WHEN THE WORDS FAIL

WHEN THE WORDS FAIL
NATASHA WANG  |  AERIAL POLE PERFORMER


POLE IS
Pole is a means for creative personal expression, an emotional catharsis and release, and a way to communicate to the world when words fail.


CHOREO STEPS AND CONSTRUCTION
Inspired by stories, whether they’re drawn from personal experience or fairy tales. I work with an amazing choreographer, who is also my pole coach – Kelly Yvonne. She and I collaborate closely to develop a character, storyline and to make sure that my movement isn’t arbitrary but serves the overall purpose of telling the story.

AERIAL DANCER. WHAT IS LEARNED ALONG THE WAY
I don’t know if my style is lyrical, as much as it is an art-naïf interpretation of lyrical. I don’t have a dance background, but I’ve been able to mimic pretty well, as well as develop my own personal style. I’ve been pole dancing 9 years already, but I’ve existed on this earth 28 years longer. So, long enough to have developed an idea of who I am as a person, both on and off stage. I think that informs my movement more than any (traditional) dance class could.

POLE BENEFITS
Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy soul.

MOVEMENT ENHANCEMENT
Cross-training is important for athletes, and pole dancers are no exception. Doing physical activity outside of pole strengthens the supporting muscles we use in pole and balances the body.
Cardio, yoga, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, hand balancing, Chinese pole, pilates ... All these disciplines can help and enhance a pole practice. Above all, the No1 activity I encourage to help with pole is sleep. It’s so important to repair and rebuilt the muscles with adequate rest.

COMMON CONCLUSION AFTER CLASS
We all experience that adrenaline rush after nailing a move. In fact, it quickly becomes addictive! We become addicted to the feeling of strength, power, flexibility or sensuality, and we chase it sometimes to the point of exhaustion.
However, too often I see students who are so hungry for the next big trick that they chase it blindly without first building a solid foundation that will enable them to do the move safely. Pole, like life, isn’t a race, but a journey.
Start slow, build up.

FUTURE
To continue teaching, performing and traveling as long as my body holds up.
 

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