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Thursday, May 19, 2011

One of my favorite performances from our competition a few weeks ago came from Dana Strauss. The poles were very slippery all night, but she toughed through it and hit an awesome freeze to cap off her performance. Thanks Cara!

Pole on the VIEW!

Pole fitness was showcased on ABC's The View. This is such a huge milestone in the pole world. It's all about becoming accepted as an art, a sport, and a possible future Olympic event. Follow the link below. The pole showcase is the last segment towards the end.

Click here to see pole on The View!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Chair Dancing

This months chair dancing class is a super sexy fabric routine! We had a full class last night and the students loved it so much that most of them let me video it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Studio Trivia

Win a free bottle of dry hands if you are the first to answer this correctly.

Where were the first dance classes held when Adult Dance & Fitness origionally opened in April 2007 AND what were the first three classes offered?

This is gonna be tricky!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Featured instructor

One of our aerial silk instructors was featured in a video done by the 419th FW PA. They did such a great job and Davina looks her aerial dance gear, and her military uniform :)

New and exciting

Here's what's new at your studio:

Burlesque Workshop - May 19th
RSVP now - 5 spots left.

Healthy Eating Workshop - May 28th
Sometimes, weight loss has everything to do with how we do our grocery shopping and prepare our food. If you need to lose weight, you should attend this workshop.
RSVP now - 10 spots left

Make your own trapeze workshop - $150.00
Saturday, June 16th 2:00-4:00pm

Have you ever wanted to have your own trapeze to play on at home or outdoors? Trapeze teacher Devon Flint and her husband will show you exactly how to make your very own. All supplies needed will be at the workshop. Cost includes all supplies and 2 hour tutorial.
RSVP now - 9 spots left.

Girls just wanna have fun workshop - $25.00
Practices every Mon & Wed 8-9pm starting June 1st

In this workshop, we will be putting together a comical broadway dance number for our annual student/teacher dance recital. All talents are invited to participate. Jazz, hip hop, aerial, pole, lyrical...everyone is invited to perform with us!
RSVP now - 8 spots left.

New classes
African Dance is back!
Tuesday's 6-7pm

Flexibility - Intense stretching
Sunday's 12:00-1:00pm

Technique Tortue - dance technique that will tone your entire body!
Sunday's 1:15-2:15pm

To view an entire class scheudle click here.

Some pictures from class.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pole addiction - do you need a break?

I found this girls blog from a friend of mine and boy do these words ring true.

"I’ve been pole dancing now for a while– honestly, a lot longer than I thought I would when I started– and I’ve been through some serious ruts.

Ruts upon ruts upon ruts. And boredom. And stagnation, and frustration, and more ruts.

It’s okay to be in a love-hate relationship with the pole. It’s okay to feel like you’re not getting anywhere, you’re not improving, you’re sucking. It’s okay to just be sick of it, to want to move on. It’s okay to move on, if that’s where you are at.

You can take some time off. You can stop watching videos on YouTube. You can ignore all the pole-only Facebook friends you have. You can stop going to class. You can put lotion on.

Try taking dance classes. Yoga, pilates, aerial yoga, silks, lyra, trapeze, ballet. Maybe the physicality of one of those new forms of movement will stir new inspiration in you. Maybe the challenge and freshness of a new apparatus, or new way of using your body, will reinvigorate the spatial-orientation part of your brain and push your coordination and body awareness.

Try forgetting about tricks completely for a little while. Focus on the dance. Focus on organic fluid movement, on inventing new transitions in and out of things. Spend entire dances working on floorwork or wall work. Try on shoes, take them off, work the lap dance chair.

Try dropping out of the pole vortex for a little while. Spend more time with your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, kids, family. Focus a little more on work, or have some dinners with friends who have known you longer then you’ve been poling. Get your cleaning on. Get your errands and tasks checked off and laundry folded. Call your mom. Anchor yourself back to who you are and what you are about. Reconnect with yourself. Whether you are a full time pole dancer or not, pole dancing is something you do, not who you are… you are much more then the skills you do or do not possess. And if it’s not going well for you at the moment, or it doesn’t fulfill you right now, that’s okay.

