Olympics 2016 : Pole Dancing in Rio de Janeiro
Please take time to watch this video all the way through, it runs under 5 minutes.
As you do consider what you are watching. Everyone who sees it has different, but amazing reactions to it. This performance is pure excellence. Call it seminal, it is magical, and has changed world opinions of pole dancing forever. It is the best song and pole dance combination ever recorded.
I would like to introduce you to the beautiful, talented, and athletic Jenyne Butterfly.
The International Pole Dancing Community...
If you want to support the cause and help get these events into the 2016 Olympics. Here are some important and informative links. There are many reasons to promote physical fitness, athletic competition, and some people just find it good clean fun. Do not be swayed by the public stigmas.
So what was it for you as you watched?
Was it the opening? Was it the timing? Maybe the music and interpretation? Was it the physical impossibility of it all? Was it the finish with the innocent but sheepish paper, scissors, rock? Was it the wonder, if you could do that? Was it some combination of all these?
Or for some of you, was it just stylish and sexy? Whatever it was nothing compares before or after.
She also is a perfect example of why pole dancing and the international pole dance community of people, both women and men that are practiced at it, are seeking to take it to another whole level athletically. Yes, there will always be those that see it a stripper art at best, or an adult industry dance style, but pole dancing has progressed far beyond that. Not that the community that sees it as a sport has anything but respect for the stripper or exotic dancer. For they are sisters and brothers of the same cloth to some extent. But now is the age of modern athletics, and pole dancing is working hard to become an Olympic event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro has won the right to host the Olympic games in the summer of 2016, a decision that will set the games in South America for the first time. The Brazilian city beat out heavy contenders to host the games, Chicago and Copenhagen. But that is some time off yet...
So who or what has brought the idea of Pole Dancing as an Olympic Sport about anyway?
It is a decree coming from the community that practices pole dancing as an art and several business industries, or so the story goes.
The International Pole Convention of 2012 is being held this year in Los Angeles on June 21-24, and this year they are on a Mission, as stated they are hoping for pole dancing to become an official Olympic sport by 2016. In fact, they would like it to be made official by the International Olympic Committee in time for the 2012 Olympics in London, but that is looking less likely as time draws near.
The International Pole Convention is an annual event that unites the Pole Community and the many branches in the realm that encompasses the modern Exotic Fitness World. The Convention is non-competitive, but is an event that is made to showcase how the community takes pride in professionalism and positive representation of their beloved sport and art. And I am referring to the art and sport that is Pole and Exotic Dance Fitness. There are very many people that support this athletic community, and the numbers are growing exponentially.
The International Pole Convention of 2012 is being held this year in Los Angeles on June 21-24, and this year they are on a Mission. They are hoping for pole dancing to become an official Olympic sport by 2016.
Firstly, as a sport that is trying to get into the Olympics fold, much of the professional world prefers to be called Pole Exercise. They are not technically Pole dancers but a form of modern gymnastics, in fact, the sport uses two poles at a time just like the parallel bars. Except the poles are vertically aligned instead of horizontally.
Secondly the goal is not about petitioning to get the sexy exotic dancing styles into the Olympics, but the vertical poles require an incredible amount of flexibility and overall body strength, the kind needed to hold yourself upside down by your thighs in mid-air, swing your body circularly, jump from pole to pole, dance, maintain balance, and keep your hands from slipping the whole time. It is a sport that demands stamina, endurance, and graceful poise.
It is not something that is done by just swinging around, and letting your body fall into any ridiculous position it lands in, not by a long shot.
The other side of the force in support of pole dancing started with a British company called Vertical Dance. They have been fighting for the chance to make working the poles become a test sport for the 2012 London Olympics, busily for the last few years. Vertical Dance has started an online petition to accept pole dancing as an official Olympic sport sport, which currently has 6,700 supporters from the industry and fans that have signed the petition.
