At the end of last year, I entered a competition in the hope of becoming the Student Ambassador for Pole Divas Caroline Springs 2018. While I was unsuccessful in this endeavour, myself and the other finalists were invited by Kristy to participate in a promotional photoshoot for PDCS, which included posing for an individual shot doing our favourite trick.
I considered doing a Fairy, as I am seriously in love with Fairy at the moment, but - pretty as it is and as much as I like it - I didn't feel it showed me in my best when it comes to my ability in pole. I have to admit to having something of an affinity for upside down tricks, and, since moving up to Intermediate, I've never been right way up for long. Perhaps it's just because they once used to terrify me beyond belief, but upside down always feel special and, with that in mind, I decided I'd take a gamble and try and pull off my favourite upside down trick: the Ballerina Hold.
You've probably heard me mention the Ballerina Hold about a million and one times on this blog, but since moving up to Intermediate, it's been impossible to get away from. Not that I particularly want to get away from it (Spider Climbs, on the other hand...) and I think I have a bit of a soft spot for it because the day I managed to do this trick with my hands off for the first time also happened to be my birthday.
The picture above was taken by a friend at the shoot and is not the finished picture, but it illustrates the position very well. You also get a good look at my 'revolver heels', particularly on my hooked leg and an excellent illustration of skin grip, which I talked about in my very first post What Is Pole Dancing?. I'm not only hanging on with my knee, although it is doing most of the work, but my side and part of my stomach are pressing into the pole as well, along with my thigh, all of which are helping me stay firmly stuck as I arch my back and take my hands off.
So, what else happened in the photoshoot?
We took some promotional shots, pretending to look through the merchandise and cool down in the Stretch Zone, then there were class shots of a warm-up and choreography, before group shots and doubles tricks on the poles abounded, and we rounded off the night with a boomerang taken by one of the other finalists.
Now, talking about a photoshoot is fairly dry subject matter, but it's an important lead in to what I really want to talk about. While this photos in this shoot will more than likely be used as promotional material for PDCS, what makes every single shot special is that it shows real students of all levels, body types and backgrounds. We're not models pretending to be pole dancers and we're not professional pole dancers pretending to be amateurs, we are real life Pole Divas, who all found something amazing in ourselves through pole and wanted to share that with the world. That's why we all entered the competition in the hope of being this year's student ambassador, and that's why we all jumped at the chance to share how amazing Pole Divas Caroline Springs is through this photoshoot. We are all real women, doing what we really do at PDCS, with the only staging being positions for the shots. We all chose our tricks individually because of their personal meaning to us, we wore the kind of clothes we really wear to pole - crop tops or singlets, heels or no heels, pole shorts or sticky leggings, the clothes that we dance best in - we did things in the Stretch Zone and out in Reception that we really do when waiting for a class or cooling down afterwards, and all the class shots showed things that we really learn in a Pole Divas class - mishaps and all.
This wasn't a glossy, staged, soulless promotional shoot - it was a real life shoot with a whole lot of awesome PDCS students who want to share the joys of pole with the world. We're ordinary women on an extraordinary pole journey.
And we want to share it with you!
Those readers in Melbourne, particularly the Western Suburbs, Pole Divas Caroline Springs is having a FREE Open Day on Tuesday the 1st of May (01/05/2018). You can try both static and spin pole, bring your friends, meet some news ones and discover just how freaking wonderful pole really is! I'll be there too with a few friends of mine, all of whom are trying out pole for the first time. If you want to find out more, follow the link to the event PDCS Open Day 2018 and make sure you click GOING. Bookings are not required, no previosu experience is required and it is open to all fitness levels and, I promise you'll have the time of you life!
Please note, PDCS Open Day is for females aged 18+ only! Any males interested in learning pole dance should contact the studio for further information.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.