Go into a basic invert on the pole. Place your inside arm low on the pole, fingers towards the ground. Use this arm to pull your head closer to the pole so that your body is inline with the pole. Pull with your top hand and push with your bottom hand. Take your inside (back leg) off of the pole and bend towards your head. This is the Butterfly. If you feel secure, move your body further away from the pole by sliding your outside leg down the pole slightly, while still keeping your body parallel to the pole.
For the Extended Butterfly straighten out your back leg. When you feel secure start to straighten out your front leg, keeping contact between your calf and the pole. Take your front leg out until your heel is keeping you on the pole. This is your Extended Butterfly.
To come out, pull your body back into the pole to dismount, or look to the ground and come out in a handstand.
Holly started pole dancing after admiring the grace, skill and elegance of pole performances and immediately falling in love with the style. After half a decade of bruises, struggling and then the satisfaction of success, her own pole school Firefly Poles was born. The vision is to share that same passion with others.
Holly wished that there was more Pole Dancing help available when I was learning, so now she aims to provide that help through writing, blogging and teaching here on PoleFreaks.
Holly is also a Level 4 advanced personal trainer and an ambassador for Dragonfly pole wear, and also writes regularly for the Dragonfly blog .
Recent Pole Competition Results:
2017: Miss Pole Dance UK Semi-Pro Instructor - 1st Place
2015: Pole2Pole Professional Cup Final - 1st Place 2015: Pole2Pole British Isles Pole Dance Champs - 1st Place