Russian Exotic is a pole dance style that uses a static pole, gymnastics strength, dance technique, choreographed transitions and grip switches to merge Pole Elements (tricks) with Plastic Strip (floorwork). In this class you will train various pole grips, dance moves and exotic tricks (around the base of the pole) and learn a choreographed routine. This class is a high intensity cardio, muscle building workout.
This is the base of Russian Exotic. Rooted in ballet, rhythmic gymnastics and sensual flow. Flow style focuses on movements seamlessly melting from one move to the next, paying close attention to musicality, lines, legwork, strong pointe work, floor to pole tricks and transitions. In flow a dancer’s movements should appear weightless, strong, soft, and effortless. Every move is intentional. Dancers stay connected with each and every movement. Tricks are added as accents, flowing with ease into the choreography of a routine.
As a follow up to Flow; Hard style evolved as hip hop, break dance and power tricks merged into the solid foundations of flow. Though at times incorrectly described as “trick heavy,” the components that define Hard style include: fast paced movements, quick to slow transitions, powerful pops, staccato beats, and an overall edgier more energetic feel. When comparing Hard and Flow, there is no separation between the amount of tricks performed, but rather the way in which these tricks are executed. The music of hard style (dub step / rap / hip hop) allows freedom of style and an intentionally harder hitting attitude behind every movement. As exotic Flow is at the core of hard style; it is important that choreography maintains an essence of exoticism, and does not neglect technique, strong lines nor ease of movement.
Learn the basics of Russian Exotic through a short exotic combo. Focus on technique and transitions. No difficult tricks or inversions. Choreography is taught without music so there is no need or struggle to “keep up.” Moves are demonstrated on both sides giving students a chance to build coordination and control over every skill and learn proper execution. Work through transitions, floor to pole movements, grip changes, legwork, spins and trick accents.
Prerequisites: No experience required.
Your next step into Russian Exotic. Be prepared to learn a complete routine in this class. Choreography is taught at a pace that gives students a focus on musicality, timing, and adding new challenging transitions and tricks into their flow. Exotic 2 will introduce inversion work, floor to pole combos, floorwork holds, tricks and floor acro moves from Elements 2 and Plastic 2.
Required Moves: Intended for students who have advanced into or beyond Elements 2, Plastic 2 and feel confident picking up the choreo combos from Exotic 1 on both their strong and weak sides.
Prerequisites: Exotic 1, Elements 1 and Plastic Strip 1. Students should be taking Elements 2 and Plastic 2 or above.
Learn a complete Russian Exotic routine in this class. Be ready for transitions and techniques that use a fair amount of strength and control, as we build off the skills learned in the previous class level. Instruction will speed up and more difficult tricks and combos will be added as major elements in choreography. Be ready for one-armed exotic transitions and spins, handstand combos, transitions into/out of shoulder mounts, inversion combos, aerial split grip, cast offs and more.
Required Moves: Split grip straddle, pike step overs, pole elbow stands, one-armed handstand variations, reverse backhand grab to climb, apprentice to anchor, pirouette variations, cup grip and twisted grip shoulder mount and be able to invert to leg hang, and plastic strip acro moves.
Prerequisites: Exotic 2, Elements 2 and Plastic Strip 1. Students should be taking Plastic Strip 2 and Elements 3 or above.
Learn a complete routine in this class. Transitions and techniques will be taught at a high stamina and strength level. Instructor will add advanced tricks into choreography: one-arm handstand combos, floor or aerial handsprings, ayeshas, reverse backhand grab combos, aerial split grip to apprentice, devils point shuffle, shoulder mount flips and more. Please do not sign up for this class if you are a high level pole tricker with no Russian Exotic or Plastic Strip experience.
Required Moves: Princess grip shoulder mount to brass monkey, shoulder mount walk downs, flag, gemini climb/devils point shuffle, controlled one arm handstand press to meathook, fish flop, wheel to kip, floor and/or aerial handspring.
Prerequisites: Russian Exotic 3. Students should be taking Elements 3 or higher and Plastic Strip 3 and have required moves.
KNEEPADS should be worn to class religiously. Russian Exotic 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 highly recommend KISKA velcro knee pads as these are quick and easy to put on without taking off your heels.
HEELS are required and necessary to the movements and an over all workout technique of plastics. For the most success in class we recommend wearing “strips”, 7-8 inch platform heels, to be able to properly maneuver over and around the toe box of the shoe during pointework and transitions.
SKIN EXPOSURE As a rule of thumb, look at what skin your instructor has exposed and consider you may need to grip with these body parts during choreography.
Level 1: Armpits should be exposed to grip the pole. Leggings are ok but thigh high socks are prefered as some Level 1 combos may require thigh or leg grip.
Level 2-3: Armpits, shoulder, stomach, knee pits and upper thighs should be exposed to help grip the pole during intermediate elements and transitions. Please DO NOT wear leggings.
Level 3+4: You may need shoulder, knee pit, and upper thigh skin exposed to grip the pole during advanced elements and transitions. At this level you should be strong enough to go without armpit grip so cover up or show as much skin as you prefer.
FLOW Body hugging options are necessary in order to ensure proper posture and form during class. Leggings, briefs, bodysuits, thigh high socks, short sleeve shirt or tank/crop.
HARD An opportunity to bring a more laid back vibe to exotic. Looser fitting attire is permitted; sweatpants, oversized tees, boxing shorts. Keep in mind hard style does require strong lines and lifted posture; an element of exoticism should be maintained in your aesthetic. Outfit ideas: Sweatpants with a tight sexy sport bra or triangle top. Oversize skate tee with bikini bottoms and thigh high boots. Crop top with boxer shorts and tube socks.