- Published: Monday, 18 May 2015 08:40
- Written by Jamie Taylor
This week, with the run up to the Authentic Pole Dance competition in June. in Interview with a Pole Dancer, we ask Helen Green about her upcoming competition experience. Helen attends the Advance class at Defy Gravity.
How long have you been a Pole Dancer?
I've been Pole dancing for exactly three years now. I started classes after compering for a Defy Gravity Showcase for Jamie,introduced by my sister Nicola,who had already been pole dancing for some time.
What made you start Pole Dance classes?
I always fancied the idea of pole dancing but kept putting it out of my mind, making the excuse that I wouldn't have the time being a single,working mum. After the show I was so excited and inspired by the performers, I knew I just had to do it!
What made you decide to compete?
I decided to compete about six months into pole lessons,after watching hundreds of pole videos,and hours imagining myself performing to music that moved me. One minute I would think"I could do that" the next"I could never". I entered the All Wales Pole Comp and did my best. I didn't place,but it hasn't deterred me. In June I'm competing in the Authentic Pole Comp 2015 in Wigan.
What do you get out of it?
It's been hard work training,all worth it though,I am nervous but so excited too! I moan to myself quite a bit during comp training,but the rewards are worth the hard work. Apart from dramatically improving fitness,polishing tricks and improving dance skills,it totally highlights my emotions and personality traits...I procrastinate...a lot.I'll practice a section of my routine I already have nailed twenty times before I move onto the bit I need to work on!
Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
Go at your own pace.there are weeks or months when you improve at a rate of knots...and the same when you don't seem to get anywhere.resist comparing yourself to others,and video yourself so you can see just how much you improve with time.