After months of contemplation, weeks of anxiety, quite a few days of training, and what I’m sure was about 752,430 text messages between me with my various pole buddies, Amateur Night finally arrived.
..And in just a blink of an eye, it was over!
Of course, it was a total blast. And yes, I would do it all again.
And if you ever get the chance to enter something like it, Do it!
Cos you’ll get an entirely new perspective on pole dancing and performing in general. I’ve danced with my classmates at the studio’s end-of-term performance every two month since the start of last year, but dancing by myself in Amateur Night was a totally different and exhilarating experience.
Firstly, all the rehearsals at the studio couldn’t possibly have prepared me for: 1) the portable topless pole that was 2) raised high up on a platform, 3) in an open-air rooftop bar, 4) under the night sky, and 5) with a gigantic spotlight shining in my face.
And those are just the logistics of dancing under different conditions.
(Because all those new elements almost overwhelmed me, I totally lost control while spinning at one point, landed in a different spot as I’d planned to, almost forgot what was supposed to come next, and finally walked off stage initially feeling a bit down that I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped to. But apparently no-one else could tell!)
Having the courage to showcase your own individuality and creativity through choreographing your own routine to a song you’ve picked yourself, and an outfit that represents what you want to express, is another thing altogether.
One of the best things about all that, is that your unique, personal style gets revealed to you in the entire process. Miss Folly observed that my style of movement has a languid cat-like quality to it, which I hadn’t thought of before, but totally makes sense to me!
She’s also crowned me ‘Bondage Barbie’, because of my stage outfit and the fact that the MC (and studio manager) introduced me as an ‘Asian Barbie doll… with long legs, long hair, long everything.’ (Did she mean my false eye-lashes..?)
The other most-awesome-est thing about Am Nite was the atmosphere between all the participants. Backstage the whole vibe was like a celebration and not a competition! It felt like a big teenaged slumber party, with all the participants chatting, changing and doing make up. We were totally invested as we eventually watched each other’s performances backstage, cheering relentlessly.
Anyhoo, I’m also mad, crazy lucky that my brother-in-law (who’s a professional video producer) shot and edited a video of my routine. It’s seriously amaze-balls because he’s so talented, and it’s shot from an angle that I find totally unexpected, considering that most of my pole videos are shot from my shitty iPhone 3!
My girl Po.lita also took an awesome video of my routine from the DJ console at the venue, (which was probably the best far-away view in the house) and he used part of her footage to create a mash-up with 2 different angles.
Seriously, his video just blew me away and made my day! In fact, it made my birthday! Because the day after Am Nite was my 33rd, and one of the reasons why I’d decided to get out of my comfort zone and throw myself into it in the first place.
So, here’s the video of my routine. And thanks so much to everyone who helped me with everything and gave me the confidence that even if I made a complete fool out of myself up on stage, I could still count on them to cheer me on. (and not laugh too hard!) I couldn’t have done it without them!
Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoyed my performance!!! XoXo