I actually was a pole dancer for two and a half years. I LOVED this form of dance. I worked in a bikini club (basically a strip club but you keep a thong bikini on the entire time) while my mom was sick with cancer to help pay the bills. The learning curve is intense, and the bruises are like no others I've ever received from dancing, but the payoff was a great workout, a toned body, and a new way to express myself to the music. In a way, the pole became a vertical extension of the stage. I would go in early to practice and try new tricks. I've been out of that scene for four years now and miss it terribly. So mcuh so that I'm looking to set up my own pole in my basement to be able to work on it like I used to. I think it is not only inspiring and requiring coordination, but it has potential to become a real dance method. Look at cirque de soleil!
Thanks for sharing, Jenifer. I think it does have the potential to become a real dance method but I'm also a little frustrated with some of the marketing around it, which seems to be focused more on being sexy and pleasing men rather than developing strength. I know some people might disagree. I think the idea of it sounds really cool (although I know I'd suck! but some of the classes I've sat in on have felt somewhat manipulative, like they're leeching off of women's insecurities about their sex appeal.
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