I have been absent for a while, I apologise. I've been busy with comp prep and my weight training and have had very little time for blogging lately. I was also seriously injured recently after falling from a pole, and so haven't been dancing as much as usual lately while I recovered from concussion and a neck injury.
However, since I came back to pole on Tuesday, I have just been feelin' it!
Despite having limited mobility in my neck due to my injury, I was still able to fully participate in class and actually managed to pass two graded combos. This was exciting for me because, a) I was injured but, b) I am more of a static girl than a spin girl.
Graded Combo #3: Mount, Wrap, Fairy, Diva, Stag Drop (I stag drop as I don't have the flexibility to split drop.)
Perhaps because I started static first and am at a slightly more advanced level in static than I am in spin, but I do find that I enjoy my static class and master static combos more easily than I do in my spin class. Please don't get me wrong, I love spin and I do enjoy myself, but if I had to choose to only do one kind of pole for the rest of my life it would be static.
That said, I was on a roll on Tuesday, not only passing but really feeling myself in the student choice section of our dance. The video below is all freestyle, just a combo I made up on the spot using tricks I already know and mashing them together. I actually really like it and am thinking of putting it into a routine. The song I'm dancing to is WHATEVER IT TAKES by IMAGINE DRAGONS.
I was back at pole this morning for my static class, still feeling it, and I think it showed. We start every intermediate static class with a freestyle; Kristy will give us some compulsory combos to include, but everything else is up to us.
One of my favourite tricks from Beginners and Intermediate is the Back Straddle, but I've never quite been able to make it look as pretty as some. I generally find myself throwing it into just about every freestyle or routine I do, and when I checked my video today I was pleasantly surprised by the end result.
My legs and straight and my toes are pointed, something I've never quite been able to master. Now I just have to remember to rotate my hips and bring my top arm a little lower, so I can really straighten out. However, pointed toes equals progress in my book and there's nothing I love more than making an old trick look even better.
I recently received my edits from my most recent pole photoshoot with Broken Ballerina Studio. This was my third shoot with them and, as usual, I love all my pics and choosing the edits was a painful process of elimination. As mentioned in the teaser post, this shoot was under a UV light and I spent an hour before hand being painted. My theme was 'Stormy', to match the shoes I brought specially for this shoot, and it came out a treat under the UV.
The devil whispered in my ear,
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.