For some people, pole dancing may get a bad rap. However, it is all about a form of performing art which combines dancing and gymnastics. Pole dancing involves a vertical pole and dancing sensually. In a club or circus, the stage performance is less gymnastic and goes along with striptease. Meanwhile, advance pole dancing requires strength, agility and endurance.
Pole dancing started in the 1920s in the United States. Until the 1980s, pole dancing and striptease gained the popularity in Canada and then in America. Despite the fact that pole dancing is mostly performed at strip clubs, a group of people are trying to make it as an athletic and artistic form of dance. In other words, it means strictly non-nude and non-stripping. Even, advocates push pole dancing to be the official sport in different kinds of Olympics worldwide.
If you are sill doubting about the beauty and flexibility of pole dancing, the following pictures will certainly surprise you.
Anamarie G. Garbo, representative from the Philippines and 2008 champion, is showing an intricate pole dance during the International Pole Championships in Tokyo on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010
Michelle Hafner of Australia is dangling effortlessly in her performance in the competition.
Zoraya Jude of the U.S is flying through the air. For her, there is nothing rather than pole dance.
Mai Sato of Japan shows off her phenomenal flexibility during her performance.
Marlo shows her incredible leg strength in her pole dance.
Guinness World Record holder Dominic “Flag Man” Lacasse shows the charming pole dance.
Italy\'s Giulia Piolanti seems to be flying in this pole dance and going horizontal during the International Pole Championships in Tokyo
Loic Lebret of France performs the incredible upside-down variety of pole dance
Karen Ng of Singapore shows no fear when displaying her great balance
Amber Richard, the Pole Artist of the Year at the First Annual American Pole Fitness Championships, is showing her best move.
Caterina Gennaro demonstrates all the right moves.
Flying Laura incredibly holds her body horizontal on the pole which demonstrates her phenomenal muscle control.
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