I have moved from pole to aerial tissu (french for fabric). I haven’t changed my dance sport; pole being my all-time favourite for now. Aerial Silks (or tissu) is yet another apparatus, tool, art form I have started to learn to appreciate to bring out the best in pole-dancing using similar concepts of grace, strength and beautiful body lines.
I had my very first class instructed by Rachel Kmetko, a former performer at Cirque du Soleil (*winks*) at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) at Prahran in Melbourne here.
As you can see in the photos above, there was a safety mat so we can land safely. There is a fair amount of strength required to do aerial silks. I would not have been able to pull myself up onto the silks at all had I not had 2 years of pole strength on me. It’s a little tougher in some sense as I am so used to a static pole, and on the silks, if requires agility and trust which is important, twisting my body in certain ways.
At the end of the class, the inner arch of my feet were really tired. I experienced a little burn on my palms from coming off the silks the wrong way, letting myself down the silks with hands gripped tightly, not adhering to what the instructor said.
I think pole dancing is about to get easier.
Here’s an example of a beautiful, fluid performance I found on YouTube.