If you are a pole dancer, you have probably spent a fair amount of time on Youtube, browsing pole videos, searching for new tricks, or getting inspiration for choreography. Youtube can be a very helpful tool to further your progress, or even just to get back in the groove if you’re feeling stuck or bored with what you’re doing. As someone who has spent way, way too many hours on Youtube over the last two years, I have picked up a few tricks that I want to share with you. (You can click on each image for a larger version.)
1. Use Playlists
You might have added some videos to Favorites, intending to revisit them later, only to forget about them altogether. Playlists are the number one way to keep things organized on Youtube, and can be incredibly helpful when used correctly. You can choose to make a playlist private or public, so if you’re saving videos that you don’t want others to see, you can easily do that. These are some easy ways to get started:
If you are mainly using Youtube for choreography inspiration, make a playlist where you save your favorite routines, or make a couple so you can split the videos based on music style/tempo/difficulty level.
If you love looking for new tricks, create separate playlists for tricks, spins, floorwork, and maybe even one for those insane tricks you think you will never get to, but still want to remember as motivation and inspiration.
If you spend a lot of time working out at home, perhaps branch out and look at non-pole fitness videos, like strength and flexibility training, and make a playlist for those. (With the amount of good videos available on Youtube, you should never have to waste money on fitness DVDs!)
2. Write notes on the videos you save
If you are watching a video and find something you like, use the “Add to” function to add the video to a playlist of your choice. To make it easier to remember why you added the video to that list, add a note where you mark down what you wanted to remember (was it a specific spin you want to learn, or maybe just a good section of floor work?), and make sure to add the time this happened in the video. This way you don’t have to waste time later trying to remember why you saved a certain video, and since you have the timestamp noted down, you can skip straight to the good stuff next time you watch it.
3. Use the Watch Later function
This is really a very simple tip, but I find myself using it all the time. If someone posts a video on Facebook or you come across something in the sidebar of Youtube or in your subscription feed and you don’t have the time to watch the video right away, press the little clock symbol in the bottom right corner of the video, and it will be added to your Watch Later playlist.
4. Subscribe to more channels than you think necessary
While I recommend for everyone to subscribe to the pole stars (Alethea, Jenyne, Marlo – all the big ones), it’s from the smaller accounts that I get the most inspiration, because as much as I would love to dance like Marlo, I need to watch dancers that are closer to my level. If you find a video you like make sure to subscribe to the user who uploaded it, and you’ll keep getting fresh new videos right in your home feed. Subscribing to people on Youtube is way less scary than friending someone on Facebook, so don’t ever worry about going overboard – everyone wants exposure, or they wouldn’t be on Youtube.
5. Don’t be afraid to comment!
There have been times when I have seen awesome tricks in videos, but not really understood how the dancer got into it, either because the angle was wrong, the lighting was bad, or because the dancer was just moving too darn fast for me to grasp it. If this happens, leave a comment on the video asking if the dancer could possibly explain the trick, or upload a video of the trick on its own. I’ve had several girls respond to my comments, which has lead to learning some cool new tricks (anyone remember The Lover from the April soiree last year?), and making pole friends from across the world. Youtube is a community, and 99% of the pole dancers who upload their videos are every bit as friendly, helpful and supportive as the ones we surround ourselves with at Vertical Fusion
Please leave a link to your own YouTube channel, or perhaps to some of your favorites!