When you have mastered these basic fundamentals, you can move on into learning more. Knowing these will ensure you have the strength to get into position safely, hold yourself in position and to dismount safely as well.
These take time to master; don't get frustrated when at first you can barely get into position...or maybe only half into position. Try learning them from the floor as much as possible first
Your patience and practice will pay off; only try and learn one pole trick at a time as you will develop the strength needed for that move. Some moves require more shoulder strength, some more core, some more leg or arm strength.
Try using a titanium gold or brass pole, both which have more grip for your skin than stainless steel
Want to learn to do the front splits in six weeks? Here is a great guide that will help anyone to be able to accomplish that.
Work on your overall flexibility as well.There is also a couple of great dvds to help with attaining higher levels of flexibility: STACEY NEMOUR's Secrets of Splits & Flexibility and Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About SPLITS & FLEXIBILITY DVD
Be patient with yourself. Some of the most fluid dancers have spent years perfecting their routines and you will get there too!
Recording Your Progress
Mirrors are good to use also if you can put them up where your pole is. You can find some at a glass shop, hardware store or construction supply place like Lowe's or Home Depot instead of paying too much for fancy framed ones
It is best to video record yourself a few times when learning a new trick if you are learning at home on your own without an instructor there to correct you. Then compare it to either the video, photo or dvd that you are learning from.
You can also post the video on the Studio Veena forum and get quality feedback from the other dancers and instructors
Record your progress with a training journal or video recorder. This will help in measuring your progress and when you are discouraged or frustrated, you can take a look back at how far you have come:)
Practice, practice, practice! I cannot stress it enough. It takes courage to post yourself making mistakes like this but the victory is sweet when you finally get it!
Here is a short list of tricks and holds (it is ever growing!)