Laurence Hilsum, also known as Lolo Hilsum, was Ms Pole Dance France 2008 and also the recent winner of Pole Art 2010. All the way from France, Lolo is touring in Australia for Pole Reflections in Sydney featuring only the best professional pole-dance athletes from around the world.
Lolo Hilsum started pole dancing in 2005 on her own and went on to teach within one year. True to her goal in pole dance, she has strong musicality and feels every music beat she hears. I’d say her style is quirky, sharp and up-beat. If you scroll all the way down this blog entry, you’ll find her upbeat performance at Pole Art 2010. For Lolo, it’s not pole dance. It’s pole dance and more dancing in the “pole dance”. Okay, you get the gist now. Lolo is set to realise her dream this September by opening the biggest pole dance school in France; called “Pole and Dance”.
This was at Pole Divas Richmond studio earlier today.
She is cute and humorous. She makes us do all these floor exercises for abs-strengthening and then asks us to hold our on-the-floor straddle position, and in her very French accent, ‘Ladies, don’t forget to smile!” Just imagine our constipated-looking faces trying to smile.
It felt as if we had a 101 French class too, with a dejavu of ballet terminologies mentioned, French of course – like “temps leve” (ton-luh-vay).
Oh yeah, I had heaps of fun, it was light. I was star-struck indeed but it wasn’t as if I was totally in awe till I just stood there and did nothing because she wasn’t just a performer, she was a kind instructor who prompted us pretty well – in a very sisterly manner with a bit of humour injected. And, with the heavy French accent – made it all the more cute and entertaining. Lolo is very pixie, fairy-like, light-spirited yet strict in a way she addresses body positions, and how movements relate.
On a more serious jaw-dropping note, check out some of Lolo Hilsum’s performances:
Precision, strength, flow.
Off-the-floor, in-the-air, hold-freeze, drop-your-jaws!