Freestyle Friday Returns
Dust off those dance moves because Freestyle Friday is back! (Insert excited shout here) I’ve actually done a lot of cool shit over the years, quite a bit that I have somehow forgotten about; the Freestyle Friday movement being one of those things. But I am extremely excited to bring this back for myself and any others that wish to join me on this journey.
A little background…
FreeStyle Friday started as a personal challenge to myself. I knew that my dance and fluidity was seriously lacking when it came to my pole routines. The only way I knew to get better was to make myself dance more and document my progress. I told my a few close pole friends about this personal challenge to help give myself some support and also accountability – knowing that pressure and expectation would help me get the job done. Fortunately these pole sisters were so supportive that they started doing it with me and so I decided to share this challenge with others in our pole community to see who else would join in…and the rest is history!
I am honored to see the support that the Freestyle Friday movement received from studios that have been inspired to start scheduling FreeStyle Friday practice into studio time. I never imagined that a personal challenge could bloom and become part of the weekly schedule at pole studios.
So much has happened since I first started this challenge back in 2012. Fast forward almost 10 years and now Freestyling is my dance preference – who would have though it?!? On top of that, our industry has exploded with talent, opportunity and mainstream exposure. The tricks have somehow meta-morphed into level 10 insanity, new dance styles, new faces, improved fashion and gear, shows, competitions…all the things! But that baseline of movement, flow, fluidity, those classics…that remains the same.
And now I feel the urge (with the help of a few OG Pole friends) to reignite the freestyle fire. My hope is that we all find movement and creativity each week. While Freestyle Friday started with a focus on Pole, it is open to aerialists and dancers of all movement types. Pole, flying pole, silks, hammock, chair dance, floor work, lyra, trapeze, cube, wall/mirror work, etc., all apparatuses are welcome.
Click here to check out the Freestyle Friday page to learn more about the history of this movement, how to join in, and how to access the Facebook Community and Playlist!