Why the Pole Community Rocks My World
Can I just brag about the pole community for a minute here? I’m sorry I just feel the overwhelming need to right now. Last night I attended the Hurricane Sandy Pole Dance Benefit at Sacred Studio in Brooklyn. I was lucky enough to perform and be involved in the organization of the event as well. Roughly $1,500 was raised throughout the night and all that money will go directly to a family from Far Rockaway who lost everything in the storm.
First let me recap the performances for you. The variety of dance styles would educate any outsider on what pole dancing is all about. And what is that you may ask? It’s not so much about the apparatus (the pole) as it is what the dancer chooses to do with that apparatus. There was the soulful, the innovative, the sensual, the athletic, the creative and the quirky. No matter the style, every single dancer displayed a sense of vulnerability in her performance that was heartwarming and inspiring.
Roz “The Diva” hosted and was truly a pleasure to watch. Standing up there in her shiny skintight gold pants and stilettos, that woman defines confidence. Dancers from most every pole studio in New York were represented. There was so much love and support in the room. The audience cheered the dancers on enthusiastically throughout each performance. For some, it was their first time performing in public.
The sponsors for the raffle prizes were incredibly generous. We kept getting offers for donations literally up until hours before the event. They ranged from pole dance classes to beauty products to fire breathing lessons (for real). We even had bidding wars going on for some of the live auction items! A few of these sponsors were: Bodybinds, Liquid Motion, Body and Pole, Mika Yoga Wear and Mighty Grip.
So I’ve been saying this for years now but the pole community is truly one of a kind. I’ve met some of the most intelligent, beautiful, kind, creative and welcoming people through it. Pole dancing catapults you on this incredible journey and you can’t help but bond with those surrounding you in it. You can’t help but relate to strangers simply though that one shared interest. There are those on the outside that don’t really “get” it yet. But events like the one I experienced last night give me so much hope for the future and where this industry is heading. The talent was real, the emotion was raw and the energy was palpable.