I’m not too strong because it’s a double-sided pole. I have no problem with people who try to do pole dancing. I just don’t think that it’s appropriate for people to be on pole. At the same time, it’s the biggest sport in the world and I don’t want to make it seem like I’m pushing somebody off. I know it can be a big mistake. I have seen it with other dancers where the person gets up on a double-sided pole and they’re very strong and a pole falls on them. You don’t want to make it seem like it’s something you are trying to do. It’s just really a big mistake to make.
What made you realize pole dancing had to be safe?
I did a show where we had a whole group of dancers. We saw the pole falling on their arms, and we also saw some people on pole who were actually choking themselves. We didn’t know if their arms were hanging down because they were sitting on it or because it was over their head. So, that really bothered me. I saw a couple of dancers who couldn’t get up on their hands and feet, and they were all on hard poles — not a way to do this.
So I started speaking with some of my friends and getting in contact with them in a positive way. We talked to the dancers that were on hard poles, and we told them this is a big mistake, that there are safety hazards.
We told them, “This is what you have to do to be a safe dancer, you’re going to have to learn how to do the pole dance. You have to learn how to be a good pole dancer.” The more they understood that pole dancing is not for people who are physically strong, the more comfortable it made them and the more they got out.
How have the challenges and benefits of pole dance changed over time?
I think pole dancing is much safer. You don’t have to jump off the pole. At that time, I didn’t think that there was a risk for being hurt, that you had to be completely on your tip toes. That was kind of the way it was before I started pole dancing, too.
For example, there are a lot of accidents, which people are not prepared to deal with, but it’s not dangerous. You are on your tip toes. If something goes wrong with your partner, it’s like being in an accident. It’s one that
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