So excited to bring back the FYF Challenge, and in a new way – introducing the FYF “Freestyle Friday” Challenge! Each Friday, we will kick off the week with a fun, guided, movement prompt meant to inspire your practice and encourage playful exploration and experimentation. You can use this as a focal point for a freestyle practice that week, or spice up your training regimen to keep it feeling fresh by focusing your mind and body in new or interesting ways on and around the pole!
Each week will feature examples from our FYF Brand Ambassador team (I can’t wait to see these videos!), and be structured by an overarching theme. Why themes? Because by focusing on ideas that work in collaboration with each other (rather than a random list of tasks) we can build a stronger creative foundation, one which helps us make even better connections with time. My hope is that you will walk away from a theme with more movement wisdom and options from your own practice!
Our first theme will be CONTRASTS… two opposing movement ideas that have close associations! Why CONTRASTS? Because we do not fully understand that which is until we understand that which it is not (you may need to read that once twice!). So… in movement, it is really valuable and important to explore on both ends of a spectrum to get a fuller grasp on your preferences and possibilities!
As always, if you share an entry on social media (this isn’t a competition, just an outlet to share and connect in your practice) – please use the hashtags #FYFfriday, #FYFchallenge, and #findingyourfreestyle so we can follow along… and also remember to support everyone else by following our 3-2-1 Social Media Rule – which basically means if you post something on your profile, please try to take the time to comment on and like 3 other posts in the challenge. To get support, we have to be supportive as well! Sending you so much love for doing this!
LET’S DANCE! Here are some more details of the weeks…
Friday, 2/24 Hosted by Meri Burgess
Select & Focus on 2 Parts of the Body
Try and keep the body parts you are focusing on within your movement far away from each other, maybe one at the top of the body, and one at the bottom, or one left one right, get creative!
Friday, 3/3 Hosted by Love Muwwakkil
Slow & Fast
You can work a lot with your musicality here, adding pauses, space, speed, and dynamics… you can even play with opposing the songs cue’s on pacing for extra fun!
Friday, 3/10 Hosted by Aggie Ng
Hard Lines & Soft Lines
You can think of circling/rounded movement, and then movement that is more linear/sharp/flat – with the pole it’s also helpful to think in terms of 2D and 3D!
Friday, 3/17 Hosted by Anna Grundstrom
Fold & Arch
Another way to say it? Close and Open!
Friday, 3/24 Hosted by Teresa Rodriguez
Small & Big Movement
Combining subtle, nuanced details with intention vs. bigger, more obvious movement that unapologetically takes up space!
Friday, 3/31 Hosted by Brynne Levy
Back 2 Back Songs: Freestyle to 2 Songs that Contrast
Pick and then freestyle with 2 songs that have opposing qualities and move to them back to back… you can think of contrasting emotions like love/hate, or songs that are simple vs songs that have many textures and layers, whatever feels right for you!