Salacious Dances, Past and Present

Manolo said, Ayyyyy! It is the competitive pole dancing…

Naturally, the Manolo had no idea that this was so athletic, knowing so little as he does about the modern demi-monde. Nor did he realize that the competitive pole dancing costumes were no less salacious than, say, the women’s beach volleyball, or the Cirque du Soleil. Indeed, this has the strong resemblance to the high-end French Canadian circusry. Although, one does wish they had the better taste is the shoes.

Frankly, competitive pole dancing seems antiseptic, and mostly asexual, more similar to the the display of physical culture than the tawdry eroticism. So serious and martial, like the exercises done by the women of Sparta.

But, as we all know, last century’s forbidden dance, is this century’s historical curiosity…

Now, this, the cancan as imagined by Jean Renoir, is bacchic eroticism on the profound scale, so appealing and abandoned and natural that one wishes to be transported to this place, if only to drink champagne and observe.

P.S. The Manolo tip his chapeau claque to the Ka-Ching

5 Responses to “Salacious Dances, Past and Present”

  1. Anonymous May 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    I’m taking pole classes this summer! It’s a great workout:) Might you suggest a better pair of shoes for the dance?

  2. Jenifersf May 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I was obsessed with the can-can when I was a child. I must have seen it on tv. Especially that move with the one leg bent up and making little circles. I would play can-can dancer over and over.

    I guess today’s generation has this:
    http://www.parentdish.com/2009/08/31/next-up-a-pole-dancing-doll/

  3. JayKay May 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Having taken a few pole dancing classes, I can honestly say that it is WAY harder than it looks and is one hell of a workout! Those ladies are incredibly strong. Hell, the woman at :48 is INSANE…she pulls off a “flagpole” and then presses down into a straddle L. Even in my best shape (as a gymnast), I couldn’t have pulled this off…and she makes it look easy.

    Slutty footwear aside, those women are athletes.

  4. David Hall June 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    My daughter in Law has recently taken up pole dancing, she goes to lessons for it. I never realized it had reached this level of world class competition, I always thought it was something for a back street club or something of that sort.
    Since seeing the video on this page, it seems quite skillful and athletic.

  5. Jane Dance July 12, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    I run a small dance shoe and dancewear business normally selling for the traditional market. I can’t understand how Pole Dancing has become so big without me knowing about it, until I came across it here.
    It looks like I will have to research and start stocking equipment for this market.

    Jane.

    Womens Dance Shoes