I did a photoshoot with Alloy Images at The Vertitude over Valentine’s Day weekend and I had a blast! I was nervous as this was a fast, “flash shoot” but I’m really happy with my photos! You couldn’t tell I was nervous at all, right? Joe and Iris are super friendly and efficient and all around awesome. Totally pro with an eye for our pole-dancer lines. YAY!!
This shoot for me was all about self-love. Accepting and loving the body I’m in. It’s tough sometimes and like everyone else I’m overly critical over “flaws” that aren’t flaws at all. I want this set to remind me of the powerful and amazing body I’m in. To fall in love with myself and all of the opportunities and fun that pole has brought into my life.
New year. More love. Let’s do it!
Check it out! I’m happy to share that The Vertitude is expanding their studio out here in California! If you plan to be in the area, please come by and see the new space. I’ve enjoyed classes here and the company of some amazingly talented dancers so I’m happy to give this great studio a friendly shout-out. To RSVP, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/412168248983472/
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.