Low and behold my friends, last night for the first time ever, I hung upside down by only one leg. No hands. No second leg. Just me being inspired by pictures of Carmen pole dancing and figuring out how to do it on my very own.
I've decided to demystify the trick for my own notes. Those who want to know how it's done are welcome to take a look.
</center>I'm using Carmen's picture to illustrate the trick. While it looks like she's hanging upside down by just one leg, she is suspended by applying pressure to the pole at three different points on her body. And each point is in an opposite direction, locking her to the pole. The arrows show the exact direction of pressure her body is applying to the pole:
1. The outside of the right calf is applying pressure (in the direction of the arrow).
2. The inside of her right thigh is applying pressure in the opposite direction of calf.
3. And finally her right side, between her hip and her arm, is applying pressure in the opposite direction of her thigh.
I lock my upper body a little higher than Carmen does. The area of my side just under my arm locks against the pole. This frees my hands and my other leg and I can suspend without sliding downward.
I was so excited when I realized I could do this trick that once I got down from the pole I was actually jumping up and down. I did it! It may be a while before I can do this trick at the Vogue. Right now I've only done it a couple times on a non-rotating stationary pole. Like all tricks, it will take some time, trial and error to learn to transfer it to a free rotating/spinning pole like the one at the Vogue. But I can't wait to show off the new trick!