I think it helped that I got to perform on carpet for once. Usually at performances the pole is on a hard and painful surface, making exotic floorwork on your knees and back uncomfortable and best and painfully bruising at worst. This time I had a soft surface so I felt uninhibited and I was able to transition smoothly from the pole to the floor and never once have to be limited by what might be otherwise painful on a hard floor.
Another factor that helped was a new song that one of my advanced students introduced me to. It's called "Closer" by the Kings of Leon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8AvtYJDBoA It has a slow, grindy, sexy, haunted and swirly gothy music track but with deep, soulful, blues like singing. I can only guess as to the what the lyrics mean but it seems to indicate his love for this woman has been brewing like a storm over the sea and he can feel the tension in the air as he chases her and the storm comes closer and closer. To add a ghostly feel to it, he admits he has been chasing her for 2,000 years. For pole dancing as an art form, your pole and the floor are just your canvas. But it's your body and the music that combine into a deep and moving palette of colors with which to paint your emotions, feelings and desires. That song pulled out a few desires I didn't even know I could dance with.