Everyone knows pole dancing as a form of erotic entertainment, but should it be considered a sport?
In its purest form, pole dancing involves swinging around a pole in an acrobatic and suggestive fashion. Dictionary.com defines it as “a form of entertainment in which a scantily-dressed woman dances erotically, turning on and posing against a vertically-fixed pole on a stage”.
Pole dancing has become a worldwide phenomenon after being featured on various talent shows around the globe. Dedicated pole dancing studios are popping up around Sydney.
Bobbi, the owner and director of Bobbi’s Pole Studio group, told the Newsroom she believes pole dancing is in fact a sport – a dance sport.
“It’s a very physical activity requiring agility and strength,” she said. “It’s the only sport I do and I’m in peak physical condition at the age of 45.”
The core is one area which obviously benefits from pole dancing. However, Bobbi says there are many more.
“The benefits of pole dancing are wide – you gain flexibility, strength of all major and minor muscles groups, all-over body toning and weight loss,” she said.
The Huffington Post published an article last August which looked at whether pole dancing has a place in the Olympics in the future. Sergia Louis Anderson, who won last year’s US National Pole Championships, said that while she defines herself as an artist, there was a good argument for including pole dancing as an Olympics event.
Bobbi, meanwhile, is unsure.
“Most dance sports are not a part of Olympic consideration and I don’t think pole dancing should be either,” she says.
“However, there are many facets to pole, one of which is purely athletic, as likened to gymnastics. So if that was a consideration then, yes, I would support that.”
Bobbi urges those who doubt pole dancing is a sport to try it and see for themselves.
“It’s harder than it looks and much more addictive than it looks, too,” she says.
“It is a glamour sport if you wish it to be, which by no means takes away from the athleticism required and gained,” she said.
Case, check and point. – Photo and report by Noah La’ulu