Question of the week: The trick that keeps eluding us.

What is our one trick that we want to master. The trick that keeps eluding us, but we know once we have mastered it, we really have become skilled pole dancers.

Andrea – There are so many that I absolutely want to master like the handspring, but I will definitely know that I made it when I can do a Jade split drop.

Mine is not necessarily a trick but I will feel extremely accomplish once I am able to do the splits. I have never been a flexible person and before recently never dreamed I would ever be able to do the splits. I still have a long way to go but I now see it as a goal I can reach.

For a actual trick it would be mastering the hand spring. I believe I can master this eventually but have not put much effort into learning it yet. There are other tricks that I want to master before I set my sights on the hand spring.

Pia – I agree with Cathe on the splits! Once I can invert and go into a split or something like that, I know for sure I’m a skilled pole dancer. Other than that, handspring and pole stand both from starting on the pole!

After class shooting – Pia

Modified Pole Stand – One of my favorites.
Instead of getting right into hocking your leg you try to balance and go into different leg variations; it’s kind of like a handstand.


Peter Pan – a really easy, but pretty trick, I just recently learned. You can simply use it in dance routines to catch your breath and still look great.


When to enter a pole competition

For all you pole dancers wondering if you should take the plunge and enter a competition, my advice is to just do it. Never too early and the experience is amazing. This video entry is for the Midwest Pole Competition for the Essential Division. The Essential Division is the rookie division that only allows spins, transitions, and floor work. No inverts or holds on the pole. This division is really good place to start because the more advanced moves and tricks are not allowed yet. I really liked it to because this division is focus on the energy, presentation, and artistry of the dance, not just this impressive tricks. I know that the Pacific Pole Competition also has similar divisions for those beginners that want to get their feet wet in the competition circuit. Even though this was my first attempt and I didn’t make it to the top 8 finals, it was still an awesome learning experience. I choreographed this routine all on my own, worked for six weeks rehearsing it, and has several critiques prior to submitting it. It’s a humbling experience having your performance criticized, but with the right mindset you can prove so much.

Here is the judges criteria for the competition I entered
There were four areas the judges scored the online videos in.
Each area was worth 10 points each:

1. Artistry (creativity, aesthetically pleasing, expressive, imaginative)
2. Execution & skill (form, point, extension, level of difficulty, musicality etc)
3. Variety of moves among floor work, spins and tricks.
4. Presentation (music choice, costume, attitude, style, visual personality)

I found that two of the judges scored me similarly low and two judges scored me similarly high. It would have been nice to have comments from the judges that scored me lower, but oh well. The resounding comment was always point your toes. So I have been working really hard on not just executing the moves but with grace and agility.

Question of the week. Bruises and sore muscles.

Favorite treatment for bruises and sore muscles:


I don’t have much of a regimine for bruises, but for sore muscles I like to take a hot bath with detox salts, I’m not sure how it works but it does. I used to use Epsom salt before I used detox salts, and it’s pretty much the same effect, just cheaper and easier to find. Also, if I have a tight muscle, I like to loosen it up by putting a hot, wet towel on it for 10-15 minutes and then stretching it out. Make sure you stretch it out really well, or it will tighten worse than it was before since it was warmed up.


I agree with Jen on the bath with Epsom salts for sore muscles and it helps with bruises too. The pain of bruises isn’t what bothers me as much as the leopard pattern I get on my arms and legs. The best way to mask bruises is sunless tanner whether it is Mystic or a DIY tan. Best camouflage ever.


I often continue working on tricks even when I know I will have a bruise later. I pretty much always have bruises some where. Truthfully, I am not the best at actually doing all of these things but I am working on it. Also, I think it’s good to share all of the tricks that I have heard of.

For the first 48 hours ice the area, then heat afterwards. The idea is that ice closes up capillaries, reducing blood flow to the area, which gives the broken vessels time to heal. After 48 hours, you should be done with this part. You then use heat to open them wide, to let all the goodies in your blood break up and process the clot.

Once you’re done with the ice stage, vinegar, warm water, and witch hazel applied to the area can help the heat along while it does its thing, speeding up the time it takes for that bruise to clear.

In addition to this, there are all kinds of neat tricks to help a bruise heal faster. You can but basic white toothpaste on your bruises or you can buy arnica gel at a local Heath store. A poultice made of parsley spread on the area and left on overnight, reduces inflammation and helps the bruise heal faster. To make a poultice, soak the leaves in water and when softened, apply to the area, and cover with a bandage to keep it in place.

When the bruise gets to the yellowing stage, sunlight (but please don’t sunburn yourself!) clears out the chemical that causes the yellow color, which is called billiruben. You may be familiar with this technique if you’ve ever heard of someone “baking the baby” to cure infant jaundice.

Mind your ibuprophen, aspirin, etc. You don’t want to be taking pills that will thin your blood.

Remi – Jennifer

RemiThis was the day I first learned the Remi hold, I was in the process of laying back, but didn’t make it much farther than what it shown in the photo. I’d like to be able to lean all the way back like in a lay back, but I’m not sure where I’d go from there, only choice seems to be to sit back up and find a graceful way to transition into another trick or down the pole. I’m open to suggestions on that one.