Steps Three & Four for Pole Competition Preparation

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Steps Three & Four for Pole Competition Preparation

So by this point you should have steps 1 and 2 done ūüôā

If you have no clue what steps 1 and 2 are… read this article.

Step 3

Start¬†putting ¬†pole combos together. This will be the hardest part but here are some hopefully helpful tips. Listen to your song, listen to your song,¬†listen to your song. I can not stress that enough, your song should inspire you and make you think of moves/combos. If you’re still stuck then I suggest writing out every single move you know in pole, everything from spins to slides, transitions, pose, climbs and the desired moves from each of those categories. It can feel like you know nothing in pole when you actually know so much, above is how my original list looked. For ideas on desired moves I used After your list is compiled, being mindful of the rules in your category and level you can start putting combinations together.

In order to have a well balanced routine I suggest having a nice mix of simple and complicated moves. ¬†To demonstrate versatility it would be great to show spins on static pole as well as moves on the pole. Once you have at least 8 combos the next part is testing them out. While you’re testing you should be trying to make sure each move transitions or has the ability to transition smoothly into one another, you should also be thinking about the sequence you’d like the combos to go in. By end you should have eliminate some combos based on the time frame permitted and how long you want your moves to take (based on your theme and music). Once thats done go ahead and take a sigh of relief the hardest part is over. For now. ¬†ūüėČ

Step 4

Start thinking about you’re costume. Start zoning in on whatever helped you choose your song and theme and use that for outfit ideas. If that wasn’t much then start looking through magazines, movies, TV shows, music videos, musicals, plays, food, paintings..etc. for things that feel like your theme or the emotion you would like your piece to evoke. My costume is inspired by the¬†costumes¬†in the musical FELA I feel like it embodies exactly how I want people to feel while watching me. Keep in mind, what you’re comfortable with as far as body exposure, the rules of the competition and your budget. Choose a design that will flatter your body for me that meant as much coverage for my lower midsection I achieved this by having a high waisted skirt to cover that area and ¬†fringe¬†below it to draw the eye away from my pudgy part. You can google “good clothing for broad shoulders” or ¬†“ways to¬†make waist look smaller” it’s all about what makes you the most comfortable because the last thing you want on you’re mind while performing is ¬†“dose my boobs look too big?”. After you have an idea of what you want the next step id to find a designer, the best way to do that is to ask around chances are someone knows a designer and if all else fails go to a fabric store (to find your fabric) and ask every shopping if they are a designer, their contact information and where you can see there stuff.¬†

If you decide to buy your costume the same things apply: Pick something that embodies your theme, choose something that makes you comfortable and something that emphasises your favorite parts.  

Category: Competition, Discussion

About MellyB

Melissa Butler or "Melly B." Is a college student, the co-founder of an art organization and a poler. She discovered the world of pole a little over a year ago and became fully addicted to pole about 6 months ago training at Foxy Fitness and Pole in NYC. As a child she has taken countless dance classes from Ballet to African. She also was a cheerleader in High school. This april she will be competing in her first pole competition, APC.

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