FREESTYLE FRIDAY

SET YOUR DANCE FREE!

Dust off those dance moves because Freestyle Friday is back! So much has happened since I first started this challenge and now I feel the urge 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.

HOW IT WORKS
At the start of each week, I’ll announce the FreeStyle Friday song. And then all you have to do is DANCE! For those that want to share, you can post your freestyle video in our Freestyle Friday Facebook group and/or on your social media pages. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing publicly, you’re welcome to share it with me privately. You can wait until Friday to post your video, or you’re welcome to share anytime before then. There are only three rules:

  1. Have fun 
  2. Please stick to the chosen song..but it CAN be a remix/different version! 
  3. No editing. This is a freestyle

I invite you to join in on this amazing journey! Please join the Freestyle Friday Facebook group, and share your freestyles using hashtags: #flexyfit #flexyfitonline #flexyfitfreestyle #flexyfitfreestylefriday #pdfreestylefriday #pdfreestyle

THE HISTORY OF FREESTYLE FRIDAY
I started Freestyle Friday back in 2012, when I was still just a baby poler, as a way to challenge myself to work on my flow and fluidity. When it came to  executing tricks, I felt pretty good, but my transitions, floorwork and overall flow wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I felt really choppy and one-dimensional in my dance. I thought that if I forced myself to dance (and not just trick out) more regularly, it would help improve my flow and make me a more well-rounded dancer.

So I gave myself the weekly challenge, which I dubbed Freestyle Friday, of doing a freestyle dance and documenting my progress by video. This was a fun way for me to challenge and push myself to dance each week, explore movement and appreciate more music styles. I ended up sharing this challenge with my fellow pole sisters in hopes that it will encourage others to work on their freestyle ability as well. This personal challenge turned into a movement. At its peak, Freestyle Friday was going hard with a Facebook group of over 700 members, FreeStyle Friday and freestyle-themed classes popping up at studios, and so many dancers seeing amazing growth in their dance. Check out some of my Freestyle Friday Legacy Videos

FREESTYLE FRIDAY PLAYLIST
You can keep up with our dance jams via our Freestyle Friday playlist. It has over 7 hours of freestyle jams and features all of our past Freestyle Friday songs (I’ll be adding new ones each week). I hope that it brings endless inspiration, motivation and music discovery! Have a song request or suggestion? Send it my way!

RESOURCES

PARTICIPATION IS EASY AND FREE

Freestyle Friday Group

Our private Freestyle Friday Facebook group is a safe place to share your freestyle videos. This community is open to anyone joining in on the Freestyle Friday challenge that wants to share, explore and celebrate freestyle movement with other dancers. Feel free to ask your dance questions, submit song requests, provide constructive feedback (if requested) and celebrate other dancers that post. You can also check out past freestyles from the “old days” when Freestyle Friday was first born. . .there are some fire classics!

Creating A Freestyle Class

Interested in hosting a freestyle class or need some creative ideas to get your freestyle mojo flowing? I’ve got an article for that! One of the hardest things about freestyling is the lack of structure and direction. While the purpose of this movement is to free dance, it’s hard to know what to do or how to do it. So I have shared a few helpful tips that I use in my classes to support and creatively push my students as they explore their movement and discover their freestyle. Give them a try and let me know how it goes!

Freestyle Friday Playlist