Florida Pole Fitness Championship 2016

I competed in the 5th annual Florida Pole Fitness Championship a couple of weeks ago for my 5th time! Yep, it was my first competition ever, and I’ve competed in it every year since then!

FPFC 2012
FPFC 2013
FPFC 2014
FPFC 2015

I’ve never placed before, and I definitely wasn’t expecting to this year, either. All I want out of competitions is a performance that I’m happy with, but I had already decided in my head who my top 3 were this year (with a possible 4th). That meant that leading up to the competition and even after my run, I didn’t even consider that I might place. And you know what? I got third! I was so surprised when Allison called my name that it took me a second to react! I’m so so so happy to have placed after 5 years of competing! I think the key to doing well is to truly NOT care if you place, but that is an incredibly hard mindset to get into.

I don’t have a great story about the creation of this routine: I found┬áthe song after hearing Castle on Pandora, so I went searching on YouTube to find more Halsey songs. I really liked this one, and thought it might be fun to do a creepy routine. I’d never done anything like that for a pole performance before, and I’d never done intentionally flexed feet either, so I wanted to try something new! I played around a ton on the floor, contorting myself in weird shapes to try to figure out my floorwork, and after my friend Robbie suggested doing a forearm cartwheel, I worked on it relentlessly until I finally got it!

The week before the competition, Sergia Louise Anderson was in town and I ran through my routine to get some feedback. She suggested just minor changes because she was very short on time, but I think they really made a big difference in how I thought about my performance and presenting myself on stage. If you get a chance to work with her, definitely do so!

Anyway, here’s the video! I see the few places where it’s not entirely smooth, but overall I’m quite happy with my performance!

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