One of the things I enjoy most about studio hopping is that I get to meet (and learn from) so many talented ladies. I believe that it is always great to work with new people who can help offer new ideas, different perspectives and share their expertise. To be a well-rounded pole dancer you need to “get around” (IMO). Don’t be afraid to venture out…there’s no such thing as cheating on your studio because we are all part of one big pole community.
I think that the key to studio hopping is to:
1. Understand what areas of pole you excel at.
2. Understand what areas of pole you struggle with and need to improve. (For me it’s floorwork and flow between my tricks/transitions.)
3. Learning the strengths and uniqueness of each studio classes and instructors.
4. Matching your “areas-in-need” to the what each studio offers.
Anyways, during my MTPS tryout prep I was lucky enough to work with and grow closer to Stephanie Brinlee – an awesome instructor at VFD. Now, when I say this girl kicked my butt and helped bring out my best: I mean it! Many times we tend to focus in on the bigger picture: what tricks should we do and in what order.
However, it’s really those smaller details that we need to pay attention to: are you toes pointed? Is your face relaxed or do you look tense? These are just some of the things that Stephanie was able to help me become more aware about and clean up. She also helped me step out of my comfort zone and give myself a makeover from the inside-out and top-to-bottom. We were able to iron out my kinks and then build around my strengths. With her expertise being in the dance aspect – that being one of my weaker points – it was definitely a great match up.
If you’re looking for some serious dance training Stephanie is your girl. And if you’re getting ready for MTPS, Southern Pole Championships or even just an open house, I think a class with her is a definite must. In addition to being a talented dancer, a inspiring instructor and Stage Director for MTPS, she is also extremely motivating and passionate about all that she does. And if you didn’t know, she also trained MTPS 2011 Amateur winner: Kimberly McCarter.