Naughty Girl – Beyonce

It was the week for a sexy routine, and one of my friends suggested just the right song when she asked, “Have you done a routine to Naughty Girl or am I just imagining it?” No, I haven’t, but it’s about time! Beyonce is always perfect for some good hair tosses and body rolls, so I threw this together to play with. Not one of my most inspired routines, but man, it was a great workout! Just climbing the pole repeatedly like we did while learning this choreography is a fantastic way to a) warm up really quickly, and b) tire yourself out quite fast. The class was a little small due to the holidays, but hopefully next week will have more students ready to try some new things!

2014 Pole Year in Review

This is a part of the Pole Dancing Bloggers Association December blog hop!

Though I had a ton of great things happen in 2014 (like my wedding!), here’s my pole year in pictures:

january
January – I got into FPFC for the third year in a row!
February
February – breaking Paul’s ankles
March - competing in the Florida Pole Fitness Championship
March – competing in the Florida Pole Fitness Championship
April - working on my Iron X
April – working on my Iron X
May - I got 5th place in the Neo division at National Aerial Pole Art!
May – I got 5th place in the Neo division at National Aerial Pole Art!
June - a screenshot from my poleography routine to Sia's Chandelier
June – a screenshot from my poleography routine to Sia’s Chandelier
July - working my oversplit
July – working my left oversplit
August - performing at Pole for a Purpose
August – performing at Pole for a Purpose
September - screen shot of a first attempt at this split move that ended up in my PSO routine
September – first attempt at this split move that ended up in my PSO routine
October - how the split move turned out in the competition
October – how the split move turned out in the competition
October #2 - I won the professional division at the Southeast Aerial Art Competition!
October #2 – I won the professional division at the Southeast Aerial Art Competition!
November - learning a new move in a workshop with Karol Helms
November – learning a new move in a workshop with Karol Helms
December - by far the closest I've ever gotten in my right splits!
December – by far the closest I’ve ever gotten in my right splits!

So many awesome things happened this year, and I can’t wait for the amazingness that 2015 will bring!

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Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde

I’m on a bit of a Hunger Games music kick, it seems! I really do enjoy this song a lot and wanted to move to it. There’s nothing particularly inspiring about any flows in this routine, but I enjoyed the simple movement and the ups and downs of this choreography. I’d really like to work more on using the pole while I’m anchored to the ground,  though it’s generally more difficult moves than aerial ones.

I’m not sure if we’re having a Poleography class this upcoming week due to the holidays and things going on, but I’m excited for the next sexy one I get to put together!

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

Since I try to do a sexier dance every other week and Christmas was coming up, I figured it was time to do a little Christmas chair dance! There’s nothing special or complicated about this routine, but it was fun and I loved that my students brought cute costumes and Santa hats! I don’t own any fun Christmasy costume pieces, but maybe I should rectify that before next year!

Hanging Tree – Mockingjay Soundtrack

I actually had one of my students in my day job (I’m a high school teacher) remind me of this song when he asked me if I’d seen Mockingjay. “Wasn’t the Hanging Tree song so good?” he asked. Yes, yes it was. I got to thinking: it was haunting and unusual, so the dance to it had to be unusual. My very first thought about movement to it began the choreography, and I figured out the rest by just dancing through the music and learning what worked. Since the music is very repetitive, I knew immediately that I wanted to have the dance be progressive, starting with just one person and adding more dancers as the song went on. I originally saw it as a wave going from one side to the other, but the girls suggested randomness, so the audience wouldn’t know who was going next and thus would always taken by surprise. It turned out SO well! I’m so happy with this, not because I think the choreography is fantastic but because all of my students loved it. That is the only way I know my routine was successful: my students’ reactions. Sometimes what I love and look forward to teaching isn’t what my students end up enjoying, and vice versa. It’s amazing to see the diversity in everyone’s talents and desires.

Chimes – Hudson Mohawke

You may have heard this song before: it’s on an Apple commercial! Once I heard it, I needed to have it, so I found this amazing site that has all of the music Apple uses in its promotional materials. I was originally choreographing a dramatic barefoot routine to this, but after about half an hour, gave up and surrendered to the call for heels. I had to wait a week after choreographing it to teach it since I’m working on an every other week schedule for sexy routines, but it was worth it!

I have a song I’m mulling over in my head for this week’s routine, and it’s going to get weird if I do it, so I’m excited to see what happens!