Olympic Pole Dancing, Coming Soon?

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This video has simply too many amazing things going on within it, it’s hard to believe that it is from an actual newscast. First off, the topic is that these women are starting a petition to have pole dancing added to the gymnastic events in the Olympics. OK, that seems strange, but I’m willing to agree that skilled pole dancing does have many impressive gymnastic elements so that’s not ridiculous. Then there is the fact that this newscast is from Utah, the official state of boring people. When was the last time pole dancing and Utah were in the same sentence, let alone in a POSITIVE news story?

Follow that with one of the co-owners of the studio in her giant stripper heels saying that the shoes are only for building strength, “[they] really help my calves get stronger…” she says, ALMOST with a straight face. Meanwhile the video features a lady in fishnets upside down slithering on the pole. Yeah, NOTHING to do with strippers. Throw in the Mormon housewives in the class and this video simply has everything you could ever ask for. And then, just to top off the unintentional comedy in this video, the petition has 300 signatures! 300! And they are trying to become an Olympic sport! I’m not a member of the Olympic Committee, however, I feel safe in saying that you’ll need significantly more than 300 people in UTAH to become an official Olympic sport.


1 Response to “Olympic Pole Dancing, Coming Soon?”

  1. December 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Pole Dancing IS a sport. If you really don’t think so, or know so, yet…you have some serious education to catch up on. In the past decade, and especially the last 3-5 years, the number of actual pole fitness/acrobatic pole dance studios has grown over 300% in the US and over 4000% worldwide. Students are getting younger and younger-and classes are geared toward men & women. It’s gymnastics. As a sport, pole dancing is vertical acrobatics…nothing less. The ‘sex’ and ‘stripper’ style poles are found in strip clubs still-with ‘strippers’ on them, NOT pole dancers. We are 2 very seperate entities these days. Pole Dancing has it’s own governing agencies, language, standardization of moves, tricks and levels, as any other sport. It requires an outrageous amount of strength, flexibility, skill and talent to do effectively. It’s not a joke by any means. Like many things before it, pole dancing is in the early stages of developing a look and a respect all its’ own as it becomes more and more understood and mainstream. As long as there are poles, there will still be strippers and gentlemans clubs…but there’s a whole different type of pole dancing in the world that has nothing to do with what goes on in a stripper world. It’s way past time to get over the stereotyped image that if theres a metal pole anywhere near, it has to be sleazy and related to stripping. That’s just NOT the case anymore at all. There’s more than enough resources and legitimate information, competitions, and people out there to educate…but here’s a few great links to get you started-as you prepare to watch the newest Olympic Sport of Vertical Gymnastics-coming sooner than leter-to a living room near YOU!
    http://www.ipdfa.com (international Pole dance Fitness Association-a global governing body for pole fitness)
    http://www.polefitnessassociation.com (Governing body working toward the Olympic Petition and standardization of terms, levels and policies that will guide competitors in regional, national, world and olympic competitions)
    http://www.formatpixel.com/poledanceinternational (The only global publication for pole fitness-covering events, competitions, performers,and quality studios as well as politics and pole-related stories and products) Free online version here…
    http://www.worldpoledance.com (hosts and organizers of world pole competitions from over 35 countries that come together for intl championships yearly)
    http://www.goddessartsacademynw.com (my site-I run a studio in Spokane, Wa and am the CEO/Exec. Administrator of Pole dance Intl Magazine-as well as a pole fitness competitor and intl performer myself)
    hope it helps! Pole athletes are true athletes and we love to share our art & skill with the world!

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