The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Pole Dancing as Olympic Sport

As a belly dancer, I can sympathize with the struggle for respect; however, I’m always suspicious of “sports” that have no objective measure. We’ve all seen those Russian figure skating fiascos.

In case you’re not familiar with the athleticism of this competitive dance form, below is a world champion pole dancer, Jenyne Butterfly. She starts with more interpretive dance elements, but after about a minute, she begins a genuinely amazing performance.

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10 Junie B. Jones Titles That Were Rejected by the ever-hysterical Leanne Shirtliffe. My thanks to Leanne, as well, for the tip about the Olympic pole dancers.

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My Warrior Writer Boot Camp teammate, Donna Newton, give an accurate account of Learning to Write the WWBC Way. It’s made all the difference in my own fiction endeavors.

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Okay. Let’s be honest. We’ve all done or at least wanted to do these things. How to Brighten Your Day by Annoying Others by Amber West.

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Ever wonder where police came from? The Origin of Police in England by mystery writer and historian K.B. Owen.

And for a different kind of pole dancer, this fireman shows us that practicality and entertainment can mix to varying degrees of success in this very funny commercial.

So what do you think? Should pole dancing be an Olympic sport? 

All the best to all of you for a week of amazing athletic feats.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

31 comments on “The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Pole Dancing as Olympic Sport

  1. Catie Rhodes says:

    I don’t know if pole dancing should be an Olympic sport, but the notion did make me smile. The second video you had was pretty amazing. The strength and coordination it takes to *really* pole dance does require a high level of fitness and skill. Perhaps it would add a little spice to the Olympics?

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I must admit. It’s the only kind of dancing I’ve ever seen that my immediate response was not, “I can do that.” It certainly would spice up the Olympics. I’m thinking they can air it concurrently with curling on a split screen. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Man, you have to respect the sheer strength and conditioning to pole dance. I think it would make a great Olympic sport…but they’ve got to call it something else, lol. 🙂

  3. Wow.

    This is the first time I’ve seen competitive pole dancing. Jenyne Butterfly is an amazing athlete. Skip the “creative elements”, and there’s no reason why the vertical bar couldn’t be judged as objectively as the horizontal bars, the rings, or the pommel horse. The required level of strength, flexibility, and precision is the same.

    Unless you’re the fireman. Owie.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      This was the first competitive pole dancing I’ve seen, too. Perhaps if it was judged more like gymnastics than figure skating or ice dancing it could work. Thanks for stopping by, Diane.

  4. I too have trouble with sports judged subjectively. I like a finish line or a scoreboard.

    And thanks for the shout out. You should see the Junie B Jones titles my readers came up with in the comments. Hilarious!

    Happy weekend!

  5. I’m not usually moved to using OMG, but OMG. Ms Butterfly’s performance is amazing. The pieces where she “walks” downwards have to required amazing strength and dexterity. I think her phone number should have a govt health warning with it, she could break guys in two.


  6. Gene Lempp says:

    Pole Dancing. As it stands currently, no.

    However, there are three ways I could see this becoming an Olympic sport.

    First, merge it with gymnastics. The athlete vaults onto the pole, does their routine and then dismounts by flipping through the air.

    Second, multi-competitor. Two (or more, say, eight) pole dancers all in a row, like runners, that do their routines until only one remains attached to their pole with a zamboni-like device “assisting” the non-winners off the stage.

    Third, merge it with kickboxing to create pole boxing. The two pole dancers must stay attached to their poles and fight until only one or both fall off. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did something like this only they used bamboo sprouts.

    Just a few Olympic suggestions.

    Thanks for the linkage, Piper 🙂

    • Piper Bayard says:

      Gene, those are some great suggestions. I especially like the zamboni clearing and the pole boxing competition. What would Mohammed Ali have done with that one? Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Catherine Johnson says:

    I liked the second one, that was more like gymnastics. Loved the fireman version so funny! I think if they want to be taken more seriously they should look more like gymnasts and wear a full one piece. We’ll still know they’ve got nice abs 🙂

  8. K.B. Owen says:

    Thx for the blog shout-out, Piper! I would seriously hurt myself trying to pole dance, lol. 🙂

  9. O.M.G. I was ahhmazed by Jenyne Butterfly’s pole dancing performance. And I agree, I don’t think there’s any reason why the vertical bar couldn’t be judged in some format like the horizontal bars. It’s just about setting out the criteria etc. I’d love to see it as part of the Olympics but my guess is it’ll take some time for the sport to gain a more solid reputation before it’s taken serious but heck…who knows!?! Thanks for the FAB videos!!
    Now…looks like I have a bit of reading to do. Bang up line-up and I am off to check out these fab peeps!
    Happy weekend Piper!

    • Piper Bayard says:

      When I first posted this, I was thinking no way. But you folks mentioning the gymnastics, the vertical bar, and the one piece are convincing me this could be possible. It’s certainly athletic. Thanks for dropping by. A great weekend to you, too, Natalie.

  10. educlaytion says:

    To quote Butthead, “Uhhhhhhhh…what?” I don’t remember what just happened because I made the clicky with the play button on your video. That was, uhhh, like unforgettable and stuff?

  11. I’m still laughing at the list of ways to annoy others…

  12. EllieAnn says:

    Jenyne is so strong! I can’t believe what she did–legs parallel to the ground, sideways push up…or whatever you call it…it was amazing!
    But geez. No. No pole dancing in the Olympics. A girl dancing on a pole. Just a bit too sexual. Not to mention the very career oriented nature of the “sport.”
    What a great mash-up, as usual! And thanks so much for the shout out!

  13. What an incredible performance! Makes me think I should finally take the pole dancing fitness class I’ve seen offered… Hmm…

    While I think pole dancing is cool and potentially empowering (for the dancer ;)), I don’t think it pairs well with traditional sports. Can’t they have a dance olympics? Or maybe sexy ones?

    Great post and links, Piper. (Heartbreaking regarding horses!)

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I like your idea of a Dance Olympics. It would recognize the althleticism without trying to pair it up with weight lifting, pole vaulting and luge. Perhaps when I’m president, I will request that the UN address that. God knows they need something to do besides appoint despotic dictators to human rights commissions. Thanks for stopping by, August. Let me know how your pole dancing endeavors turn out. Perhaps you’ll be competing with Jenyne in the first Dance Olympics. 🙂

  14. Sherry Isaac says:

    I don’t know, Piper. Knee-jerk is to say pole-dancing isn’t a sport because there are no teams, no goals, no finish lines. But, there are performance-based Olympic competitions in gymnastics. How is the strength, balance, coordination, skill and training of the parallel bars any different from pole dancing?

    (Not that I’ll be donning my belly dancing jingly belt and figure-eighting my way into Olympic competition any time soon!)

    Cool clips, thanks for sharing.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I think you’re right. The words “pole dancing” do tend to bring out a strong response when it’s suggested it could be called a sport, but remove the words, and you’ve got some amazing gymnastics. They will definitely need a new name to be taken seriously, and perhaps they should be taken seriously. As for the belly dancing, I’m with you. I know there are belly dancing competitions out there, but I’ve never viewed them as being relevant or an accurate reflection of dance ability so I’m thinking a belly dance Olympics, while sparkly, would be pretty meaningless. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sherry. 🙂

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