How to Liquify Your Pole Routine!
Do you ever wonder where some pole dancers get there grace and fluidity from? How they easily transition from the floor to the pole, or from pole to pole? Without a doubt, some people are just natural dancers with real natural talent. But what about those of us who don’t have that same natural talent of looking like liquid bodies? Fortunately, people like Jeni Janover and Stephanie Skyy, Co-Owners of Liquid Motion, can give us the tools we need to move beautifully around our pole like any professional pole dancer. So, what exactly is Liquid Motion? Liquid motion: Is a non-trick based pole workshop. Workshops will begin with a floor based warm up and will pick up momentum by going through a number of Liquid Motion sequences. As students move through these sequences they will quickly discover that seamless flow is not as easy as it seems. Every muscle is utilized. In addition there is a killer abs workout, leaving them with a love hate relationship with Jeni. Once students are fully liquified and exhausted, Jeni takes it to the wall, and then the pole. Students will learn a routine and will also free dance using there new found techniques. At this time students are allowed to sprinkle in pole tricks for a further understanding of flow and transition. NO CLIMBING OR INVERTS OF ANY KIND are permitted. Every student is on the same level in Jeni’s workshops. By the end, they have learned a new and different perspective to movement, or have just been reminded that…. “It’s more than just pole tricks” During the 1:45 min workshop students will … • Learn a general break down of body alignment to help reach their most sexy potential. • Learn to look at music from a more movement based mentality not a dance one. • Learn how to embrace their raw sensuality • Learn to love themselves and the women around them • Learn how to love how they move around their pole Through the floor, the wall, and of course the pole (Liquid Motion 2 only), students learn that fluid movement is everywhere if they are willing to embrace it and push the limits of their familiar movement. Liquid reminds students to love their sexy and make it theirs. “ its more than just pole TRICKS” These workshops are extremely hands on with body placement, and very detailed in explanation. Over time the student builds their own language, Liquid Motion just gives them the vocabulary. Jeni has combined her dance training, pole training, fitness training, and her own personal experience, and the general understanding of what it’s like to be a contemporary woman in today’s world. You may be thinking “who is Jeni”? Jeni Janover lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young boys. She held her first Liquid Motion Workshop in December of 2010 to a room of 23 women. After 90 minutes of getting to know and understand her students, a ton of floor and wall work, Jeni now had a room full of 23 confident sexy women, who felt like they could take on the world. Her workshop quickly turned into a weekly class. Less than a year later and with the amazing support of some people in the pole community, Jeni had a web page, a pop up banner on Mighty Grip’s webpage and was on her way to Canada to teach Liquid workshops at two different pole studios. In October of this year, Stephanie Skyy, a highly accomplished pole competitor from Virginia approached Jeni to join Liquid Motion. Stephanie wanted to be a part of Liquid Motion, and Jeni gladly accepted her with open arms. Jeni Janover and Stephanie Skyy now co-own Liquid Motion ™LLC. Together they have started booking events like Pole Convention 2012 and Pole Expo 2012. Jeni and Stephanie always acknowledged that there are lots of wonderful programs out there that teach things very similar to Liquid Motion. But after working with so many students, Jeni, and now Stephanie, feel that they have found a way to take what they know and love about movement and teach it in a different way which makes sense to them and most importantly, to their students. Where is Liquid Motion held? Liquid is taught primarily in pole studios but there is no pole experience necessary. Because liquid has grown so rapidly Jeni has devised two levels. The first being for women who have never been in a pole studio before. The second for the more experienced pole dancer who is looking to take their dancing to the next level emotionally, focusing more on transitions between wall, floor, chair and pole. Liquid 1: Liquid One starts with the basic fundamentals of Liquid. Focusing on breaking down the fear of being sensual, it explores the ideas of being comfortable with your body no matter what your shape and size. It teaches students how to give themselves permission to be sexy, and investigates how their body moves for them. All women are very different, and Liquid One teaches students how to love the their differences and celebrate them. In addition, students learn to respect and appreciate the differences of their peers. Each student will learn wall work, floor work, and some basic pole transitions. No pole experience is needed for this class. Students may wear what ever they are comfortable moving in, but it is suggested they bring something skimpier that they might want to change into (many students by the end of the 90 minutes will want to bare all!) Liquid 2: Liquid two is for the more advanced pole dancer, as it involves more work on the pole, and a basic understanding of pole movement is required for this class. Students will learn everything that is in Liquid one, but at a much quicker pace. The primary focus of this workshop is to take the idea of liquid and apply it to your pole dancing. Students will be work on transitions, turns, pirouettes and floor work, while working them into a full routine. The class moves quickly through steps and combos to focus on tweaking them to achieve that wonderful liquid quality. The ability to retain a routine is helpful but not a requirement. Since all students are taught differently at their studios, Jeni tries to alter each workshop accordingly. Liquid Two may be covering things students already know; Jeni simply has them approach things differently. As an added bonus, students will also get a vigorous abdominal workout to help with their inverts. This will leave them with a temporary love hate relationship with Jeni. (Inverting will not be done in liquid classes) By the end of the 90 minutes, the class will have learned a full routine using wall, floor, pole, possibly chair and also free dance. Liquid two will leave the students with a feeling of confidence and the ability to explore themselves. No specific attire required and proper pole shoes are fine. Jeni’s traveling workshops are a great way to let your students outside of CT experience liquid. For more information or to host a workshop at your studio visit www.liquidmotionct.com! Liquid Motion Review: I took Jeni’s Liquid Motion class at a CT studio while I was visiting from NYC. Having been “spoiled” by the opportunities to take classes from world champions who either teach in NYC or travel to NYC to teach, shamefully, I had a tiny voice in my head saying “don’t expect to be wowed’ before I walked into class. But the instant I shook hands with Jeni, I knew she was going to do exactly that, wow me. Her energy and attitude made me felt right at home as a visiting student, and she even asked me to give her feedback after class. A sign of a true great teacher: humble and engaged. In what I would consider as a short class (1 hour), Jeni packed an intense and effective program. The strength and flexibility training during warm up kicked my a#s. The isolation technique she taught in the “warm up” helped me realize why i wasn’t able to do certain moves that I’ve been trying for months. Liquid motion might sound easy, but it is incredibly challenging and requires the up most attention to details, control and strength to master. Jeni’s hands-on assistance and verbal cues took the guessing out of the practice, therefore i was able to leave the class with many more tools under my belt to work on and play with. Jeni also creates a fun and safe environment for the students to explore their sensual intuitions relating to dance. She encourages us to move as ourselves, not an imitation of someone else. She knows when to step in to lead and when to step out, allowing us to release the inner kitten/beast/goddess/warrior, whatever one feels like that day, that class, to that song. I had a fantastic time learning from Jeni, and I hope to either take a workshop with her in NYC soon or come back to Girlspot for more classes. She is a powerhouse and inspiration for any dancer who isn’t afraid to be strong, beautiful, sexy, and liquid. Jennifer – NYC