Pole Flow

The Spin City Pole Flow Instructor Course will show you to how break down and teach key pole flow transitions and build sequences of your own. You will learn ways to help your students to gain in confidence, fluidity, and eventually develop their own style of flow.

Pole flow is synonymous with elegance grace and fluidity. The aim is to dance smoothly, moving from one transition to another with minimal grip changes, a consistent momentum and continuous motion. Some students may find they are capable of freestyling this kind of movement, whereas others find this skill does not come naturally. We will look at the different ways to integrate flow into classes and on timetables and what benefits this brings to your studio and students, so you can teach a variety of levels and abilities. We’ll cover strategies to increase your confidence in teaching flow so you can provide students with the fundamental movements seen in pole flow and also add expression and individuality.


As a starting point, we will look at why we teach flow, who it is aimed at and how to introduce it in your classes. We’ll explore the use of momentum and directional changes within flow sequences and close the unit with foundation skills for pole flow, including basic terminology and hand grips.

UNIT 2 – Standing and Upright Moves and Transitions

The first series of skills will focus on standing or upright moves and transitions. A number of these will be familiar to students from their beginners level syllabus.

UNIT 3 – Floor-Based moves

Floor-based moves or ‘Low pole flow’ allows students to explore the space around the base of the pole and makes use of approximately the bottom third of the pole. These moves help to add levels and height change to choreography and can also be performed dynamically.

UNIT 4 – Height Change Skills

Once your students are confident with the basics and have a good range of skills, it’s important to teach them how to link them together. This final section of the syllabus will provide you with a range of options to change height from standing to the floor and back up again. These skills will allow you to create longer and more interesting flows that will challenge students’ stamina and coordination.

UNIT 5 – Pole Flow Combinations

Combinations are essential in pole flow. In this unit we’ll cover different prompts and inspirations to help you create pole flow combinations for different ability levels. We’ll also provide choreographed combination examples that you can use out of the box, or adapt to suit your own style and classes.

UNIT 6 – Teaching Pole FLow

In the final unit we will look at how to assist your students when transitioning between learning a sequence and performing it. You will learn the tools required to safely instruct students of all levels in each of these phases of learning. We’ll dive into seven different learning styles and strategies to accomodate them, along with cueing techniques.

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