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#poledancerproblems — are you frustrated with your pole progress?

#poledancerproblems — are you frustrated with your pole progress?

#poledancerproblems — are you frustrated with your pole progress?

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The nemesis trick. An endless source of frustration.

We all have one. Sometimes it’s related to strength. Sometimes it’s related to fear.
When it comes to a nemesis trick, breaking it down so you know exactly what’s going on in said trick can help a LOT!
In this case — Russian layback AKA serpentine — having confidence in a solid kneepit grip is one huge key.
Courtesy Shannon Williams Photography
Every time I nail a nemesis trick, a whole pack of new nemesis tricks crops up. They just won’t stop coming! Like so many pole dancers, I get frustrated when I don’t feel like I’m making progress on them. And like so many pole dancers, when I start to get frustrated, that frustration often spirals into something really ugly and disruptive.
That’s why it’s important to look at your nemesis trick list with a critical and dispassionate eye. The best way to nail a nemesis trick is to know it inside and out. Be honest with yourself as to what’s going on with your conditioning level. Be honest with yourself as to your fears.
Being honest doesn’t mean you have to pooh-pooh your ability. It means it’s time to get clinical. To step outside yourself and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses from a distance so you can progress past them.
  1. Watch lots of different dancers get into / out of your nemesis move. It may be that the transition you’ve been trying simply isn’t working for your body, but that another will click for you. Take notes. Watch the same dancer in different performances and you might see a move from different angles. You’re learning by immersion. And really, don’t we all need an excuse to watch more pole dancing videos on YouTube? 😉
  2. Think — hard — about what’s happening with your body with unsuccessful attempts. If you don’t know where things are going wrong, you won’t be able to fix anything! Identifying your specific points of failure will also help you identify things to work on. Every move in the world can be broken down into parts — grip points, required engagement, required balance/stability, etc.For example, if you’re struggling with your basic invert, instead of saying “I can’t get the basic invert and I don’t understand why” think about the various parts that go into a basic invert. Are your hands or arms arms are sliding out of position as soon as your hips are in the air? That points to either grip issues or arm/back strength conditioning. Do your feet feel hopelessly grounded? Core conditioning will help with that–and doing true core conditioning (not just abs) will strengthen and stabilize your entire core, which includes your back. And that in turn will help with so many other things down the road.
  3. If you are a beginning or intermediate dancer, stop trying to do advanced or extreme moves. Really, just stop. It’s not yet the time for you to do caterpillar or aysha or handpsprings. Someday they will come!I’m a big believer in training a level above what you’re actually capable of performing. But … show some patience and respect for your body. The very fact that you’re asking it to hold your weight safely and stably on a pole means you’re asking your body to do some very taxing work; allow it to progress at a safe pace, or you risk breaking it down. My point here: know your limitations, and instead of letting them frustrate you, get creative with them. Take this time to perfect transitions into and out of the moves you already know. Experiment with different transitions. Doing moves you know in different ways can help you build strength and flexibility without even realizing it.

As long as there are pole dancers, there will be nemesis tricks. You don’t have the corner on that market, and nor do I. But taking a very clinical and technical approach can often help you make much faster progress when it comes to nemesis tricks. Good luck!

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