Happy Monday! Competition is coming up this weekend and we will have a post on this series every day this week!
Next up on our list another student, Lisa! Keep reading more below to learn about her pole journey and
I took my first pole dancing class at PFS in October 2016. Dance is something I've wanted to do since I was very young but never pursued. Since I do not have any movement background I always figured I'd never be able to dance as an adult. Pole dance seemed out of the question. I never thought I'd be able to climb a pole. I was that kid who could never climb the rope in elementary school in PE to honk the little horn at the top of the gym. I could only make it up 1 climb and then I'd fall on the mat while my much more nimble classmates could do it effortlessly. Plus, dance of any sort was not part of the culture I grew up in. After spending several years feeling regretful that I had not done something like this sooner but still wanting to try, I took my first class at age 35. I figure I am going to be an old woman some day, and I'd like to keep the regrets as few as possible. I decided to compete because it is very helpful for me to have goals to push myself into a new space creatively. By nature I am not a competitive person with others, but I am very competitive with myself. This will be my first time doing anything like this before. I am scared. I am excited. I have moments of euphoria and I have moments of doubt, and I'm trying to embrace it all.
For my competition piece I chose 'Seven Devils' by Florence and the Machine. This song was not on my radar at all to begin with. I had my heart set on a different song with a completely different feel and Seven Devils was just on my playlist for warmup. It came on one day and suddenly I felt my body moving in a different way, and it resonated with me. It's a sinister, sensuous piece. Sometimes we have 'devils' in our lives, and sometimes we are the 'devil' in our lives. My choreography is reflective of the hypnotic effect of something beautiful but deadly. Of wanting to touch something that you know will ultimately destroy you. For my costume, green seemed the most appropriate choice. It is the color of jealous rage, serpents, and also nature. I find it intensely beautiful and real.
The biggest challenge for me in creating this piece has been finding the time to dance. I have spent umpteen hours in my head creating every detail and dance phrase but I am a full time parent with a full time job. Sometimes after I put the kids to bed I struggle to start my 'other' day of dance. Sometimes after mopping up after other people's emergencies (I work in an ER as a nurse) I don't feel like I can coax my body into training. I feel incredibly lucky to have a supportive husband and amazing fellow dancers and instructors at Pole Fitness Seattle. It is easy to get overwhelmed and fixated on what I still can't do but when I look backward if you would have told me one year ago that I could climb a pole and on a good day bust out a splits, I would not have believed you.
The best part of this process has been understanding that it is possible to overcome self doubt and insecurity. So much of this journey has been me giving myself permission to do what I didn't think I could do our ought to do. This is not a path of discovering a new me, this is simply expressing who I have always been. I take enormous amounts of comfort in that, it's like greeting an old friend. I feel like this experience has pushed me physically, emotionally, and has made me more resilient. I am so inspired to hear everyone's stories and to see how hard all my fellow competitors are working. No matter the outcome of the competition part I can't wait to sit back and yell my head off in support of everyone that is on that stage!!
Lisa will be competing on Sunday, November 5th at 1:10pm in the Exotic Level 1 Junior/Senior category.
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