The whole process of learning a move on my own in spite of my learning disability really boosted my confidence (shattering your own barriers will do that), which carried over into a fantastic session with my next student this afternoon. She had a lot of trouble with the spins in my regular group classes and just couldn't get them. I was feeling great after learning and teaching the new trick, and I passed that feeling on to her. Even though she only paid for an hour session with me, I worked with her for a full hour and a half (no extra charge) until she was spinning like a pro! Yes!!
I was still spilling over with confidence from figuring out and learning the butt wiggle (which I now have renamed with the more dignified name: butt figure eights) that for the first time ever I had the courage to try crawling backward up the pole...and I did it! Mind you not gracefully, and not in a skilled way. But damn I actually hung upside down and pushed up the pole backwards until my toes touched the ceiling. Video of it below the cut:
This is not graceful yet, I just figured this out today and need some time to smooth it out and make it look nice. But watch my toes reach the ceiling!