Pole based dancing is a sport built upon the concept of bringing people out of their shells. It stands to serve as a platform for which people may build their basic level of confidence while practicing in private or amongst friends and other students. While often disregarded and frowned upon, it is not the sexual tendencies of the sport that help to build confidence in women. The whole point is that a person may prove to themselves that the ability to “feel” sexy was present all along and that is the main concept many pole fitness enthusiasts try to emphasize to students and to the public.
While this form of fitness may have been devised and utilized for reasons other than health, the entire concept was developed through ancient forms of dancing that happened to utilize poles into the routine. It’s these roots enthusiasts look to bring the hobby back to, the artistic and expressionist foundations from which the dance was created. It’s the artistic passion and physical expression that make pole fitness such a unique way to stay in shape compared to other workouts.
This form of creative freedom helps to build confidence as well, just take it from one of the world’s best pole dancing artists, Deborah Roach! Deborah won the 2012 International Pole Championships through plenty of years of hard work and an amazing amount of skill, but Deborah is has one small difference when compared to 2012’s other competitors. Deborah only has one arm, and through pole fitness she has managed to claim the title of world champion!
Back in 2006, Ms. Roach saw a demonstration of aerial acrobatics performed by 2 skilled circuseers, and after further studying the sport she had decided this was what she wanted to do, claiming when she was a teenager she had little confidence in her aesthetic and athletic capabilities. But luckily as she got older she realized how talented she was and began to question her prior notions of what she was and wasn’t capable of. With no lack of courage and confidence, Deborah managed to take to the sport so well she was able to quit her job in IT in 2009 and make dancing her full time career.
Always up for a challenge, Deborah at her recent 28th birthday received a prosthetic arm, and through this prosthetic she has honed her long distance bike riding abilities. Obviously no pushover, the 2012 International Pole Dance championships weren’t one either. In this competition, the finalists are judged based on every movement, pause and maneuver in their routine. Points are awarded based on complexity, intricacy and how many times it has already been done. Along with competing with some 50 other of the world’s top competitors, Deborah found her way to the top through blowing away the challengers with precision balance and skill that proved to be the best of the day!
Now a world champion, Deborah is as pumped as ever to get out into the world and add to her list of accomplishments; and it was all initiated through courage she developed when taking that first chance trying out pole fitness. Now without looking back, Deborah advocates the benefits and positive attributes that come along with pole fitness.
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Pole sport enthusiasts across the world are facing different types of moral resistance to their form of fitness, and it happens practically everywhere. Some places though are a little more morally stiff-necked and thus you have the “anti-pole” establishment constantly advertising pole-based fitness in the outdated light of sexual indecency. They seek to inform the public of how Pole Sports and pole-based acrobatics are detrimental not only to society, but to the women that practice the art-form. For years now, ever since Oprah featured a segment on her show about the benefits of pole based fitness, there has been an increasingly vocal support base for the dance form that has slowly risen up through the years.
Now as studios, clubs and private tutorships open across the world at a rapid pace focused on teaching women the basics of pole athletics, the “Pre-Pole” establishment seeks to shift the entire public viewpoint to that of their own ideas about pole sports’ sexual inclinations. Luckily there a handful of brave women, business owners and athletes willing to get a crooked stare to stand up for what they think is right. If you are sitting there wondering to yourself, “How far can people really go to limit the way others exercise?”
Well the answer to that would be “FAR.” Just ask the Glasgow University Pole-Dancing Club! Last week the GUPDC received some unflattering remarks on the widely viewed news site “The Daily Mail.” The article titled “What’s Your Daughter Doing at Uni?” made it sound as if the entire female population of the university is guilty of some perverse charge too demeaning to be referred to. The columnist claimed the sport promotes the “sexualization” of young women. The fear tactics utilized here are a little more than just disturbing; it shows an entirely hidden moral agenda fighting to make the world as conservative as they are.
Maggie Rostron, GUPDC president, honestly believes the perverse perception of the sport is due to a clear and fundamental lack of education and understanding. Speaking to The Journal, she said: “The GUPDC is a fitness club, and the focus is on that. There is also a huge difference between sexual, and confidence, which most people confuse. The technicalities involved in learning moves mean it is essential to have a good understanding of the body and its capabilities. We see the activity as a sport, and most importantly, do not perform for the sexual gratification of our audiences. People who come to see our shows are not expecting to get a complimentary lap dance; more often than not, they come to support family or friends who are performing, and to appreciate the skills required to perform moves.”
Craig Angus, Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council vice-president media communication, was a little outraged at the criticism geared toward the schools 100% appropriate program. He says of the whole thing,
“It’s just an absolute joke that the Daily Mail have taken their modern Mary White-housing to the university. The GUPDC is a popular society, and attracts a wide range of students, both male and female. The benefits are that like-minded people can meet up on a regular basis to do something which they enjoy, and that doesn’t have any malicious intent towards anybody.
The SRC represents 27,000 students; some are religious, some are atheist, some have sex regularly, some abstain ‘till marriage, some are right-wing, some left-wing. In this position, with such a diverse range of people, all we can do is take a ‘pro-choice’ stance - essentially you can choose to feel how you want. The trick is not to impose your ideological beliefs on other people who just happen to feel differently. Above all, it’s about tolerance and understanding.”
Well said Mr. Angus, that statement in itself captures the entire essence of Pole based Fitness in the first place. With so many seeking to gear the public toward a distasteful idea of Pole Sports, we are lucky to have individuals willing to stand up and shout non-sense! So in the next few years, we can hope this small and very vocal minority of Pole Sport enthusiasts will help redefine the way the sport is looked at and help to carry it all the way to the ultimate goal, The Olympics!
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