Performing: some practical advice
Many pole dancers choose to perform at some point. Why wouldn’t you? Pole dancing is HARD WORK, and who wants to put in hours and hours and hours (and hours and hours and hours and hours . . .) of hard work for no one at all to see? You may choose to perform only for a loved one, or you may go nutty and perform in front of hundreds of people. Either way, there are some things you should think about when you’re putting together a routine.
- Song — choose something you can listen to 645,683 times without vomiting. Because you might just get close to that.
- Clothes — make sure your costume isn’t prohibitive when it comes to movement, or that it doesn’t require all the double-sided tape in the world to stay put, or that it’s not making you slippery in spots where you need skin contact, or that it’s not scratchy (for true misery incarnate, don a pair of scratchy booty shorts). In short, choose and then practice in your chosen costume early so you can make adjustments as you need. If there are too many adjustments, you’ll have time to go with something completely different.
- Tricks — don’t put your newest awesome trick into a performance unless you’re certain you’ll nail it. There aren’t many things worse than thinking the entire time about whether you will or will not get the half-twisted layout sukahara to flag dismount. So unless you know you *will* get it, leave it for a future routine.
- Choreography — this stumps many dancers. Think about the rise and fall of your music. Some places will just scream for a certain move, so start there. Go simple, with combinations you already know, do, and like–you’re less apt to look too rehearsed. Then build outward, stringing longer and longer combinations together until — BAM — you’ve got a whole song mapped out!
- Know each step of your routine inside and out — have a few freestyle bits up your sleeve just in case you finish a combination more quickly than expected, but for the most part you should be able to do your routine consistently. Once you have everything technically correct, you’ll be able to spend time finessing and getting your musicality going so your dance has some soul to it.
- Enjoy yourself! Show your personality, whether that’s sassy or sexy or raunchy or sweet. Let us see who you are as a person, and as a dancer. We’ll like watching you all the more for it.