Mona Shield Payne
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | 2 a.m.
If you're not hip to the language, conversations between pole dancers might surprise you. Like any sport or hobby, it has its own lingo.
It's not too hard to catch on, though. Many moves explain themselves and are literal representations of the concept they depict.
Want to look like a pro on the pole? Or at least understand the dancers' locker room talk?
Here are a few pole dance moves defined:
This move is named for the "S" shape into which it contorts a dancer's body. The dancer is inverted and holds onto the pole in three ways: with pinched knees, wrapped feet and squeezed hand.
Like you learned in biology class, the butterfly comes after the caterpillar. For this move, invert your torso, spread your limbs and mimic the shape of a butterfly's open wings.
This move requires no hands. The success of the gemini depends on the strength and confidence of a dancer.
To perform the gemini, a dancer suspends his or her body upside down, with arms spread wide and the pole tucked snugly between his or her calf and thigh.
Because the move is so complex, dancers often practice it with their shoulders at ground level.
This move looks like it sounds. Like a flying superhero, a dancer positions his or her body parallel to the ground, with one arm extended.
To keep themselves suspended, dancers must squeeze the pole between their thighs and hold on with their other hand.