Anyone who pole dances (notice I didn’t refer to pole fitness, that’s a different thing entirely) knows that it’s not about the tricks you can do, but how you incorporate them into a dance. And that, my friends, means you need to work on transitions.
For me, transitions often come as a result of problem-solving. I get pretzeled up in a move and, in figuring out how to extract myself, I suss out a transition for it. For example, when I was working on my aysha, I normally used an inverted crucifix as my emergency exit. One day I was tired and only managed to hook one leg on the pole …. and I discovered that aysha to shooting star is both simple to do and (once cleaned up) looks nice. Yay!
Accidental transitions are great, but at some point you’ll probably want to actually think about how to get into and out of things, and you’ll want to try out your ideas. Here’s how I do it: start with a keystone move, let’s say outside leg hang. Think of all the possible ways I can get into an outside leg hang. These include (but certainly aren’t limited to) regular invert, inverted V, aysha, side climb, hood ornament, back hook, hip hold, etc. Pretty much any one of the “into”s can also be considered an “out of” — so there are my ideas for transitions/combinations. Now I think about where hands will need to go, where my contact points will need to be, where I’ll need to be looking, all those crucial elements.
Then I start trying things. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they’re close and I could see them working with something in between to bridge them.
Experiment! And if you come up with anything awesome please come back and post, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