The Wednesday after Showcase was over, the Showtime Class of 2018 performed our solos. The audience comprised of the rest of the class and those friends, family and other students and teachers who had stuck around to watch.
It's always a wonderful night.
My two best friends, Pat and Hilal, were busy early Wednesday evening, so I scheduled my performance last so that they would be able to get there in time to watch, as they were both really keen to see me perform. I was looking forward to seeing what the incredible girls of Showtime 2018 had put together as well, although I was super nervous about going last.
I'm actually one of those people who likes to get up on stage first, or as close to first as I can, because the longer I wait to perform the more anxious and stressed I become. I was actually feeling very confident regarding my solo this year, but volunteering to go last was not something I have ever done before, under any circumstances, and so it was a new experience for me to wait. It did, however, mean I got to appreciate my fellow performers' dances (they were [and are] all so incredible!) in moderate comfort, rather than sitting around in sweaty pole clothes.
As for my dance, I think I nailed it.
Barbell Dancer's Showtime 2018 Solo
Music: This Feeling by The Chainsmokers feat. Kelsea Ballerini
Choerography: My own
Video: T. MThe
This dance was a personal story about finding acceptance and self-love in a world where to be different makes one a target for prejudice and ridicule. It took me a long time to come to terms with who I was and to love myself inside and out: my solo this year expressed all those things and, for those clued in enough, I shared something with them.
Professional photos of our solos by the fabulously talented Emily from EMC Photography came out yesterday, a bonus Christmas present for me and the other Divas. You can see a selection of my favourites below.
After solos on Wednesday, we redid our group performance from SHOWCASE. As some of you will be aware, due to bad luck and general positioning, I wasn't in any of the shots of the Showtime group performance at SHOWCASE, but I had better luck on the Wednesday night and there were several decent shots of me during the dance. This really put the cake on SHOWCASE 2018 for me, as it meant I had at least one photo of myself in each one of my dances.
And a pole dancer can NEVER have too many photos.
Before I close, I'd like to share one more photo with you. Some of the instructors who weren't teaching that evening came to watch us perform, including Pole and Aerial Divas Caroline Springs Studio Owner Kristy Lee. Kristy is not only the owner of PADCS, but a competitive pole dancer, incredible instructor, and an all around wonderful person. She has been both a mentor and inspiration for me since I joined Pole Divas and I'm so glad it was her Pole Divas studio I walked into. For me, she ranks up there with Pat and Hilal as one of the most inspirational people in my life, and someone who has always believed I am an achiever. Here is a picture of the two of us together after all the performances were over.
And that's Barbell Dancer out! PADCS doesn't reopen until the New Year, so there won't be anything new in Pole Dancing until January 2019. I'm keeping busy over my holiday, however, and you can keep up with my weight training and gains over in the Weight Lifting section of this blog, and track my personal opinions by clicking into Straight Living. As always, @barbelldancer on Instagram will be regularly updated with photos of all sorts and I look forward to another year of blogging in 2019.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.