|The trick starts like this, me hanging by one leg. Then I take the leg that is behind me and bring it around and cross it over the leg that is hanging on to the pole...||Then I flip my body around, without ever using my hands, to face forward like this. The transition is smooth and hands free.|
I have to tell you how amazing it was to do this for the first time. I watched my coach do it and said, "Hey, I think I can do that." I didn't have her instruct me, I just asked her if she was crossing one leg over the other during the transition. When she told me "yes" I went ahead and got into the upside down by one leg position on the pole. Then, hardly knowing what I was doing or if I was doing it right, I crossed one leg over the other. Okay...still hanging...haven't fallen yet. Then I just braced myself mentally for the possibility of falling, let my arms continue to hang down over my head, and flipped by body around to face the pole. It probably took less than a second but it seemed like eternity as I waited to see if the ground rushed toward me. It didn't. And I gasped as I realized I was still hanging from the pole, but in that entirely new position. Exhilarated, I purposely slid down the pole by my legs into a hand stand. Then I dismounted, jumped up and squealed, "I can't believe I just did that! Oh my god that was so fun! I can't believe I just did that!!"
That was Wednesday night. Needless to say, I've been anxiously awaiting some free time tonight so I can practice the new tricks. And note how big the muscles are on my thighs now (that lump on the back of my thigh is all muscle). The more tricks I learn, the more muscles I develop. Learning pole dancing, whether a beginner or learning advanced tricks like these, is like a race between having fun, being excited all the time about it, and developing a better and better body.