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My name is Mai Yee, I'm an instructor at Sheila Kelley's "S Factor" studio in Manhattan, New York. I've been doing this movement for five years now. It's a movement that combines ballet, palates, striptease and pole dancing. We have a website where you can get more information, and it is www.sfactor.com . And I'm here today to talk to you about pole dancing. I am gonna show you a trick that we call the Peter Pan at S Factor. It's an advanced beginning trick, so it's something that you want to have built up your strength for beforehand with doing easier spins and strength training on the pole. It's a beautiful, graceful trick that it's like Peter Pan flying through the air. It's very, very light. So I'm gonna break it down slowly first: come to the left side of your pole, bring your hand above your head onto the pole, you step with your right foot, reach your left leg out, and you push off of your right leg as your hand, your left hand comes to the pole, you're gonna turn your fingers down and reach down towards the ground onto the pole. This hand pushes your hips away, that's the purpose of the second hand, and as you go into the spin you bent your legs. Here we go: right hand, step, reach your leg, push, hand comes to the pole, and you bent your knees and you just flow down to your toes like a little fairy. Let's do that again with a walk now: They'll give you a little extra momentum as they're spinning. Step right, step left, step right, push off, and go into your spin. It's also really important for you to work both sides of your body, so as you learn the trick on your strong side, then take it on the other side and build up your muscle power and your movement on the other side as well. And that's your Peter Pan. Fly!