INTERVIEW WITH JENNY FROMM SEHLSTEDT
Our instructor and amazingly talented friend Jenny has strength and flexibility that makes every trick look effortless. We are so happy that she wanted to participate in this interview to share some fun facts about her and also some really good exercises for pole dancing. If you want to get more inspiration, follow her on her Instagram @movement_by_jenny_ . Enjoy!
Name: Jenny Fromm Sehlstedt
From: Umeå, Sweden
Occupation: Artist and running a training business (Shapes In balance)
Have you always worked with dancing or have you had any other job prior?
I have worked with musicals and showcases my whole adult life. Only these last years have I started working more with fitness and health which both have become a big passion of mine.
What is your favourite part about working as a dancer and what part is the most challenging?
Getting to work with what I love, being creative and always challenging myself to keep improving. I also love when I can see that people get touched and happy by my performance. There is simply never a dull day at work. The downside is that you always have to be in top shape and don’t really have time for recovery. It is also difficult to plan your future when you don’t know what the next six months will hold. But with time you learn to deal with that as well by staying relaxed and by living in the present.
Any advice for someone who wants to work full-time with dancing?
Have a broad repertoire and learn as many different styles as possible, preferably also singing. There are so many more opportunities if you can sing and know different dancing styles. Work hard and don’t give up.
Where do you find inspiration for your choreographies?
Music, youtube, performances and to train myself and simply improvise.
Tell us about a time when a performance went wrong. How did it feel and how did you save the situation?
A few times I’ve done some weird clothing mistakes since I tend to be a little clumsy when I’m unfocused. For example when I performed at Rock of Ages I had a super quick change of clothes. One evening I made the change and continued onto stage where I met my colleague who burst out laughing. Apparently a hanger had fallen down and gotten stuck in my shirt and I kept dancing around with the hanger stuck to my back. I think it was mostly fun for my colleagues since I had no idea at the time, and the audience probably did not understand what was so funny.
When did you start pole dancing and how come you started?
It was at my own bachelorette party back in 2010 and I was completely taken by the sport. I had never tried it before and therefore thought it was only moving the hips and moving around the pole. At the end of that class, my friends had to drag me out of the studio. Got the question after that class if I was interested teaching and soon thereafter I went to an instructor course.
What is the best thing about pole dance?
The mix of flexibility, strength and that you can train in so many different ways. And of course the high one gets when you learn new things you never thought possible.
Are you interested in competing in pole?
No, to me personally Pole is an art form.
Do you have any pole goals at the moment?
To get some more time for my own training when I get away from an intense job period.
JENNY’S 3 BEST EXERCISES TO BUILD STRENGTH FOR POLE DANCE
In Pole dance, it is important to be strong in shoulders, core and back. The most common injuries are shoulder damages so I have selected some exercises to strengthen the shoulders, back, shoulder blades and core.
1. Push-up to a point
Place your feet on the ball and put yourself in a plank position. Activate the stomach, do a push-up and then pull the butt up to the ceiling. An easier option is to do a push-up and then just pull your knees toward your stomach.
2. Four-legged plank
Stand on all fours and have your hands under your shoulders and knees below the hips. Activate the stomach and lift the knees from the ground. Squeeze the shoulder blades and pull the shoulders back and then lift them up again and widen the back. An easier alternative is to put the knees down on the floor and just work the shoulder blades. 12 x 3
3. Reversed flies lying down
Lie on the stomach resting the forehead on the yoga mat. Lift out the arms to the sides with straight arms and rotate thumbs up to the ceiling. 10 x 3