"The sexy style of pole dance is as much an art form as any other, and a legitimate form of expression,"
- Michelle Shimmy, July 2013, The Proliferation, Professionalisation and Sanitisation of Pole Competitions: Part 1
I had the opportunity to welcome two well known competitors training for the upcoming August 2013 Midwest pole competition to train at Pole Harmony this past weekend. During their training session, several prospective students stopped by to check out the studio and got a glimpse into the world of pole. One of the topics that got discussed with one of the many women that stopped by was the various classifications of pole dancing. It really left an impression on me as I heard the words I commonly preach come out of the mouth of another fellow pole dancer and instructor.
Pole dancing can be anything you want it to be. It isn't just all one sided, there are many sides to pole dancing and each dancer interprets movement differently. The various interpretations are what make it so interesting. It's about keeping an open mind to accept that dance is an expressive world where the possibilities are endless. I love the sensual fluid movement that creates a sexually charged dance. It's just the way I've identified personally with how my body looks the best when it moves. Of course there are a lot of people out there pushing to de-sexualize pole dancing. There's a movement to make pole an acceptable and well respected sport and many believe the only way to achieve this is to remove anything deemed sexy. At Pole Harmony, we accept all forms of pole dancing. Each form of dance is respected as it all serves as a learning experience that fuels our artistic souls. The unity of dance creates the perfect balance and harmony within our expressive nature.
We welcome all dancers to join us in creating an environment that grows creatively through all our differences. Join us in Pole & Flow Tuesdays at 7:10pm for routines designed specifically to introduce concepts of discovering your personal movement.