Follow-up on the Olympics: Please just not pole dancing

I heard a rumor recently that pole dancing was possibly going to be added to the Summer Olympics. After expressing shock and sheer horror, I looked into it myself. It turns out that, while the story made some papers, the prospect is very, very, very unlikely. Basically, there are some pole dancing advocates in different countries, trying to get signatures to submit to the International Olympic Committee for consideration to add pole dancing as an event. But even if the IOC looks at the signatures and even if they consider pole dancing as a sport (unlikely), it is still a long road for it to actually become an Olympic event.

So while I am relieved at the un-likelihood of this actually occurring, the thought of the possibility still angers and terrifies me. If there is going to be a form of dance added to the Olympics, I would offer ballroom dancing. After considering all the points in my last post, I keep coming back to ballroom dancing. Somehow it seems to fit just fine. Ballroom dance is already done internationally. It can be competitive, referred to as DanceSport, and already has an established judging system (though international variations in scoring may have to become uniform). There are defined styles of ballroom, such as waltz and tango, which could be isolated in competition. There could similarly be 3 parts (like the compulsory, original, and free skates) and of course, there could be equally flashy costumes (see picture).

To me, it seems ballroom dance could be the off-ice equivalent of Ice Dancing. So to all those pro-pole dancing, please, for the sake of dance and artistic integrity, drop the fight for pole dancing, and take up the fight for something like ballroom dancing.

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  1. But the reasons that you give for ballroom dancing also applies to pole dancing, I’ll copy and paste..;
    Pole dance is already done internationally. It can be competitive, referred to as athletics, and already has an established judging system (though international variations in scoring may have to become uniform). There are defined styles of pole dance, such as oriental and salsa, which could be isolated in competition. There could similarly be 3 parts (like the compulsory, original, and free skates) and of course, there could be equally flashy costumes.
    See? And it also aquires as much – if not more – strength, flexibility, and great stamina.
    But hey, we can’t all agree… ;)

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  2. Sassy

     /  March 31, 2010

    Well I replied to your original article about dance in the Olympics but then read this post and realized it would have fit better as a reply on this post, but anyway– Ballroom is a recognized DanceSport of the Olympics (more info on my reply to the original Olympic post)

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  3. Thanks for the responses! To Fru Jones, you are probably right that those comments could also be applied to the competitive world of pole dancing. Honestly I’ve never witnessed it and would be curious to learn more about it. But I guess what I did not include in the post were the reasons why pole dancing should not be in the Olympics, probably because I felt they were understood.

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  4. Tristan

     /  June 19, 2011

    here is a joke I saw about pole dancing in the Olympics and demonstrative sports, http://ponderingstuff.com/2011/06/12/pole-dancing-olympics/

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