Pole dancing is art

11 Sep, 2008
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A woman sues to operate dance studio in Pennsylvania.

PoldancingA woman sues to operate dance studio in Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Babines has filed a lawsuit for being denied the right to open a pole-dancing studio in Adams Township, Pennsylvania.
Officials denied the occupancy permit based on grounds that it was a "sexually oriented" business, even though men aren't allowed to attend classes and the exercises are done while being clothed. No spectators are allowed. Her studio, Oh My You're Gorgeous also teaches Tribal Fusion, belly dancing, salsa dancing and hula dancing.
She alleges that municipal officials don't approve of the type of dancing she's teaching, so they've throttled her right to conduct business.

Here is yet another example of some American Puritanism trying to censor an expression of sensual art form when really pole dancing has been around for quite some time as for example in the late 1920’s at the height of the American depression.
Back then; traveling fairs were touring the country to entertain the crowds in a large tent while many different sideshows would also take place in much smaller tents surrounding the main attraction.
One of the sideshow’s performance were the Erotic Hoochi Coochi dancers which name originates from the hip movement performed by the dancers and also derived from the French word “couche”, to lay down.
These entertainers would perform in a rather suggestive manner on a small stage while the crowd would cheer generously. The dancer would also perform very close to the small tent’s poles, which at some point they started to use as well.
The pole tents became then known as the dance pole that then evolved to bars as burlesque in the 1050’s and it is only in the 1980’s that pole dancing and strip tease really boomed in Canada and then the USA.


This news item is from Raelianews