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Anonymous asked: what did you think of WPSC 2014?

jenova-amaranth:

Honest opinion? Okay.

There were a lot of awesome performances and many that I thoroughly enjoyed. There’s no denying that those men and women were all incredibly strong and incredibly talented! But in my absolutely honest opinion, I didn’t really get into it as much as I thought I would.

You see, I consider pole an art form rather than a sport, and taking away the artistic flare, the creativity and the interpretation and stripping it to its bare bones takes a lot of the appeal out for me. Yes, I have an appreciation for the incredible displays of strength and flexibility, but there wasn’t a lot of diversity, especially when you had the compulsory moves that were used over and over again. Russian Splits stop being a wow-factor when they’re in every performance! Diversity is the main thing I love about pole; I love that I can go to a competition or a showcase and I can see so many different styles and so much personality spread throughout. You get people body rolling in seven-inch heels and you get athletes beasting out strength and you get can-can and tango and aliens and fairies and so many other bonkers themes and crazy costumes. I love that aspect. Pole sport? It’s a little flat for me.

I also really didn’t agree with the womens’ seniors results. Don’t get me wrong; Oona is a favourite of mine and her routine was great, but Alina should have won, in my opinion. I’ve seen all of Oona’s combos before, and I just didn’t get a “wow” from her. She was good, but she didn’t leave my jaw on the floor. And my favourite routine was definitely Heidi Coker’s, and I don’t understand how she got 4 points less than Oona for art & choreo. The masters 50+ I didn’t agree with either; Candice definitely should have won. Again, Greta was good but Candice was incredible. I almost feel like the judges just gave the favourites extra marks rather than actually judging it fairly. Still, I’m seeing art where they see sport; I’m not an expert and it’s probably not my place to question it. Maybe when I watch them back I’ll see their reasoning more clearly.

Also the poles were clearly very slippy. They had no problem with their poles last year so I don’t understand why this year they went for brass, but there was a lot of slipping. Not sure if that’s the fault of the pole cleaners, the poles, the heat or the athletes, but it was clearly an issue, and I felt some of the athletes should have had the opportunity to perform again - Monica van Beek definitely deserved a second opportunity, if no one else; I’m kind of appalled that she wasn’t granted that.

Overall, I’m glad I only spent £3 for the livestream rather than going down for the weekend. I appreciate that this is the direction many people want pole to take, and I still enjoy it and have mad respect for the athletes, but I will always consider pole an art over a sport.

I was also surprised Greta won her category, she’s great and all but her routine was boring. By the Women’s Seniors I had become a bit catatonic and so it all blurred in to one but when they read out the results I was a bit like huh? I need to rewatch the best of the seniors group really. Everyone was posting that it was sad that Heidi was slipping so much but I didn’t even notice whatsoever which shows how much I was struggling to pay attention. 8 hours of pole sports is mind numbing.

I think the poles were a mixture of not being cleaned properly (one dude came out, touched the pole, looked really confused and started motioning off stage which i presumed was to get someone to come clean them again) and the heat. When it’s this hot I find I am constantly reapplying grip aids and wiping the pole down after every trick.

I know we don’t get hot weather that often in the UK but they really should look in to hosting it in a venue with air conditioning. 

polerized:

Hello tumblr, I wanted to pose a question to the cirque community…

Which to train first: flexibility, or strength?

I’ve always been naturally flexible, and I’ve been think about taking contortion more seriously lately both because I simply love stretching (it’s like meditation to me) and because some of the coolest pole and silks moves require a great deal of flexibility.

BUT I suck at gaining muscle, and I NEED to be stronger to do even half the stuff I dream of. I’m afraid if I really go for contortion I’m going to struggle even more so in the future, especially since I’m just now starting to get to what I would call acceptable levels of strength.

I guess my biggest questions are: Is it better to be flexible and then get strong, so that you don’t lose potential flexibility while strength training? But will increasing flexibility make it harder to gain muscle? (I’ve heard a few people say this, but never from a good source)

Hopefully, I’m going to be starting at a studio within a month. Do you think the training there will be enough to maintain my strength if I start devoting my time to contortion training?

I dunno man. I just don’t know enough (or anything) about the two subjects and am afraid of doing something now that’s going to set me back so much later. So any advice and/or anecdotes are welcome.

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I don’t think it matters which way round you do it, if you build strength and then flexibility or flexibility then strength. Building muscle will tighten the muscles, end of story.

Sofia Venanzetti literally just posted on fb saying if your goal is to increase flexibility then the last thing you want to do is also strengthen. She also posted a while ago that she decided to give up strength based pole, she only dances, and any exercise that builds muscle because it was getting in the way of her flexibility progress - she is a contortionist though. I think it’s a situation where you have to choose. I mean you see some extremely flexible pole dancers but rarely contortion style flexibility. And you don’t really see muscular hench contortionists. I think if you are strong and continue working on getting stronger then you will always only be able to go so far. 

