Sanitizing Pole Dance

Bob Zamora
Oct 15, 2013
This months Pole Dancing Bloggers bloghop topic is the sanitization of pole dance.Where do I begin? The longer I dance, the deeper I get into the art of pole dancing. I'm truly a dancer. I love the way pole dancing and dance in general gives me a chance to express being human without words. Implicit in our humanity is our sexuality. I don't know of an art form that does not touch sexuality in some way. Ballet is sexy. I've been over that ground numerous times in my blog. Imagine the great art museums of the world without nudity and eroticism. It is just not possible to pull them apart in my mind.

However, pole dancing is going to evolve. The sexy/artistic dancers cannot stop this evolution. I am not going to question the motives that some people use when they promote pole fitness any more than I am going to question the use of the word "Empowerment". I am simply going to dance my dances for those who appreciate my approach to pole.

I have a choice. I can work on choreography, learning new pole moves, listening to new music or I can waste my time trying to convince people that K.T. Coates is destroying an art form with the International Pole Sports Federation. The clearest statement of my commitment to the artistic side of pole dance can be found in my performances and the collaborations that I have had with my fellow dancers.

Last week I read a rather controversial article about pole dancing by Dr. Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D in Psychology Today. I posted a quote from it on my Facebook page and took issue with the glaring bias in the article and her statement about rape culture. One of my friends replied, Refer to Annemarie Davies post about haters hating : "You are not the jackass whisperer."

Personally when this months blog hop topic was announced I though of a song by folk music artist John Gorka. I attended John's performance last January in Denver. He told the story behind his song, "Where the Bottles Break." He was living in the rough side of a Pennsylvania steel mill town. Big money was moving into that part of town, tearing down the biker bars and neighborhood stores. They were being replaced by corporate chain stores. In one line of the song John writes, "I just wanna make enough to buy this town and keep it rough."

I want to keep pole dance rough. I like my Scotch neat. Excessive gluteal exposure is ok with me. I have learned to dance wearing eight-inch platform heels because I wanted to feel what the other dancers feel when their heels hit the floor after a slow spin. A spin to a piece of music that expresses some emotion bubbling from deep inside themselves. A spin that says, Here I am. I am beautiful. I am sexy.

I'm not concerned about pole gymnastics becoming an Olympic sport. I'm not concerned about the mainstream or my dance getting a G-Rating. I'm just going to be a better dancer and artist tomorrow than I am today. If someone thinks that I am attractive either physically or intellectually because of my dance I'll take the compliment and run.

A Man Who Pole Dances

LeelooBeautifully written.
Live your glorius ideas and let the pole sport people live their, hmm, routines :) In the pole sport world only a few pole routines transcend the boundaries of obligatory elements and "sporty" style. I recommend you check this video, the guy has it all while still somehow playing to their rules [] . But it is more of an exception than a rule, because most routines at competitions are uniform and unengaging. It is the same with rhythmic gymnastics, it was glorius and fluid in the 80's and best part of the 90's, and robotic and contortionist in the new millenium.

I had to read this post again just to appreciate the great storytelling here, great post.
Oct 15, 2013
quancutie23How id kt coates destroyinh pole dancing. I like kt she is a great teacher
Oct 15, 2013
Bob ZamoraA few month back Mary Ellyn Weissman asked for opinions on a post by KT. KT wanted to know if men could cover up and start wearing vests when they performed. It was at that point that I knew KT and I lived in very different worlds. I've seen the IPSF scoring system. I don't like it and I'm not fond of covering up when I dance. Sport pole is not for me. I do respect those who feel differently and that is what my blog post was all about.
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
PenelopeAnnLoved the post! And thank you Leeloo for that link - flippin' amazing!
Oct 16, 2013
WebmasterWe need to make sure that our community leaders embrace art. Art is accepting, art is embracing, art is tolerant and art challenges our preconceived notions of the world around us.

When our art becomes rote execution it ceases to be art and it ceases to advance.
Oct 17, 2013
sarajones197816I am a professional ballerina as well as a pole dancer, if the art was taken out of either for me by scoring, judging my style compared to others, where is the true emotion or expression? I dance for me, I dance to music that literally moves me in both mediums. Both are challenging and both are emotional and I vote wholeheartedly to keep it that way.
Nov 4, 2013
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