I really don't like it when I have to take extended breaks from practice. It's like I have to claw my way back to my previous skill level. And I usually prefer to learn a new trick every time I practice rather than just spending all my time practicing the old ones (although that part is very important too). That's what keeps me motivated to continue pole dancing, the power and wonder of surpassing my previous limitations and discovering more and more acrobatic skill that I never thought I had.
I was genuinely surprised and delighted tonight at how well I did the snake move without boots on to help my grip. I managed not only to grip the pole tight enough with my ankles to suspend my body weight, but I was able to do it with my toes pointed! Normally I need my PVC boots to grip the pole. Unfortunately I completely blew the helicopter spin over and over again. For some reason I keep leaning my side into the pole like you have to do when suspending upside down from only one leg (and no hands). Only with the helicopter move, touching your side to the pole will completely put the breaks on your spin and also give you a lovely little pole burn. I skinned myself a bit even. Sometimes a move or two is just off and I'll execute it perfectly next time. But I won't be practicing it in public until I do.
I also went into an upside down trick so familiar and so much less advanced than a more recent no hands trick I just learned, that I was overconfident. I learned my lesson. Never assume that because you can do a much more advanced trick that you can just breeze through a different, somewhat easier trick without much thought. I did not have a good grip on the pole with my leg and my one hand when I tried to reach my other hand toward the floor. I ended up sliding down the pole when the move required me to suspend without downward movement. Fortunately for me this happened in a carpeted room without an audience to disappoint. I won't make that mistake again. From now on even the moves I have advanced beyond are to be revered and executed carefully. As it should be. Every move is beautiful and deserves my full attention.