History of Pole Dancing
The History of Pole DancingBecause it is such a popular pastime, I decided to write about the history of pole dancing. What is pole dancing exactly? Since pole dancing is an art form, it has been historically renown for being performed in strip clubs and night clubs. Due to the increasing popularity, it has become a form of fitness and entertainment. The popularity of the sport of pole dancing is a practice has spread all over the world!
Because it is such a widespread you might ask yourself the question, where did pole dancing come from? How long has it been around? Therefore, to answer these questions, we need to look back in civilizations past several hundred years!
The Beginning Stages of Pole Dancing
About 800 years ago, the original use of poles were used in an Indian sport known as “Mallakhamb.” As such these early poles were made of wood, and therefore much wider in diameter than the modern metal ones used today. Early developments in pole dancing by the Chinese were accomplished with the Chinese pole.
The Chinese used two poles, performing tricks leaping from pole to pole about 20 feet in the air. These tricks were performed entirely by men. Mallakhamb is a sport still competed in today and is apparently still popular. Personally, I’d much rather watch a beautiful woman on a pole, than a sculpted man, but hey everyones got an opinion right?
Because of the necessity to fill side acts, in the 1920s, pole dancing started taking shape and developing into what it is today. Beginning in circus tents pole dancing was a mere sideshow. It slowly progressed from the circus tents and into the bars. Early forms of pole dance were performed by burlesque 🙂
In 1968 that the first official pole dance was performed ,therefore setting the stage for mainstream pole dancing. Because a woman by the name of “Belle Jangles” living in Oregon, performed it at the “Mugwump Strip Club.” Because it was a success, over the next 12 years pole dancing transitioned into being used for strip tease, and lap dancing.
Pole Dancing Could Very Well Progress to the Olympics!
The history of pole dancing has certainly come a long ways over the last 800 years. Due to increasing popularity, many men and women have become involved in the sport. Bethany Finlay, Sarah Scott, Trinity Sky, Anastasia Sokolova, and my personal favorite, Amy Hazel to name a few of the big timers.
Due to recent news, we might see a big moment in pole dance history quite possibly! That’s because the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) is pushing for pole dancing in the olympics. consequently, this might take away from the erotic aspects of the sport. Due to olympic regulations, it is unlikely you will see sexy heels, or risqué outfits during the olympic games.