Pole Dance Move Dictionary

Welcome to the PolePedia Pole Dance Move Dictionary!

In this section of the website, you can browse a variety of pole dance moves and tricks based on classification or skill level.

Want to browse all pole dance spins? Select “spin” from the menu below. Want to see all beginner-level pole tricks? Select “beginner” from the menu.

It’s really as easy as that.

You can also search for your favorite moves in the search bar below. We are always improving and adding to our move dictionary, and that includes alternative move names – so if you don’t see something you’re looking for, please let us know!

Much love, and happy poling, from the PolePedia team!

Introductory Pole Dance Moves

Introductory pole dance moves include everything you need to know to practice safe pole dancing movements and motions. Building your own mental knowledge base is essential for training safely, whether you are practicing in a studio, club, or at home. In this section, you’ll find various hand grips, safety information, and more tricks to help you build your pole education base.

Beginner Pole Dance Moves

In the section about beginner pole dance moves, you’ll find moves that you would typically start with in a studio. Here, you’ll find a variety of pole tricks and floorwork moves; spins, slides, legwork, climbs – everything you need for a solid foundation moving into intermediate pole dance moves.

Intermediate Pole Tricks

Now that you’ve mastered the beginner moves and you’ve built up enough strength to start practicing intermediate pole tricks, it’s time that we get a little more complex with our movements. If you’re not certain whether you’re capable of doing a move, don’t worry – each move will have a list of pre-requisite moves, motions, or grips that you need to be comfortable with first.

Advanced Pole Tricks

Advanced pole tricks are for the pole dancer who has aced the intermediate moves. You feel strong and confident in several keystone intermediate pole tricks, and beginner pole moves are a walk in the park. This is the next level up from intermediate, with fewer points of contact and more audience-wowing feats.

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Beginner Invert Trick

Butterfly Handstand

Difficulty: Beginner Category: Tricks, Pose, Inverted Type: With heels / Without heels Points of Contact: 2 Also Known As: Handstand Pre-requisite Moves: N/A This butterfly handstand is a great way to prep before learning butterfly aerially as it allows you to...

Intermediate Trick

Teddy

Teddy is a a versatile trick that can be used in exotic routines with wide legs, or in artistic performances by modifying the leg positioning.

Intermediate Trick

Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey is a great intermediate trick to help you get more comfortable with inverted moves. It presents a comfortable leg-hand style grip to set up a wide range of inverted moves and creates a beautiful transition itself.

Advanced Invert

Shoulder Mount

The Shoulder Mount is an important step in your pole dancing journey that unlocks a new set of movements and allows you to start putting your own spin on different entrances to inverted moves

IntroductoryTransition

Backslide, Pole Assisted

The pole-assisted Backslide is a sexy, cheeky way to add a little flare to your pole routine, helping you get from the pole to the floor or transition into low spins. Adding wonderful shapes to your overall routine, this is a fun basic transition to sprinkle in, and it can be modified however you'd like for extra drama. Add a little body wave as you move down the pole, add in leg waves, or do it with (or without) heels for your own unique effect.

IntermediateFloorwork

Windmill, Pole Assisted

The Windmill is a dynamic and flashy floorwork move that makes for a great centerpiece in any routine. By stringing together several basic movements, this move becomes a semi-complex intermediate move that requires mild flexibility and coordination. By practicing individual small movements, it becomes a showy fluid motion that will really make an impact in the routine. This movement may be complex to look at, but it is fun to chain together with other leg circles, waves, and pop-ups.

IntroductoryFloorwork

Knee Bridge

The Knee Bridge is a beautiful and dramatic floor move that highlights clean lines and helps you slow down the pacing of your choreography. It’s important to keep your muscles engaged with this move, as it will help you extend your lines. This move can be done either with or without heels.