I made one of my goals for 2013 to either repeat the Intermediate 1 pole course or progress to the Intermediate 2 course. After weeks of looking for dates that suited me, I finally found an Intermediate 2 course starting on Monday 25th February for 5 weeks.
|My 2013 goal|
I arrived at the course eager to meet the other ladies who I would be sharing this experience with; I quickly realised that they had already met….last week..in what was actually week 1! I had started in week 2, which suited me anyway, as I was out of town the previous Monday.
Having missed a whole week, it was clear I had a lot of catching up to do! After our warm up, the first thing we practised was a shoulder mount! This is another, more advanced way of getting on (and off, I presume) the pole!
|Leen Isabel of Pole Dance Adventures understands my quest to perfect the shoulder mount|
The progressions were obvious and huge! In Intermediate 1, we learnt how to invert from standing; now we had to climb the pole and invert from holding yourself to the side of the pole with no floor to push off or hold you! I surprised myself though and managed to do it! Evidence that my upper body work so far in 2013 is paying off! Yay!
|Sun wheel spin is one handed in Intermediate 2|
My favourite move of the class was the box split dismount! Lets use some imagination and visualisation here whilst I try to describe this…I’m upside down on the pole, I slide down into a handstand, release my feet from the pole and bring my feet towards my groin with my knees out to the side, open legs into a box split and slowly bring them down (straight) to the ground whilst still in the handstand. Yes! I know! …it looks awesome, and I actually did it!
The bit that always scares me when practising these moves is the fact that i know they are part of the routine that we learn! Add some choreography, link moves and a good tune (“Dirty Laundry” by Bitter:Sweet) and we have ourselves the start of the Intermediate 2 course 🙂