Confidence: It Starts From These 4 Places

Let’s be real. All of us have moments where we catch ourselves standing in front of the mirror, criticising what we see. Whether it’s our facial features, our body types, or even the number on the scale, we find ourselves in constant battles of wanting what we don’t have. When we’re not comfortable in our own skin, it stops us from living to the full. We make excuses to skip social activities, we keep our cameras off in Zoom meetings, and we tell ourselves we can’t wear certain clothes because we’re “too this” or “too that”.

If you catch yourself see-sawing with self-doubt and self-esteem, I hear you, GF! I’ve certainly been guilty of letting reality TV determine how I’ve felt about myself. Body love is an ongoing journey, and as a mum with 2 kids, I can tell you it’s something I work towards every day.

So how do we stop the media from setting the benchmark on how we feel about ourselves? How do we gain the confidence to feel deserving, own the spotlight, and take advantage of the opportunities that come our way? Everyone navigates their own path, but throughout my mission to be a positive-body role model for my kids, I’ve learnt to do the following 4 things to help remind myself that every-body is worth loving.

1. Owning your top traits

Start each day by counting 3 things that you’re grateful for. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has things about themselves that are worth celebrating. It may be a quality about yourself, or feature that you like. Big or small, bringing awareness to your strengths is a great way to put your #BossVibes on.

2. Celebrating what makes you, YOU

I once had a dance teacher who taught me a very important lesson…She said “everyone has their weaknesses. Instead of hiding them, embrace them! Make them work for YOU.” There are always going to be niggly things about ourselves that we want to change. Instead of thinking we need to fit a certain profile or look like the next trending influencer, we need to show up and give credit to these things that give us character…because that boldness is attractive!

3. Harnessing the power of positive self talk

Words are a powerful thing. Try this: For a whole day, pay close attention to your language and self talk. Do you catch yourself beating yourself up or using limiting words? Turn it right around! For example, instead of saying “I hate that I no longer fit into my high school jeans”, say “I love the fact I can indulge, enjoy myself on weekends, and have a wardrobe that flaunts my sensuality!”

4. Spending time in a community that loves you back

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I’m going to say it takes a Tribe to teach the art of self-love! Developing self empowerment is one thing, but to have a community that celebrates belongingness, freedom of self expression and diversity, is a big part of filtering out negative chatter. That’s exactly what I found with The Pole Room. It’s the one place where I’m focussed on what my body is capable of. Because when I’m doing tricks, dancing it out, and being cheered on by a room full of uplifting souls, there’s no second-guessing who I am and what I can achieve.

If you’re ready to conquer confidence and take control of the beliefs that have held you back from being the boldest version of you, make a visit to The Pole Room. Classes are fun, relaxed and totally beginner-friendly. Even if you feel un-co, or have never set foot in a dance studio in your life, you’ll be in the hands of instructors who will work with you to become your best self.  Click here to get started!

– Article By Shanae D

Glow Showcase 2024

Glow is The Pole Room’s signature Student Showcase event that provides YOU the opportunity to perform on stage without the pressure of a competition!

Each group performance at Glow is the product of 8 fun-filled, intensive weeks of training under the expertise of our skilled instructor team. Students learn a choreography routine filled with dance moves and pole tricks with up to 10 students. At the end of the 8 week course participants have the opportunity to perform the Glow Showcase in front of a live audience of up to 400 spectators. Glow 2024 is scheduled to be held at the Karralyka Theatre in Ringwood on Saturday May 4th. 

Glow routines are designed with YOU in mind. Instructors create a creative masterpiece in their own signature style; designing choreography that showcases each individual’s strengths and ensure you’ll feel confident taking the stage. 

Glow has been created by The Pole Room to challenge YOU to take your pole and aerial skills to the stage and perform in a fun and supportive environment with your fellow tribe members.

Glow 2022 Performers

Course bookings close 5pm Friday 1st March.
Spots are limited, and are sure to book out so get in early to avoid disappointment.

8 Week Glow Course Inclusions:

  • 8 x 90-minute sessions run over 8 weeks with an expert instructor at the studio
  • Dress rehearsal pre-performance at Karralyka Theatre
  • Professional photography with DanceFlicks
  • 4K video of your routine as a keepsake of your hard work
  • Snacks and drinks backstage
  • Backstage entry and dressing rooms to prepare
  • Smoke, Low Fog & Haze Machines
  • HD Theatre Projector and multi directional floor lighting
  • Front of House Venue Supervisor
  • Technician staff to help with lighting across the stage and throughout your performance.

Costumes, make up and tickets to the show are at extra cost. Early bird ticket pricing will be released to Glow participants ahead of the general public. All participants must hold active membership at a TPR studio – Mitcham, Kilsyth, Highett or CBD.

Glow 2024 courses cost totals $390 with payment options such as ZipPay and AfterPay available. 

**When a course is full the Sign Up button will disappear from the course list.

Glow Terms & Conditions can be viewed here

Level Guidelines:

  1. Beg+ – Beginner students and above.
  2. Inter+ -Intermediate 1 and above students. Must be able to climb to top of pole, invert to straddle, inside & outside leg hang
  3. Adv+  Advanced and above students. Must be able to aerial invert and shoulder mount from floor
Q: I’m in Beginner Level 1, can I join a Glow course?

A: As long as the course is Beg + you can absolutely join it!

Q: Do you have a detailed description of the performance courses before I book?
The name in addition to the instructor hosting the course will generally indicate the theme and style of the course.  If you need any additional information, chat to the instructor running the course or the Studio Manager.
Q: What’s NOT included in the costs?
The purchase does not include tickets for the show. Tickets will be sold separately and closer to the date. Performers will be required to purchase a costume and makeup for the show based on the instructors requirements. We will make all efforts to ensure the costume and makeup is affordable and plenty of notice is given.
Q: Dancing isn’t my strength, can I join a Glow course?
A: Don’t worry if you feel dancing isn’t your forte  – your instructor will work with you to showcase your strengths
Q: What happens if I’m away for a week and I can’t make a session?
A: In most cases your instructor will be able to catch you up on the content, however you must talk the instructor or studio manager and we’ll confirm prior to you enrolling.
Q: Where is Glow held?
A: The Glow showcase will be held at Karralyka Theatre on May 4 at 7pm.

Preparing for a Pole Dance Competition

Competitions are hard. I’ll say that again. Competition are hard!

They take a huge toll on you financially, mentally and physically. But are they worth it? Hell yes! Taking to the stage and brining your ideas to life in front of a crowd is one of the most amazing, terrifying, and liberatingly addictive experiences. For those new to the competition scene, here are a few of my top tips for getting competition ready.

Every competition is different. They have different criteria, different stage dimensions, number of poles, distance between poles, costume and music requirements, the list is endless! Get as much information from the competition organisers as you can before you start choreographing. If you’re unsure of something, just ask! Can you imaging creating the perfect 3-and-a-half-minute routine, only to find out they’re going to cut your music at 3 minutes! Preparation is key.

Pick your song, costume and theme early, and have a back up plan just in case. Most competitions wont let two competitors dance to the same song, so it’s a good idea to have something in mind before you apply, then get in early to secure your song choice. If you’ve ever been to a Pole Competition, you’ve probably noticed the most memorable routines have a solid theme which is carried throughout by the song, costume and the choreography. While it can be tempting to dance to a song you absolutely love, it will pay to delve a little deeper and develop a character to portray on stage.

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