Some of those articles listed Chinese Pole, Mallakhamb and/or May Pole/fertility dances as being part of the history of modern day pole dance. I have since seen many posts from those who dispute those claims. I believe Claire from The Pole Story made a statement about this before, but can't find the post now.
In part 2, I again found some pieces that were on the right track and some that were slightly off.
I also wrote a piece for ThePoleDancingShop.com, where I again listed types of pole that many feel do not belong in the history of pole dance.
As part of my research for an upcoming article about Fawnia Dietrich, who is, in my eyes, the mother of modern pole, I found HER description of how pole dancing came to be. It does mirror some of the other sites already quoted but I liked how it was laid out, so I wanted to post it here anyway:
KT Coates, another pioneer of pole, also recently posted on her Facebook page:
"I have just been asked where I thought the pole we do today came from. It was suggested that its came from Chinese pole and the makalamb (or however you spell it). I don't know who said it was the latter but its not true. While the pole we know and love today has influences of circus, gymnastics, street, ballet it came from the strip clubs! I am sure people will find it ironic that I think that but its true. If pole originated from them then it would be predominately a male activity and be far more acceptable, but its not. However the future of pole will be so different and it will always be when you have so many different influences it can not help but take on a different dimension."
|The future of pole includes plus-sized polers|
Soon, I am going to have a reactionary post to the recent California Pole Dance Championships and will discuss where I think pole is headed in the future. I would love, in the meantime, to get your reaction to this post. How do you feel about both the history and the future of modern day pole dance?