Workshop 1: Bending over Backwards
Sunday, October 19th: 12 noon – 1:15 pm
Creating spinal extension is a sensitive and intimidating process about which a huge quantity of misinformation abounds. In this workshop you will learn how to perform a variety of exercises to increase range of motion in the shoulders, hip flexors, and the entire spine. With discussion and practicum, you will learn how to use the breath during back bending exercises, what sensations to expect, and guidelines to determine the safety and effectiveness of your practice. Whether you simply wish to have an increase in spinal arch or wish to become a contortionist, this workshop contains information you will find beneficial. Students may wish to use a block and strap to assist exercises done in this class.
Workshop 2: Mounts and Dismounts
Sunday, October 19th: 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Begin and end every one of your combos well! This class covers a variety of ways to get on and off the pole. Learn to ascend the pole with a variety of spins, climbs, handsprings and other mounts, as well as how to return to the floor in unique ways with grace and control. Difficulty level will be tailored to students in attendance.
In his years poling, professional male pole dancer David C Owen has carved a reputation as a respected performer, instructor, competitor and judge in the pole dance industry. His expressive style and unusual flexibility have marked him as a unique figure in this field, as does his precise and challenging, yet gentle teaching style. His students include professional competitors, performers in Cirque du Soleil and other circus companies, as well as suburban housewives and others of average fitness levels. He is dedicated to preserving the artistry of pole dance while delivering stringent and safe instruction in pole technique and flexibility training, and is passionate about sharing the art of pedagogy with other instructors. He earned the silver medal in 2010 and 2011 in the American Pole Fitness Championships, and a bronze medal at International Pole Dance Masters Cup in 2012. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and can be found at Prowess Pole Fitness, and also maintains an active travel schedule giving performances and classes in countless locations.