The dynamic of doing a team performance is so different than performing in a club. People get so exited by the acrobatics of it all! And you don't have to hustle and talk to them:-) Women are totally cheering you on as well. Oh and how can I forget: I performed without heels, not only without heels but without SHOES!! I have never never ever pole danced without heels. Hell! I prefer boots over heels! I relied on boots. But this was the best thing that has happened to my dancing. (I actually wore these sort of sticky, shiny leg warmers that protected my ankles from bruising and helped with my grip a little). The benefits from training the last 6 weeks without heels are 1.) my posture is better, I saw from photos I can still look tallish (I'm so not) without heels, 2.) I am now confident in my muscles holding me up and not my boot heels, 3.) I realized I was doing some stupidly dangerous dismounts relying on my boots like I was and 4.) my inverts and iguana lifts are now done with my core and hip flexors, not by jumping/kicking up. I have become a stronger dancer.
So, all the above is why I havent' written lately. I'll get off my feet and sit on my ass so I can catch up!