Last year I made a conscious effort to train both sides. I even went back to basics in the studio, joining a lower class to work on inside and outside leg hangs and simple combos.
And I can finally say, that it’s starting to pay off!
If you’re an advanced pole dancer you will know that many combos at higher levels require you to interchange with both sides. To land on your good side split, you might need to start on a goofy side leg hang. Or to make sure your strong arm is in the right place in your ayesha, you will need to hook your goofy leg at the beginning of the sequence.
Essentially, you should have no good and bad side for the fundamental moves. Super human pole dancers seem to be able to do everything on both sides, but let’s stick to the basics for now.
The list of moves I was working through for both sides is as follows:
- floor spins (chair spin, angel, back grab, front hook etc) – left hand high, right hand high
- climbs – left leg in front, right leg in front
- straddle – both sides
- layback – left leg on top, right leg on top
- hangback – cross knee release and cross ankle release
- hello boys / wrist seat – left hand high, right hand high
- inside leg hang – both sides
- outside leg hang – both sides
- cupid – both sides
- pike – both sides
- butterfly – both sides
- shoulder mount – both sides
- brass monkey – both sides
I’d also like to add that training both sides for these fundamental moves also helps you remember the contact points and important components of their technique. Sometimes we have learned a move so long ago we’ve filed it in muscle memory and are less aware off what our bodies are doing to hold on. Relearning the basics was also a great mental exercise in discovering what my body was actually doing in each pose.
I’d like to add jade split, ayesha variations and allegra on both sides this year. Especially after seeing the fruits of my labour for the list above in the last few months.
Surprisingly my shoulder mount on both sides was easier than an outside leg hang and cupid. Even my goofy brass monkey seemed to stick more often! It’s taken a long time to feel secure hanging by my goofy leg. But then today .… break through!
Cupid on both sides, so secure, no hands! Success!
So please persist! It hurts, there are bruises, but you will get there! It will help your body feel more balanced and it will make advanced combos so much less scary when you are asked to land in a goofy leg hang!