It's interesting where life will take you when you try new things. A year ago, I would have laughed in your face if you told me I'd compete in Pole Sport (aka pole dance in lay terms). Ha! But, as my adventures proved me wrong, I fell in love with pole and my competitive side couldn't say know to trying my first competition.
In May, I journeyed to Chicago with 17 other Dolls to take on our Central Region Pole Championships (CPC). Like bicycle racing, there are multiple levels, and I entered at Level 1 (beginner). The nerves were through the roof, but the experience was out of this world! Much to my surprise, I finished first in the Level 1 Seniors for the Championship category!
At the same time as we were preparing for this competition, my training and practice began preparing me for the next level. In the weeks following CPC, I had to make two decisions: 1) Do I go to Nationals in LA?, and 2) Do I level-up with my new found skills? Heck, WHY NOT?!
So, with just a couple months to prepare, I hit the studio hard with Coach Jamie and my teammate Emily to take my routine to the next level. I had to re-cut my music and make the song longer to fit Level 2, and I had to learn a whole lot of new tricks. But, moving to Level 2 meant I got to invert! Yeeeeaaaaahhhhhh! We practiced up to six nights a week at the studio, often til 11:00pm or later, and my body took a toll.
With only 3 days til competition, I finally nailed all my tricks and I was ready for the next adventure. Jamie and her mom, Emily, and I headed out to LA to take on the stage and have a good time. When I got to the studio that morning, I knew this would be my last chance with this routine.. I focused on having as much fun as I could in the 3 minutes I had on stage, and meditated on becoming my character one last time.
As I moved across the stage, it was hard not to smile.. I knew I had to stay in character, but the energy coursing through my body was electric and I felt on top of the world! As I moved through my last tricks into my finale, my heart was bursting with joy, and I cried with pure happiness when I met Jamie off stage after my exit. I didn't care where I placed - I just knew I'd done the best I could have done. And, as it seems I don't know myself as well as I should, I was surprised yet again to find myself on the podium... 2nd place at Nationals!!!
Wow, it was so amazing, and I was overwhelmed with joy! So much so, it has taken me nearly 2 months just to write about it. But, once I received my video from Alloy Images, it brought that elation back in force! It has been so fun to relieve those short minutes of my life.. all the countless hours, bruises, and bottles of Dry Hands... all for 3 minutes to shine. I wouldn't have done it any other way.
Check it out!...
Next up, our student Halloween showcase "Dolls Must Die" next weekend, then "Dolls on Parade" in February.. I can't wait! And all of this fun, these dreams, this happiness would not have been possible without the unending love and support of my hubby Jay, the tough love and unbelievable talent in my Coach Jamie, the laughter and making up moves with Emily, my family and friends for coming to our shows and cheering me along this journey, and for Chloe and her amazing creation of Dollhouse Pole Dance Studio!
High on Pole!