AmyLynn Sachexnayer is the studio's new teacher in training. One on the most important steps on our personal pole journeys is that of the Intro Series or Beginner Pole classes... so much happens in this process and I wanted to share and inspiring reflection written by Miss AmyLynn.
Something I've been cherishing since observing the beginner's classes - besides both seeing where I have come from aesthetically-speaking/strength-wise and seeing others beginning their new passion - is the chance to go back and mentally "relearn" some of the basics I take for granted now. Whether it's due to having to mentally break down (for a new student) something my body has memorized to the point I typically don't have to think about it or due to being forced to stick with a small bag of "tricks" and tools - something about it has created a desire within me to work on perfecting that which I already "know." While I am always eager to learn something new or to use something I've recently learned to push myself to generate strength as a dancer. I am finding that focusing on (continuing to) develop what I already know is truly helping me become a better dancer. Whether it's my fireman spin, my climb (not a beginner's class move, but still pretty 101), or anything else we deem "basic", there is always room for improvement: cleaner lines, (more) pointed toes, slowing things down, becoming more fluid, treating my transitions as equitable investments (the same as I would treat learning a new trick)... All of this leads me to want to drop back into some 101s to work on perfecting my non-dominant-side and to continue to make my basic moves more beautiful. I suppose I'm sharing this because a) I just wanted to and b) hopefully I can inspire someone else to "look back" rather than always looking forward. While looking ahead keeps us growing and challenged, looking back grounds us and firms up the foundation we're building on.
(Thank you to all our instructors.) - AMYLYNN
It is very important to us at PFS to ensure both student safety within the classroom but to also emphases education on proper technique, injury prevention and body awareness. The more body awareness you have in your overall pole practice the less likely you are to do something that "just doesn't feel right" and that might perhaps end in an injury. Our inversion programming at the studio is built around progression and the three fitness components that are important to OVERALL physical fitness:
Strength, Flexibility and Cardio
We all come into the pole studio with various degrees of physical abilities and backgrounds. Not all of us are Russian gymnasts, some us are ;) ... but most are not.
We need practical guidance, education and focus when practicing pole. This is especially important when it comes to body awareness and conditioning. We highly recommend taking any of the following classes offered at the studio for this specially; Flexibility, Poleography, Aerial Hoop and Power Conditioning
These specific classes will help you train and development more awareness of your unique body and its mechanics.
Below is a guideline to help students recognize their achievements and to also be informed on the physical expectations in each of our inversions classes. This is really meant to be an aide for you rather then a rigid assessment. Remember that some "moves" come easier to others while others may be more challenging. Each level lists the prerequisites underneath. Although we teach numerous inverted pole combinations, poses and transitions that are cohesive to a specific level (101, 202 & 303). Listed below are the primary expectations in each of the specific levels. Also, take note of the different degrees of the (3) components of physical fitness and how they play to an overall holistic pole practice, what is most important to us and our students.
Pole Fitness Seattle Blog