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In which I throw myself in the deep end again - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 18th, 2015

09:52 am - In which I throw myself in the deep end again

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I entered a pole competition.

Am I insane?  Yes, a little bit.  But that's not why I did it.  I did it partly because my instructor said I should, and partly because it gives me some motivation to do something other than muck around learning individual tricks and watching my biceps get bigger.

It's not like I haven't performed before, but this will be my first public pole performance, and it's a competition - in 5 months. Eek!


I have about two clues how to put together a performance, based on the few times I've done acro performances and a lot of advice from tieke (who has generously said she's willing to help me with this too).  It seems to involve working out a bunch of moves that go together and hopefully have some sort of narrative, picking some music, and then practicing and changing and fiddling till you have something that works ok.

My other experience is that there is generally a move or two that is right on the edge of your capability, in which there's some risk of you ballsing it up and ending up in an undignified heap on the floor in front of a bunch of people. But we won't think about that too much, ok?

Anyway, the first thing I did was google "dance choreography and how to do it" because it's a start, right?  I found that I'm supposed to pick my music fairly early.  Now, my category has time parameters of 3:00-3:30 and I have about 26 days' worth of music in my collection, so I went through and only listened to the ones that fell within the parameters.  2 days later, I settled on this one:










Which is about as far from what I'd imagined myself dancing to as it's possible to get, tbh. I figure that my 'style' lends itself to slapstick comedy mostly - and I do have a fallback option along those lines that I might work on just because I know that in 5 months I'll be so bored with this track that I'll want to stab it every time it starts.  But yeah, this is what I'm focusing on.

It's a waltz, more or less - at least that's the rhythm of it.  Which lends itself to spins and twirls and dips and dramatic toe-pointy things. It has some rousing moments for pulling off bigger stunts, and has some emotion to it.  The English translation of the song is this:

The road sings
When I go
I take three steps
The road is silent

The road is dark
As far as the eye can see
I take three steps
The road is no more

On high tide
I climb
The head is satisfied
But the heart has not had enough

Hands laced
Wooden figure
Brick body
Itchy eyes

Hands laced
Wooden figure*
I take three steps
And there you are

On high tide
I climb
The head is satisfied
But the heart has not had enough

So it's about yearning. I can do yearning.  Lots of reachy-outy bits with intense facial expressions and oh god how the fuck did I end up picking something so bloody emo??

* I'm told that 'hands laced, wooden figure' is correctly translated as 'hands of lace, face of wood' which kind of makes more sense.

It also brings to mind a vaguely Spanish style costume (even though it's in French), which is formulating in my head at the moment.  I'm quite excited by the prospect of making a cool costume to wear, alongside the technical challenge of it being pole-able in.  No doubt I'll regale you all with my progress and you'll be all "Tats YU so obsessive?"

But the thing I'm mostly worried about is the category.  I entered the Intermediate level on the advice of my instructor, because that's the level I'm at now.  Intermediate has some banned moves that are considered dangerous for people at that level, and also some moves are simply considered too advanced.  Guess which moves I want to do?  Thing is, I can't do them yet, but my improvement so far suggests that in 5 months' time I may well be able to - and that would make me too advanced for the Intermediate category.  I don't want to be one of those wankers that competes below my level.  My instructor said I could change category if needs be closer to the time - which is neat, but adds a layer of complexity because I'd have to change my song (which is too short for the time parameters for Expert) and my routine - and I'm inexperienced enough at this that I'm not sure I'd be able to pull that off in the time I have.

I have to submit my song by mid-March - so I guess that's do-or-die time.  I have no idea whether I'll improve enough for this to even be an issue, but naturally it's where my mind is focusing (among the OMG yay costuming! squeeing, that is!).



Witness my remarkable ability to make mountains from molehills!

In other news, there is no other news. This is filling my head right now and it's probably all you'll get from me for a while.

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From:clevermanka
Date:November 17th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Someone I respect (as a performer--as a person she's kind of a mess) said at a dance workshop I attended "Never perform at 100% of your capability. Practice at 100%, but give your audience 90%." That way you've got some reserves to make the moves you are performing look spectacular. I thought that was brilliant advice. So maybe consider that as a balm to your desires to perform the skills you've just barely mastered.

"Tats YU so obsessive?"

Nah, I feel you, absolutely.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 17th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
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That's interesting advice. In my limited experience of performing, it does seem that much of my brainspace is taken up with concentrating on not ending up in that undignified heap. And of course at rehearsal that doesn't matter (as I noted when my accidental fall was mistaken for a deliberate one), so you give it more oomph because nobody's looking.

Hmm.. may have to think some more on that one. Thanks!
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From:meathiel
Date:November 18th, 2015 06:21 am (UTC)
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Talk about a challenge ... ;-)
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From:wildilocks
Date:November 18th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
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I am not a performer but the advice to not go to 100 percent seems sound, and especially for a first time competing in any arena. Will allow you to relax a little and focus on the finesse not just the technical, I reckon! Best of luck, I'm sure you will do amazingly =)
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