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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Introductory Grip

Waist Pocket Hold

The Waist Pocket Hold is a valuable support for many other holds. Here, the pole will rest in the small of your waist. For more advanced pole dancers, you will use this grip as you lean back into your Chopper or Basic Invert, or to hold your Yogini. Beginner pole dance moves that utilize the waist pocket grip is the High Kick Hold, Backspin, or for Pole Abs conditioning.

Beginner Spin

Wide Fireman Spin

The Wide Fireman is a new take on the classic Fireman Spin, providing a new shape to the world of beginner pole dance moves. The wide fireman is a simple variant that some might prefer over the basic move, as the knees have more room to move and the hips are kept more open. 

Beginner Grip

X Grip

The X Grip is one of the most basic body holds you’ll learn in pole dancing. It is generally taught early on to help you get a feel for moving your whole body on the pole and using skin contact to hold yourself up. Used in a variety of moves from the basic climb, to the fireman spin, inverted crucifix, caterpillar, and many more pole dance tricks, you’ll find it beneficial to get comfortable with this grip early on.