What an anniversary!

We had so much fun!  But first, as promised, here is a higher-quality video of my solo (this time with the end!)  Still waiting for Ron’s and my duet, but it will be up here as soon as it’s ready.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc8mL7IdvUM  Watch and enjoy!

The lovely anniversary cake!

The lovely anniversary cake!

Last night we marked the one-year anniversary of Vertical Fusion officially being a studio, IN a studio!  (Rather than in Mel’s basement.)  There was food, cake (pink and sparkly), laughter, and — of course — pole dancing.

We did a really fun, laid-back showcase, where half of the performances were total improvisation.  Mel selected songs ahead of time, and then the night of the party, we all drew a song for a dance!  It was tremendously nerve-wracking, to be sure.

I got more lucky than I could have ever dreamed and drew one of the two songs on the list that I both A) liked, and B) knew really well.  “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson!  I was quite the Manson fan in high school…not the cheeriest girl on the block back then.  But it came in very, very handy last night!  I decided to channel my inner angry girl and just go for it.  I ended up having more fun onstage than I’ve had in ages (in a solo, at least).  And afterwards, a lot of people told me it was the best performance they’d seen from me.  I think I’ll start shrugging off choreography!  But judge for yourself, and watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGXElxlZtCY&feature=youtu.be

This showcase made me think back to our Grand Opening showcase at the old Longmont studio.  I performed to “Leave My Body” by Florence and the Machine, and was pretty damn proud of that performance.  Ron and my friends told me it was great, too.  And then I compare it to some of what I’ve done since then, and I’m amazed.  I can hardly believe how far I’ve come in that year, and the progress my fellow dancers have made is astounding as well.  I think that part of the reason for that is Pole dancing doesn’t feel like hard work.  Now, it’s HARD work for sure, but it’s such fun to do.  And you always get to do it in desirable company, which really takes the edge off of the whole exercise thing.

Just today I was at the gym lifting weights.  I do six weeks of lighter weight combined with high reps, then switch off with six weeks of heavy weight, lower reps.  I just started a heavy weight cycle.  I was doing triceps dips with no assistance today.  That means I held onto two bars and dipped and raised my body weight by myself.  Many times!  That NEVER would have happened before Pole.  Neither would have a pull-up, but here I am.  I can move and do things that I’d never have imagined two years ago, and I was strong back then!  Now I feel like Wonder Woman.  It’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

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