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Cleaning Up Your Pole Choreography

By on March 27, 2017
Cleaning up your pole choreography

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In dance, sometimes the details can make it or break it. If you’re not completely satisfied with your choreography, but not sure what and how to modify it, it’s likely that there are just a few touch-ups that could do wonders. For example, spicing up your choreography, highlighting your strengths, and covering up your weaknesses. It’s little details that add flavor and personality to your routine.

If you are a beginner, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have beautiful and interesting choreo. Sometimes a creative, clean choreography comprised of easier moves is better than one which is more advanced, but lacks proper dance lines, smooth transitions and fluid floorwork.

This one consists of mostly intermediate moves, but it is nevertheless stunning:

Bad Kitty Ambassador Sergia Louise Anderson at 2012 USPDF competition

If you already have choreography but you think it needs cleaning up, here are eight tips and tricks to help you get the best out of it.

Record a video…

…then isolate and write down everything that it is out of place and needs a bit of improvement (or have someone else help you). You often do not have a realistic picture of how you look and move. You might feel that you moving in a slow and controlled manner, but in the video you’re running from one move to the other. You are probably not aware of all the moments when your toes are not pointed and your legs wonky. ASk yourself: Are the angles good? Will it be more powerful if you turn to the other side? Some parts of your choreo will be great, some satisfying, but you will get an idea how to make them even better.

Ask a non-poler for their opinion

They can tell whether it’s polished and flows well, or whether you’re struggling. While they probably don’t know much about the difficulty of the tricks and uniqueness of your combinations, they can sometimes see the things that polers can’t, simply because they are not focusing on other aspects of your dance.

BK Brand Ambassador Prana

Break down the moves and tackle the problematic ones

The next step is incorporate new ideas and improve the parts you are not satisfied with. If you’re visibly struggling and getting stuck during certain moves and transitions, practice them in isolation until they flow smoothly. Let go of the ones that just don’t fit.

Don’t forget about your arms and hands

Dance with your arms. Hand and arm movements are so underrated in the pole world, yet so useful and visually powerful. Note down what other polers are doing with their arms, try to copy their moves, play your song and just move your shoulders, arms, and hands until you figure out what kind of movement suits you.

pole choreo

…or your facial expression

A sad lyrical piece about a loss requires a sad facial expression. A fierce exotic pole number should require a confident, seductive look on your face. It’s really hard to focus on all parts of your body, but if you focus on your theme and the feeling you’re trying to convey, everything will come more naturally – from your facial expression to the way you move other parts of your body.

It goes without saying – point your toes, extend your legs

All the times, during transitions, not just in the final position. But you know that already, don’t you?

BK Ambassador Michelle Natoli. Photo by G Mark Art

Back to basics

Now is the time to fine-tune the basics, such as your climb and invert. You would expect advanced polers to have perfect inversions, but frequently that’s not the case. Although they definitely don’t lack strength, they just don’t put enough effort into making it look good. One reason polers often just rush through the basics is because nobody applauds it. But it doesn’t mean those tricks don’t have a strong influence on the impression the audience will get. Here are the tips for perfecting your inversions.

Enjoy your routine

Yes, enjoy it. That joy is visible. Anyone in the audience will be able to see whether you’re in the moment or just rushing to finish it and entirely focused on the moves and tricks you need to do next. It might be difficult to enjoy your dance  if you went through the choreography too many times and you’re already sick of it (and the song). Likewise, it’s not easy to enjoy it if you haven’t rehearsed it enough and you don’t feel ready. However, it is important to remember that the audience is most likely watching it for the first time. Try to connect with your audience and tell them a story. Stay true to yourself, your unique style and your movement.

BK Ambassador Michelle Natoli Photo by Don Curry

In the mood for more cleaning? Check out the Cleaning up your pole life article to declutter and start fresh the spring pole season.

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A pole and lyra enthusiast, day-dreamer and the queen of procrastination.
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