Mimi and I went on a pole-marathon today. We started off with Pole Power before Pole Flex, total two hours. Then we continued dancing at the Richmond studio for free trial class at Aerial Divas since we have been quite curious after its launch only a week ago.
I did not really know what to expect, not knowing how I’d get up the hoop since my muscles have been used to the pole. It requires a different type of strength and this is certainly quite challenging. Like a pole-dancing class, the warm-up started off with some aerobics movement before stretching (pilates) then we launched into a few different tricks (see photos below). I didn’t think I would be able to get up the pole. Rachel Kmetko, the principal instructor did an amazing job teaching us. World’s best – she was from Cirque Du Soleil, can’t beat that!
The Aerial Divas studio at Richmond. There are 9 hoops on-ground and 1 for the instructor (stage).
I did my bit of stretching. It’s weird to be in leggings since we were all (most of us were Pole Divas’ students) so used to wearing less for pole-dancing.
Mimi, myself and Sonida.
It was fun fun fun! Truss-dancing wasn’t part of it.
My all-time favourite back-bend.
Mimi doing the Blue Bird.
My turn to do the Blue Bird – it was so challenging. I think I was the only one who screamed after I did a tumble turn.
This trick above! Do you know, I have a fear of seeing things upside down? I have no problem with heights but have a problem doing two major things; a tumble-turn (like in the water) and also a handstand (off the wall).
It’s just a different experience. It’s fun to dance. I love it. And when we girls get together, we always talk about dancing, the different techniques to use, what’s required, why I fell off the pole like I did last week in class attempting a trick etc. Because it’s a different world, different to gossiping about grandmother stories.
I am not sure if I might sign up for a class yet, I know I will at some point – I might give it a go in the next term. I will need to reorganise my schedule.
Official Website: http://www.aerialdivas.com.au