Wild Horses – Bishop

This is another song that I’ve had on my playlist for months and I could have sworn I did a routine to it already, but I can’t find one! I ended up really liking how it turned out: last week was hard for us to learn with all of the switching directions, and I never really felt like I was able to dance it. This week, however, I was able to flow through it and have some fun without worrying about thinking what was coming next. Now my goal is to get my two upcoming competition routines feeling the same way…

Relax My Beloved – Alex Clare

This song has been on my playlist for years now, and I was surprised to discover that I hadn’t choreographed a routine to it yet! I double-checked both here on the blog and my YouTube channel, and I couldn’t find anything, so I went ahead and used it for this week’s sexy flexy floorwork class. (EDIT: I did kind of use this song before, HERE. However, it was a contemporary dance piece that I stole from someone teaching a beginner routine on YouTube, so not quite the same thing!)

I’m not quite sure what happened, but I suddenly felt extremely sick while teaching the class before this, so I was just trying to make it through this class without dying, so I don’t look like I’m having very much fun in the video! I also felt really disconnected from this routine: every time I went through it on my own before teaching it, I kept forgetting what came next, or what I was doing. Something about it just wasn’t sticking with me, so I wasn’t feeling it in several ways during class. It’s so frustrating to have nights like that, but I know not every single routine can be amazing (even though I really want them to be).

I’m also working on FOUR of my own routines for competitions right now, so I feel super tapped out creatively and it’s having an effect on my weekly choreography. I wish I had unlimited creative potential, but that’s kind of unrealistic. I am constantly trying to find ways to kickstart my creativity – ordering books on it, reading blog posts, – but I haven’t found anything to really get me going, so I’m still struggling. I guess that’s life!

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

I first did this routine 2 years ago┬áin Jacksonville, but it’s such a fun song and I hadn’t done a chair routine in a while, so I brought it back. One of my students had tons of fun holiday costumes that she brought in, so we all wore silly headbands and I wore this crazy elf costume. It had little bells all around the edges and I kept sitting on one, so the next day I had a nice bruise on my thigh: of course I don’t get pole bruises (hardly) anymore, but I do get bell bruises! We definitely enjoyed this last sexy flexy floorwork class before Christmas.

Afterhours – TroyBoi ft Diplo and Nina Sky

I think I ran across this song on one of my Pandora stations, but I’ve been listening to it on repeat for weeks now! It’s such a fun song and has such fantastic beats to hit! I really loved the change in music and our multiple heel clacks, plus you can’t be unhappy when you’re body rolling on the floor. I think it’s pretty obvious how much I enjoyed this routine, considering I break into a grin after the heel clacks. I wish choreographing a new routine every week didn’t take so much time and that all the classes I taught were routines, because they’re my absolute favorite classes! Maybe one day I’ll be able to take someone else’s routine class: I haven’t learned someone else’s choreo in YEARS and I’m dying to get some new ideas and moves!