My passion for pole dancing and my desire to be healthy and happy has been reignited. I’m going to strive toward a stronger, more positive me.
In battling my depression, I’m trying to stick to my passions to keep me occupied and find my strength again literally and figuratively.
The following video was shot at A Very Merry Polesque (Dec 2011). AERA closed the show by paying tribute to a few holiday favorites. This was frikking awesome!!!! I want to be on their level one day!
Itâ€™s obvious you need full body strength for successful pole dancing and as a result, no two people can grasp the same moves in the same way. Because we all have different strengths, weaknesses, body shapes and flexibility, what may work for one person on their first attempt may not work for another until their 10th. Enter The Jade (pictured above). I did it, er, some semblance of it on my first try (*faints*). Hit the jump for more…
When I first started pole dancing in February, I looked at the teachers as if they were these mystical all-knowing pole gurus because they were so good at the craft. But recently I realized that they were human. I know that sounds like a memo from Captain Obvious but when youâ€™re new at a craft as hard as pole, the people who are really good at it can have an awe inspiring affect on you, and itâ€™s even more awesome when you interact with said individuals and see that they are humble and still learning also.
I mentioned earlier in my pole dance life that I was inspired by Roz aka The Diva because she represented for all the women out there who felt that they couldnâ€™t get good at pole because they lacked strength, werenâ€™t the right size, [insert more self deprecation here]â€¦but clearly, all of the above is bullshit.
The ironic thing about the pole dancing sport is that the standard shoes we wear (when we actually do wear shoes) are technically stripper shoes, despite the fact that the athletic pole community is trying to move away from the seedy association with The Player’s Club. However, in defense of stripper heels, they actually enhance certain moves and struts but it’s just an interesting observation that I made when I realized that buying shoes for pole actually made me blush. I started poling in February and never had to use shoes until last month, when one of my most recent Read the rest of this entry »
Tokyo Dolores is a pole dance duo from Tokyo who decided to board the A-Train and flex their skills. Check this out! What a ride lol.
That looks a little worse than it is but I did mention that pole dancing comes with random pain every now and then. I have a strained wrist from possibly doing a push-pull spin. I can’t find a video for it but it’s exactly what it sounds like–one arm is pushing the pole while the other arm is pulling as you spin your body around. It’s also known as the Carousel or the Peter Pan. People who pole know that it’s a wrist killer. In this case, I didn’t even realize Â that I was hurt until after class. I guess Read the rest of this entry »
Pole dancing hurts. A lot. I canâ€™t stress that enough. It never stops. As you get more advanced you do moves that hurt even more but you eventually learn to deal with the discomfort. I used to think I realized how sensitive the thigh region was until I started learning how to invert. Now I really get itâŽ¯for real this time. I can only imagine whatâ€™s in store for me when I start doing armpit holds. *Shudders. In addition to the pain you feel during real time pole dancing, you also sometimes wake up with mysterious pain and bruises after Read the rest of this entry »