Make It Rain on These Incredible Pole Dancing Dudes

The Facebook video that this is sourced from describes this as "pole dancing level 999," but I don't know if what these Mallakhamb athletes are doing could really be described so easily. Not to say that pole dancers aren't athletes in their own right because — dayum — that shit takes incredible strength (even… » 4/10/13 5:20pm 4/10/13 5:20pm

Pole Dancing Class for Kids Predictably Unnerves Anxious Adults

A fitness studio in British Columbia called Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness is offering some non-sexy pole dancing classes for children, which has caused less of a stir than you might imagine if only because studio owner Kristy Craig made an admirable effort to convince parents that in no way was she trying to recruit… » 9/09/12 5:00pm 9/09/12 5:00pm

NY Strip Club Seeks Tax Exemption Because Art

A strip club just outside of Albany called Nite Moves made the case Wednesday in New York's Court of Appeals that its cover charge ($11) and lap dance fees ($20 for three minutes) shouldn't be subject to the state's eight percent sales tax because naked dancing is an art form, not unlike ballet. After a 2005 audit of… » 9/06/12 12:00pm 9/06/12 12:00pm

It's Gonna Be a While Before Pole Dancing Is in the Olympics

The folks of the International Pole Sports Federation would love for pole dancing to be in the 2016 Olympics. Recently, the IPSF held an "Olympic Exhibition Event," and, according to their website, "pole sports athletes across the world are ready to get their sport recognized by the greatest sporting event in the… » 7/30/12 6:40pm 7/30/12 6:40pm

One-Armed Pole Dancer Wins World Title of Pole Dancing

Odds are that Thursday's International Pole Championship in Hong Kong passed just under your radar, but never you worry — the internet is here to provide you with all the pertinent pole-dancing information so you don't get caught at the water cooler on Monday humiliatingly ignorant about the most compelling… » 3/18/12 3:20pm 3/18/12 3:20pm

The Wild World Of Competitive Pole Fitness

Last fall, I discovered Pole Spin magazine quite accidentally when someone left it behind in a bar where I was having a cocktail. Since I posted about the publication a couple of times, Tinu, the single-named lady behind the American Pole Fitness Association and Pole Spin magazine, invited me to the American Pole… » 10/18/11 6:00pm 10/18/11 6:00pm

Competition Aims To Put Pole Dancing In Positive Light

This weekend, 11 women competed in the 2011 U.S. Pole Dancing Championship in New York City as a way to legitimize the activity as a sport. Watching the aerial acrobatics that defy gravity in this clip, it's hard to argue that pole dancing is anything but. (In case you were wondering, they have to wear skimpy outfits… » 5/02/11 7:00pm 5/02/11 7:00pm