Pole dancing-Not just for strip clubs anymore!

In my wanderings as an unloved prophet ala Jeremiah through the wasteland called the World-Wide-Web, I came across some incredibly and powerfully moving, lovely video from Ukraine showing what they are doing with pole-craft (no pun intended).

This first selection was what caused the rise in popularity of the sport to begin with, an appearance by a feisty mighty mite a girl of eighteen, one Anastasia Solokova, who turned their nation on it's ear in their "Ukraine's Got Talent" spin-off a few short years ago.

Her semifinal was I believe even better....

Since then Anastasia has, in addition to restoring the gymnastic sport of pole-dancing to it's former glory,  and through her studio in Kiev and dance studio labs world-wide since then and expanded it's legitimate art/stage credits greatly.

Here is her final appearance on that show danced to the paean "Roxanne", the lyrical and dance gist of which is a powerful antidote to any downtrodden femme who feels that the weight of the world is forcing her into a life of subjugation to grinding debauchery.

Next is some of the talent that Sokolova inspired, a lovely young mother named Olena Yakalenko showing a little less power than Sokolova but adding a ton of pure grace and beauty particularly in her flawless and I believe original move where she walks on air . (P.S. if you want to skip the Ukrainian interviewing start @ 3 minutes in.)

And finally; I've always been very thankful for the beauty and Grace of Woman, so I leave you with this beautiful pole dance to Cohen's haunting "Alleluia" sung beautifully by K.D. Lang while a Russian danseuse named Anastasia Skukhtorova reminds me that I should always "Be still and know The Lord!" who is awesome in creativity!

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Comment by koshersalaami on May 12, 2015 at 8:22am

I liked the Yakalenko routine. Of the routines, that was the one that looked most like a dance form to me. 

Comment by fred hallman on May 12, 2015 at 1:54pm

Yeah Kosh, I believe it's mine as well.  I tried to portray the renaissance of the gymnastic (Solokova's forte) element through her three appearances on the Ukrainian Idol type show and she is rightly credited with such, but Yakalenko's air-walk was truly fabulous and may be as seminal as Chaplin's classic silliness proved to be.

But the Russian girl's (Skukhtarova) finale was breath-taking too.  Glad you enjoyed it.  It's so nice to find something that's powerfully sexy, and demure all at the same time.

It's good to be a mammal!

Comment by fred hallman on May 12, 2015 at 2:42pm

I deleted a comment by a person who is not welcome on my blog.  They think it's funny to joke about "kiddie porn" in titles as sick click-bait.

Comment by nerd cred on May 12, 2015 at 8:04pm

Pole dancing has a "former glory"? I didn't know.

Sorry, but I had to. This is beautiful, of course, especially for the strength and athleticism supporting the grace. I think grace is most graceful in direct proportion to its power.

I would ask you, though, to reconsider the undertone of snark in your comment about the "downtrodden femme who feels that the weight of the world is forcing her into a life of subjugation to grinding debauchery" because the vast, vast majority of women and girls engaging in paid pole dancing are not nearly of Sokolov's artistry and skill or presenting themselves to audiences that appreciate the difference.

Comment by vzn on May 13, 2015 at 8:15am

it takes some real talent/ athleticism and can be quite graceful, and is actually somewhat risky & subject to injury. maybe they will add it to the olympics or something :)

Comment by fred hallman on May 13, 2015 at 10:40am

@nerd cred:  It wasn't snark.  She was performing to the song "Roxanne" by the artist formerly known as "Sting" sung by someone else but it's not that he has changed his name, but more that he was formerly "known" and now not nearly as much!

Now that's snark!

Lyric:

Roxanne
You don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night
Roxanne
You don't have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets for money
You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right

Comment by fred hallman on May 13, 2015 at 10:45am

And @VZN:  I hope they do and your comment pretty well summed up my feelings.

I agree with Kosh, my fave of the four was probably the third by Olena, stunning!

But a very close second was the Russian Anastasia at the end performed dreamily to K.D. Lang's rendition of  Leonard Cohen's "Alleluia".

Thank y'all for commenting after actually reading and viewing the videos.

Comment by Poor Woman on May 13, 2015 at 11:26am

OK so the song, Roxanne makes it known to the listener that R-r-r-oxanne was, indeed a hooker prior to the big, important white man comes along to urge her not to put on either red light or dress.

You get why that sounds really sexist in tone yet?

(I give up)

Comment by fred hallman on May 13, 2015 at 11:42am

PW, I have yet to see a temporal subject that you don't get wrong.  Sorry, but that's how I see you.  Just because "sexism" might exist doesn't mean that I am sexist.  This post celebrates a trend that takes back art from sexual exploitation but I understand that you have difficulty wrapping your brain around that so have a nice day anyway.

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