Michigan Air Festival In a Nutshell

This past weekend I was able to attends the Michigan Air Festival held in Detroit. The festival includes workshops, performances, promotions and overall a lot of laughter.

Vagina Monster Race

Vagina Monster Race

The first workshop I took place in was “Maximizing Your Mobility” with David Owen. For those of you who have no idea who this is, check out his Facebook Page. David is everything I look for in an instructor: personable, knowledgeable upbeat & adaptable. I found the workshop went by two quickly (as always) but David was able to work with every skill level there to teach them something new. He gave individual advice and actually seemed to care how you we’re making out. From a training view, his workshop was organized perfectly and flowed into each segment appropriately- not to mention he’s gorgeous!

David helping me with a ballerina variation

David helping me with a ballerina variation

The other workshop I attended was “Signature Tricks” by Nadia Sheriff. Again, a great seventy five minutes spent (we all know how much I love tricks!). The poles we a bit slick but we made it work and I was able to take a home a couple new tricks- always a plus! It’s funny to watch yourself learn something new. Obviously we took videos but I just look so sloppy! I’m sure my clients would love to see it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday night was the pole showcase. All levels and sizes are allowed to enter. What I love most about showcases is the variety. There are no rules and no judgements. Ladies young and old, fit and unfit were brave enough to get onto stage.

Karol Helms

Karol Helms

 

Watching the showcase reminded me a lot about pole dancing. I think sometimes as the instructor I take it way to seriously. Some of the best routines of the nights were ones that used little to no tricks (and no inverts). They were amazing because of how confident they were. I was reminded that the primary reason most people pole dance is to feel good in their own skin – and they did!

Having so much variety in the performance gave me so many different views on dancing. There was a girl who performed her routine in a blindfold. Another lady who ROCKED her booty shake. One of my favorite performances (by none other than David Owen) was full of hilarious satire. Michelle Mynx’s performance played upon the idea of pole dancing in general, that you can make it whatever you want. She went from a nun to almost pretty naked in her performance and it was mind-blowing.

 

Overall, the weekend was amazing. I learned (and just hopefully retained!) everything from stretches to pole tips and tricks but was mostly impressed with the openness in which we all accepted each other. From beginner to competitor, big, small, male female pole dancing is about how you feel in your own skin- and no one else.

Happy Dancing ๐Ÿ™‚