Ugh! The Dreaded Pole Rut!
Written by: Gina Tann Visit Gina’s blog! It happens to each of us at some point: a plateau, or (maybe worse) dancer’s block. We’re not learning new tricks or spins, we feel like we’ve been dancing to the same playlist forever, we feel like we do the same comfortable combinations over and over again . . . even seeing a dance bag full of platforms and tiny sequined shorts doesn’t do much to boost our spirits, and that’s saying something! I hear your dancer’s lament. I’ve been there, the same as you. Here are a few things that may help: 1. Remember that plateaus and dancer’s block are temporary! Seriously, even the longest, most brutal plateau or block will. not. last. forever. It won’t. At some point you’ll break through – and you might not even realize it at first. So endure, my dancing friend. Endure. This too shall pass. 2. “Down time” provides a fantastic chance to perfect the things you know. So what if you’re not learning the latest drop? Spend that time fine-tuning your pirouettes, or brushing up on your floorwork. There are so many aspects to pole dance that one closed window does not make a ruined practice. Open the door to something else! 3. Sometimes all it takes is some new music. Force yourself to change it up. If you normally dance to slow, sensual beats, work some harder-edged music into your playlist. Or try hip-hop. Or even classical. You might be surprised at what you respond to. 4. If you have the budget for it, try a few classes of a different style of dance. Inspiration and plateau-breakers can be found everywhere! 5. This is a great time to sit down and watch videos of dancers from every level. You may see someone doing a move you have down cold . . . but they have a super creative transition into/out of it. Gather ideas from the community around you (just be sure to give credit when someone asks about your amazing new transition!) 6. Speaking of videos, this is a great time to watch a few old videos of yourself— look at how far you’ve come, and enjoy the ride. 7. Take a little break from dancing altogether. Go for a run, or a bike ride, or spend a little extra time volunteering for your favorite organization. Do whatever you can do to take your mind off your dancing woes. When the plateau passes — and I promise you that it will — you’ll be able to get back on the pole inspired, refreshed, and ready to take on the world!