There are plenty of classes at Aerial Dance that end in photo sessions. Students not only want to see how they look in a move, but they want to be able to share their success with friends and family. Just as they should!
Some students, when they start at AD, are unsure about pictures. They don’t feel like they’ve done anything picture-worthy, and some are a bit scared to share their photos. I was like this when I started too! I really didn’t start taking pictures regularly until I started inverts in my pole classes. It’s something I regret a little, because it would have been a great tool to help me learn. Not many classes go by now where I don’t snap pictures at the end.
Sometimes, they’re for my own review. I need to see what’s going on–where my body is at, and how it looks. It can be great for horizontal moves like Flatline Scorpio or Christina, but it’s even better for simple moves like Fireman, Front Hook, and Back Hook. No matter what you’re taking a picture of, you’ll see things you didn’t know were going on. If you’ve read some of my¬†posts, like this one, you know that I saw more than I expected!
More often than not, my pictures end up on my social media pages. This wasn’t something I did early in my pole career. The stigmas associated with pole haunted me, and I was a little afraid to put myself out there. Now, I know those stigmas are not true, and I am very proud of what I do. Even if my pictures aren’t perfect, they go up. I like to share what I’ve accomplished, and I like to show the journey.
Like this:

That, my friends, is not perfection. That is probably the second or third time I’ve ever done that in my life. Now, it came easier to me than it did to some of my classmates. My three-ish years of pole experience and that body awareness it’s created helped me get into that move. It’s still slow, clumsy, and definitely not perfected or smooth. This is my journey, and some of the struggles I face. I’m not ashamed of it, and I know that it will get better. You’ll get better too!
The aerial arts really are a journey, one without an end. There are ups and downs, twists and turns. The greatest part? It’s YOUR journey! Your friend in class may be doing really well at front hooks, but is struggling with tucks. Tucks may be your strong point, but you’re having troubles with your front hooks. You and your friend are taking the same class, but your journey is different.
Snap those pictures, and share what you’re comfortable with, because I want you to be proud of your journey. Even if you’re taking baby steps, you’re still taking steps. Be picture proud, and celebrate the steps you’re taking in your aerial journey!