There’s a lot of amazing pole wear out there, but when it comes to costumes for competition routines you really want to be unique and stand out from the crowd. You’re scored on costume so it’s pretty damn important, you don’t want to miss out on a placing because your costume was just the usual training wear that anyone can buy. It has to be a statement. So I’ve scoured the internet to find the best places to scout out costume wear for your upcoming performances.
You’ve done all the hard work, been training for months, or not if you’re one of those gifted people who can throw together a pole dancing routine in a month (I hate those people). You’ve bedazzled your costume to within an inch of its sparkly life, makeup and hair is booked after scrolling through Pinterest for endless hours in search of the perfect combination. All that remains is to actually put it all together and dance your heart out on stage. But what happens on pole comp day and what do I need to bring with me?
We’ve all got one, that one performance we watched early in our pole dance journey that cemented our love and obsession with the sport. Maybe it was the captivating contemporary dance elements, the brute strength and grace of the movement around the pole or the hypnotising leg waves of an exotic babe. It could have been a friend or family member at a local pole dancing competition or maybe it was your instructor busting out a routine in class.
When you start pole dancing you usually have a wish list in your head of the moves you want to achieve. For some it’s a beautiful flat jade spilt, for others it may be just a simple invert. Mine was an aerial deadlift, I was aiming very high right from the start, and needless to say it’s taken me years to get my dream move. Along the way there have been many milestone pole moves that have marked a new phase of movement conquered and opened new avenues of learning. One of the great things about pole dancing is that you never stop learning, there’s so many facets to the sport. There’s always new moves being created, new combos to try, new dance elements to work on, handstands, flexibility. As pole dancers we’ll never be bored or lack inspiration from our community.
Watch any kind of dance, gymnastics or cirque performance and you'll notice they all have one thing in common. The performers all have the most gorgeous, gloriously straight legs and pointed feet and toes. There's something about beautifully pointed toes that make everything look better, more polished and professional. Even unprofessional and frankly sometimes quite untalented dancers like myself can make their movements look more graceful and elegant simply by extending their limbs and pointing their toes.