This is my performance from Vertical Fusion's Twisted Cinema showcase. What a success the whole show was! The beginning of this piece is something I've been working on for a few months. It needs a little finessing but overall I'm happy with the progress I've made with it. The ending bit was totally free-styled the night of the performance, if you couldn't tell by my random flailing for the last 30 seconds. I had fun with that. :)
Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go on a bit of a rant.
I don't normally like to talk/explain my dance pieces, because I feel that if you need to expand upon it with words to make people understand, you are missing the point of the dance medium. However, this piece has so much personal meaning to me and how I feel about the current pole dance world that I feel the need to write a little bit about it.
I chose to dance from the movie Little Miss Sunshine, which is one of my all time favorites. The main theme of the movie is about winners and losers and how, in the end, it doesn't really matter if you win or lose as long as you are true to yourself and surround yourself with the people you love. There is one particular quote I've always loved "If I want to fly, I'll find a way to fly. You do what you love and fuck the rest." This is something I've always tried to live my life by.
In the dance I chose to portray the character the movie's plot is driven by, Olive Hoover. The movie opens with the same song, showing Olive as a young girl with one dream: to be a beauty pageant queen. If you haven't seen the movie, you should, because it's hilarious and well written, but if you haven't, the basic plot is that the entire family is forced to go on a last minute road trip to a beauty pageant and everything that could go wrong does. In the end Olive makes it to the competition with minutes to spare, but when she goes to perform she ends up dancing in a very lewd fashion to the song Super Freak at the coaching of her inappropriate Grandfather, much to the shock of the conservative audience.
I relate this in many ways to the competitive pole dance world. I've worked my balls off to become even relatively decent at dancing in the hopes that one day I can qualify for a national professional division competition. The beginning piece of this dance is something I slaved over, meticulously planning it out to be a submission piece for a competition, with my best, most impressive tricks and a contemporary and artistic dance style to please the judges. In the dance, I express my dreams of being on stage, waving to the audience with glee as I accept a champion title. But at the same time, I am still just a child, exploring the world of pole with curiosity and enthusiasm. I tried to add as many childhood elements as I could: cartwheels, forward tumbles, silly leg kicks, (briefly) pretending to ride a horse, spinning around randomly, etc. I even wore a shirt I've owned for over a dozen years from my own childhood. This is an innocent dream of a child. I'm stretching my creative boundaries by dancing in a way I don't usually dance and being what I am "supposed" to be: joyful, light, fluid, and strong.
Then the final song comes on. My fantasy of winning ends. And that is the time I let myself be myself. Even if it doesn't win the appraisal of judges, doesn't have many tricks or any choreography at all, it's a little lewd for an 'artistically inclined' audience, it's me. It's what pole dance really is in my eyes. Just flailing, playing around, being weird, and a little inappropriate. In the end, I don't care if I win or lose. I just want to have fun on stage. I just want to do what I love and fuck the rest.
That's why I created this piece. I could not have performed it for an audience without the second bit. It would not have been meaningful or very true to myself. I think we should keep this in mind with such a competition driven sport. You should always try to expand your limits. Don't let judging criteria own you or destroy your dreams. Just let yourself be free, and the rest, AKA happiness, will come into place.
And thus ends my rant.