INTER UNI POLE COMPETITION! My advanced solo routine :)
Okay, so here are my thoughts about the competition:
Firstly I think the thing I liked most about the entire preparation for the competition, was the makeup, hair and costume planning. I’ve become such a performer now that it’s as much a part of the routine as the moves, and I really enjoy creating themed costumes. I was surprised that there weren’t that many costumes among the competitors, but then again it wasn’t marked for costume, so maybe they saved their efforts.
My costume was also a little bit unstable in the boob department, so that was a bit disconcerting. However apart from that, this was by far the best time I’ve ever performed this routine and I really enjoyed doing it and was really proud of myself.
However as soon as the other advanced competitors started, I really knew I had no chance of winning. The level of talent was just stupendous - there were iron x’s (seriously solid ones at that too), matrixes, rubber ayesha, a LOT of yogini’s (which is surprising, I don’t see them that much in other routines), and even a couple of phoenix’s in there. There was even one girl who did a planche right on top of the pole, which I think was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. So the level was really too high for me to have a shot at placing, which definitely brought to mind some of the things that jenova-amaranth was saying about the skill level in advanced. There’s a big step up from moves like knee hold and handspring, to phoenix and iron x. It kind of felt like you had to be able to do those kind of moves to have the remotest chance - which does make me feel there should be some class between intermediate and advanced.
However I was the only person to have Oona splits in their routine and I felt like my choreography compared well, even if my technical ability wasn’t quite up there, so I was pleased with that.
We had to wake up at 4am to travel down to the competition so by the end of the day I was very tired and emotional, so when we got the results and the judges feedback, I didn’t take it too well. I got really upset (stupidly I know), just cause it felt like the feedback forms were nothing but criticism for something I’d worked so hard for. I was sooo tired and on an adrenaline crash, so bound to be emotional, but I think it’s really made me realise that while I enjoyed doing my routine, I always hate finding out the results at the end, because I always feel disappointed in myself, regardless of how well I feel I did for myself.
This had led me to the conclusion that maybe competitions aren’t for me. I love performing to bits, it makes me feel so happy and I love every step of it, and at the end of the day, you’re only judged on how well you entertain people, not the angle of your oona splits or the amount of swing you needed for your handspring. I feel like performing is for me, competing maybe isn’t. I want to continue my love for pole by doing it in the way I want, by dancing lots and getting stronger in my way. So for now, I’ve decided to stop competing. I may enter the IUPC next year in the group category, but I want to retain my love of pole, and just perform for now.
Also I really injured my forearm this morning by stupidly doing aerial tricks on the underground trains, and trapping my arm on one of the overhead bars after trying to get out of an elbow hang too quickly, so pole might be off the books for a little while anyway (I hope not, but this arm does not feel good!)
Anyhow, all in all, (TL;DR) post competition thoughts now I’m less tired and emotional are that I’m really proud of this performance, but I think performances are for me, not this world of competitiveness. And also that I’m so impressed at how incredibly talented every single person who entered this competition was, I was totally blown away by the talent.
And also it was great to meet llneo too - you and Bangor were amazing!!
Great routine, well done! Yeah this is the point I was making; there’s a huge step up from intermediate to advanced and it just doesn’t seem fair to me. Still, it’s good that you’re still wanting to perform and have found your niche in the pole world.