You know where pole dancing originated, but do you know about Mallakhamb?
The earliest recording of Mallakhamb is 1135AD and has been declared a state sport in the
state Madya Pradesh in India.
Here are a couple of pictures, but if you want to see the crazy things they do, then head on to
YouTube and watch a video or two (after breakfast).
There is a difference between dance and sport (I will go into this another time), and there is a difference between feminine and masculine movement.
I think that one of the reasons why there is still a stigma around pole dancing today is because it doesn't fit into a box. It's neither a sport, nor a dance, it's both. It's a bit of pilates, a bit of yoga, a bit of dance and a lot of strengthening.
But then there's the feminine movement (as in body movement).
get asked a lot whether pole dancing will help you to lose weight. The answer is YES, however, you need to shift your focus from 'losing weight' to 'shaping your body'.
There are 3 main body types, and if you exercise correctly you will not only lose weight, but you will get the body shape that you want. If you just exercise to burn calories, you will not just burn fat, but you will lose muscle too - the very muscle you want that will give you the shape you want. If you exercise incorrectly for your muscle type you may even find that you have bigger muscles than you wanted.
So - throw away your scale! If you want the physique of a goddess, then get a tape measure and start working out the correct way. You want to look good with your clothes on and off, not just try and cover your skinny body, but untoned muscles.
Being a performer and judge I have seen many pole performances that were amazing but simply lacked that X-Factor. You have put all this effort into getting your moves right, building strength, stretching, timing. Months of blood, sweat and tears, and then on the night you just don't make it. Life seems unfair.
Well, let me tell you from my perspective, as a performer, as the audience, and as an international pole judge how you can make your performance captivating.
It's all about owning the stage. Owning your time up there.
I often hear some interesting comments from ladies who assume that pole is either too difficult for them, or not much of a challenge at all. Here are 5 interesting facts I thought I would share.
1. Myth: You will fall on your head if you slip
Of course it's possible, but I have never had a student fall on her head when I teach. The aim of our classes is to ensure safety first and how to land correctly. If you are trying to go upside down for the first time, the worst that could happen is that you could slide and land on your upper back and wind yourself.
There is a lot of controversy around pole dancing, even after more than a decade. I think that a lot of it has to do with where it comes from.
I was thinking about it this morning and decided to share my reasoning behind it.
Pole dancing started in the strip clubs. Get over it. All of the pole dancing pioneers in the world started teaching pole based on their own experience as strippers. Rather than trying to deny it, we should pay our dues to these women who were brave enough to come out and share what they knew.