This trick is called Jade (aka Jade Splits, Deville). There are two points holding me on the pole: the inside of my thigh squeezing the pole against the side of my waist with the help of my opposite arm pulling my leg toward my chest and the inside of my chicken wing arm squeezing the pole into my armpit. For more security, I arch my back and reach my chest along my leg toward my toes.
Jade is one of the first pole tricks I ever learned, which is a bit atypical as far as first moves are concerned, but after taking 3 classes at Flirty Girl Fitness in Toronto, I found myself in Australia – where pole training is at the forefront of the industry – going to class with my advanced pole dancer friend, Cynthia.
The class was taught by competitive pole dancer, Fontaine Bradbury, at Studom3 in Moorabin. By the end of our first class, it had become painfully clear that I was way out of my league, but Fontaine invited me to stay and offered to give me as much attention as she could while I struggled around my 38mm, navy blue, spinning pole in the corner of the studio.
Five months later, after training with 13 different instructors at 7 different studios in 2 different continents, I can fully appreciate what an amazing teacher and choreographer Fontaine is and I can’t wait to get back to Australia now that I’ve developed the base of knowledge to fully benefit from her classes.