While most commonly associated with striptease, Pole Dance is an artistic and athletic form that blends a multitude of diverse influences and dates back a lot longer than many would imagine. The origins of pole sports can be traced back at least eight hundred years to the traditional Indian sports Mallakhamb and Chinese Pole. In America, pole dance traces its roots to the traveling fairs of the early 1900s where Egyptian belly dances danced sensually around wooden tent poles. In later 1900s Pole Dance became popularized in gentlemen’s clubs and incorporated influences of burlesque dance. In the last several decades, Pole Dance has been undergoing yet another evolution reincorporating many of athletic and acrobatic elements of traditional pole sports and circus arts and blending in influences from a multitude of contemporary dance genres. 

It’s its present form, Pole Dance is an incredibly versatile athletic art form practiced and performed in a variety of sexual, non-sexual, and athletic settings. 

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Pole Dance can be accessible to anyone regardless of age, shape, fitness level or movement experience. Depending on individual’s preferences it can be adopted to be as easy or hard or sensual or non-sensual as desired.  

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The practice also has a number of health and quality of life benefits including stress reduction, improved cardiovascular fitness, faster metabolism and better coordination, improved coordination and greater kinetic awareness. 

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Pole dance is an excellent way to build strength, stamina and flexibility as well as find confidence, develop positive body image, feel empowered and express one’s self in creative and uninhibited ways.

The Pole Dance community provides a welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental space to evolve in your own personal expression and be held in acceptance and encouragement throughout your Pole Dance journey.  

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Interfusion Festival’s pole program embraces the sport, art and cultural dynamics of the practice facilitated by world known instructors.

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