Plastic Strip is the floorwork portion of Russian Exotic. As a floorwork focused class, there is no contact with the pole. This class focuses on graceful transitions, fluid movements, strength and flexibility. We wear heels, and yes they are necessary to the movements and over all workout technique of the class.
As a dance style it is derived from many dance styles; with the strength and grace of ballet, the agility of acrobatics and the boldness and sensuality of exotic. Plastic is a great way to build muscle, increase flexibility, and learn how to move sensually. You will work on shoulder rolls, splits, and sexy leg work. The goal is to “melt like plastic” on the floor.
Plastic Strip is all about graceful transitions, fluid movements, strength and flexibility. In class we will work you through conditioning your movements, making you stronger and more in control of your body through training proper technique and working into acrobatic elements.
Dance with controlled tension and engagement through the entire body. Use every muscle, leading with the head and chest and working down to the ankles and toes. Chest lifted, muscles strong, shoulders back and pressing into the floor. Every movement should feel intentional and exact, eventually leading to a flow that exaggerates elasticity and plasticity. Body rolls, accents, staccato hits, mixing strong and hard with slow and sensual. Melting, moving and transforming the body through exotic movements and essence.
ALSO KNOWN AS: Strip Plastic / Plastic Stress / Strip Plastique
Use the skills, movements, and transitions learned in Plastic Strip and work them into choreography. From intricate leg work and tangles to powerful spins and balances. Learn to dance into and out of acrobatic elements, build on variations and progressions, and refine and perfect legwork until you melt through your movement. Routines will explore different styles of Exotic; flow, hard and beginning bits of frame up.
This class is for students new to plastic strip and russian exotic. No pole dance experience is required.
Class covers legwork, body rolls, transitions, flexibility and fundamentals of the dance style. Build up to achieve beginner acro elements such as russian layback, half wheel, pike, elbow head stand, shoulder stand, and shoulder roll.
Your next step into Plastic Strip. In level 2 we begin chaining moves together, explore more complicated intermediate movements and variations of the moves, transitions and warmups taught in Plastic Strip 1. Learn acrobatic elements such as the full wheel, press ups and candles, b-boy holds, floor jade, crocodile plank and other strength based movements.
Required Moves: Half wheel up and down, elbow/tripod head stand, pike with flat back and exotic pikes, shoulder stand, shoulder roll, push ups on knees, bridge to hip hold, body rolls, 45’s, leg lifts, leg circles while floating your butt, crab leg work, toe-knee under passes.
Prerequisites: Plastic Strip 1
This is our most advanced floorwork class. In this class expect to be working on hand balances, chest stands, break dance stalls, advanced variations of the wheel and fish flop, kips, drops and more. Warm up consists of high strength level and/or reps, please be prepared to keep up.
Required Moves: Russian layback and layup, fish flop, full wheel drop, elbow stand press, shoulder stand press up to candle, crocodile planks, shoulder b-boy holds, high leg lifts, straddle holds, plow to candle stick to bridge, bridge to hip hold deadlift, floor jade, 8 push ups on feet.
Prerequisites: Plastic Strip 2
Be prepared to learn a complete routine in this class. Choreography focuses on the technique and flow of Plastic Strip without any pole work. Focus on lines, bodywaves,
legwork, tangles, transitions and melting from one movement into the next.
Required Moves: Knee glides, toe-knee tuck under passes, 45’s, crab on toes with legwork, kitty down, half wheel, pike, sebastian, and shoulder roll
Prerequisites: Two months of Plastic Strip 1 (or approximately eight classes) to gain an understanding of the style and develop strength.
Be prepared to learn a complete routine in this class. Choreography focuses on the technique and flow of Plastic Strip. Work on both hard and flow styles, combine legwork, transitions, spins and acrobatic floorwork moves.
Required Moves: Russian layback, half wheel up and down, elbow head stand, pike with flat back and exotic pikes, shoulder stand, shoulder roll, push ups on knees, bridge to hip hold, body rolls, 45’s, leg lifts, leg circles while floating your butt, crab leg work, toe-knee under passes.
Prerequisites: Plastic Strip 1, should be currently taking Plastic Strip 2 or higher level.
FORM FITTED CLOTHING allows the ability to see the body move through the intricacies of plastic: hip hikes, lifted chest, shoulders pulled back, strong long lines, legwork and body rolls. The instructor should be able to see the body to give necessary adjustments and feedback.
LAYER UP with a sweatshirt, thigh high socks, etc for warming up and later to provide slide and protection while working on movements such as shoulder rolls and knee glides.
KNEEPADS should be worn to class religiously. Plastics requires dancers to kneel, rotate, move through and kip to the knees. Please take this extra precaution to avoid long term injury to your knees and help avoid bursitis. We recommend our Kiska kneeepads.
HEELS are required and necessary to the movements and over all workout technique of plastics. For the most success in class we recommend wearing 7-8 inch platform heels, to be able to properly maneuver over and around the toe box of the shoe during pointework and transitions.
SANDALS are important to develop strong ankles, pointework and technique. The open style of a sandal allows for full range of motion through the entire foot. You should be able to perform all moves of plastic strip in sandals to ensure you develop strength and flexibility to avoid injury.
BOOTS should not be your go to heel choice for plastic. It should be understood, when students rely on dancing exclusively in boots, they will become a crutch, limiting range of motion and the strengthening of the dancers foot/ankle. Developing proper technique throughout the plastic classes should be top priority. Patent boots should be avoided, unless you are dancing on carpet, as they are stiff on the ankles and stick to the floor during sliding moves.
In advanced classes boots will be necessary to learn and complete movements (such as drops or kips) in which the boot provides protection to the toes/feet. Consider bringing both sandals and boots to classes.