Aerial Arts: All Aerial All Day
Written by: Luisa Zunterer
This week’s theme is All Aerial All Day on both the Pole Dance Nation and Aerial Nation Instagram pages. Blogger Luisa Zunterer is a pole dancer who happily participates in other forms of aerial arts besides the pole. In this blog post, Luisa talks about what some of her favorite forms of aerial activity are, how they complement her pole journey, and why she is completely down for the All Aerial All Day theme.
Many polers participate in other aerial activities besides pole dance. Varying your aerial training (plus putting in some work with acro and contortion) increases flexibility and builds strength. Having flexibility and strength are two important requirements when it comes to getting into the advanced pole trick you’ve added to your pole goals list.
Most pole dance studios offer other forms of aerial training to complement your pole dance journey. It’s important for your body and your performance to try out other aerial sports. The higher your current pole dance level is, the more important aerial cross training becomes.
Building strength to pole safely, prevent injuries, or hurtful meetings with the floor is the golden rule in the pole dancing world. Err, in this case, the Pole Dance Nation world.
Pole freaks constantly find ways to increase their flexibility. The goal: get into advanced tricks, and of course, to flow into high flexibility tricks with ease.
In the world of aerial sports, there are endless possibilities. Here are some of my favorites:
Lyra and Silks: These two aerial arts make me feel like a circus fairy while building strength and flexibility. It´s a fun workout and a great alternate to my pole routine.
Contortion: Contortion is one of the most difficult activities. It’s also one of the most satisfying. I work hard to increase my flexibility. In the process, I’m building muscles I didn’t even know I have. But after the painful hours and sore mornings I’m the happiest person! Especially when achieving goals like a needle scale or over splits.
Acrobatics and Gymnastics: Both have countless exercises to increase your strength. Get inspiration for your next floor work combo and ideas for choreography in general. Pole dancers like Bendy Kate are a great example of what working with acrobatic techniques looks like.
My pole dance friends and I are continuously practicing more than one aerial art form. Cross training aerial, acro, contortion , and gymnastics, improves our pole performance and keeps our bodies healthy. Dabbling in other aerial arts gives you variety for your muscles and your mind.
Today I dare you to look beyond the “pole dance box” and discover new challenges!
If you would like to participate in this week’s theme, here’s what you have to do:
Create a 4 photo collage. Each photo should be on a different aerial apparatus. Acro and contortion photos count as well!
Post your collage to your Instagram page.
HASHTAG #PDNAllAerial to submit.
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