I wish I’d known . . .
I’m part of a group called, appropriately enough, Pole Dancing Bloggers. Each month they have a topic for a “blog hop” — this month’s topic is “Things I wish I’d known when I first started pole dancing.” For me, that list could get, errrrrrrr, extensive. 😉 Without further ado:
- You will want to be bendy. Stretch now. Do it.
- Force yourself to freestyle (even if you know hardly any “moves”) as a new dancer. You’ll be so happy you did!
- Tiny tiny shorts sure cost a lot of money … but when those shorts are the only thing between you and a lady bit showcase, every penny is worth it!
- Pasties can be a girl’s best friend, for the same reason you’ll be glad you spent the money on tiny shorts with good crotch coverage.
- Point your toes. Make it an automatic thing, a habit. Point them all the time!
- Not every trick works for every dancer.
- You don’t need to be able to do tricks, ever, to call yourself a pole dancer. Some of the most engaging dancers don’t!
- The general public will probably not understand what you’re doing.
- There is a huge and often kinda vicious stigma against strip clubs, strippers, pole dancers who dance like strippers, pole dancers who dance in stripper heels, pole dancers who do a lot of body waves and floor humping, you get the picture. Sometimes that stigma comes from within the pole dancing community, which makes it all the more hurtful. :-/
- Pole fitness is a real thing: you will get more fit from pole dancing, no matter what your dance style is.
- You may need to have shirts tailored to fit your ginormous pole dancer shoulders while not hanging sloppily off the rest of you.
- A good instructor is worth her/his weight in gold.
- Don’t be afraid to shelve a move, maybe indefinitely. See #s 6 and 7.
- Record your practice sessions, even if they make you cringe. Two reasons: 1) it’ll be super exciting to see your progress, and 2) video can provide you with vitally important eyes on the ground to check for lines, pointed toes, etc.
- When your body tells you it needs a rest, believe it! My forever-jacked-up elbow can attest to that.
- Someday you’ll be insanely proud of your ability to do unassisted pullups. More proud than you can imagine.
- You will never be so happy to be so banged up, sore, and exhausted.
- Your iPod will overfloweth with pole songs, to the exclusion of nearly all else.
- You’ll wish you’d started SOONER!!!
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