It’s not easy, and we’d wager it takes some effort on the part of everyone to even look at the question and answer it in light of the fact that they’re not exactly standing straight up in those heels. (Though it’s certainly not impossible.)
In the meantime, we might as well take a look at one of our favorite ways of getting more height with your footwear: using a wedge (also known as “a half”).
This technique comes from an Indian martial art known as Swastikas and is practiced by practitioners of a style of wrestling known as Balikatan. It is simple enough: first, bend over, bend the other leg behind you, then grab hold of your toes with your hands—something like what a kid would grab on to at a playground— and then, with your heel on the ground at eye level, stand up with your leg raised off the ground, as if being lifted up in a yoga pose.
The idea of a half can be used a variety of ways. For starters, it can be used to achieve even more reach for a pole dancer, given that a half puts the feet almost under the hips. It can also be used with a pole or other rig to reach up higher than with other forms of dancing, or as some people do it with their bodies, with the legs raised under the poles as they dance.
Here are some tips for using a half with your feet on both sides of the pole:
If you have a pole for a pole dance, it can benefit from a half that’s positioned like the pole shown in this gif. And if you’re on your own, here’s a great guide to getting the most out of your pole skills and your feet… and other pole dancing moves… when you are on your own.
Here are some steps that can be taken to get the most benefit from a half with your feet on both sides of the pole :
Step 1: Stand up in a Half by bending over. It helps to raise the right leg one or two feet above the right foot the first time. Bend back down once you’ve started, so that the right foot is now directly in front of you.
Step 2: Slowly bring the left leg forward by keeping one or two fingers to the top of the right breastbone and twisting the hip bone with one or two hands, as in the pose shown here. If your legs are bent far enough back that the legs are just resting on the
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