What is your favorite Pole Trick? What is your Nemesis Pole Trick? What did you have to practice forever? Which trick were you especially proud of when you finally achieved it? Our Pole journeys are drawn by endless hours of training and on this journey, we develop different feelings towards various Pole tricks. There are Pole tricks that remind us of our first class, our first success. Some Pole tricks remind us of incredible pain or maybe an injury. Other Pole tricks evoke a specific song, others a performance and the feelings that we had performing. But every Pole trick also stands for a specific phase during our Pole journey and here is my Pole life in tricks.
When I started Pole Sport, I had almost no strength at all. It took me forever until I could climb the Pole and I did not even dare to think about going overhead. So which Pole tricks remain that a Beginner finds cool and worthy enough to train, that do not involve going upside down? Exactly – the Lean Back. In almost no time, I became a Lean Back Pro and performed so many Lean Backs that I could not sit anymore because my tailbone hurt like hell. The Lean Back was my first trick that showed me how, even though out of necessity, repeating a move 1000 times affects the body and the trick. Because, of course, I could not get properly out of the Lean Back neither, all the coming up again gave me some good abs, and soon I was able to do a clean invert. But until then, I even built an entire choreography for our Studio Opening around the Lean Back and without going upside down . I was very proud of myself and was convinced that I would knock my boyfriend off his socks.
Approximately one year later, I learned the Yogini. In my initial Pole years, I trained without any structure and did exactly what I ‘forbid’ my students nowadays – collecting tricks. Luckily, I was not particularly strong and always quite quickly at my limit. Again, I had seen the Yogini somewhere and because I am naturally quite flexible in my back, I got it quickly after a few attempts. Immediately, the Yogini became my favorite Aha-trick which I included in every combo and choreography to woo the audience. Actually, I have a pretty low threshold of pain and I am not very good at working through pain, but somehow the Yogini is not that painful for me. So to me, the Yogini is THE one move where I for one time in my Pole journey clenched my teeth. My favorite dialogue? Oh my God, does it not hurt like hell? – Naah, it is not that bad ;)
The next milestone in my Pole career was the Twisted Grip Handspring/Aysha. I studied in England for a semester and joined the Pole Society at the University. I was in heaven with all my new Pole friends and felt absolutely blown away by the English Pole style. One day, a girl came to train with us, which actually did not do Pole Sport, but was on the Cheerleading World Cup team. We shared a Pole, trained a little together and, of course, everything was super easy for her. Suddenly, she performed a Twisted Grip Handspring like it was nothing. She was so strong and flexible, I would say that she just dropped into it. I immediately wanted to do that, too. Handsprings are the dream of every Pole beginner and everyone wishes to learn them as soon as possible. I still needed about 4 more months before I could perform a clean Handspring and the path to it was quite frustrating. To me, the Handspring meant the transition from Pole beginner to advanced. It also proves how much strength and technique I have built up since my first Pole days. However, a handspring still awes me and through this move, for the first time, I have truly understood how important correct and save training is. The handspring was the end of my trick-collection-phase and the beginning of my rather-slow-and-secure-phase which still lasts on.
For a long time, I have only done Pole Sport and had no palate for dancing, even though I actually danced during my whole childhood and youth. Yet, during my first performance (the Studio Opening) I walked around and around the Pole in the same direction, waiting for the music entry to climb the Pole again (and to perform more Lean Backs). Watching the video again today, I would like to cry a little. The DipSpin/Step Around means my transition from the Pole Sport to Pole Dance world. The step is as simple as it is beautiful and incredibly fun. It offers countless variation possibilities and often is the starting point for great dance choreographies. I cannot believe that I probably performed my first DipSpin about 2 years ago. Today, Pole Sport and Dance are inseparable for me. I can no longer imagine performing Pole tricks without linking them together trough dance or flow movements.
I am nowhere near the end of my Pole journey and I am looking forward to all the Pole tricks out there that are still awaiting me and that will further change my Pole life. I cannot wait to continue to learn, to be inspired, and to flexibly adapt my Pole path. When I look back at my 4 Pole Tricks that changed my Pole life, I feel a sense of pride and melancholy. It is unbelievable what has deeply impressed me back then and unbelievable what I am already able to do today.
What are your Pole tricks to which you have a very special bond? Which Pole trick that changed your Pole life? What do you recall and what would you prefer to forget? What were you particularly proud of back then that makes you laugh today?