Pole workshops are great. They offer a unique opportunity to meet the greatest of the Pole world, to gather new impressions, influences, and inspirations. You can finally meet your more or less secret Pole crush in real and ask your Pole role models questions about tricks that your local instructors perhaps cannot answer. Often, Pole workshops are also a good opportunity to get an insight into the personal style of a Pole Star.
We pay lots of money for a Pole workshop, sweat through class, shoot tons of selfies, and go home feeling happy and inspired – just to forget everything. This may sound harsh, but I really do not dare to admit how many workshop videos are buried on my smartphone. So many Pole treasures never watched and trained again.
Today, however, I present you my new workshop ritual with which I get most out of my Pole workshops (and even reprocess a few old ones):
- A special Pole workshop bag
For a Pole workshop, I pack a special bag including two absolute essentials: my smartphone and a notebook. During the workshop, I take lots of notes and write down every trick. I write down the name of the trick and the corresponding instructions by the Pole Star. I make sure to note the exact contact points, alignment, training wheels, and ‘secrets’ that the Star reveals. Especially if there are instructions like In this moment, look away from the Pole I put them down. I know that I will forget these instructions in 5 min. and then get frustrated when the trick suddenly does not work anymore.
Not all Pole Stars allow to be filmed, but if it is allowed, I do it as detailed as possible. I film the instructions and the final execution. Sometimes I even ask the Pole Star if they could repeat a trick so I can film it. During the last workshop, another participant brought a small tripod for smartphones. That was ingenious. With a tripod, the smartphone is flexible and secure and yet, the tripod is so small and lightweight, it takes away almost no space in your bag. She used this tripod.
- Save your videos
After a workshop, we usually end up with 1 to 1,000,000 photos and videos. I used to leave it at this, but I have found that I could also just delete the videos then. Nobody bothers to dig up videos more than once from an unorganized video feed and if you are really unlucky, you accidently delete your videos or make them unplayable. So lately, I put the videos on my laptop into a workshop folder and a subfolder named after the Pole Star. If I am especially hardworking, I might even change the video name into a short description or list of the contained tricks. So the next time that I am seeking for inspiration, I know exactly where to look. And you have no idea how many cool and completely new videos I always discover in this folder.
- Edit your notes
We do not want to miss anything during the workshop and yet, take as many notes as possible. This often leads to quite cryptic descriptions in my case. So as long as I still have a notion of what I tried to say, I go through my notes again and correct them in a way that I might also understand them later.
- Organize an After-training
I have found that this and the next point are the most important of all. As soon as possible after the workshop, I make time to train and repeat the tricks and combos from the workshop. Either, to refine the tricks or to hopefully get them some day. Already a few days later, I forgot this or that grip and do not remember how to get in or out of this and that trick. Then, I re-watch the video and practice the moves until I at least theoretically know how to perform them.
- Make it yours
When you learn a foreign language, you have to use a word about 100 times to add it to your active vocabulary. I believe that it is the same with Pole tricks. We all have an active repertoire of tricks that we can access at any time. These are our current favorite tricks, old tricks that we have already performed a million times, and basic tricks. Now, we need to add the new tricks and combos to this repertoire. I practice the new trick until I completely understand it (see point 4). In addition, I break the trick down, think of new variations, ways to get in and out, and adapt it to my personal Pole style.
This is a little video of my after-training where I combine a jump from Sergia Louise Anderson with a superman invert (Cherry Drop):
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So this is how I review my Pole workshops and it works quite well for me. You might have a different method. What do you always pack in your Pole workshop bag? How do you take care to make the new Pole tricks yours?