Does it really matter how we categorize our dancing? Do we have to put a label on it? Doesn't all that matters is we have a perfect balance within ourselves and our dancing that we are content with what we present- then, now, and in the future?
I guess one can argue dancing is about continuously growing and evolving as a dancer. One must seek out opportunities to grow. This is a good point. I get it. But not everyone will grow in the same way at the same time. Some people think of growing in different terms. Evolving in your dancing may include the ever popular tricks only. You're banging out trick after trick. Can you seamlessly dance in between those tricks? No. Do you care? Probably not. That's not your intention. Not everyone has an intention to create beautiful dance flow that intertwines movement harmoniously. I'll be the first to admit, dance flow is not easy. It's a hard concept for many to grasp. Maybe that's why tricks have taken the cake in the community so to speak. It's easy and they're about the thrill of accomplishment.
The pole community is constantly evolving. What's popular today will inevitably be boring tomorrow. It goes through phases of what is happening "now". That's not to say tricks will dominate the mainstream in the pole community forever. Tomorrow everyone could decide that dance flow takes precedence over the latest cool trick. I think that is what is so inspiring about pole dancing. As it continuously changes, dancers are constantly getting a dose of skills they need to evolve. Whatever your intention, just make sure you feel content with the balance and progress of your own evolution. At the end of the day, all that really matters is how you feel about your dancing. You dance for no one else but yourself.