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This Week in Pole Dance and Popular Culture

Enrique Iglesias’ “Dirty Dancer” premiered Wednesday with what I think is the best actual pole dancing (and floor work) I’ve seen in a music video. I don’t think the athletes in the video are what any of us would refer to as “dirty dancers.” The futuristic strip club reminds me of a defunct Portland club that opened in the former space of a super-mod sushi restaurant called Electrofish Lounge. They kept all the furniture and decor and added a pole, and it looked a lot like this except for the surveillance camera hawks. Charlotte wants to know why Enrique is dressed like Justin Bieber.

Taking a cue from Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears pulled a male audience member on stage during her performance at Staples Center in LA on Monday night. He looks a lot more comfortable than Steve Nash, no? While one, let alone two feather boas is a total no-no (they shed everywhere and sweat plus feathers is a bummer), it’s pretty accurate. The jumping on the pole and straddling the guy from behind is a classic bachelor/birthday stage dance move.

America’s Got Talent featured an androgynous self-proclaimed “pole-fessional” who made it past the first round using two spinning poles and dancing to Katy Perry. Catherine says, “Gotta love a man in stripper heels and body glitter!” I kinda don’t think the black Mary Janes go with the silver though.

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Kat has been stripping since 2003 and blogging about it since 2009. She works at a club next to the Chips Ahoy factory. Sometimes it smells like cookies but usually it just smells like cheap body spray. She doesn't think it's very funny to make fun of deceased prostitutes and doesn't see why you can't just stick with a good old-fashioned dick joke. You can find her on twitter. You may send mail to katstories [at] gmail.com but she must insist that you don't send her any form of poetry whatsoever.

4 COMMENTS

  1. thanks for sharing these videos, kat! rad.
    1. i loved the first video, and i totally have those wood-grained heels the last girl was wearing. seeing them in the video confirms my idea that they are the very hottest stripper heels ever made.
    2. i love britney. so much. like, SO MUCH. i think you know how i feel about feather boas, though. i wish people would stop propagating the idea that those mangy messes are sexy. JUST. STOP.
    3. OMG OMG OMG i loved steve the pole-fessional. i agree that the black maryjanes were hideous and didn’t go with the silver. easy for us to say, though, since we have girl-sized feet and can choose any shoes we want. ever notice that queens and transladies seem to often sport less than perfect footwear? it’s hard to find ladies shoes in a size 14.

    xoxoxoxo andi

  2. Love this post. I have to admit I think Enrique Iglasias has had some smoking sexy videos. Yeah, I bought the “Escape” video featuring Ann Kournikova on iTunes. I thought it was that hot. Not the biggest fan of his music, but his videos? Uh, yes please.

    Now for the pole-fessional. Oh hell yeah, that takes some fucking skill! About time pole dancing is seen for the real talent it is and I’m not talking about the wanna-be distorted versions presented in work-out pole classes. If it ain’t sexy, it ain’t pole dancing. It’s posing.

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