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OG Trickin’ — the chopper

OG Trickin’ — the chopper

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Say hello to the helicopter/chopper/inverted V/inverted straddle The chopper is the hobgoblin of many a poler. I struggled with it for a long time before I built the strength to go into it with control and hold myself there. A basic that’s not so basic First and foremost, bear in mind that this is not
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Get the most from workshops or private lessons

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ZOMG [insert polebrity name here IS COMING TO MY HOME STUDIO TO TEACH The excitement of getting the chance to work with your favorite poler . . . may quickly be followed by the fear that you won’t be up to the task. Never fear! Here are a few things I’ve learned taking workshops and/or
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Flow, Fluidity, and Finding Yourself

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Feeling like a spider on skates? You’re not alone. Most new(er) dancers — including me, when I’d just started out — ask this question (in fact, I continually ask myself this question) at some point: how can I become more fluid? Me: the perpetually awkward dancer I remember watching some of the greats and thinking
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Creating combinations=problem-solving Anyone who pole dances knows that it’s not about the tricks you can do, but how you incorporate them into a dance. And that, my friends, means you need to work on combination building. The Accidental Transition. For me, ideas for transitions have often come from necessity. I get pretzeled up in a
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SPIN MODE MADNESS

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It’s about to get SPINNY in here! Since my last post was focused on spin pole basics, I figured I might as well follow up with some more spin pole goodness. Here are some of my best tips! A spin mode golden rule: when working on spin mode, you MUST think ahead! 1) The direction
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Spin pole basics — what you *need* to know

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Spin pole basics — what you *need* to know This is a follow on to last weeks post about conditioning exercises for spin pole. Golden Rules of Spin Pole –Body and appendages close to pole=fast, away from pole=less fast. This is THE #1 spin pole rule. It can save you from barfalicious moments. It can
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Spin It To Win It – Three Great Spin Pole Conditioning Exercises

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Spin Pole=WHEEEEEE! Hopping on a spinny pole is kind of like an awesome carnival ride. It’s SUPER FUN. Spin Pole-WHEW! Hopping on a spinny pole can also be EXHAUSTING if your body isn’t conditioned for it. Strike a Pose One of the cool things about spinny pole is that you can get into a pretty
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Pole Basics: FREESTYLING

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“Freestyling ain’t no trick, and it sure ain’t no pole basic“ I know what you’re thinking. Pffffft. How can you call freestyling a pole basic? It isn’t a trick. It’s just dancing …. isn’t it? And the answer is: nope. Freestyling, that is to say gaining the ability to “just dance” and then doing so,
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Pole Basics: Amazing Outside Leg Hangs

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The Intermediate Poler Blues Intermediate pole dancers often seem to get frustrated because they feel like they “can’t do anything.” What they mean is they can’t fonji, or iron X, or do a flawless flag deadlift into a janeiro. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: “I can’t do anything” couldn’t be
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Five Pirouette Exercises to Improve Your Fluidity

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Fluidity For The Win Developing a personal dance style and gaining fluidity is something near and dear to many pole dancers. And what are the best ways to do those things? Well, there’s no single “right” answer … but drilling basics through repetitive exercises certainly wont hurt. The goal is to be able to bust
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