It’s ridiculous when I look at my blog and realize I haven’t written a thing in a month. Lame of me. To be fair, I’ve been writing a lot for the Vertical Fusion blog (http://verticalfusionstudio.com/news/blog/) and so feel like I’ve been working my ass off…
Anyway, this time of year brings so many tasks and time dedications, that there hasn’t been much going on with Pole. But Vertical Fusion did have its Holiday Soiree a couple weeks ago! What fun. Everyone was invited, so Ron came, and Ken — our very own resident male poler — showed up and learned (and taught!) a bunch of amazing tricks! And it was there that I learned Mel is doing an all-male class series! Ron promptly signed up, as did Mel’s husband, Joe, and TEN OTHER GUYS! I am over the moon excited about this. It’s so, so wonderful to have guys like Ken inspire other men to come in, and having a solid male presence in our studio lends credence to this sport of pole. It makes me really, really happy.
Ron and I are working on our duet for the February 9th show, Cupid’s Revue. It’s so cute and fun; I think it will be a hit. I’m also laying out my own solo, which will likely include some planned moments for freestyle. I have a skeleton, but I’ve learned that it’s important to see where my skill level takes me in the weeks leading up to a performance. I might stick a big new trick…or not. If I get my heart set on something, it’s a whole lot harder to change directions.
I’m trying to take some advice from Kris and avoid comparing my Pole abilities with others’. I have to deal with physical limitations, as well as time and emotional constraints, that make achievement in Pole kind of difficult. And I need to work on being OK with that. I hate that I haven’t gotten my full Shoulder Mount, Extended Butterfly, or Caterpillar yet. But I would like to accept that those things will either come with time, or might not ever happen. I’m trying to focus on what I do well: I love to perform, and I think I’m pretty good at it. I’m creative. I harness my sexuality and sexiness and make it part of my performances, and I do that with confidence. If I remember those things, perhaps I can be easier on myself for not reaching the trick milestones that hold me back in other areas.
I wish the happiest Holiday Season to you and all of your loved ones!