Developing your style – experimental movement
So….. there’s this move I do when I freestyle. A lot. Apparently every time I freestyle.
The face that I do this move over and over and over has spawned a notion in my instructor’s brain. I often hear that freestyling is one of the worst agonies a pole student can endure. That 3:30 song might as well be three hours and thirty minutes!
- They’re dancing to a track they may not know all that well
- They may be dancing to a track that isn’t really their thing as far as musical genres
- They’re doing moves taught to them by someone else
- They’re doing combinations (in most cases) taught to them by someone else
No wonder it gets frustrating for dancers — how easy it would be to feel like their dance is not really their own! So I have started challenging my students (including my newbie dancers) to change up their go-to moves slightly. That means taking a move like the one above and doing it in front of a mirror, making incremental changes. Let’s talk about how I might change the move pictured:
- Do it with legs together
- Do it with both hands on pole
- Do it with no hands on pole
- Roll shoulders forward and round back like a cat
- Do it with one foot directly underneath and one way off to the side
- “Angry” hands and arms
- “Pleading” hands and arm