Street Poling takes dancing to new heights

Street pole dance champion

Annerien Erasmus, winner of the Street Poling competition held in Bloemfontein.

Annerien Erasmus, winner of the Street Poling competition held in Bloemfontein.

Street pole dance champion

Annerien Erasmus, winner of the Street Poling competition held in Bloemfontein.

Annerien Erasmus, winner of the Street Poling competition held in Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein – Ever get the urge to swing around a street pole? Invented on the streets of Bristol, England in 2007, Street Poling is a form of dancing where dancers get together and document their aim of making minimum skin contact with the pole.

If you are into that sort of thing, the annual Street Poling Competition is perfect for you. Natascha Oosthuizen, owner of Vertical Energy Fitness Studio, is the mastermind behind the competition.

Oosthuizen invited her students to take part and around 20 women from all over the city had to show off their creative sides to compete for the coveted title of Miss Street Pole.

After the votes were tallied, Annerien Erasmus was announced as the winner. Annerien did her gravity-defying dance at a petrol station.

“Pole dancing isn’t just about the exercise but also about gaining confidence, making new friends, camaraderie among the dancers and discipline,” said Oosthuizen.

“The inspiration behind the competition was my love of the pole and to make things interesting for my students. What better way to celebrate months of practice and bruises all over your body than with your accomplishments?”

Oosthuizen is planning a pole dancing showcase in October that coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“I am still working out the details but I would like the theme to be Strength of a Woman. By performing pole dances we will represent the inner and outer strength of women and raise breast cancer awareness.”

Oosthuizen insists you only have to be young at heart to pole dance.

“If you have the necessary discipline and endurance, you will succeed. “

Estelle Bronkhorst