Pole dancing is the new HOT & SEXY way to work out and stay in excellent shape while having fun. Pole Dancing relies on significant upper body strength, flexibility, and muscle endurance. This is not your typical gym exercise; there is no need for heavy equipment! This art is geared towards toning muscles, and classes can make women feel athletic yet sensual and confident at the same time. Pole dancing is for woman and men of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. Women have been looking for a change in their exercise routines, which is where the art and love of pole dancing comes into play. Pole dancing develops confidence, builds self esteem and healthy bodies all at once, all over the world.
Different Perceptions of Pole Dancing
Pole Dancing is now being perceived as an art by some people. A combination of dance and gymnastics choreographed to any style of music and demonstrated by individuals worldwide. It is being practiced by many enthusiasts in a wide range of fitness facilities and is also gaining much interest in dance studios. Promoters have been attempting to change people’s perception of pole dancing since the mid 2000’s, making it recognized as a legitimate form of dance and acrobatics.
Pole Dancing was influenced by “Chinese Pole” which is a form of acrobatics performed in cabaret / circus and stage performances in a non erotic environment. Pole dancing is not limited to acrobatics, but seems to be drawing the attention by ordinary men and woman, looking for that next Level of physical training. Perhaps the desire is to learn something new to spice up their relationship, or simply to get into shape without having to go to a typical fitness club. Pole Dancing has also become popular for Parties! Girl’s night out, Bachelorette, Birthday and Themed Night PARTIES!!!
There are also those that are taking this to the next level, making it their Career! From a studio instructor or owner to a World Champion at one of the many National and International Competitions.
Pole Dancing Competitions: National & International
A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are being held in many countries around the world. American Pole Fitness Association (APFA) is an association established to give mass appeal & awareness by promoting the art and sport of pole fitness in the US and abroad. APFA is working towards achieving broad demographic & national recognition for pole fitness as a main stream sport, focusing attentions on the physical skills, gravity-defying technical abilities, poise, grace and elegance of performers of both genders. Pole fitness as a sport is gradually reaching new heights globally and APFA’s main goal is to make sure the US isn’t left out of the phenomenal new innovative way of staying fit. The first annual championship was held on October 23, 2010 at the prominent Grand Ballroom Theater, Manhattan Center LIVE in the heart of New York City. Now they have created a Pole Dance Cup, which is the first ever Polish pole dance competition, since then there has been many more International Competitions being held each year in different countries all over the world.
Attempts to Make it an Official Olympic Sport…
Pole Dance is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout recognized schools and qualifications are now common.
Can Pole Dancing Be an Olympic Sport?
Thousands of pole dancers and also the rapidly growing number of international and national federations transforming what was once the exclusive property of strip clubs and cheap bars into a respectable and highly athletic event are saying “Absolutely”.
“After a great deal of feedback from the pole-dance community, many of us have decided that it’s about time pole fitness is recognized as a competitive sport and what better way for recognition than to be part of the 2012 Olympics held in London,” Coates wrote in a petition she is readying for the London organizers.
Yes, it’s understandable that to some, Pole Dancing is solely what it has always been associated with, a strip club. We believe, along with our growing community, this idea has a lot to do with the lack of knowledge and unwillingness to look outside Old Ways of Thinking.
Opinions are inevitable whether it be towards new Music, Sports, Entertainment, Celebrities or Political Issues. There will always be those that support or protest any new idea and or trend. It is our strong belief that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman or a man attempting to change the perception of others. We hope to change the Old Way of Thinking and inform people of how prominent this new sport and Fitness Trend is becoming.