Shoulder Mount: Pole Dance Tutorial

How to Shoulder Mount on The Pole

Stand with your back against the pole with your spine to one side. Place your inside arm (arm closest to the pole) in a cup grip above your inside shoulder, about ear height. Place your outside arm in a cup grip above your inside arm just above head height. Pull the pole – imagine you want to throw the pole across the room. Your elbows will start to come towards each other as you pull. You want to keep the contact between your shoulder and the pole. Look up. When first learning place your inside foot in front of you and your outside behind the pole – on the outside of the pole. Lift your outside (back) leg up and towards the ceiling and the pole, followed by your inside. Place your outside leg over the front of the pole and the inside leg behind, as in a basic invert grip. Squeeze with your legs and move your collarbone away from the pole as you roll through to face the pole.

As you get stronger try to dead lift your shoulder mount by keeping both feet apart in front of the pole, and leading your lift with your hips.

Cup Grip: Your fingers and thumbs should be on the same side of the pole with your thumb closest to the ground.

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About Holly Munson

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 3 Personal Trainer and an ambassador for Dragonfly pole wear, and also writes regularly for the Dragonfly blog .

Recent Pole Competition Results:


  • Miss Pole Dance UK Semi-Pro Instructor: 1st Place


  • Pole2Pole Professional Cup Essex Heat: 2nd Place
  • Pole2Pole Professional Cup Final: 1st Place
  • Pole2Pole British Isles Pole Dance Champs: 1st Place


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