What Music "Moves" You?

by Kelly on December 22, 2009

photo by Estrella Esteve

One of the most important things in a pole dancing session is to find music that “moves” you.  By that, I mean music that moves through you and breathes life into your dancing.  I mean music that literally moves you.

I want to make one clear distinction here… you can like a song, but that doesn’t mean it moves you.  In fact, the songs that move you will often change from day to day.  No one song can be trusted to work every time.  Often times, I’ve had to try 6 or 7 different songs before I found my mojo, when those some of those same songs had made me dance beautifully just the evening before.

Once you’ve found a song that works, you’ll know it.  You’ll connect with it.  Your spins will flow easier.  It will take less effort to hold your body weight.  You’ll stop thinking.

Many people would say that you interpret the music through your dancing, but I would venture to say it’s the other way around.  It seems to me that the music interprets your dancing.

What does music mean to you?  How do you use it to enhance your dancing?  Please let me know by leaving a comment!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy - Insightful Nana December 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

I enjoy music that calms my soul… I guess that’s why I enjoy classical music so much. Can’t do much pole dancing to that but I’m not a dancer anyway…. except when twirling around the living room with one of my grands. Kelly Marie, your posts are fun to read.

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Geoff Hoff December 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm

True of more than just pole dancing – I often play music while I’m writing and the right piece will guide the words out in the most miraculous way.

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sharkcrow December 23, 2009 at 12:12 am

I love so many different types of music, but I know that a song has me hooked when I’m sitting on the bus, listening to my ipod, and I start unintentionally choreographing a pole routine in my head! Over the Xmas break I’m working on routines to ‘Bad Things’ (the True Blood theme song) and ‘Touched’ by Vast.

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Andy Dolph December 24, 2009 at 12:47 am

Great post!

Check out Victor Wooten’s book “The Music Lesson.” it’s about making music, but it’s also about all kinds of performance. He describes Music as a sentient Spirit, and performers at their best as letting go and allowing Music to come through them.

As a singer, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience this, and it’s truly amazing what happens.

You might also like to check out my latest blog post http://andydolph.com/2009/12/23/music-that-moves-me/
this is more about music that moves me emotionally and spiritually, rather than physically, but it’s really not that different.

Be well!

Andy

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Andy Dolph December 24, 2009 at 12:48 am

Oh, I forgot to say in the previous comment that I absolutely love the picture at the top of this entry.

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