Pole Cat

Shortly before I started Level 4 Progressive Series at Boulder Spirals, I dropped in on a class with Shawneen and got a little preview of what was to come. I was feeling totally exhausted and lame, and since I was one of two in an unusually small class, I asked her to give me and […]

I’m taking a spin class! Not the kind on bikes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo230BxOmNs&feature=youtu.be

In pole dancing there are two kinds of poles: static and spinning. When people first consider taking up pole there is an assumption that spinning poles are easier than static poles because the pole does all the work, right?

Wrong.

I have been pole dancing for about eight months now, which doesn’t seem like a long time, but I am in the studio from 3-5 times a week so I’m pretty into it. Just recently Boulder Spirals offered a workshop in spin pole technique with Shawneen, or Sarcee, or make eye contact and start talking. I love her. I love baiting her on Facebook the day of the class to see if I can get her mad at me so she makes me do something evil.

Up until recently she’s been easing us into the spin pole with pencil spins and spinning firemen, maybe because she doesn’t want to scare us off, or perhaps because she doesn’t feel like cleaning up the mess. But last night the gloves came off. Perhaps it was because I was bagging on Bel Biv Devoe or perhaps because after four weeks we were ready. We jumped right into inversions with a basic bat, which is an inverted crucifix on spin mode. I’m pretty comfortable with inversions now but I have to say that doing it on a spin pole adds a whole new level of fear.

First of all, you can’t just hang out and figure out what you are doing. You are spinning around pretty fast so you better know what the hell you’re doing.
Second, you might not seem like you are moving very fast to an observer, but when you are on the pole, it feels like you are going 100 miles per hour.
Thirdly, you’ve got all kinds of forces pulling you out and pushing you in that you don’t experience on the static pole. Furthermore, your speed changes dramatically based on how close your body is to the pole. You might move into a position to stop only to suddenly accelerate out of control.
And finally, you need to manage what you eat and when you eat it. You know that gal at the pizza joint nibbling the carrot sticks and sipping water while everyone else is horking down wings and beer? It ain’t because I’m on a diet, I just don’t want it coming up later.

Enjoy a few clips from last night!

Drug Seeking Behavior

A few months ago I kinda hit a wall when it came to my mental health. I blogged about it at length but the upshot of it was that my doctor gave me a 30 tablet one-time prescription for Ativan, just in case I thought I was going to completely blow a gasket. Since I […]

SteamPunk Circus at Chimeria Studios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bin6BR1XjoI

So it’s been a really long time since I’ve updated my blog and all I’ve got is old news. But not to my blog.

I performed at the SteamPunk Circus event a couple weeks ago with my fellow poler Stacey. Since we are both hopelessly not with it, we had to Google steampunk images to come up with outfits. I’m pretty handy with a sewing machine so I got busy after a trip to the fabric store and then the hardware store. I came up with a faux leather harness which was a total gas to make and pretty easy to pole in.

I’ve gotten to the point with my pole dancing that I can show up to an event and freestyle, which takes a lot of stress out of performing. Before now, I wouldn’t consider performing without choreographing the entire thing. No doubt it would have looked better had I choreographed and practiced it, but I probably would not have committed to the show because that takes a lot of time.

Stacey and I are working on a duet and we debuted some of our doubles moves, which you will see in the video clip.

I still have so many ways in which I can improve but this is honestly the first video I’ve seen of myself where I haven’t cringed the whole way through. I still hate that funny thing I do with my free hand and I need to s-l-o-w down just about everything, but I’m actually kind of pleased.

Handstand to Sit-up on the Pole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJptG9f2dqM&feature=youtu.be

Now that I’ve progressed to Level 4 Pole Skills at Boulder Spirals, the tricks are getting harder, which usually translates to “more upside down.” The handstand to sit-up scares the crap out of me so I decided to drill it until it became easy. Today was my day although my son was less than impressed. He was all, “Was that it.” Meh. Regardless, I got my son to video it for posteriority. Now I need to add ten crunches in before I come up.