There is a lot of hype around pole dancing, with many TV shows on the trail. We wanted to understand this strange activity, so we went to a festival in Manchester. On arrival at the venue, the place seemed to be full of people just trying to get close to the pole. Some of us were just waiting for it to happen. Another group were here to see the pole dancers.
After watching some videos on YouTube and at a festival venue in Manchester, we decided to do a full day of research on this subject, with our trip as part of the documentary “Ugly People: Pole Dancing and the Future of the World”.
What is pole dancing?
Pole dancing is a sport where people can move around, dancing with the pole while balancing on a pole. The main difference between pole dancing and ballet is that the two are essentially two different sports with different styles and rules.
In pole dancing, you can make the pole as long as you want, as well as as short. You can do the dance anywhere along this route. Usually the dancers are either on a pole or at a spot with a platform. The most famous pole dance event is the Pole Dances International, which is held in cities all over the world. You can check out this list of pole dancing cities and events here.
On this journey, we’ve tried to look at and describe pole dancing along the routes through the streets of Manchester and Manchester City. In each place, we visit the different stages of the dance, starting at the pole dancing area, then moving on to dancing on the street, then back at the pole dancing area, and finishing with some aerial views.
If you want to read about what we found in each place, it’s best to follow our blog on our website.
Pole dancing is not only interesting for the dancer, but it will also make a great evening out at home too. It’s a fun and entertaining activity where there are no rules!
Our journey in Manchester
Before we go ahead, let’s put all the locations on a map to see the exact positions – this is a little challenging at our size…
We begin in the old city, where we are led on a tour to find out about pole dancing in old cities, then we take a walk along High Street and get to see the best sites to visit before we head on our day tours.
In the Old Town, we travel along the River Tyne and
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