In the words of Exotic Queen Daria Che “Amplitude is everything!”
Amplitude: “𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙞𝙯𝙚, 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙥𝙚, 𝙤𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮. 𝙁𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙗𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙧 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨.”
What does that mean, in practical terms?
It means that dancing to the full extent, with fullness or abundance, is everything!
Ok….but how do I achieve this?
𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 3 𝙩𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘼𝙈𝙋𝙇𝙄𝙏𝙐𝘿𝙀
(this applies to both exotic and non-exotic pole):
1. Don’t cut your movements short! Take all your leg circles, swirls, twirls and glides and kicks to the full extent. Lift your leg as high as you can, hold your spin a second or two longer, add an arm extension. Make every movement fuller and bigger.
2. Emphasise the contrast between closed and open shapes. One of the keys to making you look more flowy and flexi when you dance is to create contrasts using your spine, specifically moving between closed and open shapes. For example, complete a slight rounding of the spine & extend an arm and leg in front of you, before arching your spine, leaning your head back, and extending your arm and leg behind you or to the side. Voila – instant flexibility and amplitude!
3. Go low, then high! Small, then big! Amplitude can be created visually through changes in level (for example reaching a leg high, then taking it into a twirl to the floor) and also through changes in the area you cover in a movement (for example, a tight pirouette on the spot, followed by a twirl with an extended leg shape or extended arm). Going small first creates the feeling of amplitude in the movement that follows. Use contracts to create Amplitude.
And most of all, remember to enjoy how it feels to dance. Pole requires both good technique and passion – this is the secret sauce that will take your dance to the next level.
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