I’m officially moved into my new apt in Manhattan and starting to get back into the swing of things. As a Virgo and a creature of habit, I’m so happy to have my life begin to settle back into it’s usual routine. A routine that includes dancing in my panties, supermen and trying to touch my head with my foot. Ahh, feels good to be sore and bruised again.
First up was FLEXIBILITY with Marlo Fisken. I was unsure how my body was going to react to being thrown back into bending. I thought for sure I was going to have to take it slow and was mentally prepared to not get upset with myself. But I was pleasantly surprised! It actually felt amazing to be stretching out again and perhaps it was the rest my muscles got that let them cooperate because I found myself sitting in both of my splits. Felt pretty good to have crotch to mat. My back is another story. It felt good in class to start bending the back again, but I was sore sore sore after class.
Then it was on to LEVEL 3. I absolutely loved our warm up. It’s hard to explain how it was different. Most of the stretches were the same, but it was something about the music Marlo picked and the moves we were doing with it. We started off super slow and then worked our way up, going from super emo to super sassy. When warm up ended and it was time to put our mats away I was shocked. It seemed to fly by and I loved every second of it!
Before we got on the pole, we did some movement exercises across the floor. First up was moving across the using only floor work. Something in me was just READY to let loose and I happened to be wearing sweat pants so I was able to slide pretty easily and I really went for it. I don’t’ know what I looked like, but I didn’t feel like a hot mess – for once! I’m happy to report that I’m getting more comfortable on the floor – an aspect of pole that I’ve been struggling with. I’ve been trying to remember and incorporate moves that Michelle, Tracee and Steven have been teaching. And although I still really want to work with the master of the floor Jeni Janover – I’m excited to feel the improvements.
After the movement exercises it was time to get back on the pole for my first official class in 2 weeks. Mentally, I was psyched but again I was a little unsure of my body. I was shocked to find that my body was ready and it was my brain that was slacking. Marlo demonstrated moves and I just stood there like wha?? I had to keep asking questions. “Can you show it one more time?” “Outside hand on top?” Once I got back into the groove I was fine, but it took my brain a second to get back up to speed with being able to see a move and give it a try without a 2 page step by step manual.
We worked on a really fun tuck spin that opened up to a spinning helicopter, shoulder mounts, then my first attempt at an Eisha, and some work on Marley – oy, welcome back dear bruises behind my knees. I have – not – missed you so.
The energy continued last week as I’m now back to my normal – and by normal I mean crazy pole schedule. Who wants to be “normal” anyways?
Monday I was finally back in my staple class, LEVEL 2 POLE DANCE with Lain Tal. I was excited to be back with Lian, sharing pole with my girl Jal even if that pole was a fatty. We started with the Rockstar Spin. I have been doing Rockstar on spinny for a while in Michelle Stanek’s class, but I hadn’t practiced it on a static pole since the first time it was introduced to me forever ago. I looked at Jal shaking my head “I can’t do this at ALL” – but I went for it – and whoa! Practicing on spinny really does help – thanks Michelle! – and I was able to pull it off.
Next up was more spinning helicopters – which is quickly is becoming a favorite skill. We revisited what I call a layout (sitting on the pole, then laying back) – I’ve noticed there are multiple names for skills and that’s what has stuck with me! It’s a skill I’m very comfortable with and I appreciated the time to work it out and start feeling really confident on the pole again. The confidence came in handy as we worked on a brand new skill to me – the Iguana mount. A few tries was all I had in me as my body, with 2 weeks off, had quickly grown tired.
We ended class with a freestyle and Jal caught me at an angle in which no one is dancing behind me. I guess there are perks to those fatty poles! I love this song and this was a great cover – I was able to let go and try to feel the music. I’m a little wonky at times, but overall I was pretty happy with this one.
I was signed up for a double with LEVEL 3/4 following and didn’t want to chicken out even though deep down I was feeling insecure. The class was being subbed by Mina Mortezaie, who was fabulous! I, however, was not. For the most part I hid in the back corner, twirling my hair, modifying and doing what I could to keep up – but mostly twirling my hair. I tried not to get down as I watched Lian, Tracee, Michelle, Dalijah and Allison rockin the front poles, but I’ll admit that I felt a little deflated. But always looking on the bright side, it was a good reminder to work really hard so I can get there someday! I did immediately sign out of the following 3 weeks classes I had booked. Boo.
Tuesday Kyra Johannesen was subbing LEVEL 2 FLUIDITY. Finally, a class with Kyra! I was not disappointed. It was fun watching her choreograph as she went – a short dance combo for fluidity practice. After doing it a couple times, I caught on and felt pretty good. “Now you guys are dancing!” Kyra exclaimed. Smile face. We then worked on spinning helicopter – see above “new favorite skill!” – more smiles! In the spirit of fluidity, we helicoptered and then found a really pretty way down by hooking the outside foot to the pole, letting the other foot come down to the floor, pausing in the nice pose and then swinging the top leg down into a split on the ground. Bad ass. And may I say, way cuter than the hello kitty in my freestyle video above.
Wednesday I doubled up again. FLEX with Marlo and SPINNY with Prana Liano Ovide-Etienne who was in NYC from Paris and subbing for Michelle.
Flex amazing – if you can consider stretching till it hurts like hell amazing. The room was hot and I had sweat pouring down my face – cute I know – but I’m seeing slight improvements and can feel myself going a little deeper into my stretches. (Emphasis on little). So yes, amazing. Or as my girl Jal would say… “AMAZEBALLS!”
After a hot, sweaty and yes, painful FLEX class it was onto SPINNY. I wanted to chill and take it easy but Prana’s energy is impossible to ignore. She had me right back into the swing of things with her loud, fun, music and teaching style. We worked on a bunch of skills – each one a combo that landed in a specific way. When Prana hit the end she’d say “Ding!” in a voice that resembled a bell. The girl is freakin’ strong and I was struggling to get to the end of the combos but the extra incentive of proudly saying “Ding!” at the finish kept me going. Needless to say, I slept hard on Wendesday night.
The week ended right back where this post started. In LEVEL 3 POLE DANCE with Marlo. I was thrilled to start the class by learning this cool kick into a straddle that Marlo rocked in her most recent Fin De Siglo performance. In her performance she hit it so hard and quick, it proved that you don’t have to be doing the hardest of skills to drop jaws – though she did some of those too. I tried a few attempts and I realized that although it’s not the hardest of hard… it was still hard. We moved onto aerial climbing – helicopter, hook, reach up, re-grab, straighten out and then start again – helicopter, ugh! hook, oof!, reach up, gah!, re-grab, eek!, straighten out – and hmmm debate if you can seriously go up one more time, deep breath and UGH! helicopter… all the way to the top – only to find now you have to get back down. We did so by switching inside and outside leg hooks. I thought I was going to die. And I came to a realization that my leg hooks need some serious work. Marlo came over to help me break it down. “My inside hook sucks” I said as I flopped out of one. “Yeah, it’s kind of shitty” she joked. I just shrugged. She was right. I decided then and there I needed to work on them hard. Goal: Super strong inside and outside leg hooks on BOTH SIDES.
So with that said, here’s to looking forward to another week of pole and goals!
Love & Pole x