The Moves

As strippers were the pioneers of pole dancing, we can thank them for the variety of moves we see today.

As classes and competitions became more public, names became associated with different moves.

Here you will find a list of pole dance moves with the dancers best known for bringing the moves into the pole community's consciousness.

Those named people are either who named the move, the eponymous dancer, or the original creator. Some moves have more than one person that brought it to the attention of the wider community.

As we gain more information from the community, we will add more details as we attempt to untangle the threads of history around each move.

If you see anything here that you know to be untrue, or think should be added, please get in touch.

Alethea Split

Alethea Austin

Allegra

Allegra King

Apprentice

Alena Downs

Apprentice to Superman

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Apprentice Thread

Jenyne Mariposa

Aysha / Ayesha

Named after a dancer called Ayesha.  Further details tbc.

Backflip to Hip Hold

Kenneth Kao

Batwing

Alethea Austin

Bird of Paradise

Marlo Fisken https://youtube.com/c/marlodancer

Bird of Prey

Michelle Shimmy https://youtube.com/user/michelleshimmy

Bitchy Pixie

Rhiannan Nichole https://youtube.com/user/RhiannanNichole

Bow and Arrow (split grip)

Pantera Blacksmith

Broken Bridge

Rhiannan Nichole https://youtube.com/user/RhiannanNichole

Bui Bui Bend

Quan Bui

Candy (Princess Grip Shoulder Mount)

Candy (a stripper known to Bobbi Vivoda)

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte Holstead

Cherrenko Drop

Maria Kyprianou

Chiropractor

Rhiannan Nichole https://youtube.com/user/RhiannanNichole

Chopstix

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Crazy 8

Kenneth Kao

Crazy Butterfly

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Dakini

Aline Kerber

Dangerous Brian

Kat Williamson (Named after comedian Brian Conley)

Devil’s Spawn (double elbow grip spin)

Carlie Hunter

Devil's Elbow

Alethea Austin as the original entry into Batwing. Carlie Hunter.

Dragons Tail

Charlee Shae (Charlee Shae Wagner)

Eagle

Felix Cane

Embrace Tangle

Maria Kyprianou

Emotion Catcher

Julia Wahl

Eros

Deb Riley

Extended Butterfly tumble to inside leg hang

Anastasia Sokolova

Faceplant Butterfly

Sarah Blackmilk

Florence

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Flying Eagle (Upright Switchblade)

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Flying K

Oona Kivelä

Forearm Brace Climb

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Forearm Grip Handspring

Michelle Shimmy

Foxtail Drop

Maria Kyprianou

Full Moon Flip

Vladimir Karachunov

Gargoyle

Marlo Fisken

Genevieve / Martini

Genevieve Moonstruck Moody

Gymnast Twist

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Heel Kip

Fontaine Bradbury

Hello Boys / Wrist Sit

Jamilla Deville

Hero (Apprentice with top hand off)

Alena Downs

Hollie Drop

Tattoo Hollie (Jenny Hollie)

Honeycomb

Rhiannan Nichole

Iguana Mount

To be confirmed.
Iguana Mount was originally known by Rhiannan Nichole and other strippers as The Concussion but became more commonly known as Iguana after the movie 'Dancing at the Blue Iguana'.

Illusionist / Titanic

Lisa Oxtoby

Inside Leg Hang (Scorpio) to Twisted Grip Ayesha / The Dragon

Felix Cane

Jade (+ Vertical Jade + Inverted Jade + Jade Drop)

Jamilla Deville - using the first two letters of her first and last name.

Pantera Blacksmith introduced the Jade split. It was named after Jamilla although she didn't invent it. Jamilla saw a video of Pantera doing a Jade Split topless on stage, which is where Jamilla learnt it from.

Jallegra

Suzie Q Corbett

Jamilla

Jamilla Deville

Janeiro

Màrion Crampe

Jasmine

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Jazzy Shim

Michelle Shimmy

Jeannine Twist

Jeannine Wilkerling

Jenyne Tumble (Sit to Ayesha/Human Flag)

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Jewel (Layback backbend)

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Juliette Spin

Marlo Fisken

June Bug

Rhiannan Nichole

Kandy Kayne spin / Corkscrew

Kelly Kayne

Kip Whip

Rhiannan Nichole

Knotty Flamingo

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Lady Garden

From a collective discussion on an old pole forum called Body and Pole.  The explanation for the name being ‘the pole covered the lady garden, but don’t plant the pole there!

