Featured blog: Pole Community Reacts to Rihanna’s Pole Dance Video
Rihanna has gotten a lot of attention recently from her latest music video to “Pour It Up”, a song about going to the strip club. Needless to say, there was a lot of booty, a lot of twerking and a lot of sexy pole dancing. Irmingard Mayer has taken note of the reactions from the pole community and you might be surprised to hear that the reactions haven’t been very good. Mayer discusses the issues some had with the video and why it’s important to not forget where pole dancing has really come from. She says, “We can cherry-pick pieces of “stripper style” pole dancing all we want. We can sanitize it to be accepted by the mainstream or even an Olympic committee. We can take away the heels, do away with the gyrating and get rid of the vulgar music. We can incorporate ancient styles of Chinese pole and Mallakhamb all we want. At the end of the day though, the style of pole dancing we do now was originated by strippers in strip clubs.” Click here to read more!