8 Tips How to Prepare for a Pole Dance Competition 

August 9th, 2017

No matter how many times you competed before, your time on stage might be quite stressful and nerve racking if you are not prepared. The best thing you can do to ease the anxiety before your big competition day is to make sure you are fully ready mentally and physically. Here are 8 tips to guide you through the preparation process, that might seem obvious but usually overlooked. So let’s have a look:

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  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! There is a giant list of competitions to choose from nowadays depending on your style and level. You simply cannot present your best exotic piece for a pole sport event! Read everything you can find about the competition paying close attention to rules and regulations upon music, compulsory elements, costume choice etc. Do not hesitate to ask questions and reach to the organizers if something seems unclear. 
  2. LOOK FOR THE INSPIRATION!!! Remember that the inspiration is everywhere around us, listen to various music (pandora, sportify are great tools for music), try to be creative and original selecting a track for your competition piece; read more books, watch more movies, OBSERVE!!! Be careful creating your character, take into consideration your personal abilities such as strength, flexibility and your ability to actually portrait a character. 
  3. START EARLIER!!!! Begin preparing for your competition two three months before, it will give you a chance not only include tricks and combinations you feel comfortable about, but also will give you enough time to work and perfect something new and fresh, assessing your strengths and weaknesses.
  4. CHOREOGRAPH AND BE CREATIVE!!! Today the pole world is loaded with million of moves; the most crazy tricks, gravity defying combination, insane over splits and so on. Remember that first of all you don’t have to do all of them and if you CAN do all of them, DO NOT pack your piece with every single element you have ever learned. Select carefully the trick base of your performance depending on a dance style and story you are telling. Pay close attention to transitions, avoid repetitions (there are at least 10 different ways to get into the brass monkey;);), avoid unnecessary adjustments, play with tempo and levels. 
  5. DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! Dance through the entire piece not only when you’re doing your floor work. Try to make that climb as interesting as flowy and dancey as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, help or feedback your fellow pole friends or even your pole idols on FB or instagram: pole dancers are very kind and generous while sharing their knowledge. That’s why we love our pole community so much!
  6. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS!!! Every move matters, every hand raise, every head turn, every foot position must be an inevitable part of your character! Run through, run through, run through, set a goal (for instance to run through your routine 20 times before the competition) and try to achieve it! Practice creates a habit and eliminates the possibility to forget the sequence at the stressful situation. Run through your piece without the mirrors and ask a couple of friends to watch your performance to mimic your actual time on stage.
  7. BE HEALTHY!!! Don’t forget your beauty sleep, required rest and well balanced diet to nourish your amazing body! 
  8. And finally LEARN TO ENJOY THE PROCESS!!! Do not turn the creative process into a burden, try to be yourself and follow your own path, recreating somebody’s else success is not the best idea. “Winning isn’t everything. It’s only one thing”.

GOOD LUCK! And remember you are your biggest competition!!!

By Svetlana Semenishcheva

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Hashtags (#) and the Pole Fitness Industry

October 26th, 2016

Simply stated, the pound sign or hashtag is visually represented by the symbol ‘#’, and by placing the symbol in front of a word (or series of words) on a social network, it will turn that word into a metadata tag.  In simple English, the ‘#’ symbol turns the word(s) immediately following it into a searchable term that can be used on that website or social network, which is activated by someone clicking on that hashtag. And, here we are yet again. It seems as though, try as we might, we just can not extricate ourselves from the ever-present eye of this social media monstrosity. In fact, it is believed that the use of hashtags began on the very popular social media platform, Twitter. Early users of Twitter figured out a way to avoid having to sort through endless mounds of random conversations to arrive at what they considered was the “meat” from the usual proverbial information overload.

