I bought my first pole last week. It’s a X-Pole, a few years old, that I found on Craigslist for $100 (much less expensive than the $330 that a new one would have cost). Because it was used and came without instructions, it took some trial and error to get it set up. But now it’s very solidly in place, and I’m happy to say that I have my own little studio!
Part of the problem I had setting it up was that the piece that’s meant to cover the part at the top where you adjust the height would not stay up. (On the newer X-Poles, this is at the bottom of the pole, but since mine is an older model, it’s at the top.) I ended up deciding to just take that piece off and leave the threading exposed. Since my ceiling is low, that gives me another couple much-needed inches of usable pole (because the cover piece comes down a couple inches below where the threading stops).
I don’t have mirrors yet, but I’ve got my eye on some large, inexpensive ones at Home Depot. That may have to wait until we get our tax refund. 🙂
In the meantime, I do have the other items I need: a small stereo, my iPod, a tentative framework for a dance workout, and a good start on a list of moves to practice. Actually, the list below does not include the moves that I will be focusing on this week: climbing, basic invert, and roller girl into various spins (chair, ballerina, fireman).
Besides technique practice on these moves, I’m also choreographing a routine to a Florence + the Machine song. Video to follow eventually, but it may take me a while to finish it. 🙂
The decor in the studio is pretty basic at this point, but at least I have my antique canning jars that catch the light on the windowsill.
It’s truly wonderful to have my own studio and be able to practice whenever I feel like it (or more accurately, whenever I feel like it and my husband is available to do kid duty). This will probably mean my workouts will be much more frequent, since I’ll still be going to the gym in addition to dance workouts at home. I’m hoping my performance on the pole will improve a lot faster. It’s hard to master challenging moves when you only get ten minutes in class to practice any given move.