Leg Hangs (Gemini/Scorpio)

There are differences across the globe in which is the inside and which is the outside leg hang.

It is often heard that Pantera Blacksmith invented Inside Leg Hang as Gemini because that is her star sign.

However, Alena Downs was taught Inside Leg Hang by Stacy Staxx in the 90s before Pantera came on the scene and the move was known as a Scorpio.

The moves are named after the star constellations.

L-Switch Spin

Jamie Taylor

Magic Split

Michelle Shimmy

Marion Amber

Màrion Crampe & Amber Ray

Marley

Veronica Kim (Boom Lou Lou). Named after her cat.

Marlo Split

Marlo Fisken

Master Split

Rhiannan Nichole

Miracle

Aline Kerber

My Little Pony

Amy Hazel Price

No Handed Butterfly Spin

Kenneth Kao

One handed Butterfly/Star

Jeannine Wilkerling

Oona Spin

Oona Kivelä

Orbiter

Kenneth Kao

Pegasus

Marlo Fisken

Pencil (iguana) planche and walk / The Concussion

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Perpendicular Split

Sarah Blackmilk

Phoenix

Shanyn Pollard

Pike Turn

Rhiannan Nichole

Pitch Split

Marlo Fisken

Post Spin

Donna Treadgold (Donna Gant)

Priscilla Flip

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Q

Suzie Q Corbett

Rad Hold

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Rainbow Marchenko

Валерия Поклонская (Elisabeth Marchenko)

Remi Sit

Remi Martin

Reverse Elbow Suspension

Rhiannan Nichole

Reverse Rainbow Marchenko

Charlee Shae Wagner

Rifle Split

Rhiannan Nichole

Russian Split in Heels

Polina Volchek

Sad Girl Drop

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Sadist Split

Rhiannan Nichole

Sakura

Natalia Tatarintseva

Seahorse/Butthold

Michelle Shimmy

Shoulder mount with elbow grip

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Side Superman

Anastasia Skukhtorova

Sit-N-Spin

Karol Helms

Skydancer

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Snaparoo (aka Devil’s Point Shuffle)

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Snapdragon

Marlo Fisken

Sneaky 540

Kenneth Kao

Spatchcock

Felix Cane

Split Heel

Pantera Blacksmith

Spyda Monkey

SoSpyda

Standing Meathook

Sarah Blackmilk

Starfish

Deb Riley

Stargazer

Jamie Taylor

Summers Split

Karry Summers

Superman Drop (to inside leg hang)

Karol Helms

Switchblade

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Sword

Alesia Vazmitsel

Tammy

Tammy Morris

Tata Split

Natalia Tatarintseva

The Felicity

Felicity Logan

Tick Tock

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Tornado

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Toss the Salad

Josiah 'Bad Azz' Grant

Trapped Leg Shoulder Mount

Alethea Austin

Trapped Split

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Treble Hook

Carly Child

Triangle Knot

Bexiita Pole

Tulip (originally called Fighty Foof)

Jamie Taylor

Tumble

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Twisted Grip Handspring

Sarah Cretul Nieves ("Joy" from Florida)https://youtu.be/5M4N6AxHjks

Twisted Shoulder Mount Dismount (Sit Tumble into Shoulder Mount)

Karol Helms

Twisted Sister

Named by Cleo the Hurricane and performed in Miss Pole Dance Australia, 2013. Jenyne Butterfly also says she created this move, however this is likely to have been independently learnt and named differently.

Velcro

Michelle Shimmy

Venus Fly Trap

Rhiannan Nichole

Yogini

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Vortex

Kenneth Kao

Wavy Legs in Twisted Grip Flag

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Wild Falcon

Amy Hazel Price

Yorkie

Jenyne Mariposa (Jenyne Butterfly)

Hangglider

Cleo the Hurricane

Scissor Kicks (power leg move in Ayesha)

Cleo the Hurricane