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  • Pole-Dance Thesis

    Posted by babyteks on April 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi all – I’m doing a Translation Masters in Paris and I have a mini-thesis to write, which I’ve chosen to do on Pole-dancing. I want to do something that goes beyond the usual ‘oooh pole-dancing is no longer controversial’ articles that you tend to see. Thing is…that kind of article is rare, if not non-existant as fa…r as I can see. So my question is: Do any of you know of documents, papers, theses, articles, anything that has a more in-depth approach to pole-dancing. (the X-pole and its parts, the technology used, history of pole-dancing etc). The longer the better although at this point, anything will do. If not I’ll have to find another topic and I really don’t want to.

    Phew, long message. Anyway keep on poling!

    babyteks replied 14 years, 3 months ago 14 Members · 29 Replies
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  • SissyBuns

    April 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Your idea sounds cool. I wish I knew of some articles to help you out but I don’t

  • sunnyinphoenix

    April 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    You might look at the book, Candy Girl: A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody, the screenwriter of Juno. I haven’t read it. I read the first chapter when I was visiting someone. So I can’t really comment on the content.
    You should comment let us know what you find.

  • babyteks

    April 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I will do
    My teacher is currently writing a book but unfortunately it’s not published yet so I can’t use it but it promises to be really good.

  • Journey

    April 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    This may help:

    Not sure how well it would hold up as a source for your thesis in and of itself, but at least it would definitely give you some other things that you could cross-reference and look into.

    Oh, and if you’re looking for some info regarding X-Pole, PoleSkivvies did an interview with Clive Coote:

    If you look past all the mini-advertising he’s doing there is some history in there you may be able to use, lol.

    Good luck!

  • minicoopergrl

    April 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I think there might be a few things from the front of the Vertical Dance website.

  • chemgoddess1

    April 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Google "physics of pole dancing"…I came up with TONS of hits.

    You also may want to interview someone from Hardcore Poles (or what is the name of the other one that Empy uses??) that makes their own poles and see what goes into the design and testing of them. They may not want to give away their secrets though.

  • babyteks

    April 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Wow you guys are awesome, thank you so much!

  • horsecrazy12987

    April 8, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I don’t have any articles to add, but I just wanted to pop in and say that I think it’s awesome that you’re writing a thesis on pole dancing!

  • miss fern

    April 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm
  • babyteks

    April 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hello again

    Thank you so much for your links.
    I just wanted to give you an update : I contacted xpole us who were kind enough to send over some very technical brochures which means I can go ahead with the thesis now!

    I already have an idea of what I want to deal with but if you have any other facts, and ideas, let me know!

  • miss fern

    April 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Well, whenever you’ve written up your executive summary, or hypnothesis, or whatever you should come back and post it here. Then we’ll all have a much better idea of what articles to keep an eye out for!

  • miss fern

    May 15, 2010 at 9:15 am


    How is this thesis going?

    I just found another positive news piece on pole dancing, and immediately thought of you. Here’s the link:

    Title: Race-car drivers or pole dancers? Will the real athletes please step forward

  • babyteks

    June 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Sorry for the late reply,
    Right now I’m compiling as much info as possible, in French and English –

    And since I’m on summer vacation until October I’m also working on my own personal moves

  • babyteks

    February 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hello 🙂

    I have an update and a question regarding my thesis.

    First off, I'm about halfway done and looking at being done by May. When that's done and I've handed it in to my teacher and she's approved it, I'll translate it and post it online. I'm loving the process but I'll be glad when it's done and over!

    My question has to do with poling as it is nowadays. I've spoken about its origins, its beginnings etc, and now I'd like to talk about the current 'generation' of polers who have influenced the art. I've got a few names but I'd like you to let me know if there's anyone hugely significant that I've missed, if you don't mind 🙂

    Obviously I have to include Felix Cane who's probably the biggest name in poling simply because she's crossed over into the 'mainstream' with Zumanity, Comicon etc.

    Then there's Jenyne Butterfly as well who's done a ton of workshops for instance.

    Then KT Coates who compiled a list of tricks and spins, created a teacher accreditation process, helped test and distribute Xpoles

    Mariana Baum who's the French representative for the World Pole Dance Federation.

    Anyone else you'd add?

  • miss fern

    February 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Perhaps you should look at the founding members of pole organisations such as IPDFA (International Pole Dance Fitness Association, I think), APPSA (Asia Pacific Pole Sport Alliance) and USPDF (United Stated Pole Dance Federation).


    The founding directors of those companies/organisations probably have probably made significant impact in the industry, even if some of them are invisible, behind the scenes. 🙂

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