Check out this intriguing short documentary about Pole Fitness that was shot at Body & Pole studio in NYC:
While I understand their stance, I still feel just ever-so-slightly sad about how clearly the line is drawn between sensuality and fitness. But that’s just me.
Pole dancing seems so fiercely defended in the U.S as “Not stripping”, whereas it’s hardly ever an issue here since we don’t have strip clubs. We do have seedy escort/karaoke bars, but those don’t have poles.
Okay, some of the ones (esp at Orchard Towers) do have poles now, but I’ve heard the girls there don’t do much more than grind on them.
Anyway, 99% of the people who find out for the first time that I take pole classes are impressed and curious in a good way. And interestingly, the only guys who ever reacted uncomfortably when I mentioned it were American. Like, full-on sudden awkward silence and loss of eye contact!
And then I think of how my 90-yr-old granny proudly tells my aunts about how good I am at exercising upside down on my pole at home, and I’m just happy to be on this side of the pole cultural divide. 🙂