Pole Dancing Is An Ancient Sport

Pole dancing is an artistic dance form which requires stamina and strength and great coordination; so much so that a quest has begun to incorporate pole dancing as an official Olympics sport to be represented in the 2016 Olympics.

But where does pole dancing originate from?

  • For those not familiar with the historical facts of pole dancing, you will be surprised to learn that pole dancing dates as far back as two thousand years when Indian men participated in a game which they called  Mallakhamb which, when translated, means pole gymnastics.
  • Mallakhamb was designed with stamina, strength, fast reflexes in addition to coordination uppermost in mind.
  • The pole they used was wooden with a large wooden ball at the top; although the sport lost favour for a short while it was re-introduced during the early 19th century.
  • The Chinese pole on the other hand was twenty feet high, coated in rubber, and was used by Chinese men defying gravity through death-defying acts, by leaping from one pole to the other.
  • The Chinese sport can date back to the 12th century but is actively used in performances by today’s renowned Cirque du Soleil.
  • During the 1920’s pole dancing became something a little more exotic when women used poles to dance suggestively for men, and were soon being dubbed the “Hoochi-Coochi Dancers”
  • Pole dancing gravitated towards bars and strip clubs during the 80’s earning a rather tainted reputation at the time.
  • Fawnia Dietrich recognised the art and strength that pole dancing represented in 1994, opening up the world’s very first pole dancing club.

Since the 1990s, pole dancing has been taught as an art all over the world and is often used in fitness exercises. Since then, pole dancing classes have become a popular form of recreational and competitive sport.