Apparently, I was on a self-imposed blackout. It wasn’t on purpose; I guess I just didn’t much feel like writing. Which is funny, because I’ve been steadily focused on pole since Elevated Art wrapped up. I’ve been attending a lot of Mel’s classes and really expanding my repertoire of tricks and combos. I am more proud of the progress I’ve made in the last three months than what I’ve made in the last year! But it all kind of becomes a blur in between major events, so I suppose that’s my only excuse.
Most recently, we had our SEVENTH Dicken’s show on Saturday, May 31st. The theme was “Twisted Cinema”. Mel held auditions back in April; the expectation was to choose a movie on which to focus for the performance, and to dance to a song (or songs) from the soundtrack, as well as take on aspects of the plot or characters. I was thrilled to see what people did with this theme. There were about 18 fabulous acts in all. Some that stand out for me are from “Magic Mike”, during which Sara dressed as a male stripper, complete with stuffed booty shorts; “Top Gun”, with Lisa in a flight suit and aviators, doing Fab Pole to “Danger Zone”; “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, during which Ariel and Dave performed tango, pole, and partner acrobatic moves; “The Little Mermaid”, with Nina on Lyra (what looks like a huge hula hoop suspended vertically from the ceiling); and “Flashdance”, during which Shay climbed a pole and dumped glitter all over Mel! There were also routines from “The Great Gatsby”, “The Dark Knight”, “Kill Bill”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Resident Evil”, and many others. What fun.
I chose to do mine with a “Pulp Fiction” theme. On another note, two of my three favorite movies of all time were represented at this show! “The Little Mermaid” and “Pulp Fiction”. The only one missing was “The Wizard of Oz”. I channeled Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman’s character), and Ron helped me edit two different songs together. I am IN LOVE with how this routine turned out! I kept a lot of the details from the crucial movie scene (Mia’s overdose) in my performance, and I just decided to have as much fun with it as possible. I also put Extended Butterfly and Brass Monkey into a performance for the very first time. Those two tricks combined with a couple of cool combos I’ve learned in Mel’s classes made for a sequence of moves that were mostly new to me. Watch the performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJKH6k76ZcE&feature=youtu.be
It was great to get the rust out and try new things in a performance; I was starting to feel like my work was a bit stale, as I kept returning to the same moves. Watching the video Ron took on my phone has also shown me that my dance flow has really improved. I think I can chalk some of that up to teaching the Art of Sensual Movement every Wednesday!
I have been LOVING teaching AoSM as well. I come up with a new theme each week, and my students and I have a lot of fun figuring out new moves, and re-inventing old moves to fit the themes. Most popular by far was the Lap Dances class I held last week! Ron and another fellow, Jon, came to class, along with 6 women! It was definitely my biggest AoSM as of yet. It was such a hit, that I’m holding a second one on July 9th. We’ll build upon moves we already learned and hopefully string more together into complete lap dances. Pretty sweet!