Melanie has found a studio location for Vertical Fusion and I got to dance there today. It’s so amazing to think that just last week, we were dancing in her basement! The new studio has a silver wall, wood floors, and plenty of space; it’s just perfect. (Not to mention it’s REALLY close to my house! Bonus.) As a friend of mine put it earlier this week, we were “like kittens without a home.” Pole dancing kittens, I guess…But now we can settle in and let Mel work her magic.
Having a permanent location has settled my anxiety about Pole; my passion for it has been coming back steadily since the showcase, but now I’m really feeling it. And not just in my joy for dance; I find myself inspired (not scared) to try new tricks that just two months ago, I think I would have been too terrified to give a go. I know I can do it; with Mel’s direction and the support from our amazing little community, I — all of us! — will achieve great things. It’s a wonderful feeling.
We have performances coming up! Next week, a group of us from Vertical Fusion are going to perform at a Mardi Gras party in Denver. It will be a big crowd, and I’m sure it will prove to be a blast. I am doing my solo performance from the showcase, with a few little changes here and there. Four of us are doing a pole/chair routine, and Mel and I are going to do another pole/chair routine to Muse’s “Feeling Good.” I can hardly wait, but I’m nervous about getting all this choreography down! It’s been a lot to learn in not a lot of time, and the blisters on my hands are still throbbing from this morning. Totally worth it.
Vertical Fusion’s grand opening will be coming up on March 10th, and Mel is collecting performers. I am so in. I want to do something utterly different from the last showcase, something that reflects how Pole changes and evolves for me. “Teeth” was so sexy and risque, but I am ready to do something graceful and beautiful. I will dance to “Leave My Body” by Florence and the Machine. I have it strung together in my head; it’s nothing crazy at all. Everything in the routine is stuff I can already do, so I don’t have to worry about perfecting new tricks in a small amount of time. I am really excited for it; I think it will give me a chance to express myself more completely and to show the world how dance has touched my heart. I just got sappy on you; expect that once in a while.