Polarise /ˈpəʊlərʌɪz/ verb: divide or cause to divide into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs.
Pole dancing, pole sport, pole fitness. An art form. With a long history, pole’s recent popularisation still polarises people based upon its associated preconceptions.
Having its roots in ancient Indian and Chinese traditional sports utilising a pole to perform gymnastics, wrestling and yoga poses. The early 20th century saw the introduction of pole dancing in circuses; with the tent’s middle pole being used by travelling dancers to attract crowds. Progressing into the 80s, pole dancing began incorporating more athletic and sensual moves such as tricks and burlesque.
As schools began opening in the 90s to teach pole dancing as a fitness and art form, it diverged into a sport and recreational activity. Most performers and competitors nowadays include a variety of spinning and static moves, inverts and drops on the pole, in combination with floorwork such as dancing, contortions and callisthenics.
Pole with Val was started by Val Dance in 2018 after 8 years of training and performing pole in Dunedin. Gaining her pole skills at the same time as earning multiple degrees, Val has imparted her skills to a new generation of polers with a unique method of teaching that pushes students to master moves in a more cerebral way which has seen marked improvements in both beginners and experienced polers to her studio.
Having organised charity performances and fundraisers in the past, Pole with Val presents our first student showcase, illustrating the varied backgrounds of our students and pole styles.
Venue is R18
Fringe Tags; Performance Art, Dance