Getting Lucky

I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty picky on progression, safety and control with pole moves. After all, I’ve ranted about it quite a few times now ๐Ÿ˜›

But have I always been that way?

Probably not as much as you may think.

You see, like most polers, I love tricks. I think learning new tricks is inspiring, encouraging and powerful. I also tend to believe that I’m pretty strong (a bit cocky, yes).

Practice Fun

Practice Fun

What took me a long time to learn, is that simply being strong isn’t enough for pole dancing. You need to have a really powerful mind muscle connection, understand (truly) each movement and be able to be strong on the pole. Which is often very different from lifting.

Pole dancing can really be anything that you make it. There are ways to cheat most moves and for some people, that works. Skipping progressions, pushing just a bit more and sheer determination can often land you a move that you probably shouldn’t be doing.

Essentially, you’re getting lucky.


The truth is, it’s been injuries more than anything, that have taught me that landing a move when you’re not ready, isn’t always worth it.

There are a few moves in particular that I look back at now and cringe at the pictures. My first few Elbow Grip Ayesha is one of them.


I worked on this move forever without being taught how to properly do it. I eventually “got it” or got into it as much as I wanted to at the time. Looking at the picture though, is petrifying to me. My arms are not activated, my hips are in the wrong spot placing my center of gravity too close to the pole and my legs are too extended at my hips.

The truth is, I simply found a semi secure balance point and got lucky.

The same is true of the straight edge picture below.

Straight Edge

Because I’m moderately strong, I’m able to half-ass my way through the moves using grip strength and partial balance. Can I breathe in the move? No. Can I hold it? No. Is it petrifying to come in to? Yes. All of those answers lead me to say that I simply got lucky.

While getting lucky may seem like the best thing in the world- I mean after all, you did do the move- it’s an easy way to injure yourself. The bottom line is that you’re simply not ready (due to strength, muscle activation or knowledge) to be in that move. You’ll experience more from the move (and progress further), meaning you’ll be able to hold it, enjoy it, transition to and from it by learning it safely and properly instead of winging it.

So instead of getting lucky, work for it. Not landing a move the first time you try it isn’t the end of the world. While it may seem discouraging, if you like the move enough you’ won’t hesitate to dedicate some time to it.

A year in the making

A year in the making

In the end, take a step back and don’t “get lucky”, but master the move instead. Understand it’s principals, the mechanics and the activation needed to truly rock the trick.

Happy Dancing ๐Ÿ™‚