In the last few years, the popularity of pole dancing has grown in leaps and bounds, not to mention bumps and grinds. via the Huffington Post
These are our statisticsAccording to United Pole Artist, these are some of our pole dance statistics as of 2012. (we can’t substantiate these numbers at this time, fyi.)
- Number of Pole Dancers in the world: 180,000 (Provided by Bad Kitty Exotic Wear)
- Number of Pole Dancing Studios in the world: 1,200
- Number of Active Pole Dancing Countries: 70
- Number of Pole Dancing Studios in the US: 571 (Updated 5/23/12)
- First Pole Dancing Studio in the World to Open: 1994, by Fawnia Deitrich.
HERE (and you can follow the links back to see posts one through three). Speaking of strippers...do you think we need to sanitize pole in order for it truly become mainstream? You can check out that post HERE (and again, follow the links back to other posts that may be relevant). I think part of the process is allowing men into pole studios. I know many women feel like they need a safe place (and I think having women-only classes is fine, but women-only studios excludes a ton of people who also want to be able to express themselves through pole dance).
Pole dance means so much to me. I am learning to get in touch with my emotions and my body. I have met so many amazing people, and have had so many awesome opportunities present themselves thanks to pole. Whether it is ever truly accepted in the mainstream, I do not care. I will forever be grateful to pole dance for the fun times over the last four and a half years (and look forward to many more to come!).