Whether you’re a novice weightlifter, an expert rock climber, a professional gymnast, or a full-time pole dancer, we all have stumbled upon this one question: “Are gym chalk and climbing chalk the same?” As much as your gut instincts are telling you that chalk is chalk, we need to first understand what all this “chalk” is really about.
There are plenty of things that can go wrong in a pole routine. Maybe you have a wardrobe malfunction, you forget your place like I did during a competition, or—worst of all—you fall. When you’re performing and you make a mistake, you might want to let out an expletive or stop or even get up and run off the stage. But, as they say in theatre, the show must go on! Here are my top five tips for handling mistakes onstage: