If you followed the previous spin tutorials from this series, you’ve probably heard me say a few times: „Swing your leg sideways to front“. If you haven’t payed much attention and you still got the move, great!
For today’s spin though the momentum is everything! Plus a new factor comes into play – the hips.
The Hips-Around Spin (I’m starting to feel embarrassed about these names) is a perfect move for learning how to follow the natural direction of a spin. How to “go“ with the spin.
This is a huge fluidity win and will help you nail a lot of pole dance spins.
Now, imagine a spin for a second. It’s a circular movement, right? So, if we want to follow the natural direction of the spin, we need to create a circular movement as well. It’s all about letting the hips and the legs create such movement, instead of just swinging to the front.
It’s so easy when you know how to visualize it. Here are two ways that work:
- Imagine kicking all four walls of the room.
This is a tip I got from Sergia L. Anderson when she was teaching the Phoenix. Although Phoenix is a static spin, we have a similar momentum and sensation here as well.
- Imagine drawing a big circle in the air with your swinging foot.
The hips should be leading the circular movement.
I’ll show you in this tutorial.
Try out both techniques and let me know which one works for you best.
And here’s an intermediate/advanced spinning combo with the Hips Around Spin:
P.S.: How do you get along with this spin? Is it something you’ll use in your pole practice?
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This is a wonderful site and I thank you for your friendship and your help . I really enjoy watching your videos and watching you perform . It’s mezomorizing . You literally float across the pole. I’m really looking forward to this journey .
Thank you! Happy you’re with me. ❤
I love your tutorials Miglena! Can’t wait to practice this . I was wondering if you could post a tutorial on the inverted straddle! I’m struggling with it. I can do a lot of intermediate and prep advance moves but this stumps me.
Hi Jane! I just wrote you an email because it’s faster.
I’ll post my Top 4 tips on Inverted V here as well, because they could also be helpful for someone else. These tips are for everyone who can invert, but struggles with holding the Inverted V / Inverted Straddle:
1. Drop your head back: Start with your back to the mirror and look at yourself in the mirror, after you’ve inverted. This will allow your head to drop back. Look back (mirror), instead up (ceiling).
2. Hips towards pole: If you can invert but you can’t hold the hips up, they might be far away from the pole. Bring your hips towards the pole. Apply same trick with the mirror.
3. Straighten the arms, while dropping your head and upper body back.
4. Lower straight legs: Invert with tucked knees first and once you have your hips on the pole you can straighten your legs. Lower the legs towards the floor after you’ve straighten them.