Try going back to basics. Work on everything, on your bad side. Shelve everything new that you are frustrated by and find comfort and security in what you can do well. Fill in the gaps of your pole education.

Remind yourself constantly that getting “better” at pole dancing is not a linear path. You don’t have to hit the same milestones as the person next to you, and you don’t have to put pole on a pedestal. For some people, it’s just a hobby or an infatuation; for others, it’s a serious relationship that you have to manage and really put effort and work into to keep fresh. Sometimes you just need to take a break. Pole will always be there when you’re ready to come back."

-Courtesy of Aerial Amy

Performance tips from a pro

Performance Tips for Pole Dancers

- Hold, hold, hold your positions longer than you are inclined to. People don’t run through art museums they graze and then pause to absorb what they see. Likewise, it takes several seconds for the audience to process the beauty of a pose. Within a flow, there are “picture moments”, let them live.

- Use the height of the pole. In a several minute piece, there is plenty time to use both the floor and air space. Height ads grandiosity.

- Be selective. If you put all of your favorite moves in a routine, it’s probably overkill. You want to be remembered for specific moments, and it’s hard for the audience to remember anything when too much happens. Sometimes, what feels like moments of “nothing” to the performer are beautiful from the audience. More tricks don’t make a routine better; execution, timing, and delivery do.

- Looking is not the same as connecting. A purposeful look towards the audience can be captivating, charming, and memorable. Wake up your face as you dance, and your performance will be appreciated.

Monday, May 9, 2011

New Classes!

We have some exciting new classes coming to the schedule next week!

African dance will start back up next Tuesday and on Sunday afternoons, we will have flexibility classes and a dance technique class for those who want to improve their dancer lines :)

Friday night classes have been cancelled for the summer and we have also added a Monday yoga pole class.

Pole competition winners.

Our summer pole competition was so much fun! We had 17 competitors who brought the most creative and unique routines I have ever seen. We gave away over $1000 in cash and prizes including a Kendra Sport X-Pole and PFA memberships. Here's a run down of the winners:

Beginner division: Bree Tonks

Intermediate division: Chantel Fain

Advanced Division: Tiffany Tremaine

Pro Division: Nicole Mcrae

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know that the studio has a very cute boutique carrying the latest in fashion trends? My good friend Melissa Senninger owns Voila Boutique which has it's own space instide the studio. She will be providing a fun fashion show during our Saturday pole competition. Here's a sneak peek at her new summer line of clothing that will be available immediately following the competition.

Voila Boutique is open Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:00pm and during the pole competition Saturday, May 7th from 7:00-10:30pm. Friend her on facebook and get 15% off your first purchase. Click here to visit Voila Boutique on facebook.

May jazz class

This was the first week for the new jazz routine that the class will be doing for May. There were about 9 people in class, but only a few girls would let me film them :)

If you want to come to jazz class, it is held every Thursday from 7-8pm. Don't forget that we have a summer membership special.

Three months of summer dancing for only $42.50.month. The regular price for a three month membership is normally $79.00/month. Take advantage while you can.


Pole Competition update

Our May 7th pole competition is completely SOLD OUT! If you don't have a ticket already, you will not be able to attend the event. No walk ins please.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a coveted ticket, we will see you Saturday :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New pole girls!

I taught an intro to pole class tonight to a really fun group of ladies. Two friends came together, our friend Liz returned from having a baby, and teacher Natalie came to class just for the fun of it.

Thanks for coming everyone. I had so much fun teaching you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May pole competition tickets

Our May pole competition is this Saturday, May 7th at 8:00pm. If you have never seen a pole competition in person, you are missing out! These ladies are sexy athletic women who are guaranteed to make your jaws drop.

As of May 3rd, we have about 18 tickets left for the show.
Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15.00 at the door (if there are any left).

To purchase your tickets online, click here.

All tickets purchased online will be at the will call desk 15 minutes before the show starts. This competition will be held at our Ogden studio, 2440 Washington Blvd in Ogden. You do not need to be affiliated with the studio to come watch. This show is for everyone, even if you know nothing about pole!

We have 18 ladies competing plus a doubles routine showcase and a fashion show put on by Voila Boutique. It's gonna be so much fun!