The Importance Of In House Showcases

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The Importance Of In House Showcases

What’s The Appeal Of A Showcase?

  • No judges
  • Non critical
  • Get to be center stage
  • Get to show your skills
  • Family and friends can come and support
  • You have a sense of achievement
  • Everyone is a different level of ability

Over the 7 years I have been poling my opinions of showcasing has changed quite a bit.

When I started training the school I attended NEVER had student showcases….. Ever!  They also never competed in any pole competitions and it wasn’t something that was discussed or encouraged with their students at all.

As the influence wasn’t there Showcasing wasn’t too important to me and my chance to show off my pole skills was either over a bottle of wine at my house or the local nightclub.

Since starting my own school it has been a real eye opener in the wonderful world of Pole and it amazes me that for so long I didn’t showcase my skills, or appreciate how important these moments were.

I now make every effort to encourage everyone at different levels of ability to showcase and even enter competitions.

This Year Our Showcase Was Fantastic!

Here is a testimonial from one of my students.

“Signing up to do the Christmas showcase from the safety of October seemed like a good idea at the time, but as the date loomed and reality kicked in, my bravery quickly diminished. What song should I choose? What should I wear? What if I forget my routine, and worst of all, what if I fall off?!

Without a doubt, my nerves reached their peak just before it was time to go on, but strangely enough, I was actually really eager just to get up there and do it. And once I got started, I loved it! In fact, I wanted to get back on and do it all again!

Taking part in the showcase provided a focus for pulling together all that I’d learnt after a year of pole fitness and it made me realise just how far I’d come. It also reminded me (not that I really needed it) what a supportive, great bunch of ladies I was lucky enough to be learning with. Stepping up on the night of the showcase was made all the easier knowing that everyone was backing me to do well, and I was equally proud of seeing my classmates enjoy their moment to shine.

There’s no doubt your first showcase is a nerve-racking experience, but with a little bit of chalk to counter your sweaty palms (!) and a lot of support from your teacher and classmates, it’s worth every second and will boost your confidence no end. If I hadn’t have taken part, I would have been kicking myself that I didn’t. In fact, bring on the next Christmas party showcase!”

By Lesley Wright Brown

I think Lesley really sums up how important in house showcases are and she gives a real insight into how it felt for her to take on this challenge.

I hope some of you readers now say yes at the next opportunity that comes your way….

Lisa x

Category: Competition, Featured, Teaching

About Lisa Hickey

I have been Pole Dancing for fitness and recreation for seven years, and it is my passion, I love it! A good training session or class and I am on a high…. still…. will it ever change?

I started Pole Dancing at the age of 22, to lose my baby weight, I worked full time and this was a fantastic release from being a mum and employee, for me it felt like I was Lisa again and I have never looked back!

Pole Dancing was the first form of dance I had ever done; up to the age of 17 I was trained in martial arts, which I found helped me pick up the technique side of pole dancing.

After my second child I decided to become a qualified instructor and I set up my Pole school, Totally Pole Dancing in 2010.

I am always looking forward for new challenges and to see where pole will take me, I have recently started training in aerial hoop and look to become qualified in the new year.

As one of your Pole Freaks blog writers I want to bring you a range of different topics, to highlight what is going on in the pole world, what is current and discussions you find yourself having at your local pole schools.


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