Most artistic pole dance competitions have stripped away the origins of pole dancing: Strip Clubs.
Pole dancing was designed to be a seduction of the audience. I see pole dances that are more gymnastics than dance. A lot of pole dancers eliminate any of the sexual origins of the dance. And that’s ok, but I kind of think it should have a different name as the emotion driving the dance is gone. Could you imagine a tango without tension?
I’ve enjoyed the male performances, but again, most are of an artistic interpretation of the original. This man brought the two elements together in this performance posted below. He seduces his audience while performing with grace and skill. I hope that I can bring this kind of energy to the stage.