Mad Props – Freedance Movement Lab at The Vertitude

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The pole may our favorite dance partner, but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up with PROPS!

I was inspired when I met and danced with an amazing crew of women at The Vertitude this past weekend. The “Freedance Movement Lab” was the brain-child of Danielle of Poleitical.com and she and three amazing instructors from the Vertitude (Iris, Dru and Tiffany) created a two-day, eight hour workshop focusing solely on free dance. During this intensive weekend-long workshop, we were given a safe place to explore our own individual pole flows through various dance games.

While each session was fantastic, one of my favorites was when Tiffany Jane introduced the idea of using props with our pole dancing. We were welcome to use our it to explore new floorwork and/or incorporate the pole into our free dance. I found this added element opened me up to so much more creativity! Since I was using my hands (and feet and torso) to keep the prop “alive” in my dance, I was instantly aware of the challenge I faced when I interacted with the pole. For example, think of how hard it might be to hold onto a ball while climbing and inverting. It forced me to get creative on the fly. It was weird, exhilarating and fun.

I dedicate today’s comic to this exercise that I found joy in. With or without a prop, I hope it will encourage you to try free-dancing too to see what shapes and flows you can create. Don’t be afraid to tap into your weird side because you might find something you love to do over and over again!

Thank you for a wonderful weekend, Verties!
The comic features three amazing dancers from the workshop – Iris, Tara Dee and Aerial Amy!

Don’t forget to #findyourfreestyle and READ TODAY’S COMIC HERE.

I hope there will be a next time. Thanks everyone! ♡☆♡ By @titojane "How pole dancers take group pics. Hahaha :). Words cannot even explain how epic this weekend was with this group of ladies @iris.sparrow @reelsmartcookie @missdrusillaray @aerialamy @thelittleonett @leen_isabel Jo @middlesplits @caresseisabelle! Thank you all for taking part of our 1st (& not last) Freedance Intensive Workshop! Thank you for sharing your stories, dance, & movement. It's been an honor watching you all grow & dancing with you & I can't wait to do it again! This weekend was exactly what I needed to bring me back to life. So grateful. So inspired. So beyond proud of you all. Stayed tuned to sneak peeks! ❤️ #polelove #polefamily #polefitness #allthethings" via @PhotoRepost_app

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