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The Red – Chevelle

I’ve been trying to decide on music for my next competition routines and when this song came on in my husband’s car, I considered it until I realized that the incomparable Sarah Jade had performed to it at Dance Filthy 2016 and there’s no way I could do it justice after her! It’s still a great song, though, so I used it for class where I could really dance it out and bring other people along with me on the ride. I showed my class her video afterwards and it was the first time seeing Sarah Jade for most them: everyone was in awe.

My goal for this routine was to make it more flowy than usual and focus on some floating arm movement. I definitely focus more on legs than I do on arms in my choreography, and it’s a big weak spot. The specifically incorporated arm movements are at :10, :23, :40, 1:01, 1:44, and 1:58. Going back through the routine now and counting them all out actually makes me feel better about realizing my intention! I definitely think I accomplished my goal of making this routine more circular and flowy than others, especially if you compare it to You Don’t Own Me from a couple weeks ago. There is tons of room for improvement, but it’s a start. I have some goals for 2018 in terms of my dance, and I’m eager to accomplish them!

Sugar Cane – PrettyDeep

My husband and I watch Shameless – he was into it and watched it regularly, and by virtue of being in the same room while it was on, I got sucked into it. I’m simultaneously horrified and intrigued by the lives the people in the show (and I know many people in real life) live. This song was on the show a couple weeks ago and my husband commented that he was surprised no one had used it for a pole routine yet. We both set off to see who could find it first since Shazam wasn’t working: he found it on Soundcloud, but it wasn’t anywhere else. I found the band’s Facebook page, and it looked like they had created it just before that episode aired, so it was a brand new song! I immediately was reminded of Tynesha Brown’s amazing routine to River by Bishop Briggs last year, mostly because the songs are in the same vein and she did such a good job interpreting that music! This is definitely not my normal kind of music, but something about it resonated with me, so I used it for class.

My favorite moments in this routine are the heel clack – step – step at :23, the little kick – scorpion kick up to sit at :47, and the end chest circles, leg twirls, and pose. I also love this skirted bottoms from Vekker LA! I had so much fun dancing in them: they definitely put an extra pep in my step.

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That Other Girl – Sevdaliza

Like so many of the songs I use for class, I heard this in a pole competition piece – Joscelyn Perez, the winner of PSO’s Southern Pole Championships. I’d actually randomly found it on YouTube a month or so prior, and I was excited to hear it again when I watched her compete in Atlanta. Sevdaliza has some very cool music videos and I’ve definitely been hearing her songs in pole competitions recently – I think Pole Theatre US had 2 in the Classique division!

The routine I put together starts at about 30 seconds into the song when she begins singing. I wanted to put in some different shapes and movements, as well as incorporate more arm motion – I think I did do a little better than I normally do, but I still have a lot more to work on! I’d like to have a lot more arm movement in my routines because I definitely focus on legs and I think that could elevate and differentiate some of my choreography.

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!).

Sucker for Pain – Multiple Artists

I’d heard this song around a lot since Suicide Squad came out, but the first pole routine I saw to it was this amazingly creepy and flexy performance by Daniel Darling at PSO’s Triangle Pole Championships. The shoulder stand at :56 was definitely the hardest part for everyone, but I love it! I want to work more on inverted movements and various shoulder stands in floorwork so my students can get used to them and start incorporating more types of movement on the floor in their own routines.

This class was only a few days before PSO’s Southeast Pole Championships and since I had 5 students compete, several of them wanted to rest up for the competition and chose not to take this class. Totally understandable, but I always like it when there are more students in my classes than fewer. I’m hoping to get more students dancing with me in the upcoming weeks!

From the Inside – Linkin Park

I’m so behind on posting the last month’s worth of routines! I started back to school at the beginning of August, had a competition across the country the first weekend, and another competition the third weekend, so I was super busy. Be prepared for an onslaught of posts over the next few days as I’m off work for Hurricane Irma – here’s hoping I don’t lose power for too long!

Like many others, I was shaken by the death of Chester Bennington: my high school soundtrack was essentially all Linkin Park and I have so many memories tied to their songs. They’re one of my husband’s favorite bands so it’s not unusual for me to come home to their music playing or hear it in his car. I really wanted to do a routine to one of their songs and this one jumped out to me. I like that I was able to put a little bit of polework into this one: I absolutely love floorwork but my heart is happiest spinning on the pole. My favorite part of this routine is the leg movements from 1:22 to 1:30 (I’m going to start including my favorite moments from each routine so that 1) I can come back and watch them, and 2) I force myself to find something I like in each one!).

Tear Away – Drowning Pool

I LOVE this song! I first used it back in February at PSO’s Triangle Pole Championships for my exotic routine, and when I was stuck this week for a song, I came back to this one. I took a few things from the beginning of that routine, but most of it was new. There were definitely some tricky moves in here – slinky slides, back rolls, balancing on the pole – so I really liked pushing my students to try out some new movements. I’m definitely feeling more drawn to rock/heavier songs recently, so I’m interested to see where that goes. I have a competition coming up that I still need to choose music for, and I’m really open to various styles right now. I’m debating doing something like this, but it’s a little out of the box for me for a regular (not exotic) routine. Then again, I want to push myself to try new and different things, so that may just be what I should do!

Run for Cover – Kito ft. Reija Lee

I used to listen to Kito ft. Reija Lee songs on repeat, and I choreographed to another of their songs, Sweet Talk, almost exactly two years ago. I always try to add in at least one new or somewhat complicated move to every routine I teach: this one the repeated fan kick at :26. It’s surprisingly difficult to go back in the direction you just came from, but that particular little combo gave me so many good ideas for an upcoming competition. :) The ending pose was also pretty tricky as it involves a fair amount of bend in the lower back, but it’s such a cool shape – booty up and showing off the heels!

We’re all working on routines for Pole Sport Organization’s Southeastern competition August 26th, so students are more focused on learning and perfecting their performances for that than taking a routine class, which is totally understandable, but it makes me a little sad to have such small classes for my favorite class to teach!

Human – Rag’n’Bone Man

One of my regular students, Toni, requested this song months ago and I just wasn’t feeling it until recently. That’s a catch-22 of teaching a routine to a new song every week: it’s hard for me to find music so I love it when I get student requests, but sometimes I just can’t move it: sometimes I can later, but sometimes I listen to it, and I’m just like, nope, my body will not be able to move in a pleasing way to that song. Which is frustrating! I want to be able to dance to different styles of music, to be able to create movement that fits with a song, and of course, to choreograph to a song that students like to hear. But sometimes it’s difficult. When I first heard this song, I was very “eh” about it. I half-heartedly tried to choreograph for it, but didn’t make any progress. Then a couple weeks ago I was going through my music and ran across it again, and loved it! Sometimes it just takes the right time to be able to work with a song. I know there are songs I’ve use for competitions in the past that I would NEVER use today, and vice versa. I just chose a piece for an upcoming competition that I don’t think I would have chosen even a year ago, so I’m excited to see what comes of it. Yay for new music!

Believer – Imagine Dragons

I really loved this routine, and for several reasons: I like the leg twirl thing at :54 and 1:55, and the reason it’s in there twice is because the choreography repeats, but everything’s on the other side/going the other direction. I definitely tend to choreograph moves on the same sides (the comfortable ones for me), so I know I need to work being more even and doing all moves, even floorwork, on both sides. I love the beats in this song and the different shapes the music takes throughout. There are points and sweeps and a lot to play with! I’m doing a similar song (at least, I always conflate them in my head) next week, so I’m curious to see how similar the choreographies turn out to be.