If you saw the last video in the dance pole installation series, then you read the detailed explanation of why I installed the pole.
After watching so many of the talented ladies on You-Tube who pole dance, I wanted to at least experience what it would be like to hang on that pole, even if only for a few seconds. So it was meant as a gesture of respect and appreciation for the efforts of these fine and talented dancers.
Frankly it didn't seem right to critique, comment, and talk about the moves and poses without ever once having the physical aprreciation of the difficulty involved in this incredible form of art, sport, and dance.
For those of you who watch the pole dancers and think, "Oh Yeah, I could do that..."--Uh, no you can't!! Just hanging on that pole for ten seconds was extremely difficult. I ride a bike 30 miles a day, can do a lats pull-down of 180 pounds, lift and treadmill on a regular basis. Even so, I thought my arm was going to rip right out of my shoulder!!
Is pole in my future? I'm not sure. I'll leave the pole up for a while. I'm interested in seeing if I can work out some exercise routines for it. At 47 years old and 195 pounds, I'm a little too old (and risk-averse) and heavy for inverts. But I will try a few spins and maybe post a few more.
Thanks to all the gifted dancers on You-Tube. Watch their videos, subscribe to their channels. Respect what they do, respect them; leave respectful, supportive, and constructive comments. Likewise, respect the sisters who work in commercial dance--that's how they pay the rent, their kids tuition, and the cable broadband bill!
Thanks to my wife, Laurie, for putting up with the whole project.
PS. One more thing: Thanks to my daughter, MarleyMe 95 for being my camera girl and producer.
Recorded on July 22, 2008 using a Flip Video camcorder.