You've all heard of progress, where you get closer to a deadline or improve your performance? Well, in pole dancing we don't have progress: we have polegress. It's cheesy, I know, but it makes me smile every time.
A few weeks ago I posted here about my first attempt to the Handstand Hold, one of the new tricks I'm learning in Intermediate Static. This Thursday was the last night of term, and once we'd gone through all of this week's course content, Kristy gave us time to practice whatever we wanted. I have actually been practising my handstand holds in practice time but haven't been able to do anything resembling a hold since the first time I did it with Kristy. I decided handstand holds were the thing to work on last night and threw myself into it.
As I was getting myself into position, one of the ladies nearby came over to give me a hand. I won't name her here, but I will say that she is an incredible pole dancer and one of my Pole Divas Caroline Springs idols. She's a more advanced student than I am and I was stunned that she was willing to take the time to help me out. I was even more stunned after my first attempt at the handstand hold... because I did it! As she pointed out to me when I came down, all she'd done was give me moral support and talk me through the trick, but I was the one holding myself up and doing it. She then offered to film me the second time, which was super nice of her, and I did it again!
As you can see, I'm not holding it for very long, just a couple of seconds, but that's better than what I have been doing lately in Practice Time, i.e. falling over. In fact, I'm super proud that I managed to rehook my leg and come into something of a front crucifix. I have been having trouble with hooked front crucifix and, to be honest, I secretly hate this trick. I would much rather do the straight leg version, which I think looks prettier, has better lines and give me better grip on the pole.
But, moving up a level is all about building on the tricks you know, as well as learning new ones. I don't like hooked front crucifix, but I'll learn it (I have to, I need to be able to do it to pass Inters in a million years or so) while still keeping the straight leg version sharp.
Watch this space for more polegress coming your way, particularly as we're coming in competition season at Pole Divas. I will be auditioning for my first ever pole dancing competition next Friday, and there may be teasers heading your way.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.