The Jenyne Tumble

If you’ve watched a lot of Jenyne Butterfly performance videos on YouTube (God knows I have), you know she’s amazing. She has such astounding control in everything she does. One of the things I have seen her do a lot is a specific “tumble” down the pole, and every time I see it, I’m equal parts impressed and envious. I don’t think I’m alone in that respect. 🙂

While watching elite competitors, I tend to automatically look for the tricks I know how to do, or tricks I think might work for me, in hopes I can learn them or perfect them, or learn how to effortlessly put them into a dance (as opposed to, “Okay, gonna invert now.”) The Jenyne Tumble is one of those combos that I didn’t think I’d be able to do for years. Literally. It just looks so hard to me!

Cut to class last night at TPG. With Drea absent from teaching (Happy Anniversary!), Jo was subbing. We had a small class, since none of our usual students showed up for whatever reason – it was me and a gal doing a make up (Michelle). It was SO their loss! We had a great class with the three of us. Jo ran us through some spins, including a few I hadn’t learned, which was fun, and then she worked with us on the Iris (I think that’s the name?), which I had learned the week before with Drea – it’s a variation on extended butterfly:

Learning the Iris

As you can see, Drea is spotting me in the first attempt, but I moved along to doing it on my own by the end of the class! I got it fairly quickly for me – it was good to try it again in class this week, too! It comes from the extended butterfly (which I’m doing with twisted grip), and once you’re in that trick, you bring your outside leg back to the pole, hooking at the top of the foot/toes, then you bring your inside leg down into a tuck/crunch inside your upper arm. It’s a pretty pose, and if you’re strong at aerial, you can throw it into an aerial sequence. I think it’d also be pretty on spinning pole. I’m not quite strong enough in my aerial to include it in a combo, but I’m close!

The big project of the night, however, was learning the Jenyne Tumble. She does it in this video around the 1:58 mark:

So pretty, right?

Now, on my first attempt, I got confused after the sit on what to do with my bottom arm and aborted the mission. Second attempt? Quite nearly fell on my head. Jo had to catch me, and she did so about a foot off the ground (Thank you!). My mistake in that run – after watching her break it down again – was that I released my top leg before securing my lower arm. So, you know, DON’T do that. 🙂 But, I kept at it, and by the third or fourth time, I was so much better! I damn near cried when I got it right after falling. Persevere, y’all. Anyway, this video was my final attempt at it. While I still have work to do on making it fluid, as well as on the control issue (I’m still shaky on the “leap of faith” moment in the middle), I’m still thrilled that I went from falling on my head to being able to work through it. 🙂

Also, if you’re curious: I am wearing the new tank and shorts from our pole apparel line, Poleitical Clothing! We had a great launch at CPDC, and I’ll post on that soon. But, in the meantime, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy, which is where you can purchase items from us! The full link for the online store is here: We’re still working out the kinks in that system (i.e. delivery costs), but it is open for shopping! I also am wearing my wrist wraps from Vertical Swag, which have been helping stabilize my wrists while I work on aerial, and my heart rate monitor to track calories – that’ll be a new post soon, too!

About Danielle C

Actress, writer, consumer of too much sugar, cat mom, dog auntie, pole enthusiast, amateur foodie, local explorer. Often mouthy, occasionally political.

Posted on October 9, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  2. I love Jenyne Butterfly! I am also a big fan of her tumble, it is my goal to eventually master that move! I think I will focus on mastering the basics first though 🙂 Will definitely be revisiting this video of you learning it to help myself learn! Well done on learning the move! 🙂

    • Thanks! I highly recommend learning the basics and CONDITIONING before attempting anything advanced like this!! And, always, learning with someone there to spot you, especially for a trick like this!! 🙂 If Jo hadn’t been there to catch me, I would have fallen smack on my head and possibly really hurt myself – it definitely reminded me of the importance of a good spotter!!! 🙂 I look forward to being able to do the move as fluidly as Jenyne!!!

  3. I feel the same way as you do! My first ever pole video experience was Jenyne, performing to the song “Dog Days Are Over”. Every pole fanatic knows the performance I’m talking about 😀 The Jenyne Tumble is one of the things that I can’t even dare to dream of doing yet, but someday… SOMEDAY!!!

  4. Thank you for this post, I am only a beginner but am glad that I’m not the only one who immediately researches on what the name of the pole moves that I’ve seen in videos are called and to see if I can do them an how. Keep up the good work 🙂 x

  5. Love the Pole Garage! and Jenyne is such an innovator! Love watching her videos for inspiration 🙂 you’ll feel more secure if you use the back leg to press into the pole the entire time as you lower your body down– it’s a brass monkey! If you are looking for more info, I have a detailed tutorial on my blog 🙂

    • She’s amazing! Thanks for the tip!! I was trying to lock it in with the back leg, but it needs some work! 🙂 Just a matter of training my body to build the muscle memory – I hope to get to work on it again soon, and I will definitely try to remember your advice! Thanks for all you do for the pole community, by the way – such an inspiration to so many of us!

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