"After a great deal of feedback from the pole dance community, many of us have decided that it's about time pole fitness is recognized as a competitive sport and what better way for recognition then to be part of the 2012 Olympics held in London!" the petition currently says, " Like the horizontal bar, the vertical bar should have a place in international competitive sport. We believe that like Rhythmic Gymnastic, the Horizontal Bar and Figure Skating, Pole Dance, Vertical Dance is acrobatic, gymnastic, technical and takes a great deal of physical skill and strength to master, earning it a place in the greatest sporting event in the world."
The Vertical Dance company recognizes the international marketing potentials as well, with more than 50 countries taking part in the sport. Unfortunately, the people from International Olympic Committee have only recently begun to have any serious commentary or dialogue concerning the petition.
The International Pole Exercise Community have now set their goal more realistically for pole dancing to become an official Olympic sport by 2016. And with the announcement that the 2016 Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, what better place could there be for the first Brazilian Olympics and the first exciting events for this new and exotic dance sport.
And the gold medal for pole dancing goes to...
OK - Let us have a little sense of humor here...
And because I know some of you are reading this and thinking what a stupid idea. Let's get some of those one liners out of your heads, and have some good humor about the issues at hand. Because it does lead to some interesting questions about the sport itself, that as yet remain to be answered. Such as...
Will the pole dancers be allowed to dip their hands in a bag of chalk like the weightlifters do before they begin? And what about using baby oil, but not for their hands?
Will there be any kind of events like synchronized pole-dancing or mixed doubles? With identical twins, one would have to assume.
Will the strip clubs of the future feature women with Official Olympic insignia on their outfits to show support for their national Olympians? Well, depending on the club attire, maybe they could get their international flags temporarily tattooed on their lower back.
What criteria will the pole dancer be judged on? And will there be a private dance round for fans?
What do you tip an Olympic competitor anyway? Silver or gold? Tipping with bronze is just in poor taste.
If you are still thinking that this is all a farce...then this may sway you.
The serious intentions of the Pole Exercise community has drawn some unexpected support. The Yoga community is no less of a potential contender for Olympic status. In fact their numbers are probably larger and have much respect throughout the world of athletics and dance already. It seems that the Yoga communities are intent on joining forces with the Pole communities, and possibly the National Cheerleading organizations, to strong arm the International Olympic Committee to allow all three sports into the 2016 Olympics.
USA Yoga, the governing body in England has put forth their application to the United States Olympic Committee to get yoga included in the 2016 Olympic games as we speak, although now it will have to do the same with Brazil. But that should not be a problem. USA Yoga held the National Yoga Asana Championship on March 2-4 in New York.
During the competition entrants assumed yoga poses in front of a judging panel; in three minutes each participant performed five mandatory poses - standing head-to-knee pose, standing bow-pulling pose, bow pose, rabbit pose, and stretching pose - followed by two of their choice. The poses are meant to exemplify ‘how someone can have perfect strength, balance, flexibility in the body,’ Rajashree Choudhury, founder of USA Yoga, told the Associated Press.
Putting forward a petition to the Olympic Committee is very likely to have some leverage with the 2016 Olympic Committees. This year in England Women's Boxing is going to be included at the London 2012 games, the sports community having successfully made their bid to get the event approved in the eyes of the English Olympic Committee. It was also this 2012 year that Golf and Rugby Seven were both officially included this year, thanks to the English Olympic Committee.
With Brazil being the first South American country to ever host an Olympics, it is equally likely that they will want the distinction of honoring in some new events to the list of Olympic sports. What better opportunity than with the ancient art of Yoga?
Although there are a few reservations and considerations on the part of the Yoga community as a whole. Theirs is a much more ancient martial art and discipline. They may literally have to meditate on the idea of competition.
In the words of Roseanne Harvey of Montreal, Canada, to the Associated Press, ‘The roots of yoga are based in acceptance and non-violence and compassion toward self and others.’ She said in most classes, ‘what we’re trying to do is encourage students not to compete.’
So now as a reader, what do you think - would you like to see yoga, pole dancing and cheerleading become part of the greater Olympic tradition. Do you think it can happen as soon as the 2016 Olympic games? It remains to be seen, but all three are deserving traditions of modern athletics, and would be an interesting addition to the most important athletics competitions in human history.
And it might boost the television ratings a little too.
Good luck to everyone.