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No progress in Pole Dance. Why can’t one do pole tricks?

Hello! Have you ever had a pole trick that just doesn’t work? It seems that you already know the technique, how to get into it, the trainer told you everything in detail or you watched a cool tutorial, but still nothing comes of it. You try again and again, fall, slip, endure pain, rise up, maybe get angry and try again.

Personally, I am very familiar with this situation. I remember how I used to freak out when a trick didn’t work. Often times, others can do it, but not you. It’s not fair, right? But in fact, there is a completely logical explanation in most cases. And I want to tell you how you can get close to solving this problem.

In general, there are various reasons why the same trick doesn’t work for multiple people or why one person has a hard time with different tricks. But there are also common points worth paying attention to.

First, you may simply be lacking grip. That is, the trick will not work because the hands slip or because the body is too dry or too moist. This topic is very big, and I will definitely do a separate video about it because I have something to say. But let’s assume for now that it’s not about the grip. You hold on well, but the trick still doesn’t work.

The second point is that the element simply does not yet suit you in terms of your level, strength, or flexibility. I think you’ll agree it’s strange to complain that a child has not yet learned how to jump or do a cartwheel if they don’t even walk yet, only crawl. The same with a pole – when you are trying to do a difficult trick that is not yet available to the body in terms of strength or is not suitable for the technical level – it’s strange. Although someone may be upset that they have come to a pole class for the second time, and still haven’t done a flag. Of course, this problem usually does not occur in such an exaggerated form, but in many studios, in my opinion, students are given complex elements too early. In teaching Pole Dance, the sequence of learning tricks from simple to complex is important, and in fact, mistakes in this are the main reason why this or that difficult element doesn’t work in the future.

The thing is that the intermediate or advanced level element may not work due to mistakes in the beginner-level tricks. Because someone hasn’t properly learned basic element technique. This may sound strange, but let me explain with examples.

Let’s take Flag as an example. To do it with confidence, first, you need to learn an excellent wide grip – learn to emphasize with your lower arm, keep your elbow in the correct position, and also keep your posture. Then, it would be nice to train the leg position in Straddle, Chopper, or shoulder stand. The Walkie Talkie trick helps a lot as a conditioning exercise for the Flag. Then it is important to work out the position of the arms and body, which can be done in Scorpio. Then we move on to the Clothespin and Butterfly tricks. For the swing entry into Flag, it is also important to first practice simpler swing entries, for example, into Chopper. And if you try to do the Flag trick when all of the above have been worked on, then you will do it faster and, most importantly, it will be technical and confident, safe, because in fact, you have worked on all of its parts, individual positions in other elements.

So, a competent step-by-step transition to the next level will make it very easy and comfortable to master complex elements.

Let’s take another example. This is a power Chopper that many beginners struggle with. If you teach it in the first lessons without any conditioning you will most likely get a discouraged student who will jump, suffer, push, and get upset because it doesn’t work. But if you first prepare the body in terms of strength in exercises without a pole: work on the abs, back, lifting the legs like in Chopper, then give conditioning exercises with a pole: raise the knees while holding on with a narrow power grip, lying with a pole in the armpit and a bunch of other variations. Learn Fan trick with a narrow power grip that prepares you for Chopper, especially its slow and controlled execution. So, gradually, step by step, approach the Chopper, each time complicating the conditioning exercises, and approaching a complete element.

Look, the general plan here is this: in general, each element, including fashionable Insta pieces on the pole, consists of one or another grip, hook, body position. And if you don’t work on these components to perfection in advance, if there are gaps in this, then the whole trick will not work, no matter how hard you try. Or it will turn out sloppy, with you barely holding on. How many times have I seen girls try to do some kind of a trick with a knee grip, while the leg is barely bent, there is a hole between the knee and the pole, and there is essentially no grip. It happens with all the technical nuances. They need to be worked on as a part of the very boring base that students want to quickly jump over in order to start figuring out complex tricks, take pictures of them, and post them on Instagram. 

However, it is the basic elements that will teach you to perfectly control your posture in simple positions, teach you to be clean, and will help you master all the necessary grips and holds that are necessary for the coolest things you are striving for.

Another reason that a trick may not work is only one-sided pole work. Let’s skip now the reasoning about the health and even development of the body. One-sided work is also bad for mastering any new tricks. Because often in order to complete the element itself on your convenient side, you must enter it through the weak side. Or, to reveal your good split, the trick itself will suggest an uncomfortable hold on the bad side. And trying to immediately wrap your body in an element of intermediate or advanced level on the other side is like a child who skips learning to walk and immediately goes to running or jumping. That is, it is difficult, dangerous, strange.

In general, what I am trying to convey to you is very often the solution to the question of your lack of progress in pole work will be a simple return to basics, so to speak. It won’t take long, because most likely you have already done many of the basic tricks. You just need to repeat them and correct possible errors. Believe me, it’s much easier to fix mistakes on simple elements than trying to even just identify them on more complex ones. It is also easier and more comfortable to connect the uncomfortable side to work from the base. When you start doing this, you may be surprised that some tricks of a more difficult level suddenly start to work out. So, in our online school, some students accidentally go to intermediate level elements while they are at the beginner level. And the right way. And when I myself worked on the basics on both sides, I was surprised how quickly I could learn new tricks. Now, for me, new elements of my level or slightly higher are done on about the second try. I just already know how arms, legs, body work separately. Of course, somewhere there may not yet be enough strength, somewhere flexibility, but on the whole, I can notice and correct it. And by the way, now I teach everything at once on both sides without any problems. I don’t even have any questions, I immediately do it on the other side, taking into account the fact that I trained only one side for several years, not knowing about the existence of another one.

In general, friends, if you really want progress in pole dance, you want cool tricks to work, and your body at the same time to not hurt from one or another micro-injury, then I highly recommend that you go back to basics. Let’s learn to walk first, then jump and dance. You can do it yourself – for this, I have recorded detailed beginner-level video tutorials, they are on our YouTube channel.

But there is one more nuance – unfortunately, not everyone is able to see their mistakes. Sometimes you really need an outside perspective, as well as support, motivation, and control. Therefore, I created an online school , thanks to which I realized that teaching the pole technique is even more convenient online. I show errors using screenshots, over the two years of the existence of the online school, I learned how to do this very easily and quickly. And to make school lessons more interesting, in addition to basic tricks, we analyze combinations, learn to combine spins and tricks on a pole, analyze the basics of musicality and improvisation in the future, so that you learn to dance beautifully to music. I also give new tasks every week, short sets of exercises with and without a pole, various creative tasks. To keep your workouts safe, I teach spotting that anyone, including your non-pole -dancer friend, can handle.

I really want more pole dancers to be able to improve, do cool tricks on the pole while maintaining their health. I really hope the video was helpful. Perhaps it will inspire you to return to simple elements, to work on them on both sides. Rest assured – if practiced correctly, this will certainly lead to progress at your current level. If you want to go through this one with me, then sign up for an online school – watch the video, read reviews. And join us.

Also, comment below what elements you are working on now. You have a great opportunity to express yourself, especially write if you are enraged by this or that trick, which, well, does not work. See you soon 

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