all. As an individual artist you have your own ideas and creativity to work with. Take time to nurture and work on your strengths, maybe you’re pretty flexible, maybe you’re already strong with pole tricks or a natural at floor work? My point is, you don’t need to be a carbon copy of your favourite dancer. Focus on the elements that you enjoy and have fun with it! I really admire Carmine Blacks style of teaching, she’s one of the few pole dancers I know of who really encourages her students to find their own dance style while breaking down different movements rather than teaching choreography. Carmine’s workshops are definitely on my “To Do” list!
Practice Freestyle Dancing
This is something I have added into my own pole classes because it really helped me to find my own creative dance flow in the beginning. To be honest, freestyle dancing used to freak me out but it’s something I really started to enjoy when I began dancing in strip clubs. Well, I didn’t really have a choice because when you’re called on stage multiple times a night you just kind of have to go with it. Freestyle dancing also inspires a lot of my choreographed routines, when I’m lacking motivation I really enjoy putting on my favourite music, letting go and seeing what dance moves come to mind. You’ll be surprised how creative you can become when you stop thinking so much about what you’re “supposed” to be doing and just do what feels right for you.
Find A Suitable Studio
I cant stress enough how important it is to find a space that you enjoy being in. The great thing about pole dance becoming more mainstream is that there are lots of studios out there with instructors who have their own personal style. Find a studio that caters to the kind of dancing you enjoy. I believe that it’s so important to train in a space that you can see yourself flourishing in. One instructor might suit you better than the next and that’s totally okay! For example, I enjoyed “Pole fitness” classes as I built up a lot of strength for tricks but they didn’t inspire me to dance or create choreography. Luckily, a lot of studios today have a mixed class schedule which means that you can try out all of the different dance styles.
Step Away From The Pole
This might seem like a weird request seeing as this blog post is all about pole dancing but hear me out! Although you love pole, it can become tedious when it’s overdone (like everything else in life). We all have our “bad” pole days, you know the days when your grip sucks and you just don’t feel strong or coordinated? This is a perfect opportunity to train flexibility, practice floor work or do something non pole related. Try out a different class like contemporary dance, commercial heels or twerk! So many styles of pole are heavily influenced by other dance genres and trying out a different class can be really inspiring. It can also be fun to use what you’ve learned from your new class by incorporating it into some pole choreography!
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