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How to Pole Dance

For my English class, we had to write a short “How To…” story. Of course, I wrote about pole dancing, as expected. When I first volunteered to read my story and announced the title, everyone laughed. They expected it to be some funny story about how to strip. It just made me realize how far pole dancing has until it is recognized as a legitimate form of art and exercise. The first thing people think of is stripping, which is only natural considering our media only shows this side of it. Maybe we need to change the name to pole art so the negative stigma can be erased. Anyway, when I read my short story, people were surprised that I made it sound like an actual art form rather than talking about someone taking their clothes off and sensually dancing around a pole.

This was my story:

How to Pole Dance

Wait until the room is clear before standing in front of the mirror. Make sure the radio is turned up… volume forty-seven. Scroll to whatever tune swims through your veins; It will show how passionate you are in your movement. Watch the clock on the west wall as its hands tick down to the beat in your head… five, six, seven, eight! Posse. Pirouette. Make sure your toes are pointed. Use all the space surrounding the pole to your left… to your right. Liquid motion and creative use of shapes and lines will enhance the aesthetic appeal. Connect your ankle and palm of your hand to the forty-five millimeter chrome finished pole as your hair trails behind you, just a few steps shy of your every move. As your spins come to a complete revelation, maybe three or four completed three hundred sixty degree movements, the cadence must continue on the wooden floor on which you land… make sure your toes are still pointed. Finish every line made by the extension of your fingers and toes, flex every muscle so your definition that you’ve been working so hard for glows beyond the music that’s drowning your consciousness. Lose yourself… with nothing but the spotlight centered on your movement as you glide across the floor, transitioning from pole to pole. Don’t forget the vertical transitions. With your hands in split grip tightly around the pole with the perfect shape of an obtuse triangle formed between your top and bottom arm, lift your legs, cross at the ankles as they press against the front of the pole and climb. Dead lift into the handspring that you took three months to master. Invert to the iron x and drop down to your over split jade. Are your toes still pointed? Make sure every inch of your body is actively engaged and glistening in beads of sweat with every move you make. You must have passion. Your moves must marry the lyrics in the song. Your emotion must be absorbed through the gravity you defy. If you aren’t completely winded at this point, you should be. You’re doing something wrong… maybe your toes aren’t pointed? Well, point them. Your routine should end as softly as the volume that begins to trail off. Dancing on a pole is like telling a story. Introduce your audience to the concept and embrace them with the bundles of emotions you are aiming to release. The climax of your story should be demonstrated with the hardest move you know, perfectly synchronized with the highest note in the bridge of the song and ending softly, entirely, and proving a point as powerful and resonating as the one that drops the mic and walks off stage. And now… you can pole dance.


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