Forums Discussions Routines

  • Routines

    Posted by loopielou on October 22, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Hi peeps

    Can any of you point me in the direction of some routines? I want to learn something to enable me to link things together but am not very co-ordinated so things that are too dancey probably scare me a little. I’ve looked on Youtube and things like that, but there seems to be a big jump between a beginner routine and then the next one up. I’m at a level where I am trying to learn an elbow and forearm grip, but wouldn’t be able to incorporate them into a routine as I don’t really know them very well, but I can just about do the shoulder mount and am comfortable with basic inverts like gemini, scorpio, butterfly and that.

    If any of you have any videos I could copy I would be really grateful. I want to show the hubby what I can do but am unable to do it at the minute Oh and I don’t do anything too sexy because we would both just end up laughing if I tried to do the sexy stuff

    Don’t want much do I!!

    Any help would be really gratefully received and I would love you all forever

    SaschaPoles replied 14 years, 8 months ago 13 Members · 14 Replies
  • 14 Replies
  • azriel

    October 23, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I’ve never done a routine or choreography before, so can’t help you much personally.. but i have seen plenty of posts on help with this sort of thing on this site. Look through the forums, i’m sure you’ll find something..

  • p1nkpr1ncess

    October 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Try having a look in the Pics and Vids part or just the videos tab at the top. A lot of the girls on here do Veenas Monthly challenge and have some fab videos of routines that you could get some ideas from

    We don’t tend to learn much choreography in our lessons either so I’m hoping when I get my pole at home that I will start looking for some inspiration too!

  • Castleoutsider

    October 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

    yea i dont think any of us make routines.. alot of it is all freedance.
    i know ive thought about it a couple of times just so at the studio wed have a full dance we’ve learned but it seems really complicated to try n think it all out; LOL

  • SissyBuns

    October 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    We do routines at the studio I go to. They teach us a routine in each class and we perform it at the end. It’s not choregraphed move for move but there’s an order of stuff to be done LOL. It’s a lot of fun.

    I don’t know of anything you can watch that teaches routines. I think your best bet would be to choreograph something yourself and practice it until youre able to flow through the moves you want to do.

  • velvetvixen

    October 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’m wanting to do routines as well to show my husband. I did find a good article on how to make your own that I will probably try. Good luck with it!

  • Castleoutsider

    October 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    hehe i want too also for my hubs but as soon as i start ill prolly get so nervous ill forget what i was supposed to be doing and wing it n e ways LOL

  • PhillyPoleJess

    October 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I do workshops for pole routines at the studio and having never done any formal dance training it is a challenge.

    The way sissybuns told is great way to do a routine if it seems too complicated to work out the counts of a song. Figure out which moves you like best for you and make it a point to put them in a particular order while dancing. This is fun and allows some spontaneity.

    If you decide you want to break the song down into counts (usually 8’s), you need to sit and listen the the song thoroughly. At this point I will dance to the song once or twice to get in the mood. I start with the first minute and figure out how many 8 counts there are. Then figure out what I am going to do count by count and i write it down so i can remember it and easily change with out getting it messed up and confused.
    Writing what goes on each 8 count lets you focus on one task at a time. It also allows you to move on without feel like you have to memorize it all at once. As you are figuring what goes into each 8 count also make sure each for trick that you give yourself enough time to get in and out of the move.
    Practice Practice practice. You don’t always have to start from the beginning thats why you have the 8 counts written down. The more you practice it the more natural it will look and feel

  • loopielou

    October 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for all the hints and tips peeps i think I just have a general lack of creativity when it comes to dancing – co-ordination is not my strong point

    i notice Jamilla has done a Routines DVD too now so might have to purchase that to get me started with some ideas

  • lglorraine

    October 28, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I teach and have found the best way for the girls to do a routine is to pick 4 or 5 of your favorite moves or spins using simple moves in between each spin like a full turn half turn etc and once you have reached the last spin just start again and continue with that for the whole song like your recycling the 4-5 moves you began with.god does that make sense .lol.not sure.anyway its an easier way to do a routine as all you really have to remember is the 4 or 5 moves you chose.You can bring the shoulder mount or another impressive move to end your routine with.Hope that helps im sure he,ll love what ever you do after all hes a man .lol.goodluck.

  • suncatcher

    October 28, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I have no dance experience at all so when it comes to routine I have alot of trouble. Be nice for even a beginner dance instructions ( does venna have any videos?) as I have no idea how to listen for 8 count. I know maybe 2 turns and probably look like a spaz when i try the booty bumpin and body rolls i’ve got down a few good pole moves and most my spins so it would be nice to be able to blend what i know in routine but my brain goes blank when it comes to transition between moves and floorwork I just don’t know what to do maybe watching videos in slow motion would help cause I just cant seem to break stuff down to figure it out at regular speed

  • miss fern

    October 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    The 8 count is very easy to find unless you have absolutely NOOOO rhythm. If you can tap your feet along to a song, you can find the 8 count.

    Does anyone remember the old Steps song "5 6 7 8?" They counted the 8 count out FOR you at the beginning! Haha!
    Go here that’s the song on youtube. In the intro they say "It’s time to begin, I’ll count it in 5 6 7 8! My boot-scootin baby is drivin’ me crazy.." etc. What YOU should do is singalong BUT when they say 5 6 7 8, continue on from one. So "It’s time to begin, I’ll count it in 5, 6,7, 8, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8." There is no gap between 8 and 1. Keep on doing, this, never stop, never slow down.

    If you do this throughout the whole song you you should notice that every now and again they say "5 6 7 8" again. And yours should be at the same time if you’re keeping to the beat!

  • lily

    October 29, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I feel the same way you do, I love learning routines because I have NO idea what to do on my own yet. I am a HUGE fan of Bobbi’s Pole Studio, I have every video she’s made and she is a routine genius! Search YouTube for her vids, her Pole Grooves Volume 1 has a decent beginner routine and Pole Grooves Volume 2 has a lot of combinations you can use to make your own routines. If you email her you may be able to get her to send you the routine videos her instructors use to teach at her studio – I have them and LOVE them! They are awesome, you can see a couple routines of hers I’ve learned if you check out my videos.

  • carriej

    November 21, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I’m in the same boat.

    I’m just now trying to link up moves with transitions in between. In my pole class though, our instructor will work with us in one session on like one cool walk to do around the pole, two different spins, a posing moves (like a hip roll wth one leg on the pole), and a trick. She’ll start the song and then you do each thing one at a time with the cool walk in between.

    I’ve told the instructor that the transitions are the hardest part for me and they said that it basically is for everyone at the beginning.

    The instructors where I go say they never use routines, but just have a list of moves they’d like to do in their head and then just stay on beat with their moves and walk.

  • SaschaPoles

    November 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    hmm, for me i bought that book "the art of pole dancing" by peekaboo, and i know they’re not a very reputable pole company, but the book has decent transitions in it that are really easy to incorporate into a dance no matter what level you are. veena’s lessons also has some really incredible transitions, so definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

Log in to reply.