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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jaw Dropping Pole Dance Moves, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Miss Fit Academy's Jaw Dropping Pole Dance Moves! Feast your eyes on the best of the pole dancing world!  It's always amazing to see how pole tricks grow in our community. New generations of pole dancers bring new creativity and, thus, the circle of pole dance is complete.  

Here are a few moves that have recently evolved into our common cannon of badassitude.
  • See part one for more amazing feats of flexibility, artistry and strength.

The Fish Hook
Also known as: Bendy Diva Diva

The Fish Hook by Dalila Pacheco

The Lay Back is often scary to students new to the move, but look at what you can do with it! The Fish Hook is doubly scary because, once you've mastered laying back with all the strength and skin of your inner thighs, you then have to release them! Before you do that, a flag pole grip is the sturdiest hold to trust your weight to so you can shift your weight away from the pole (more scary!) and catch with the toes on one foot. Grasp the other toes above the head if possible, or push away from the pole as shown above, if you're in the market to make your already scary-awesome move even more terrifying.

The Knee Hold
Also known as: Oooooouch, my knees!
Knee Hold pole dance move
Jessica Anderson-Gwinn doing a Knee Hold

In order for the knee hold to find it's way into your repertoire, you need two things:

1) patience
2) a masochistic streak

Your shins take a real beating while learning the knee hold. In particular, the bottom knee, right below the knee cap, will hold all of your weight.  It's because of this that the knee hold can take so long to learn- once or twice in a practice session is enough to feel like you've dented your leg permanently.  Perseverance will pay off as the pain does go away after you get used to it.  Hook one knee, pull up and brace your other knee against the pole (often with feet hooked behind your back.) Thrust your hips forward and slowly release the pole as you extend your body perpendicular to the pole.

Russian Split
Also known as: Only the Russian Split
Russian Split pole dance move
Jessica Anderson-Gwinn doing a Russian Split
The Russian split is often seen from the floor and is deceptively hard from the get go.  Even on the ground this split is hard to wrap your head around as you're upside down and being pulled head-first off the pole.  It's enough to make the strongest pole dancer take a few deep breaths.  Translate that onto the pole and you're looking at a competition- grade move sure to stop the greener students in their tracks! To show how hard this is, we give you this guy.

Also known as: Praying to the Pole Gods, The Figurehead
"I'm king of the world"
This silhouette is stunning.  It conjures up images of spirituality and majestic bulkheads.  The figure does lose some of it's dignity when seen from the back, though, as your butt cheeks need to hug the pole if you have any hope of holding on.  Wrapping at least one foot around the bottom of the pole will take some of the strain off your tailbone and bulk up that callous on the top of your foot (You know the one we mean.)

Got a move that you think is amazing?  Tell us about it in the comments!

-written by JLK

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