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Since so much of pole dancing is progression–we spend so much time building on existing moves–there is a meaningful toolbelt of moves that every pole dancer should know inside and out, things you should strive to be comfortable in no matter what else you can do:

  • Spins. Obvious? Maybe not. Spins are challenging, and believe it or not there are many pole dancers who almost never spin. I think they’re missing out. There are so many gorgeous spins out in the world, spins that get you to the floor. Spins that get you up off the floor. Spins that transition into climbing. Spins that help you change direction. Spins that are jaw-dropping and have a ton of wow factor. Then of course there are spins that are just pretty spins! 
  • Basic invert and bat/crucifix hang. Also obvious? I have seen plenty of dancers who are doing advanced tricks but who have a shaky bat. I see this as a problem for at least one very important reason: you are lacking a VERY valuable “emergency exit/safe zone” move–there are so many moves that can be quickly transitioned into a bat should you start to lose your grip. It’s so comforting to know that your legs know where to go and how to hold you in a pinch. If your bat isn’t solid, you have fewer options when it comes to bailing from moves.
  • Outside leg hang. A secure grip in your kneepit will get you places. If your outside leg hang is solid, you can transition to any one of the following quickly, easily, and safely:
    • butterfly
    • hip hold
    • jade
    • inside leg hang
    • shooting star
    • marley
    • cupid
    • knee hold
    • hood ornament
    • inverted thigh hold (AKA Tammy)
    • side climb
    • superman
    • you get the point  🙂
  • A solid pole hold. By solid I don’t mean you’re able to hang out and hold your weight for hours on end. I mean that you can hold your weight well enough to move the rest of your body around without losing your muscle engagement or hand grip. 
  • Being able to move your torso from back–>front of the pole in seated poses and inverted poses. If you are confident in your ability to switch your torso position, you can switch one move to another faster than you can say “hey, look what I just did.” Don’t believe me? Climb up your pole, put both legs to the front and keep your torso behind the pole. You’re in a layout. Leave your legs just where they are but sweep your torso to the side and then place it in front of the pole. Boom. Different move. And all you did was move your torso from one side to the other.
  • Being able to move your legs from back–>front of the pole in seated poses and inverted poses. You probably saw this one coming. 🙂  Same principal. If you’re in an inside leg hang, and you can take your free leg from behind the pole to the front, all of a sudden you’re in an inverted thigh hold. From an outside leg hang, push your free leg from back–>front of pole, and you’re ready for all sorts of things. 
You learned the alphabet before you learned to spell, and you learned numbers before you learned to add them together. 

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