Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson

I’ve heard this version many times, but it wasn’t until I heard it at Pole for a Purpose this year (post about that coming as soon as our video is posted!) that I decided I needed to do a routine to it. I LOVE this one! It was fast and took us two weeks to learn it instead of just the one class, but it ended up so good! We added those two little butt bumps at the end just on a whim while we were filming, and it ended up being one of my favorite parts. Based on the shares on Facebook, this was also one of my students’ favorite routines: positive feedback from my students is always my main goal, so I love seeing when they share the videos with comments about how much they enjoyed the routine!

 

PSO Southern Pole Championship 2016 Thoughts

On June 11, 2016, I competed in Pole Sport Organization’s Southern Pole Championships in the women’s professional division. This wasn’t my first PSO competition: I won the Southeast Aerial Art Championship in 2014, qualifying me for Nationals in 2015. There was no Southeast division this year, so I decided to compete in the Southern regional, where I knew I would have more competition. I had been thinking about using this song for a while, but I wasn’t sure if the theme would work for PSO – their events tend to be more on the artistic and sporty side, not the sexy and flirty side – but then when Brian Wolf won the Pacific Pole Championships, I knew I’d be fine!

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This was the first time I’d performed this move: I think it’s called the fishdive, and I love it!

I like to alternate pieces between artistic/contemporary and sexy, so after doing two contemporary pieces in a row – USPSF and FPFC – it was time to strap on my 8 inch heels! I had fun putting this routine together: I even learned a new move that I kept secret before debuting it at this event (not that it was all that spectacular, but it was kind of fun to have a little secret!). My top is a sports bra from Forever21 that I spent WAY too long gluing rhinestones to, and my bottoms are from my new favorite site, I Heart Raves.

My performance was far from perfect, but I scored well (look how close the top 4 scores were!) and overall I feel pretty happy with how it went. I’m a little sad I didn’t qualify for Nationals again, but considering it’s on the other side of the country just 3 days after school starts this year, it’s probably a good thing. I’m not sure which competition I’ll do next, but I definitely have a few options I’m mulling over!

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And now, after all that, here’s my video from the always-wonderful Alloy Images!

The Devil Within – Digital Daggers

I actually choreographed the beginning of this routine (through about :35) to a different song, but I kept getting stuck. I love the song, but I just wasn’t feeling it when it came time to choreograph for this week’s class, so I moved on. Sometimes it happens like that! I have a plan, I begin working on it, and it just doesn’t work. It’s no fun when you have to start over completely, so I’m really glad that the choreo worked with this song, though it’s at a completely different tempo with different timing. I LOVE heel clacks and I’m so happy there are multiple ones in this routine! I also kind of like being creepy and slinky.

The Bittersweet Studios 4th annual showcase is coming up in November and the theme is 70s… I’m (probably) doing a solo and putting together a group routine for the Palm Coast students. I love the song and theme they picked, so I’m more excited to work on the group routine than I am to do my own! I may sit this one out, but we’ll see.

I’d Love to Change the World (Matstubs Remix) – Jetta

Sometimes when I’m going to record something to put on Instagram (so I actually am thinking about the music in the background), I put on my dubstep Pandora station. I love dubstep music – I feel like it’s pretty perfect for pole! I’m pretty sure this song came from that station. Whenever I hear a song I particularly like, I run over to my iPad that’s plugged in to the audio jack and take a quick screenshot so I can look up the song and download it later. I’d never heard of this artist before, but this song really grew on me the more I listened to it, so when it came time to put together this week’s routine, I chose it.

I feel like a lot of times I use my legs more than my arms in pole, so I wanted to focus a little more on arm movements in this routine. I also love the tempo changes: it starts out nice and slow, and speeds up when the beat drops. I felt like I could really dance this one, moreso than other routines I’ve done. As always, I’d love song suggestions: coming up with a song is one of the hardest parts of choreographing for me!