Pole’s possibilities — and baggage

Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier (07.23.2015)

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Poles are becoming increasingly popular in exercise and modern dance. In a preview to a modern dance performance by a group of women in Greater Lafayette, I explored the way they used the pole to open up vertical space on the dance floor and find new movement vocabulary by mixing this aerial technique with jazz and ballet.

You’ll also notice another angle to this story. Because so many associate pole dancing exclusively with strip clubs, many of the women in this story asked that I use their stage names for fear that their participation would damage their professional reputations. I did — after consulting with my editors — and used it as an opportunity to explain to readers this angle of the art form.