Please allow me to take a brief reprieve from running
and the other crap I write aboutÂ to tell you about our inaugural dance competition!!
On Sunday 16th, 17 dancers from Tempest Dance Studio bravely took to the stage to strut their stuff on the pole and aerial hoop. Our studio was set up by a professional dancer (who also has a PhD – a very clever dancer), and it’s got a great community of gals who come and generally find the quickest way to end up upside down. Cos that’s aerial baby!
Another instructor came up with the idea of the competition, and was very nice in letting me be a co-judge with her. What I saw on Sunday blew my mind away! It is one thing to see the students in class each week working on different moves, and developing their strength over a period of time, but it’sÂ quite anotherÂ to see them inject their creativity and personality into costumes, music and routines. Judging was SO HARD! I had no idea how those X Factor judges do it, it must be awful each week. They really deserve their huge salaries and amazing wardrobes to compensate.
Pole is one of those sports which really divides people: some people love it, some people think it’s not something anyone should be proud of. And then, among the lovers, there are those who think it’s strictly a fitness sport, and those who embrace the sexy. I think it has to be a combination of fitness and dance, and if some people want to bring their sexy, why not let them? Why can’t everyone just get along?
For me, pole has given me flexibility, strength, confidence and pride in my body. I have always found it a really encouraging environment: women praising other women their achievements, and celebrating what they can do. Too often I find that women tend to judge each other, and this is a place where that doesn’t happen. Plus it has been a really helpful way of making friends when we moved to a new city – which is hard!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know how proud I was of everyone in the competition, and how honoured I was to be a part of it.
Now I’m back to training for my comp, which is a scary two weeks away!
Tomorrow: a post on the first class of my running technique course, and What I’m Loving Friday! I love What I’m Loving Friday.