A huge number of pole students DON'T have any dance background but have discovered a love (ie PASSION) for Pole Dance.
The one thing a lot of girls (and guys) struggle with is choreographing a routine, so when I found this great article by Kristy Sellars I thought it might help some of you :-)
About Kristy Sellars - She started her dance career at Dance World Studios, where she studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, Indian, Chinese, musical theatre, tap, flamenco, modelling, singing and more. She took a major interest in hip hop, which lead her to the states where she worked with well-known choreographers such as Kevin Maher, Tucker Barkley and Shawnette Heard. She started pole dancing in 2007 and quickly became addicted. In 2009 she competed in her first ever professional competition Miss Pole Dance Victoria.
She then went on to place second runner up the following year and receive a wild card entry to Miss Pole Dance Australia where she wowed the crowd with her creative Pirates of the Carribean performance. After taking a year off competing to have a baby, Kristy returned to perform at Encore Sydney Pole Show with unique pole interpretation of a psychotic mental patient. Later that month she competed once again in Miss Pole Dance Victoria and took out the title! She is also an Ambassador for X-Pole and features in the "My Way" posters - love this one!
This lady knows her stuff, and here are Kristy's Top 10 Tips to Choreographing a Pole Routine...
1. Listen to your music. This will be different for everyone depending on how well trained your ear is. But try to hear different sounds and rhythms in the song and use what you 'feel' the most.
2. Understand what your song is about.
3. Decide how the pole/s relate to your routine.
4. Make time for audience interaction... in a way that still makes sense with your concept.
5. Use the music to make your tricks look better... Dynamic trick on dynamic part of music!
6. Choose tricks that make sense to your concept. If the song is saying "I just want to hide" it's probably not the best time to whip out a Hello Boys to the audience!
7. Have a start, middle and end. So you keep your audience engaged the entire time.
8. Choose dance moves that feel natural to YOUR body.
9. Mix it up! Take some of those moves and make them a little different... change an arm, or an angle etc.
10. MAKE A DECISION! One of the biggest challenges I face when choreographing is not changing the move 50 times before I'm happy with it.
Sometimes I find that a sense of urgency helps with making decisions. Set yourself a deadline.... a week, a day, an hour, a minute?
I hope this is helpful, and of course this is just one way to choreograph :)
GOOD LUCK Till next time Kreative Kristy xx
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Until next time....