Pole dancers get some new leverage as their area of expertise could soon be fetching them gold at the Olympics. From erotic to athletic, pole dancing is now staking its claim as Olympic caliber.
"It can be extremely challenging. Its Olympic level difficulty depending on what you're looking for what style is" says dancer Becca Butcher reported digtriad.com.
Tim Trautman, President of the International Pole Sport Federation is the one who is leading and pushing hard to make pole dancing an Olympic Sport.
"The biggest challenge is going to be the stereotyping that we have to deal with. And you know, quite frankly everyone thinks pole fitness and pole sport and everything came out of strip clubs but it started long before then. We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels. We're going to frame it as these are athletes that you're watching", said Trautman, reported ktnv.com.
Pole dancing is no longer a fad and has emerged as a latest fitness craze at local gyms. Thousands of aspiring dancers are being trained to perform at international pole dancing competitions worldwide.
Natasha Wang, U.S. National Champion, concealed her passion for pole dancing for around six years, until she started winning titles.
“I was in PR for 10 years, working in an office and this was a hobby. It's a sport for regular people, regular men and women are doing it who come from very normal backgrounds", said Wang. Annual International Pole Convention is one such occasion, where women and men come to train with the best.
This dance form performed on a vertical bar, is now trying to achieve its place in the Olympics as an international competitive sport. However Wang also said the world may not be ready for it just yet.
“I feel like the public's perception has to catch up with what the sport is really about”, she said.
Jessalyn Medairy, dancer and convention organizer said this sport requires more public awareness before it could go on a global stage like the Olympics.
“When people are like ‘why are you in a bikini?’ Well, we're in a bikini because you need that skin to stick to the pole that's what we need to achieve some of our tricks,” said Medairy.
But then, won't this bring some sexy into the world of sweaty sports? Currently there is an online petition doing the rounds to feature pole dancing as a test event during summer Olympics 2012.