A shot from the first practice of my pole/ballet piece at Dru’s place ^_^
I’m in love with your progress so far! We’re so close to finishing! <3
Successes from last week’s instructor jam at The Secret. The Batwing, Cheba/Lolo split, and The Anastasia — meaning that my Winter/Spring 2013 pole dance goals are COMPLETE! I’m hoping to film a freestyle soon with all of my new tricks *jumps around*
No idea what this trick is called, but I want it!
Almost as important as doing your routine as many times as possible before competition day, it’s very important to watch footage of yourself. Video playback is a great tool for catching all the little details you might not even be noticing as you’re running your piece.
During training for my last competition, I discovered that YouTube is a FANTASTIC tool for this. Too many times while watching I had to take mental or physical notes to remind myself of certain things like my hands, to point my feet in certain places, to go slower, etc; which I would then forget, mostly because I’m a visual learner.
You can add notes to your video real time and play them back using Youtube’s annotation tool (the interface is in the featured image if you get lost). To do this, load up your video’s page and click the handy little annotation icon beneath the player to load the annotations page. Put your notes up and mark the times, play them back, and press save. Best of all, you can do this on a private and unlisted video.
Personally, I like to make a private playlist of all my rehearsals for a performance. All the videos in that list are annotated so I can see my progress in context. This is also great for sharing with friends and teachers so multiple people don’t point out the same mistake in your videos.
If you’d like to see an example, check out one of my rehearsal videos for Pacific Pole Championships 2013. Feel free to laugh at my annotations (ESPECIALLY 2:20), they get more specific after the 0:57 mark. If you’d like to see the final result, check out my PPC video!
Danielle Romano’s Winning Atlantic Pole Championships L4 routine. FANTASTIC attention to character, amazing dedication and very unique choreography.
Originally I was going to post the May Pole Dancing BlogHop as a vlog, but most of it turned out like this so…
Pink Puma demonstrating “Catch the Tail” at The Arnold Pole Panamerican Championship 2013, 2nd Place. (x)
My solo at The Secret’s Semi-Annual Showcase to Etta James’ “At Last”. This footage is so incredibly gorgeous in full res, I honestly don’t even think I look like that in real life.
Shots from my performance at The Secret’s Grand Showcase a few weeks ago, performing to Etta James’ “At Last”. Can’t wait to get footage to show you guys!
The first of many summer street pole pics! Get outside and enjoy the sunshine :)
P.S. My right hammy is finally getting back to pre-pulled flexibility. Hoorah!
By now you guys know that I’m basically Alethea Austin fangirl. I squeal every time she posts anything on the internet. But for you folks in Nashville, you’re a SUPER lucky bunch!
Alethea’s just opened The Chrome Bar. It’s a studio that’s every pole dancer’s dream. Enough floorspace around each pole to dance and not bump into one another, mirrors and height galore, and check this, PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING. So every dancer can have a spotlight on her while dancing. Additionally she’s got FlyGyms installed and classes dedicated to teaching them.
You guys. I’m dying. Can we make a pilgrimage together?