Opening Darkside was the largest project I have ever undertaken – the Grand Opening for me was like unveiling a masterpiece. Opening a pole studio is not something I ever really planned on doing in my lifetime, but I felt that it was my calling and I embraced the challenge and opportunity. I put my heart and soul into my studio and I think everyone who comes in can see that.
I decided to break the ice and perform first. I chose the song “Fight Song” because the entire opening process for my studio had been extremely difficult for me. There were many times I did not think I would be able to open, and the Grand Opening for me was about overcoming so many obstacles to turn a dream into reality.
I was thankful to have Flying Laura approach me just before my studio opened and she expressed interest in being involved with the opening.
She had never choreographed group routines before and was excited about the opportunity to choreograph a couple routines for the show. Here’s a routine she choreographed to I Got 5 On It.
I was also lucky to have my friend Tina performing at my Grand Opening. She is very inspirational because she has made huge progress in her pole practice in a very short time.
She performed this routine that won her USNPC 1st Place Level 4 in a LA pole competition just a couple months prior.
However, the routine that was my personal favorite was by Richy to the “The Hills.” Richy comes from a background in many types of fitness including gymnastics and capoeira. He approached me a few months ago to put together a routine. This what we came up with.
Performance shows are a great way for beginners to really make progress with their pole practice as well as gain confidence. Here is a routine I choreographed to “Do You Remember” by Jarryd James. Some of these girls were brand new and had never performed before – props to them for getting up there – it takes a lot of courage!
At Darkside we don’t just offer pole dance – we provide a variety of alternative dance and fitness classes and workshops, one of which is belly dance. Next up was Renelle Roxy – a good friend of mine and a talented bellydancer. She has been professionally bellydancing for 5 years and embraces a fusion of traditional cabaret with modern tribal bellydance styles. Here is the first of two performances that she did.
Overall the show was a huge success.
I am looking forward to seeing what all our future shows have to offer. Big thank you to Tina and Chris for the videos and pictures.