Last week I saw her do something I was wishing I could do but never dared try. Having her there gave me the confidence to give it a shot. Positions like this one are pretty easy to get into (once you learn it) by climbing up the pole and wrapping your legs around and just letting go with your hand. If your stomach muscles are strong enough, even the falling over backwards can be done gracefully and easily. However, with a position like this you really have to start with your feet on the floor. It gives you that extra lift up to flip your body upside down when you can push off from the floor. But last Wednesday I watched my coach climb up the pole, let go with her legs and just curl up and shoot her legs over her head to hang upside down from them. I was so inspired I promptly attempted and achieved this move! w00t!
So here's what the combination looks like:
First I climb up the pole and sit up there like this:
Only you have to imagine me there without a precious kitty in my lap.
Then (since I don't have the kitty in my lap) I hold on to the pole and swing my legs up around and over my head. I hook one leg around the pole, let go with my hands, and I'm in this position:
I cross one leg over the other and flip around forward into a position (without using my hands) that looks kind of like the one Chris is doing below:
Now after this I go down the pole (again without hands) and reach over my head until I hit the floor in a hand stand. Then I do some hand stand tricks before dismounting.
I'm wondering if instead of sliding down into a hand stand, if it's possible to flip up somehow and sit up again like this:
Because I know how to flip over backwards like this and it would look cool after the prior tricks above:
I attempted the last part last night. When I was hanging by my legs facing the pole I tried to grab on and flip back right side up. I tried over and over again. One time I let go but my lower body came down so hard (and I wasn't high enough up on the pole) that my feet slammed into the floor much harder than I was prepared for. I don't know if what I'm attempting is even possible. I'm going to ask my pole coach on Wednesday night when we get together.
And while we're on the subject of pole dancing, click here and check this girl out. Absolutely THE most acrobatic pole dancing I have ever seen. She doesn't actually dance. I mean when she's got her feet on the floor you'll see she sort of has two left feet and doesn't know what to do. But it doesn't matter at all because once she's on the pole it just blows you away. Some of those tricks are physically impossible! As for work safeness, she is only dancing in a thong bikini. But it's kinda small and a bit blurry, so I think it's okay to watch at work.