Competition is your opportunity to practice and test your performance skills, find your voice on stage and show your friends and family what you worked on in the studio.
These tips apply to different areas of pole dance, sports, artistic, exotic, but to a greater extent reflect the requirements of the participants in art-events.
Pole dance is a relatively new direction, and we are sure that many of you are intuitive, and someone says that he does, but gives himself a discount at some points, while others may well overlook some of the points below.
If you are a strong and courageous (dexterous/skillful / regularly win prizes – underline what you need) pole dancer, then most likely this article will not cause you other emotions besides “ohwhatyousay”.
But, perhaps, among the banal advice and known facts, such an obvious truth was closed that it became invisible, and you could miss it.
And now directly to the tips:
In order to win, you need the desire to win. So strong that you don’t need motivation for training and special conditions to work on yourself. If you wait for certain weather, convenient time, a suitable mood or a forecast according to a horoscope, then you need to understand that victory is also postponed.
1.Start in advance
Of course, you can prepare for the week and win. But this is either great luck or high professionalism. Pros are able to assemble a performance from a large amount of material that they own in a short time. But we are now talking about ordinary people and dry calculation. Therefore, it is better to responsibly approach the event, start preparing in advance and save yourself from many unpleasant moments, stresses and breakdowns.
Preparation takes a different time, so correctly evaluate your capabilities and start preparing for at least 3 months to work out all the points.
2. Pick the music, idea, and image
It is not necessary to observe just such a sequence, for all this happens in different ways. Someone selects music for the image, someone else the opposite, the idea is born while listening to the track. Choose the music and image in accordance with your data: technique, strength, stretching, dynamics, choreography, acting. Often on the stage, there is a discrepancy between the artist and his chosen image/music. For example, dynamic music involves a high tempo of performance, which should not harm the technique, so if you do not have time to do everything to the beat, choose a less fast melody. In addition, if you do not have a stretch and slim physique, the image of a ballerina will not do you any good.
The image does not have to be specific (cat, sailor, flower). Take any idea, plot, story. But try so that the viewer can understand what you want to convey to him.
The world is full of interesting ideas; don’t try to repeat someone’s success or grab an image from a fashion movie.
3. Have a good choreography
If you are not a choreographer, it is best that a professional help you with this. Find a director who will not only fill the musical pause between the cascades but will be inspired by your idea and help to reveal the image using choreography not only in the flor but also on the pole.
Choosing a simple choreography between a bunch of stunts on a pole is a bad idea. Simple choreography looks easy. Perform full-fledged choreography, and not on a residual basis.
If you leave 10 seconds between cascades and set the task for the choreographer to “dance from pylon to pylon”, the result will not live up to your expectations and is unlikely to be judged by the judges. Independent staging often makes the dance “empty”, devoid of volume and replete with widespread movements.
4. Think up Stunt Bundles
When picking up tricks, do not try to stuff everything you know – this is a beginner’s mistake. Performance is not an advertising promo, not a demonstration of all abilities. This is a harmonious combination of your strengths, original solutions, and musical clean performance.
- Gathering ligaments, demonstrate strengths, mask weaknesses. If your back is not too flexible, you don’t need to insert a fashionable pull just to be in trend.
- Avoid multiple repetitions.
- When preparing in advance, you have a significant bonus: the presentation can be made up of those elements that you want to insert, and not from what you already have. Therefore, having enough time to practice new elements and connectives, you can make the performance the way you would like to see it.
- Do not make cascade “for the sake of one trick”. Many people sin by this: climbing the pole, a trick, getting off the pole. If this is repeated several times, watching becomes boring and sad.
- Try to make sure that every movement was not in vain. Climbing under the ceiling for one quick descent is a bad idea. Come up with an interesting way to climb the pylon, find something to surprise along the way up.
- Do not adjust to the element. When the performer now and then rearranges his hands, corrects his body position, rises a little higher to get in, pauses and hitches appear. Arrange cascades so that you immediately come to the right position, without attachment.
5. Pay attention to detail.
Try to finish preparing your performance in advance. After all, coming up with a program is only the beginning. Allow yourself enough time to work out your performance until you feel light. There is no sadder sight than an artist performing elements of the last forces. Leave a pleasant impression: let you end with a smile and a nod, and not crawl from the stage, barely breathing.
- To achieve this ease of strength should be enough for two runs without a break at each rehearsal
- Be sure to go through the finished performance without mirrors, at different venues and in front of the audience. Put yourself in a stressful situation to find out your weaknesses.
- Practice to such an extent that you always arrive at the same points the same way, without stepping and leaps. Such “side effects” are very noticeable to the viewer and often interfere with the dancer himself
- Make sure you always get the right angle
6. Get a support group
Not everyone has nerves of steel, but most of us need support. Find someone you trust.
Let it be a coach, friend, sister, mother – anyone, if only you could share your feelings at any time, complain a little, get a kick or support.
8. Think and prepare a suit/props/appearance
Costume/hairstyle/makeup should complement or reveal the image. Incidentally, an unimaginable costume can add points to you or just be remembered by the viewer
- It is very important that your appearance complies with the rules of the championship.
- Start sewing the suit in advance so that you can make sure that it turns out exactly the way you intended it, and in which case it was possible to modify
- Be sure to do a few repetitions in a suit to make sure that nothing is slipping, you can’t see underwear or open intimate areas
- The costume can be supplemented with body art, but for this, you need to make sure in advance that the paint on the body does not come into contact with the pole, does not interfere with your grip and does not stain everything around
- When using props, make sure that it helps to reveal your image, and not on the safe side. If you need it for 5 seconds in the beginning, and then you forget about it until the end of the performance, you can do without it at all. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting a low rating for your inability to work with props
- Don’t be afraid to ask different people for help or advice. Even if it seems to you that nobody knows and will not do better than yourself, it is better to moderate your pride and show your performance to other people. Very often, we don’t notice obvious things, and a glance from the side can help make the presentation better: suggest mistakes or, in short, make something interesting
8. Make sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of the championship.
Unfortunately, even the most incredible performance can be far from the podium if it does not comply with the rules of the championship.
Carefully study all the requirements for participants, as well as possible fines, so as not to become a victim of your own inattention
9. Familiarize yourself with the technical characteristics of the scene:
the size and coverage of the stage, height, coating, pole diameter and the distance between them. Be prepared to take into account these parameters.
And finally …
Remember that any competition is subjective. The same performance in different championships with different rules and judges can take different places. Therefore, speak more often at different championships in order to “run around” the program, identify its weaknesses and strengths, and get used to it.
And most importantly: learn to enjoy your stage performance. When an artist is inspired, he brings a unique energy and the viewer is immersed in this atmosphere with him. And the recognition of the viewer is the highest rating of your work