Some tips from Michelle Shimmy :)
Her and Maddies workshops were perfect! They are great dancers AND teachers!
~ Shimmy’s Pole Tips: Making your dancing look effortless…
Everyone knows pole dance is hard work! Do you sometimes watch your favourite dancer and think, how does she make it look so easy??? Like she’s floating on air??
It’s never easy - but you can make it look that way to your audience. Here are a couple of tips to help.
1. Always engage your core. Engage! Stay strong, look strong, and it will appear as though your are floating around the pole. Think about the way you’re holding yourself at all times - don’t just flop into a move or collapse against the pole.
2. MINIMISE the number of times you re-position your hands/legs. Think really hard about body placement when transitioning between moves. If you can change from one move to another by repositioning your hand/leg only once or twice, it will make everything look so much smoother! I notice that a lot of pole dancers climb a spinning pole like its a rope, i.e. one hand over the other. Try to keep the hand you start climbing with up the top, and minimise the number of times you reposition your hands. This will make your performance look confident and smooth, rather than fumbly and uncertain.
3. Move with purpose/intention - make everything you do a part of your dance. Don’t just get off the pole and then get back up. Make every movement deliberate, and make every transition count. Always stretch your legs (this is something I need to remind myself of all the time!). Do something with your hands - don’t just let them hang by your sides. Think about your facial expression. And of course, point your toes (we all know that haha).
4. Don’t stop performing! Not for a second! When performing, remember that every single thing you do, every expression, every second you are in front of the audience is equally visible - so dance every moment of it until you are safely off stage and can collapse in a heap, panting . Always keep your game face on!
Finally, remember that beautiful pole dancing is always difficult to do, even though it looks effortless. If you’re ever exhausted at the thought of trying look graceful in a super uncomfortable pole pose (I’m thinking of the Remi Sit, pictured below - super painful!!), picture a ballerina dancing on bleeding feet and mangled toes, and then be grateful for your stripper heels or your bare feet
Off you go! Dance strong! Be beautiful! Fool your audience into thinking that graceful pole dance comes effortlessly to you"