Cross Ankle Release (CAR)

The cross ankle release is considered an advanced pole trick and you should have a strong basic invert and be able to do a cross knee release first.

Some safety precautions to follow when performing any pole dance trick, especially inversions:

- No lotions or oils on your skin

- Learn without shoes first

- Use a crash mat and preferably a spotter

- Have a strong and effortless pole climb first

- Do these core exercises to develop the strength you need to get into the trick position, hold yourself and dismount with control

Here are a couple of instructional videos that demonstrate the move and the dismount:

Tips for learning the Cross Ankle Release

  • Take note of the points of contact. You will need to squeeze tightly between your knees and ankles and let the pole touch between your butt as you lay back.
  • Try this move from the floor first so that you can feel the points of contact as well as how your body weight feels being held by your legs only.
  • Turn your knees in towards each other when in position. This might help hold you in place.
  • Keep your legs squeezed together, especially the thighs, to hold you.
  • This is a fun and dramatic pose to learn! It looks great when inserted into a pole dance routine's choreography. 

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