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Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

This song came out over the weekend, and while I have major issues with the lyrics, I LOVE the beat! I knew I had to do a routine to it, and it just called out for chair, so I threw a little chair dance in. I rarely do chair dance, mostly because I feel like I only know a few chair moves and I’m repeating them over and over. It’s been a while (I think the last one was Valentine’s Day) since I’ve done some chair, so this was really fun for me.

It’s always a bit precarious to stand on the chair and transfer to the pole, but we all figured it out! I had so much fun with this routine, both putting it together (rare) and dancing it in class (much more common!).

I Wanna Be Loved By You – Marilyn Monroe

I first put together this routine as a request for a bachelorette party, then I used it for a chair workshop two years ago, but I knew I wanted to do something fun for Valentine’s Day this class, and I had just bought these awesome boas, so I did it again! The feathers made a huge mess, but it was so fun that I didn’t mind the clean-up (too much). I told the girls to wear their V-Day best, and I loved seeing everyone’s different interpretations. I take any excuse I can to wear my pink sequin leotard and pink chrome heels!

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

I first did this routine 2 years ago in 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.

Fire and Ice Showcase 6-4-16

Bittersweet Studios has a showcase about every 6 months, and each time they get bigger and better! The most recent one was held on June 4th, and much like the last one, I had two performances: a group chair routine and a solo. My goal was to have most of (if not all) of my students from Palm Coast do the chair routine with me, but only two ended up learning the routine and they didn’t want to perform it with such a small group. Luckily, I convinced some students and instructors at the Jacksonville location to learn it with me, and I screamed out the directions as we performed it! We’d only gone through it once or twice beforehand, and very quickly, so most of the people were definitely still trying to listen to me tell them where to go next. It was a challenge for me to remember what came next and yell it out in time for everyone to follow along while still performing the choreography. I do it every week in my sexy flexy floorwork classes, but usually not to this extent. If anyone were to say that teaching a group routine class isn’t difficult, I’d point them to this video! I was exhausted by the end of this routine, both mentally and physically. Thankfully, this was the opening to the showcase and my solo came near the end so I had plenty of time to recover.

I performed my Pole Sport Organization Southern Pole Championships routine as a sort of dress rehearsal before the real deal the following weekend (post about that to come as soon as I get my video from the always-amazing Alloy Images!). It’s not the best run-through, and I changed a few minor things the night of the competition that looking back, I’m glad I did. For example, I did two of what I call sexy inchworms at the beginning here, and at the competition I just did one slow one, which I think was a good choice!

Bittersweet Studios 3 Year Anniversary

I can’t believe that it’s been 3 years since Bittersweet Studios opened! I was there for the beginning, and so much has changed since then. Two more locations are in the works, and the studio has grown in students and instructors. I had the chance to put together two routines for the showcase party we had to celebrate 3 years in business: one group chair routine and a pole solo. I’m so glad I got to do a group routine since I love both participating in them and watching them, and it’s so fun to be able to dance with your friends! I wanted anyone to be able to do it with me, so I made it relatively simple, but it ended up being mostly my regular poleography students. It was SO much fun!

I also somehow put together a solo pole routine in two weeks! I started working on it the evening of October 25th and practiced it three more times before the night of the showcase, so I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! I’m super in love with the ending pose, an upward-facing pegasus, but I feel like it might be time to move on to more moves. We’ll see…

All in all, it was a great night and I’m so excited to see all the new talent develop! The spring showcase is going to be mind-blowing if this one is any indication!

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!

Circus – Britney Spears (Part 3 and Final!)

We finally finished the Circus routine  (see part 1 and part 2) that included chair, floor, and at the end, a tiny bit of pole. :) I love this routine and how it turned out: I always feel so sassy and able to perform during a chair dance. Plus, of course the more familiar I am with a routine, the more I’m able to focus on eye contact and the little things that make a dance exciting to watch.

I’m a little late on posting this, and I didn’t have class this week because of Labor Day, so I won’t have a new video until next week. It will definitely include heels though! We also changed the timing of the class to be an hour and a half long, so we have more time to warm up, learn the routine, and film it. I’m excited!

Circus – Britney Spears (Part 1)

I hadn’t done a chair routine or a Britney song in a while, so I figured it was time for both together!

I like simple but fun routines, and I think this one fits the bill. It’s quite simple, so I’m planning on adding more to it and teaching it again plus the rest next week. I think we can get a pretty good chair routine down to the whole song!

Any song requests or moves that you want to see incorporated into a routine?

Partition – Beyonce

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This routine was so much fun! The song was a request from several students, and while it wasn’t the easiest song for me to choreograph to (and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do it justice), I think it turned out pretty well. I loved everyone’s enthusiasm and excitement for the dance. I was a bit nervous about jumping from the chair to the floor in heels (visions of twisted ankles kept going through my head), but it wasn’t as bad as I expected it might be.

There’s no groundbreaking movement or unusual combinations in here, but I did like the fan kick to kneeling on the chair: I hadn’t seen that anywhere before. I like trying to put in at least one new (to me) move in my routines, even if it’s something simple.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!