The art of stripteasing has been around for centuries. It began in various ancient cultures as a way to please the Gods and Goddesses of fertility. The striptease is the ultimate erotic and sensual dance in which the performer gradually undresses in the most sexually appealing way to excite the audience’s sexual side.
The appeal of striptease is universal and timeless
Fantastic acts of strip-tease were said to be performed in the ancient Roman bathhouses. The Middle Eastern belly dance was mixed with a strip tease act called to find the bee in which the dancer tries to find an imaginary bee in her clothes and ends up passionately stripping her clothes. Dancers across the ancient world seductively removed their clothing for their lovers and audience alike to the tune of rhythmic music. The world was not connected at those times but the seduction of striptease was enjoyed by one and all but with different names. It has been mentioned in the Sumerian as well as the Egyptian myths and folklore. The origins of striptease as a performance art happened parallelly at different locations. However, this sexual dancing art started getting known as a striptease in the early 1930s.
Pole dancing started in Canada in the early 1900s and quickly gained acceptability and billions of eyeballs. The pole dancing acts and their growing, frenzied audience made the business of pole dancing an important part of the country’s entertainment industry.
The pole dancers were noticeably more athletic and had better figures than the regular strippers. The wealthier members of the audience started paying more money to the dancers to have them pull off their athletic, bold, sexy moves on the table on which they were seated. The view from the bottom of the underskirt area. All this was aided by the fact that the pole dancers were significantly more athletic.
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The look but don’t touch act of the sensational sexy, athletic, gorgeous pole dancers could be only taken by the audience for so long before they felt an innate need to get the touch of the pole dancer’s gorgeous bodies. From this need for the ogling pole, the dancing audience sprang the art of lap dancing. In lap dancing, the dancer sits on the lap of an audience member and this allows him or her to get a feel of the lap dancer’s sexy body.
The lap dancing sensation grew rapidly and became a standard feature of strip clubs, pole dancing clubs, etc. Special lap dancing clubs also started getting formed across the world, especially in parts of Europe, Australia, Russia, etc. Bodily contact between the lap dancer and members of the audience was forbidden by law but how much of it was enforced in the sexually charged frenzy of a lap dance act can only be left to the imagination.
Star strippers and pole dancers
The pole dancing and strip club became a booming business. Even high-profile stars of the adult entertainment industry started performing live on occasions at the popular pole dancing and strip clubs. The snowball effect of the opportunity to see these sexy stars live started attracting audiences in hordes.
The separate arts of pole dancing and striptease started getting merged and began to get referred to as adult dancing entertainment, exotic dancing, etc. The early 1980s is commonly referred to as the movie-action era. It saw the emergence of several action movie stars who were also heavily into exercise. The fitness movement spread like wildfire. Pole dancing during this period not only merged with striptease but also incorporated sexually charged athletic moves, and striptease acts while suspended on a pole. Extremely athletic moves like inversions while straddling the pole, rapid climbs on the pole, doing the human flag, spinning on the pole, etc. became part of the pole dancing act.
A Canadian by the name of Fawna Mondley foresaw the opportunity in the art of athletic pole dancing and moved from Canada to Las Vegas. She is credited with being a pioneer in the world of athletic pole dancing. She is considered the first pole dancing instructor on the planet. With the fitness fad of the present era, a pole dancing exercise regimen has also become very popular. A famous competitive pole dancer by the name of K.T.Coates has also launched a campaign to include pole dancing as a sport in the Summer Olympics.
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Not only has the art of pole dancing been packaged into a dancercise regimen, but the world also saw the formation of the International Pole Sports Federation which started hosting a World Pole Championship from the year 2012 onwards. The IPSF or the International Pole Sports Federation has also been a tireless campaigner for the inclusion of pole sports in the Olympics.
The pole has always been a popular exercise and show-off instrument of the human body. A 1950’s bodybuilding champion who played the role of Hercules in movies was famous for being the human totem pole from whose body other musclemen and bikini-clad ladies would hang. The Markham is an ancient Indian exercise pole made of wood where Indian gymnasts and wrestlers would exercise. The Chinese pole measuring around 3 to 9 meters in length was also used for exercise and putting up a show.
#Notastripper vs # yes a stripper
The pole dancing community has been divided over their demand to be branded as athletes and entertainers or as strippers for a long time. The first recorded instance is when a noted American journalist used the term ecdysiast to refer to artists of the striptease industry in a respectable and dignified way. He coined the term at the request of a famous strip tease artist of that era, The first quarter of the 1900s. The term refers to the hotness of the sexual, sensual striptease act and draws an analogy of
it is with the ones who molt with their smoking hot sexuality.
However, the debate continues to this day. Recently a group of pole dancers used the term #, not a stripper to ensure that they were seen as athletes and performers. Another group of pole dancers from the exotic dancing, adult entertainment, etc. industry used the hashtag, #yes a stripper to counter the dissociation.
A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet
Remember the saying written above when it comes to enjoying a strip tease or a pole dancing act or both. It does matter how the community sees itself, you can just buckle in and enjoy the sexy, scintillating show.