I’ve just been directed to a very interesting video of Steven Retchless, at the American Pole Fitness Championships.
His style is quite different to many of the other videos I’ve placed on here.. and I’d say he’s the closest male pole dancer I’ve seen, to do a male version of female pole dancing/performing! It’s really quite an interesting style, and seems to combine both acrobatics, with a ballet style dance movement, with strength, and grace.
I’ve just had an email through from Dave, asking if I can share the word as follows:
I entered the International Pole Dance Fitness Championship last year because it was the only international tournament with a men’s category. I won it last year, so I do have a vested interest in it, but it was really well run and I had a blast meeting so many other people from the industry. It’s on again this year in Tokyo, Japan and on the website it says that entries are open until the 15th of September. I personally recommend it to all people looking at participating, but especially men who are often under represented in other international comps.
I just thought I’d let you all know in case some of you were interested.
I’ve just been fortunate to be given a link to a great interview with Dominic Lacasse on the ‘one metal’ website. He’s an incredible male pole performer I’ve listed on here previously, with his Chinese flag routine to a piano, who I now see more recently also holds the World Record incorporating the Chinese flag! http://www.onemetal.com/2010/04/30/dominic-lacasse-talks-to-onemetal/
Certainly an easy to read article, with some interesting insights into Dominic too:
OneMetal: You’re an inspiration to many pole dancers out there, including myself. What advice would you give to those wanting to follow in your footsteps?
DominicFirstly, train a lot and reach a good level. You cannot be doing it just for fun. You have to invest all your life in it and it needs to be top priority. You need knowledge on how to train, including the physical training of conditioning and stretching and how to organise yourself. You need to take dance classes and maybe theater class to improve the way that you act on stage. It’s not just about technique or strength. Pole dancing is really new and I think people need to be be trained by professionnals from other disciplines like circus, physical fitness, gymnastics, dance and choreography.
As I understand it, AJ (aka Adam Jay) of Pineapple Studios, London, is supposed to be appearing on Britain’s Got Talent this evening, in a very ‘tongue and cheek’ performance.
Updated May 31st 2010: Unfortunately, as it later transpired, it seems as though for whatever reason, apart from a very brief snapshot of him during one of the main adverts, his feature didn’t come to fruition. I’m not sure if it appeared on one of the ‘More Britain’s Got Talent’ type programs, but look forward to finding out what happened and updating this post accordingly.