So I know what you are thinking why am I, a serious dance enthusiast, talking about pole dancing? Because it’s freaking amazing that’s why! These dancers are not the strippers that your Grandmother warned you about. And in all honesty most of them are not strippers at all, but serious dancers or fitness enthusiasts. Pole dancing is now considered a form of performance art, its no longer associated just with strip clubs and loose women. As a matter of fact it was greatly influenced by the Chinese pole acrobats, who perform in a non-erotic stage performance or circus environment. And pole dancing has recently gained popularity as a form of fitness, a growing number of gyms and dance studios offer classes, usually in private rooms away from the eyes of gawking men. And I have literally seen a Church group advertising a pole dancing class in their recreation center, for women only of course. Plus there are a wide range of amateur and professional competitions that are held in many countries around the world. Through my extensive research on the internet looking for pole dance information, I have seen the videos of champions from Japan, Russia, Argentina, Australia, the Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, the US, and many other countries. And I predict with the growing craze around the world and the intense strength, acrobatics, and concentration required to do this sport. I think pole dancing could become an Olympic sport eventually, well that’s my opinion at least. Because these girls train hard, and they have the core, arm, and leg strength of Olympic level gymnasts. Now I am not saying sign your daughters up and teach them to work a pole at 12 so they can go on to compete in the World Pole Dancing Championships when they are older. But if you are over 18 years of age and you want to hone your skills, then more power to you. And take my word for it, the coming wave of artistic pole dancers are a force to be reckoned with. Well actually you don’t have to take my word for it I am including some pics and videos showcasing some insane pole dancing skill. Like I said earlier I have done extensive research on YouTube (not strip clubs), looking for the best pole dancing videos I could fine, and this woman is one of the best I have ever seen. She is amazing, artistic, and passionate like any great jazz dancer. She gained fame on the TV show Ukraine’s Got Talent and her name is Anastasia Sokolova. She has great skills like most great pole dancers, but she adds a level or professionalism and art that I have so far seen unmatched. And like a true performance artist her set design and costumes are amazing. For example the first video featured below is full of sharp poles that look like she would be impaled on one if she made one mistake, but don’t worry she’s completely safe. She also has picked great music and is performing to El Tango De Roxanne from the Moulin Rouge sound track, performed by José Feliciano. And if you like her pole dancing skills, search her name on YouTube, she has a lot of other videos that are just as awesome with more really cool sets and costumes.
This next girl is one of my favorites as well, I don’t know her name or if she has won any competitions. But the performance seen in this video is competition worthy, even if it is really raw and sexy. She has an amazing body and her movements are animated like she’s moving in reverse. And her strength and ability to go up and down the pole, either upside down or right side up, are simply amazing. When you combine all that with her body’s flexibility and many of the one-arm tricks she performs, this all makes her also one of the best you will ever see. Oh and the song she chose is awesome also its Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead remix) by Massive Attack.
And next up in my world tour of pole dancing is Yukari Makino Pole Dance Champion of Japan in 2011 and 2012. The other girls in the videos I presented showed sex appeal, power, agility, athleticism, and passion. Yukari has all that as well, but her strong point is grace and elegance. Just looking at her costumes you can tell she is more reserved than most pole dancers, but that’s to be expected because Japan is all about honor and pride. With that said, if any of these women were being judged for doing ballet while pole dancing, it for sure would be Yukari that wins that title. During the times that she was on the floor moving from pole to pole I thought I was watching a great ballet performance. And when she was on the pole it looked as if she was performing ballet upside down and defying gravity. It’s no wonder that she is the champion in Japan for pole dancing 2 years in a row. I don’t know the name of the songs she’s using, because it changes a few times in her mix, but no matter what the title of the music was, it suited her dance style perfectly.
Now people I know what you are thinking why would any self respecting girl pole dance? Or I don’t want to see these STRIPPERS shaking their butts! Hey give these girls a chance and watch the videos, they will change your mind about their skill and their talent. They have trained and worked their bodies to physical perfection and they deserve a chance to change your mind. And besides ladies, men are in on the act as well, and they compete also, either solo or partnered with a woman or other men. They utilize their power and strength to pull off similar incredible moves done by male gymnasts. Plus like I mentioned earlier and as you will see in video number 4, in China pole performing is done by men and women. And these men show the strength and agility that most pole dancers have, only times ten. After all they have had a big head start on the rest of the world when if comes to acrobatics and they were the originators of pole performing. There is even a pole gymnastics competition in India called Mallakhamb, where men do incredible power moves and hang upside down from a pole with just their legs, that’s video number five. And believe it or not here in the US inner city boys are developing a subway style pole dance of their own, utilizing the poles, both vertical and horizontal inside subway cars. It’s pretty incredible to see, which is why I chose to include it as the last video. And just like Hip hop, Break-dancin, and Krumpin were born from the streets and embraced by young inner city kids, I expect to see this new urban dance grow in popularity as well. So no matter how you slice it pole dancing is sweeping the world and is here to stay. So make sure you watch all the videos so you can see what I am talking about, and post a comment and let me know what you think,
by Anthony Hombrebailador
for more info on Anastasia Sokolova visit her website@ http://vk.com/sokolovadancestudio