“We are in this together since day one! We can’t do this without you, plus it will be fun!” These are the encouraging words my pole sisters said to me to sign up for our first student showcase. Out of the four I was the last one to want to do it. Mainly out of fear of performing infront of 200+ people and also for the fact we had only been pole dancing for less than three months. I thought “No way could I possibly do such a thing!” but with the words of encouragement from my pole sisters, I decided I might as well give it a try. It was time to step out of my comfort zone and I have to say it was one of the best decisions made. Sure writing a routine for performing in front of many people became quite the challenge. I definitely give instructors props for how hard they work on routines for us in the studio. It felt like a long process with only given a few months to write and meet up with the paired instructor for our group to help us out. So many practices, meetings, re-writing and practicing more, tends to get overwhelming but I promise it is well worth it! 

That moment of show day is like no other. Obviously nerve wracking, but you know you’ve practiced the routine so many times. Granted you do get to rehearse it the day before and sometimes if you get the chance to come early the day of show rehearse some more. I’d like to say I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I was so worried about getting everything right. Having my pole sisters throughout the student showcase journey made it easy. Especially on the stage having them next to me it didn’t seem so scary anymore. It’s like we were back at the studio having fun practicing our routine we wrote together.

Being on stage was an incredible experience. I absolutely loved it and I honestly wish that everyone at Aerial Dance would consider performing. It gives you such an amazing boost of confidence every woman I feel like needs to experience. Whether it’s being a part of a showcase writing your own routine or being a part of an annual show that an instructor has written for you. Mind you I have not done an annual show yet but just being a spectator at the shows is amazing in itself! It shouldn’t matter what level you’re at, and here I thought being a beginner that’s in student showcase I’m not going to be cool like the other girls doing awesome tricks. What matters is that we did it and I think it shows that anybody can do it! Next time a show presents itself at Aerial Dance I say do it! You will not regret it.