Intermediate Level Pole Dance Moves

Elbow Grip

The Elbow Grip uses the meaty inside part (the “crook”) of the elbow to wrap the pole, locking your weight in against the pole. This is typically demonstrated in inverted moves such as Ayesha and Jade, or as a variation to Split Grip, or even as an alternative to Baseball Grip in upright spins.

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Foot Mount

The Foot Mount is a core move in getting your weight lifted from the ground and onto the pole, much like the Basic Foot Hold. It is widely used to modify moves for an extra point of contact, or as a unique way to climb the pole.

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Forearm Grip Shelf

The Forearm Grip Shelf is crucial in many inverted moves, from layback flips to brass monkey, to forearm grip Ayesha and beyond. Most common in inverted moves, it can provide a nice fulcrum for your body, just like anchor grip can in a climb. In other moves, like Janeiro, this top arm can serve well as a shelf to balance your bodyweight. The bottom arm takes a lesson from Split Grip, where the pointer finger should be pointed and only slightly wrapped around the pole to provide the best wrist alignment.

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Hello Boys

Hello Boys is a great move to add a little flare to any pole dance routine. It can be performed quickly to provide a “pop” of motion with the legs, or slowly and sensually, depending on the style you prefer.

Performed from a wrist sit, we recommend that you are comfortable in your pole sits before attempting this move, as it can be uncomfortable. Leg flexibility can be “faked” here, but the more active flexibility you have in your hip flexors and the better your middle splits are, the more impressive this move becomes!

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Hip Hold

The hip hold is a subtle but crucial hold. In the inverted Jade Split, for example, the hip hold is a main point of contact with the pole, so proper implementation is important. Without rotating the hips, you will struggle to stay on the pole and risk slipping.

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