It wasn’t long before companies caught on to this growing phenomena and decided to capitalize from its trending influence. Campaigns featuring new products are heavily decorated with inventive and attention-grabbing hashtags. This is especially true where Pole Fitness is concerned. The nature of pole fitness’s existence relies heavily, if not totally, on visual impact. In a matter of seconds, one’s attention is captured and it isn’t much long after that the viewer is ushered into a trance-like engagement of whimsical pole dance play. The use of hashtags in this sense gives pole fitness professionals and students the benefit of an abbreviated narration or description of a photo’s content. Effective use of hashtags gives this same viewer search options as well as succinctly answers questions that may arise about a particular artifact used in a photo. For example, when posting or advertising a picture of a Pole Fitness Workshop, the blogger/advertiser may use a hashtag to give information about the skilled instructor who teaches the workshop, or may give the name of the Studio where the workshop is being held.

Some key hashtags used in Pole Dancing are “polesport”, “poledancing”, “polefitness”, “pole”, “poler”, “polelover”, “polemove”, “polestudio”, “sobepoledance”, “poleclass”, “polegirl”, “flexibility”, “poletrick”, “training”…the list goes on.

The Pole Fitness industry continues to be trending and reflect whatever is trending in some other fitness industries. Ours is one that is ever-evolving and ever-growing. With widely-accepted nuances such as the use of hashtags in social-media networking and marketing, we are fortified with even more resources and means of turning pole fitness dreams into reality.

How To Make a Good Pole Dance YouTube Tutorial

November 16th, 2015

To teach a skill via video tutorial is an easy way for people to learn and keep up with new moves, and for you to make new followers and share your talent. This creates convenience of watching the video at any time anywhere, the ability to pause or slow motion the video, and one on one instruction. Video tutorials are sure to attract new followers and convince your current one’s that you’re serious about your job as a pole fitness instructor who always has more to offer.

While this may seem like a simple technique and most people/businesses will hop at the opportunity to expand their viewership with online video tutorials but not all video tutorials are good. The key aspect of a good video tutorial is not technical but the delivery. Ideally, a person conducting a tutorial should be trained on how to deliver a proper tutorial and the video itself should be well understood and properly formatted.

Pole Fitness Video Tutorial Manual:

Start off by introducing yourself (name) and the pole move that you will be performing. Announce the name of the studio if any that you are making the video on behalf of. Example: Hello. My name is Brittany, Im an instructor at SoBe Pole Dance Studio and in this tutorial I will be demonstrating a pole spin – Fireman.

Demonstrate the actual move so that the viewer knows what the move looks like and what to expect.

After performing the move, break each movement down to its simplest form. Provide detailed step by step instructions.

Next, repeat step three a little faster than it was done the first time.

Perform the move again at its original speed and advice your students to attempt the move with you this time.

Thank your viewers for watching, encourage them to keep practicing, and subscribe to you or the Studio you work for on YouTube.

Tips:

For every tutorial provide variations of the dance move for your viewers. For example, give alternative options for the more advanced and the beginner pole dancer (something that would make the move easier or more difficult). Also, remember to always encourage the viewer to try the move on each side of the pole (left side and right side). There are great auto-fix and stabilize options that YouTube offers under “enhancements” settings which you can access after uploading a video to make it look professional. 

Why to become a pole fitness instuctor, pole dance instructor training program, and tips how to prepare for your first training session

October 5th, 2015

After being swept off of their feet by the beauty of pole dancing and perfecting their moves, some students consider becoming a pole fitness instructor. Dreaming about becoming a pole dance instructor is natural for pole athletes who are passionate about the art of pole fitness and tried their skills on a pole dance competition. Many pole studios and organizations around the country have put in place a pole dance instructor training program.

The program is a good idea mainly because it gives inspiring students a way to obtain the skills necessary to become an instructor, teaches them safety techniques, creates body and muscle work awareness, well as addresses instructor-student etiquette. A person who is willing to become skilled in training others for pole dance is making a commitment to promote safety on the pole, guide artists and is serious about who he/she does.

