Have you heard of Oona Kivela?
If you haven’t yet, look for her on YouTube and hold onto something, because she could blow your mind with her powerful pole moves. You might find some of her calisthenics videos and get even more blown away. 🙂
You might (or might not) see the Oona Spin in her videos. It’s a true power spin!
Originally, it’s a combo on the static pole which starts with an one-arm spin and transitions into an invert and butterfly. It requires good arms and core strength, as well as advanced pole skills.
The first time I saw the one-arm spin, I thought to myself:
“If I’m able to do this one day, I can call myself a professional pole dancer.” lol
When was the last time you thought this about a new pole move? And how long did it actually take you to get it?
However, this dynamic spin is fairly easier on spinning, because you don’t have to create such a big momentum and you can keep both hands on the pole. And it looks just as powerful!
The first exercise of the tutorial below will help you figure out the legs movement more easily, which from my teaching experience seems to be the biggest challenge at the beginning. You’ll learn how to transition into climbing, but you also have an easier option to finish in a chair spin.
Once you got the move, you might be wondering how to get those hips higher to make it look even more powerful? Here are 3 things you can try:
1. Tuck the pelvis in when you open the legs. Use your lower abs for this.
2. Open the legs more sharply.
3. Create a bigger momentum by reaching far away from the pole.
As always, I created a combo and included an aerial version of the Oona Spin. Have you tried the Aerial Oona Spin before?
P.S.: I couldn’t resist to freestyle and the combo turned up into a whole pole routine.
P.P.S.: How do you get along with the Oona Spin? Let me know in the comments below.