This move called the goldrush is really a crucifix with a variation on leg placement. As with crucifix the pole is squeezed between your upper thighs and the pole is in the middle of your body as opposed to off to the side like with a leg hang. As you may be able to see though, you can very easily move your body slightly to the left or right of the pole and depending on which direction you with either be in outside leg hang or inside leg hang. This move is very versatile.
I seem to say a lot that this move is transitional. It's true, some moves are strictly transitional but someone decided it had to have a name so now it is a stand alone move. I'm okay with that, I remember when I had no idea how people even did a stalled chopper.* I hope that I am giving you building blocks. Yes I have thrown in moves that really do stand alone and are really challenging to do. Sooner rather than later many more of those are coming we are not yet half way through the year.
Feel free to comment on here or directly on the videos, ask for advice, set up a private lesson or request a specific tutorial move. I have had a few suggestions I very much intend to shoot if I have not already, I am preparing for them. Some I may not feel I am ready to memorialize on video just yet because I am healing injuries and relearning how to move.
*A chopper is usually a spin done on static pole. Static means the hold of legs being up and in pike position is achieved but spin is not.
Shoulder mount has been around for a long time. You pose against the pole, then pull yourself up and into something on the pole in the air. Sometimes the position you end up in after lifting puts you in the perfect spot to do something else, sometimes like with the death lay shoulder mount is the only way to get into it.
I've shown 3 different hand positions for shoulder mount because not everyone is comfortable with the cup grip and the princess grip takes a lot of shoulder rotation that should not be done on an injured or otherwise unhealthy joint.
The third way with the funky hand grip should be the least taxing on the shoulders.
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With the basic spin there is always one foot on the floor. It is used to transition from one position on the pole or from facing one direction to facing another direction. There are many add-ons to the basic spin, one of them I show you in this video, the back hook spin. This can be used to get to the floor for some floor work or you can land on your feet to continue pole work.
Note: this spin can also be paired with the pirouette, a spin I taught in early May.
This move was just something to do after you iguana lifted and held pencil for a while. Okay before I get down I'll hook my foot into this split thingy.
Then there was this shot.
With this one shot this move became a favorite.
Angles are everything and I'm not sure I like it as much on the other side so there may not be a place in every performance for it. Due to the angle factor I have found that I like the result the most when I lift up into pencil from the floor like in the first part of the video. I do show how to do it from the air because every move has at least 2 ways to get into it and I try to show as many ways as I can.
Violator. This move is also called the violator. I could not remember that in the video and actually only came across someone's posting with that name of it in the last 2 weeks hence the timing for the last 2 tutorials. They kind of go together because they are similar but like all moves that are alike, just because you can do one doesn't mean you'll have an easy time doing the other.
Even though I say in the video that the pole is where you think it is you still want to try to be off to one side or the other and make sure to put the pole on the fattest part of your butt that you can.
This move is a staple for stage performance. It is more about sitting on your arm/wrist than smashing your leg against the pole, however if anything is to be pushed into the pole make sure it is your leg.
The top hand is the most important, be sure to grip well. Before you try to pull your bottom hand off the pole it is helpful to pull your body back in towards the pole with your top hand to alleviate some of the pressure on the bottom hand. This will make it much easier to get the hand out of the way.