The instructor training package typically includes a few hours of private pole fitness instructor training, overview of pole moves and poses taught in different levels, common situations in class, how to address delicate issues, pole anatomy, instructor code of ethics, question and answer portion, safety and well-being of students, sporting techniques, safe instructions, hygiene of the equipment and exercise area. Trainee will complete a final test of practice and theory.  A Certificate of Completion from a Pole Dance Studio and printouts of the material are given to each Trainee.

The ideal pole instructor trainee is at least a solid dancer at the Beginner level of pole dance, has knowledge of basic pole dance moves, and knows the names of the moves he/she can perform. Also, the trainee should come prepared for each session with questions to ask his/her instructor about teaching pole.  A good trainee will be well prepared for his/her first lesson by following these tips. Get a good night’s sleep (7-9 hours), eat properly (balanced meals), bring a bottle of water, socks, changing cloth, extra shorts, knee pads, notebook or iPad for taking notes, phone or camera to record short videos, list of questions for the instructor, scheduled an open pole session right after the training session to practice, and must of all ready to learn.

5 Reasons Why Pole Fitness is Better than Working Out at a Conventional Gym

June 3rd, 2015

There are many reasons why pole fitness is better than working out at a conventional gym. One of many reasons is that you are able to express yourself in a more creative way. Second, you will see faster results and better muscle cuts and lines. You can get the same or even better muscle tone without the strain of bulky weights similar to ones at the gym. Third, it’s tons of fun!   Fourth, it is safer to do pole fitness then going to a traditional gym; as pole dancers use their own body weight to work out, nothing will fall on you (heavy weights, or equipment). Last, but not least, your likes on social media platforms will improve. 

              Firstly, you are able to express yourself in a more creative way. While creating your own fitness and dance routine, you are expressing an art form that could be shown off to your friends and family. There is nothing more comfortable than getting to be yourself as you workout. This includes feeling sexy, clumsy, excited or frustrated. You will be happy expressing yourself. Pole students can do all types of tricks and moves such as the Front Hook Spin, Stag Spin, Fireman Spin, Hook & Roll and Hollywood Spin.

              Secondly, pole dancing is better than working out in the gym if you want to get faster results and better muscle cuts and lines. Doing pole fitness will get you in better shape in 6 months then going to a gym for a year. You can get the same or even better muscle tone without the strain of bulky weights similar to the ones at the gym.  Poling helps burn calories quicker. Pole dancing works every muscle in the entire body.  You are always moving, making pole both great isometric and cardiovascular exercise wrapped into one.

                 Furthermore, who doesn’t like their work out to be fun-filled?  Working out will never be boring if you enjoy dancing. Along with an exciting workout, friendly environment and sexy style, you and your friends can dress up in sexy clothes and high heels to take a class at the studio or in the convenience of your own home. Pole dancing is the new HOT & SEXY way to stay in excellent shape while having fun. Pole Dancing relies on significant upper body strength, flexibility, and muscle endurance. Women have been looking for a change in their exercise routines, which is where the art and love of pole dancing comes into play.

Another reason why pole fitness is a great alternative exercise form opposed to the traditional gym is because it is safe. For example, it is safer to do pole fitness then going to a traditional gym as pole dancers use only their own body weight to work out with reduces the risk of injury associated with weight lifting. There is a lesser chance that something will fall on you at the pole studio i.e., heavy weights or equipment as all poles are the only exercise tools that pole athletes use and are safely secured with the screws in the concrete or wood of a ceiling and the floor. There is always an instructor available to spot you during your lessons. 

                 Considering all factors listed above, it can be concluded that your presence, likes and attention to your persona on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter will improve. Appreciation on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for pictures at a pole dance studio rather than from a regular gym will spike up your followers and likes. Pole dance fitness is more fun and exciting. It is more interesting to see because it is not commonly practiced. Pretty soon everyone will be doing pole fitness more than working out at a gym. 

Pole Fitness develops confidence, builds self esteem, healthy and beautiful bodies while being a very interesting and fun workout all at once.

By Meily Martinez ad Brittany Graham