Focus on Freestyle: Pause

Here is my second focus on freestyle suggestion: focus on pausing in your hard moves (especially on spin pole). Try taking five deep breaths each time you enter a new pole move before you move onto the next one.

Stopping has many advantages. First and foremost, it looks good. Pausing gives your audience a moment to catch up with your movement. It also accents your movements. Stopping also ensures you have enough time to extend into your full flexibility or strength.

As a dancer, stopping makes your life easier. Giving yourself a break allows you to adjust your timing so that you “hit” beats in the music. It also lets you check in to make sure you are safe. You can move your hands in an artistic way, which looks fantastic but also helps you dry them off before you do your next crazy pole move. Another benefit is that it fills up time so that you are not so exhausted by the end of your dance.

For your next free dance, try to slow down and actually count out five deep breaths each time you do a new pole move. Use that time to check in, choose what you will do next, make sure your hands are ready, and to let other people enjoy what you are doing. Then work on making that pause a habit!

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