Dance Tidbits: Pole Dancing

Pole dancing is a form of performance art derived from exotic dancing. Pole dancing combines dance and acrobatics centered around a vertical pole. This kind of art most recently gained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment. You can see Pole dancing being practiced by many energetic enthusiasts in gyms and dance studios alike. It has become the new dance/sport both in amateur and professional competitions all over the world.

What most people don’t realize is, that Pole dancing, is not a new phenomenon. The use of a pole for exercise and dancing has been traced back hundreds and hundreds of years to traditional India and its sports.

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BBC&C Lifetime Achiev. Awards in Boston

Courtesty of Alex Havasi

It was utilized as a mark of great endurance and strength using a wooden pole wider in diameter than a modern standard pole. The Chinese pole, originating in India, uses two poles on which men would perform “gravity defying tricks,” as they leap from pole to pole at approximately 20 feet in the air. Since the 1920’s, Pole dancing has greatly been influenced by the Chinese pole, as a form of acrobatics that is most notably performed in the circus. Competitive pole dance competitions are often performed combining a range of dance styles and/or gymnastics.

Pole dancing is not only beautiful to watch but requires great strength, flexibility and endurance. Pole dance involves athletic moves, such as climbs, spins and body inversions using the limbs to grip. Upper body and core strength are required to attain proficiency and rigorous training is necessary. Pole dancing is now regarded as a form of aerobic exercise. There are schools teaching Pole dancing and more opening up everyday. It is slowly becoming an art and sport that one must have significant qualifications to qualify in order to compete in competitions.

Today, there are numerous professional Pole dance competitions headed by the World Pole Sport Championship, U.S. Pole Federation Championship and the International Pole Masters Cup Championship. Concerted efforts on behalf of the International Pole Sport Federation are currently promoting a campaign to include competitive Pole dance in the Olympics in 2016.

As a display of exercise with over all body firming and the artistry of dance, Pole dancing

involves great endurance and fitness increasing core and body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body superbly. As a special treat, we were able to get exciting shots, up close and personally taken from our co-founder, Sandor “Alex” Havasi of the wonderful, Pantera Blacksmith. Alex and our founder, Marilyn Fordney, attended the BBC&C Lifetime Achievement Awards in Boston honoring Sam Sodano, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on September 14, 2014. Pantera is currently the world’s most famous Pole dancer! And, these pictures are absolutely breathtaking, as they are visions of art, dance and agility!


Pantera Blacksmith BBC&C Lifetime Achieve.

Awards in Boston

Courtesty of Alex Havasi

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website