Learning Gemini (also less confusingly referred to as Inside Leg Hang) is like learning how to read as a child. Gemini is an essential foundational skill that opens the door to a great variety of other moves. We teach this skill as one of our first major pole skills and will begin working on the specific strength and pain tolerance areas right from the first class. In particular, we do not allow “kicking up,” so students must build up enough arm and core strength to do a controlled lift. Just a few of the many moves that we can link with Gemini are Jade, Allegra, Butterfly, and Windshield Wipers.
The tight version of Butterfly is one of the first inverted moves we will learn where your body weight is almost entirely supported with your arms. This skill is a precursor to Ayesha and a good way to dismount through Iron X. During class we will generally enter from Cradle or Gemini. Multiple grips are possible, including Twisted Grip, Baseball, Downward Cup, and Elbow.
A simple and beautiful move, but deceptively dangerous. This is one of the least awesome positions to fall in. Please make sure you have a spotter and safety mat until you feel fully confident. We prefer the cross-ankle version over cross-knee (although different body types may find cross-knee to be more secure), and encourage students to keep feet firmly locked together for safety rather than the more stylish both toes pointed.
We often enter the Layback from the Pole Sit -> Plank -> Straddle Back -> V-Sit combo, and we might follow it with Crescent or Iguana.
Another of our super-useful basic skills, Scorpio is our outside-leg hang. We emphasize keeping the torso and off-leg fully controlled, while getting a very deep and secure knee hook. We typically enter this move from a Chopper side mount.
A few of the elements we might include in a Scorpio combination are:
- Scorpio -> Gemini (and back)
- Scorpio -> Superman (and back)
- Shooting Star
This one is fairly easy, if you are confident in your Gemini (inside-leg hang).
We will enter from Chopper -> Gemini. Advanced students can learn to get into Marion Amber from Allegra.