Prior to setting off on our 3 week adventure across Europe ( well some of it, Romania to Germany) I had posted in a pole instructor group to ask if anyone could recommend pole places or people in our intended destinations. A very helpful instructor (Ana Looser-she is awesome by the way you should check out her page http://www.facebook.com/ana.looser.9 ) sent me a few links and names of instructors to get in touch with. Excited I contacted a studio called Pixie pole studio in Brasov Romania. Unfortunately the owner informed me that they were going through some changes and didn’t currently have an official studio. Instead they were practising in a local circus school. Although not strictly Pole this sounded just up my street so I quickly asked for dates and times of them. Due to a difference in our schedules I couldn’t attend when Jezebel would be there, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me! I got the address punched it into Google maps and found which bus I needed to take, and at 5 PM saying goodbye to my boyfriend hopped onto the Romanian bus feeling both empowered and petrified. As my little blue dot moved closer to my destination point, I looked out the windows and I have to say I wasn’t overly confident with my decision to do this alone, Jezebel had said the school was part of an industrial estate but this area looked worrying even to me… And I’m from Blackpool!
As I got up to get off at the stop I saw the faces of the local Romanians, there expressions questioning “you look like a tourist are you sure this is your stop?!”
I got up anyway and crossed the road to what looked like an industrial estate, avoiding the many stray dogs 😢
On the building directly in front of me I saw a sign on the door for “dance school” this must be it I thought, I followed the signs up the four flights of stairs only to be met at the top floor with a locked door. Great. (You’d think they’d just lock the first door) so back down I went, checking my messages and maps thankfully it only took me a few minutes to find where I was actually supposed to be. There was a huge open shutter with a very colourful aerial setup in side the “warehouse”.
I walked in and said hi to the first person I saw, I was then greeted by George (circus instructor/trainer) you can check out the circus school here: https://www.facebook.com/bynextstep/
His English was broken but understandable, though I was happy when we were joined by Diana another poler who translated everything for me, she showed me where to get changed and leave my ridiculous sized bag.
Then the warmup commenced… George is brutal!
He had us walking in a square around the room like ballerinas (I have about as much ballet/dance experience as I do shark training. 🦈 None! Just in case you were wondering if I have some hidden talent!)
Now I’ve already mentioned George’s English was a little less than perfect, so when he kept telling me to tighten my “boobs” I was a bit confused, I was standing as tall as I could, engaging my shoulders, my head was lifted, what was I doing wrong??
Cue George coming over and pointing to butt and saying “fund” (pronounced fooom) you can see my confusion right?!
So he wanted me to squeeze my booty as I lifted my legs; without lowering my arms, looking down, turning my leg out, dropping my shoulders, you see where I’m going with this!!
I was shouted at a lot in Romanian as I did my laps around the room, much to the entertainment of the other girls partaking, but I think George liked me really so I wasn’t too phased by him tutting and re-adjusting me!
Finally that part of the warm up was over and we proceeded to do exercises I was familiar with, shoulder rotations, hip circles etc.
Then we moved over to the matts where Diana continued the warm up having us do shoulder stands and straddle legs followed by forwards rolls! Yayy something I could do!!
Then they brought out the Marshmallow! I’ve never used one of these before and it was brilliant!!
Check out the video below 👇👇
Now we were free to practice what we’d like, as I mentioned this wasn’t pixie poles studio but a place to practice, and for me it was like aerial heaven!
There were three poles, aerial silks, a hoop, an aerial hammock, and some strange aerial birdcage shaped thing ( feel free to comment if you know the correct name)
One of the younger girls showed me a few moves on this new piece of equipment and I couldn’t wait to jump on, it was pretty easy to do some of the moves I knew from hoop on this, but then I wanted to try the aerial hammock!
Follow the link below for my video 👇👇
Aerial Hammock Rolls
Of course my heart lies with pole so after a little play my leggings came off and I showed Diana a couple of combinations ☺️
Finally I moved over to the silk which was about 7 meters high 😍
I showed the girls (barely) a cross back straddle and managed to teach Diana how to do one!! The silks being high felt amazing but damm was it tiring, by now I had been here just over 2 hours and as I saw Diana head to the changing room I quickly followed her, we did a quick cool down/ stretch together and then after thanking and paying George headed for our bus.
Overall it was an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to have met both George and Diana who I’m hoping will be able to come to one of my classes in the future!
Check back soon for my next update!
Peace and pole everyone!! 🦄✌🏼