I’m getting bored with all the chatter (especially my own) about whether or not pole dance is becoming “sanitized.” Not because people are saying boring things- most pole dancers believe that pole can have be sanitized or sexy, depending on what you are trying to express. The conversation includes lots of idea about free expression, sensuality, storytelling, etc. Beautiful, inclusive, lovely ideas that I agree with wholeheartedly. You can (and should) read many of these ideas on the blog hop.
The problem is the angst and uncertainty regarding newer competitions and other venues stressing the athletic over the sexy. People are afraid that pole will become sanitized and boring instead of all the adjectives in the first paragraph.
Instead of lamenting the loss of sexy or crying because pole isn’t athletic enough to be in the Olympics yet, I suggest stopping the conversation and voting with your feet. Or stilettos. Or pointe shoes. Whatever.
You get what you pay for. No one will continue holding classes that don’t attract students. No one will organize a competition no one will watch (or perform in). If slinky booty cheek shorts are popular, more will become available. If modest, sporty shorts are popular, more will become available. If pole is being sanitized, it is happening because sex doesn’t sell.