We are half way through the year! I set a goal in the beginning of the year to put out one tutorial every Sunday for 2019. It's been a challenge that I have very much enjoyed rising to. I spent yesterday shooting more tutorials so I will have a few more moves that go together in the next coming weeks.
I am working on ideas for more videos and would love to hear your suggestions. If you have already made one and I haven't done the video yet I am probably waiting until I feel stronger in the move before shooting it. It is coming.
This move called the dangerous brain is one of the OG old school pole dance holds. I haven't even seen anyone do it in years. Maybe it can make a comeback I always thought it looked really cool during a performance. I even show you how to use a crash mat with shoes.
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.
Aviva has been instructing private clients and group classes for over 20 years. Her passion is pole dancing. Her focus is safe, effective training for the purpose of achieving your goal.