When most people watch women pole dancing, it would hardly be called artful. But that’s because for most people “pole dancing” is synonymous with stripping, which is not true. Pole dancing can be an intricate art form that requires intense upper body strength as the performer pulls off some crazy moves.
To best understand the art of pole dancing, we’re introducing you to Anna-Maija Nyman. She’s a Swedish pole dancing champion and her Instagram is filled with her performances and training sessions. Here are 10 of her best pole dancing videos from her account:
Did tonight the first real IPSF training session after world championships. Started to work my straight leg deadlifts with legs together and created this little power combo. It’s a bit too tricky with angles for a competition routine but definitely something to work on! #pole #poledance #poledancingsweden #poledancemotivation #poledancersofinstagram #poledancenation #ig_poledance #radpolewear
Directly from the airport to the studio seems to be my new tradition ;) Started to choreograph my new happy (!) & sassy piece for Aerialism showcase. My favorite transition from my routine last weekend turned into something completely new for me. This needs some polishing and better angles but I love these happy accidents! ♥️#pole #poledance #poledancingsweden #poledancemotivation #poledancersofinstagram #poledancenation #ig_poledance #radpolewear #aerialism
I got a #reallynastypolecut for over two months ago and I ripped it open multiple times during competition training this summer. I had to let it heal for few weeks after worlds but today I finally did fonjis again 😍 This transition from titanic is something new I’m working on. #pole #poledance #poledancemotivation #poledancersofinstagram #poledancenation #ig_poledance
This is what I actually trained last night but I taught my students a bit easier flow that I posted yesterday ;) I think I saw @bendy_kate doing this spin and I added some re-gripping to it. My spin is not spinning so much yet but I’m working on it! #pole #poledance #poledancemotivation #poledancersofinstagram #poledancenation #ig_poledance #northpolestudio
Spent so many hours today trying to create a spinning pass for my routine. This is something I tried to put together but then I realized that all these splits just slow me down and I just want to flow & flyyyyyy! So back to square one 🙈 #pole #poledance #poledancemotivation #poledancersofinstagram #poledancenation #ig_poledance #radpolewear
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