We're wrapping up the week of with our only doubles group, Duo Bordeaux aka instructors Yael and Sean! They've been working so hard on their piece and we can't wait to see the finished product on stage. Check out their journey below!
Background: How long have you been pole dancing and when did you first come to PFS?
Yael: I have been poling for 10 years, and was here as PFS was just beginning! I vividly remember sitting with Emily and drawing up plans, and testing out the space once she found it.
Sean: I’ve been pole dancing for almost exactly one year now. In fact, one of my first experiences at PFS was when Yael introduced herself by trying to stand on me while I did one of my tricks. She then decided that we would compete in doubles things
What made you decide to compete?
Yael: I have wanted to compete in PSO for several years, but between having a baby a few years back and later family obligations, it 's been hard to make it happen. I also really wanted to do Doubles, as doubling is one of my strongest passions with pole and aerial art. Finding the right partner is key. This year I met my match.
Sean: Yael made me. :P
Can you share a little bit about your piece? What inspired you, song choice, costume choice, choreography, style, etc.
Yael: Our piece is inspired by Cirque Du Soleil, and has evolved significantly over this past year. We started by choosing a cirque themed song, and began storytelling to the music and it grew from there. What has developed is an homage to the beauty and mystery of circus arts, the strength of aerial partners when they come together, and the merging of floor dance with aerial pole.
Sean: Adding to what Yael said, it was really interesting seeing our piece develop. We started with this strongly story-based concept, then sort of abandoned it as we saw our ideas take flight in different directions. It organically became a perfect blend of our two backgrounds; you can see hints of ballroom and contemporary dancing interspersed between the pole work. The story now is: “Look it’s just pretty okay?"
What has been the been the biggest challenge for you in creating this piece?
Yael: Sean and I have multiple years of dance experience between us which is really great in that we can do so many things together. But on the flip-side, we have only been partners for just under a year, each specializing in different things. So while we each bring different skills to the table, the challenge is merging them seamlessly, and building the telepathy and trust required of dedicated partners. We're now reaching that point of knowing what the other is thinking, and not being afraid to push each other's limits when needed.
Sean: Definitely the interplay involved in working with someone else. When you’re alone, you can kind of let your mood dictate practice. With a partner, you have to be there for the other person even if you’re not feeling it, and you have to help lift them if they’re not feeling it. You also need to feel comfortable trying out ideas that one person or the other proposed and not take it personally when an idea is changed because it didn’t fit or something better was found. There’s a lot of interesting partner dynamics from our very different backgrounds. That being said, the extra challenge meant extra reward! I think I can say it has resulted in a piece that is much stronger than either of us could have created on our own. And the process has become much more natural as we’ve really begun to hit a stride together.
What has been the best part of this process?
Yael: Discovering and honing new skills while partnering with someone who has become like family to me.
Sean: Honestly, forming one of the closest friendships I’ve had. Duo Bordeaux is just getting started.
What are you looking forward to the most after competition is over?
Yael: Celebrating the accomplishment, relaxing, and getting back to practicing other skills (both duo and single) that have been on hold for comp prep! Also Sean being able to eat ice cream again. I'm ready.
Sean: Ice cream. And cheesecake.
Duo Bordeaux will be performing on Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm in the Doubles/Groups category!
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