By chance, while reading a news website, I saw a link to a video about pole dancing. Nosy as I am, I thought let’s take a look at this. What I saw made me watch that video with an open mouth. Not for the reason you might think right now. Yes, I do admit that a pole dancing video is of immense erotic expression, but it took not more than 3 seconds to understand that this is high performance athletics.
Currently there is a discussion going on on whether pole dancing is a sport or not. I think the discussion is a waste of time. The answer is a clear yes. I was a professional athlete myself (soccer) and at one point in my life, many decades ago, I was in outstanding shape. However, I would have never been able to put a performance up such as these pole dancers do. And I bet, there is not a single guy in professional soccer, football, basketball, hockey or baseball that is able to come close to such physical abilities. With that said, you have the answer why pole dancing is a sport. No discussion needed.
Not only since recently, many fitness studios are offering pole dancing as a class and there is a good number of interested people, male and female. That is a clear indication that the sport is on the right way and is growing. Hopefully pole dancing will succeed and will be acknowledged as more as the first, or old, impression. The athlete’s deserve this.
The most of us are guilty to judge pole dancing by its perception in public, including me. At least I was, until I gave it a real thought. Sexual expression or motivation? Well, maybe some of the athletes in pole dancing have that in mind and want to show off their impact on others, but which other professional athlete doesn’t? Look at the pro’s in other sports, some of them believe they are the greatest erotic presentation since… who knows what. There are countless athlete’s that are followed by a screaming crowd, just because they can run a whole into a wall. If that is legitimate, then pole dancing should be acknowledged as well, no question.
I think it is going to be a ridiculous discussion until, at one point, this sport will be seriously established, without the unnecessary side link to a strip club or worse.
Check this video from YouTube: