Wow two categories! I must be mad! Although I have competed before (with mixed results) I am well known for being a bit of a nervous wreck before, during and even after competitions.
Performing doesn’t come naturally to me and I am most definitely not a dancer! I feel very nervous but also excited... I am through in intermediate hoop and doubles pole with Lauren. We have been bouncing some ideas around since we filmed the video entry and I think we are going to have a lot of fun with this routine so that’s something to look forward to! In terms of how prepared I am for the rest of the competition the answer is not at all right now! I am the heaviest that I have ever been due to going on a total binge since the last comp, after completely fluffing it up! I feel like I am back to square one physically and mentally. I am trying to see this as a good “before” for my 12 week journey! Diet starts tomorrow, as does 100% commitment and effort in all my classes! Wish me luck!
Well here we are, 12 weeks to go with lots of practising on the cards. This is my 2 nd year for entering Solent and I know I have a lot to live up to after coming 3 rd last year. I have been attending SAAS for around 3 years now and have loved the extra confidence learning pole has given he. I have always enjoyed various forms of dancing, taking my teaching exam many years ago, but have never experienced the strength and determination that learning new tricks gives me. You could say I enjoy the buzz that performing gives me but that doesn’t stop me literally trembling with fear before a show or competition. The routine I have qualified for performer pole makes sense to me as I loved the music growing up. The problem I have now is whether I make changes and choose new music! I am undecided but always like to try and push myself even though I am guilty of those condemned words ‘I can’t’ being in my vocabulary at times.
I will be putting in extra hours and toying with the idea of a 2 nd routine for the up and coming weeks and who knows, I may have actually decided the week before the competition final!
Either way I am very excited to be able to showcase how my extra hours at pole jams/lessons have
paid off, combined with a more healthy diet and weight loss! I feel proud to represent SAAS and am very thankful for the support of more experienced competitors who will be there with me on the day!!
Hi, I’m Lexi and I am 26, from Southampton. During the day I work as a Software Developer to fund a burgeoning Aerial Arts addiction! I have been taking aerial hoop and pole classes at SAAS for a year now and I love it! Solent was my first competition entry ever so I am absolutely delighted (not to mention a little surprised) to get into the Beginners’ Hoop final. Over the next 12 weeks I need to create a new, exciting routine that is packed with the dynamic moves that I love to perform. During training I shall be concentrating on improving my flexibility and artistry according to my feedback. Really excited for this competition and have started preparing already. I’ve been trying to put some move combos together this week and getting some ideas for new music and theme. I’m sure the perfect ones will come to me soon!
Hi I'm Sophie, and I have qualified for advanced hoop At Solent pole and aerial competition 2016.
This is my first time competing in this competition, however I got into Advanced hoop at IPAAT 2016 which I competed in June.
I am currently a student and work part time, and in my spare time I practice hoop and pole. I am very excited to compete but also very nervous and I plan on training extremely hard to work for my place in the comp.
I ’m Lauren and I have been poling for about 4 years and hooping for about 3 years. I took my pole fitness instructors course through SAAS in 2014 and am Level 3 PDC graded. As of May this year I am now a Spin City Certified Intermediate Hoop Instructor and am looking at taking the Advanced course soon. I have also taken the Stretching and Flexibility and the Anatomy and Physiology for Aerial courses both through Spin City. I teach regular hoop classes for SAAS and help cover pole/fitness classes when need. I also take part in lots of other studio related classes, shows and try to compete regularly throughout the year. I competed in the UK Pole Doubles Championship (UKPDC) in the Pro/Am category with Zorena and the Amateur category with Emily where we now how the titles for UKPDC Pro/Am Champions and UKPDC Amateur Champions. Emily and I also placed 2 nd in the Doubles Category at Solent last November. Outside of the studio I work in Admin at Winchester Hospital Outpatients.
I entered the following categories in the hope that I would get through in at least one; Professional Pole, Advanced Hoop and Doubles Pole. Somehow I have managed to get through in all three! So
here goes, back on the fitness and clean eating plan personally designed for me by the amazing Zorena! Bye bye holiday weight! I think I’m nearly sorted for themes, hoop is staying the same with a
bit more work put in and rejigging, doubles pole me and Emily (and Zorena) have agreed on so just need to find some music and pole is the only one I’m struggling a bit with so going to play around
with a few ideas and see how things go. Have received my plans from Zorena and am looking forward to getting back into the routine again.
Staff and students of Julie's Dance Studio, based in Sholing, Southampton.