Type: Static Pole
Points of Contact: 3
The Fan Kick is a graceful beginner pole trick that engages the whole body. From the hands, which are held in a stronghold grip and keeping your bodyweight up, to the activation of the core that tilts the pelvis up and helps the legs sweep wide, to the legs themselves, which are sweeping around the body with grace and dexterity.
This beginner pole trick is a versatile move, allowing you to add some flare to any pole dance routine, provide a way around the pole, or help you gain momentum for a follow-up trick in more advanced levels.
How to Perform a Fan Kick
- Standing next to the pole, get into your stronghold grip.
- Bring your booty in front of the pole into a waist pocket hold and stand up on your tip-toes.
- Lift the inside leg and arc it in a wide circle around your body.
- When that leg is about halfway up, follow behind it with the outside leg with the same motions.
- Complete the circle by stepping down with the inside foot first, followed by the outside foot. Twist your body around to face the front again.
- Make sure that your stronghold grip is secure and the inside arm has the pole tucked firmly on the pole before lifting the legs.
- Never hang loosely from the shoulders. Keep your shoulders down and back, away from the ears to keep the shoulders strong and prevent the chest from caving in.
- Legs Won’t Stay Straight: Make sure to always warm up first, before any pole routine or trick. If your legs won’t stay straight, you may want to consider working on your active flexibility more. Specifically work on range of motion in the lower body, and try strengthening your active flexibility in your middle split and forward pike. You’ll find that you’re able to raise your legs higher once you are consistent with this focus on your flexibility training.
- Hip Feels Tight: If your hips feel tight in the middle of the fan kick, then you may need to warm up your hip flexors. Try adding gentle, hip-opening exercises to your warmup and flexibility training routine and you should feel the pressure relieve itself in future practice.
- Legs Won’t Go Higher: To get your legs higher, you need to engage the core and obliques, so you will improve as you gain more core strength. Additionally, tucking your tailbone under – or, in other words, tilting your pelvis up towards the ceiling – can help you reach higher with your legs.