I know a lot of people may not agree with me, but I really don’t see Pole Dancing being accepted into the Olympics in the near future. This is going to take years and before that happens we need to start working together. We have a lot of work to do before this can even be considered to be an Olympic Sport.
There have been a few attempts over the years to try and set up some sort of governing board or federation, and most of the time these have been shot down, by people saying things like ‘what gives them the right to set standards etc?’, I don’t think everyone realises that we need this sort of thing to set standards and regulations for the pole world. I mean you wouldn’t get some one commenting on Ice Skating saying, ‘now she is performing what we call the ‘Toe Loop Jump’ also known as the Kick n Spin and the Dizzy’. Everything has a name, this is the sort of thing that needs to be tackled by a federation of some sort.
Also I am getting feeback from students that there are many rubbish teachers that have very little knowledge about how to teach pole and these teachers are even ending up in big ‘well respected’ health clubs! Again we need standards set if we want the Olympics to take us seriously.
We now have a Pole Dancer group set up with Equity, this happened in 2007 and is a big move forward in the pole world. Sam Remmer who is on the board has also set up Pole Dance Community to help us create a better and safer pole world. This couldn’t of been set up by a better person, but still she has been subject to ridicule, on people saying ‘What makes her think she can do this?!’ We need someone like Sam to take charge and set something up, as without it the pole world is becoming bigger but more dangerous.
We are still at the start of people learning to pole dance for fitness, I think in the next 15 years we are going to see a lot of changes, including most moves having just one name (not 5!), more instructor training, more class locations, better class structures, more pole studios, more pole related CPD, also I think it would be nice if Pole can be accepted by the IDTA as a recognised form of dance.
In my personal opinion I can’t really see pole being in the Olympics, to me it will always be dance, and I know you get Figure Skating as a sport in the Olympics but you don’t see Street Dance or Ballet as a sport there. I understand that pole is very much gymnastic based, but I don’t see it as an Olympic sport.