Obviously the best pole dancers are strong and flexible so it is possible to an extent. From what I can see they train strength and flexibility equally throughout. I wouldn’t neglect one or the other.

body-language-and-bad-habits:

Pole hurt tonight, and I’ve already got the bruises to show it!

No pain, no gain.

Had so much fun teaching tonight!

Ahmagawd. Amirah said she’s going to buy me an LED hoop, not an expensive one or anything but still, mainly I think so I can perform more!

Sooo excited. Eventually want to invest in an expensive one but not yet. Maybe if I get more work performing then it’ll be worth it.

So I’m not a huge fan of pole sports and I really don’t give a shit about getting into the Olympics (and who decided that for pole to be legit it has to be in the Olympics anyways? loads of sports are legit and aren’t in the Oympics).. It’s a bit dry and boring for me
but this is still great news for our industry. 
Sometimes I think we’d be better off staying this small niche industry, where everyone knows everyone and other times I think it’s amazing that we’re growing so big so fast.

So I’m not a huge fan of pole sports and I really don’t give a shit about getting into the Olympics (and who decided that for pole to be legit it has to be in the Olympics anyways? loads of sports are legit and aren’t in the Oympics).. It’s a bit dry and boring for me

but this is still great news for our industry. 

Sometimes I think we’d be better off staying this small niche industry, where everyone knows everyone and other times I think it’s amazing that we’re growing so big so fast.

And my favourite one!

And my favourite one!

Some pictures tiny-xo took of me at Harvey’s Pole Competition.

Good thing gluteal folds weren’t banned. Opps.

the-crane-dance:

Been taking spinninglovestory ‘s pole classes lately, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. The first couple of sessions I felt very shy and awkward but the girls there are really lovely and I’m already feeling far more comfortable. And the style is very different but I actually love that - we do far more conditioning, which is hard but I can definitely feel the benefits, and I like the range of moves we do.
I’d lost my pole mojo for a bit just cause I was struggling with what to work on, but taking Bex’s classes is really getting me back in the zone :)
Side note, feel like my iguana planche is getting lower!

Yay so glad you like my classes! My girls are amazing, I am glad they’ve made you feel welcome :). As I said before if there is anything at all you’d like to work on let me know and we can factor that in to class plans! Want to make sure everyone gets to do a bit of what they want :).

the-crane-dance:

Been taking spinninglovestory ‘s pole classes lately, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. The first couple of sessions I felt very shy and awkward but the girls there are really lovely and I’m already feeling far more comfortable. And the style is very different but I actually love that - we do far more conditioning, which is hard but I can definitely feel the benefits, and I like the range of moves we do.

I’d lost my pole mojo for a bit just cause I was struggling with what to work on, but taking Bex’s classes is really getting me back in the zone :)

Side note, feel like my iguana planche is getting lower!

Yay so glad you like my classes! My girls are amazing, I am glad they’ve made you feel welcome :). As I said before if there is anything at all you’d like to work on let me know and we can factor that in to class plans! Want to make sure everyone gets to do a bit of what they want :).

I’ve been trying to eat healthy but have had a bad stomach all week, probably because my body is in shock - which leads me to want to eat safe comforting junk food again.

But y’know whatever, if I slip up just going to carry on and try again. I’ve also been bad at keeping hydrated and keep drinking iced coffee and not much else. Sooo bad.

Trying to eat a smoothie full of fruit in the mornings, lots of bananas, strawberries, peaches, oranges mainly. Sometimes green smoothies too…and then no more sugary things for the rest of the day, just meat and veg, salads, soups, that kind of thing and maybe sometimes bread or other naughty foods like crisps for snacks. Eventually I just want to eat all healthy foods but for now easing in. I find I just don’t know what to eat most of the time because I am so fussy but I am getting there and finding things I like to eat.

Just need to start curating recipes for quick meals. Breakfast has always been the hardest for me but smoothies have fixed the issues I had with my stomach in the mornings and set me up for the day. Usually I would have to wait a few hours before my stomach stopped hurting enough to let me eat. Lunch is the only time I have the time to make a proper meal in the day usually. And dinner because I teach in the evenings is a nightmare. Need to come up with some ideas for quick light meals as I usually eat when I get back around 10pm and I don’t want to eat too much but need a little something and it’s so tempting to eat crisps or sandwiches or whatever.

Oh and clearing out my folders I have this I never uploaded. Man we need taller poles - holly drop, tammy, scorpio.