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Reconnecting Your Dance with Nature

By on April 19, 2017

Spring has sprung! It’s is in the air! Here in California, our famous orange poppies are in bloom. In Japan, the Cherry Blossoms are enjoying their own festival. Passover, Ramadan, Easter, and Ramanavami are close upon us. May poles are going up for traditional May Pole Dances. Everywhere people observe in their own styles as the old dies away and the new comes to life. At Bad Kitty® we thought it would be fun to share 6 ways for dancers to celebrate spring and reconnect with nature in their bodies. Here’s a few ideas:

  1. Bring the Outside IN! 

If you have a pole at home you have free reign to create a spring sanctuary. Pick or buy your favorite spring flowers and blooms and decorate your space. Light a scented candle or spritz your favorite spring scent in the air before your begin your dance practice. It could,of course,  be sweet and floral but don’t forget about the spring savory scents like clean linen, cotton blossom, green tea, freshly cut grass. If you’re going into the studio, maybe bring a bouquet for the front desk? I bet your teacher will let you bring one into class too. Try wearing lightly scented essential oils when dancing, but remember to be respectful of others when wearing any scents in class. Don’t over do it! But a little dab on your wist and/or neck before class should be just fine. Here are the different spring essential oils. Which one speaks the most to your dance?

Citrus:

  • Wild Orange
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerine

Floral:

Earthy:

2. Adorn Thy Self!

If your staying in your home studio or going into class, either way, you can play with wearing flowers. Try a flower crown, or flowers artfully woven into braids, or even simply tucked behind your ears. You can also pin them to your pole gear corsage style, or even play with floral jewelry styles. Having adjust for the flowers might slow down and change up your dance. Maybe they’ll bring out a more soft side? Or playful… Or even a more regal? Only one way to find out…

3. Play with Color!

As dancers, we wear a lot of black. It looks good, is flattering, and goes with everything. Beyond basic black we all have our favorite colors and color palettes for our dance wardrobe. Maybe you’re already a fan of spring colors, but if not, now’s a great time to try something new. Color informs our movement, song choice, and attitude sometimes even in the most subconscious ways.  When you wear a color you like, or feel confident “looks good” on you, it shows. Branching out in to unusual choices may bring up some unexpected elements in your dance. So go ahead! Wear that clover green, lilac, robin’s egg blue, or daffodil yellow that “totally is not your style.” Might I even direct you to some of Bad Kitty’s own playful choices to get you started…

4. Go to the Water

If you have, or can find access to, a pole on the beach – AMAZING! Go do that! If not, that’s okay too! You can still take your yoga mat down to the water’s edge and let your body play. Maybe bring your earbuds and a favorite playlist? Or even let the natural sounds of the ocean be your music. Both are great experiences.  Get in the surf and have a dance with the water – or even under the water, if you dare! Don’t live near an ocean? Go to a lake, river, mountain stream. I bet you can find some location, natural, body of water. And I bet dancing near, in, or around it will feel good for your body and soul.

5. Climb a Tree!

Take “street poling” to a whole new, more natural level. Don’t hurt yourself! But experiment on safe and secure branches with repurposing your pole tricks for the great outdoors. Maybe take a morning or afternoon and take a hike. Get out in the woods for an hour. Take in the season! This is also a great opportunity for a photoshoot, either professional or a friend with an iPhone. Both get good results!

6. Try New Music!

What does spring sound like to your body? If you’ve never tried dancing to classical music – or are a big fan – try Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, or Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

If contemporary is more your style, here’s a few springy songs from different genres to get your own inspiration going…

Those are our ideas! What are yours? How do you bring nature into your body and dance this spring season? Let us know!  Happy Spring!

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Katie Johnson

is a Los Angeles based Fine Art Model, Actress, Writer -- and most importantly - Pole Fitness Devotee. She's been called everything from “magic” and “fearless” to “dependable, bendable” and even “the balliest f***ing model I’ve ever worked with!”

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