Background: How long have you been pole dancing and when did you first come to PFS?
I’ve been pole dancing for 15 months, at PFS since the beginning.
What made you decide to compete?
I love performing. Between theater, burlesque, improv and circus, I’ve been on stage a few hundred times, and it’s not so scary anymore. Competing, on the other hand, is terrifying — which is why I want to do it. :) It’s an opportunity to expand my comfort zone.
Can you share a little bit about your piece? What inspired you, song choice, costume choice, choreography, style, etc.
I was inspired by performances like The Pole Comedian's Richard Simmons routine and Bethy Winkopp's zombie routine — they do familiar pole moves, but in unusual ways, specific to their characters. The effect is hilarious. I have a unique character, too, and I’m dancing in a way I’ve never danced before because it’s how my character would move.
What has been the been the biggest challenge for you in creating this piece?
I’ve been out of town a lot these past few months, not on the pole as much as I’d like. My endurance has been low and I'm not done with choreography yet. I’m running into my body’s limitations, wishing I had energy to practice more.
What has been the best part of this process?
Feeling extra camaraderie with the rest of the PFS competition team! <3
What are you looking forward to the most after competition is over?
The buzz and elation that come after stepping off stage! Also resting. Lots of rest. And doing beautiful pole dance, not just silly pole dance.
Bethany will be competing on Saturday, November 4th at 12:05pm in the Entertainment Level 2 Junior/Senior category.
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