If 2020 has taught me anything about myself, it’s how much I miss getting up on stage like the great, big exhibitionist that I am and performing in a pole dance showcase. Competitions not so much, as far too much stress goes into those bad boys, but you really cannot beat the buzz around a good, old fashioned pole dance showcase. According to TimeHop, it has officially been an entire year since I last performed in front of an audience, however it’s felt more like a fucking decade.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been some positive points about not being able to perform this year. Personally, not having a routine to concentrate on has given me some much needed time to train my strength, flexibility and actually strap on my big girl pants and practice nemesis moves, I can legit, semi-consistently superman now, who would have thought it?! However, as much as being able to take some time to work on fundamental pole skills has been much needed, fuck me I’ve missed getting glammed up and dancing on stage.
What I love most about performing is the whole camaraderie of it all, both on the night and in the weeks leading up to a showcase. Calming down each other’s nerves, convincing your buddies (and yourselves on occasions!) that everything will be alright on the night even if all you’ve managed to choreograph so far is the first ten seconds of your routine, helping each other with hair and make-up, it’s all part of the fun of it all. Not being cramped in a changing room with my pole pals, approximately 462 make up bags and 67 cans of hairspray at one point in 2020 has got me right down in the dumps.
Another camaraderie element to the whole pole dance showcase experience that I miss like fuck is how epic it is watching your fellow performers smash it. Not only is it rewarding cheering your pals on and watching them come to life up on stage (especially if it’s their first time performing), but watching fabulous performances is often a very inspiring experience. The first pole showcase I watched way back in 2015 blew my tits off, and made me even more determined to pluck up the courage to enter my studio’s next showcase the following spring. I am much in need of watching some badass inspirational babes immediately if not sooner, so have bought tickets for the infamous Filthy Friday showcase that’s taking place on Friday 27th November…and I CANNOT WAIT to watch it! I have been obsessively stalking the brilliance that is Beanie and the PD Filthy Friday crew for years now, so I’m hoping watching their online showcase will give me much needed inspiration fix.
Let’s not also forget all the fun that comes with tapping into your creative side and whipping up a badass routine. I don’t know if it’s having spent the majority of my childhood crafting shite dance routines with my friends to the Spice Girls and S Club 7, but I bloody love sinking my teeth into a juicy bit of choreography and seeing what I can come up with. Crafting the perfect blend of floor fuckery and death defying (well, as close to death defying as you can get as an intermediate pole dancer) pole trick combos all to a banging tune gives me a massive oomph on the pride and self-confidence front, which is never a bad thing I suppose.
Lastly, an added bonus that comes with performing that I bloody love is getting glammed the fuck up. Obviously in 2020, I genuinely think I could count the amount of times on one hand that I have put on a full face of evening make up and not just a token amount here and there for popping out, and it is not just make up either. All the fun that comes with putting together a hot as hell costume, complete with a killer pair of heels, and just generally full on indulging in the glamourous side of pole dancing is good for the soul and again sends your self-confidence sky rocketing.
Well, writing this blog has categorically made my longing for being back on a stage even worse. Fuck it, I may even put a full face of glamour make up on, dig out my heels, skimpiest pole outfit and choreograph a routine on my home pole. Here’s hoping Covid pisses off pronto and we can all get back on stage soon, because it’s legit calling to us.