Pole Dance - for most of us it's a passion, an addiction and a challenge!
But more than that - Pole Dance is a SCIENCE! Let's take a look at a basic pole move and break it down into a really simple way of thinking, so you get your head around the science behind it.
Think about when you do an invert (ie. go upside down) on a dance pole (or aerial silk). Take a minute to walk through it in your head - think about that moment when you actually lift off the ground.... My question to you is where is your power coming from? Not sure? This is an INVALUABLE learning tool, and one that I normally reserve for my private clients and workshops only!
IMAGINE THAT YOU'RE A CAR. Now don't glaze over because we're talking about cars ;-) - LISTEN UP! Most cars are Rear wheel drive (RWD) or Front wheel drive (FWD) - these are 2 Wheel Drive vehicles. Then there's All wheel drive (AWD), a more advanced 4 Wheel Drive system. When you put your foot on the accelerator, rear wheel drive cars have their power coming from their rear wheels which pushes the vehicle forward. Front wheel drive cars are the opposite - their power comes from the front wheels, essentially pulling the vehicle forward. All wheel drive cars are a mix of both, with their power coming from both the rear and front as required, with the vehicle's "on-board systems" sensing what is needed and acting accordingly. Hopefully by now you're starting to see where I'm coming from :-) People are like cars! Some are rear wheel drive, some are front wheel drive and a few are all wheel drive. So going back to my earlier question - which one are YOU???? The 3 Types of Pole Dancer -
- Rear Wheel Dancers - when you lift off, all your power is coming from your legs. Your legs PUSH you up.
- Front Wheel Dancers - when you lift off, all your power is from your arms/upper body. You use them to PULL (lift) yourself up.
- All Wheel Dancers - when you lift off, you distribute the power between your legs and arms to both PUSH and PULL yourself up.
Technically there is no CORRECT type of dancer - some moves will rear require more power from the rear (legs), others will require more power from the front (arms/upper body) and others a bit of both. The benefit of being an ALL wheel dancer is that your "on-board systems" will sense what is needed and act automatically, without any input or effort from the driver (ie. you). The Benefits of Being an All Wheel Drive Dancer -
- Better Fuel Economy - because your on board systems are sensing and adapting to what is required to execute the move, you are getting maximum output for minimum effort, therefore using less energy (body fuel) - and if you're using less fuel you can dance for longer on one tank of fuel.
- A Better Dance Experience - as your on-board systems sense speed, gearing and traction from each arm/leg several times per second, they can therefore adjust the amount of power required. This is a safety feature which will ensure less injury, but also gives a more "sporty" experience (kind of like driving a Ferrari rather than a Corolla).
- Torque Vectoring - is the ability to distribute "torque" (ie. power) from the rear wheels to front wheels AND between individual wheels. In human terms it allows the dancer to distribute the power from their legs to their arms and even between individual arms and legs. Torque Vectoring provides better traction and improved handling (control).
So now that you've worked out what type of dancer YOU are, if you're a 2WD dancer now (either rear wheel or front wheel), there is good news! With time and experience, most pole dancers gradually become more All Wheel Drive oriented. BUT you don't have to wait for that to happen - you can do an AWD conversion NOW and start reaping the benefits sooner :-) So if you're ready to undergo an All Wheel Drive Transformation keep an eye out for Part 2 of this article, Pole Dance 101 - All Wheel Drive Transformation.
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