Pole dancing is a form of dancing cum gymnastics that requires muscular endurance, co-ordination and acrobatic feats of strength involving movements with a vertical pole. It also involves sensual dance moves executed with the polish of a performer. Pole dance is regarded by many as an art form and is now performed in various places such as theatres, cabarets and clubs. Celebrities who pole dance include Madonna, Paris Hilton, Jolin Tsai, The Pussycat Dolls and The Spice Girls.
Pole dance which was introduced to Malaysia in 2007 seems to have garnered quite a following here. Not only is it popular with the girls, but the guys seem to have taken a fancy to this art form too. There are a number of dance studios and fitness centres in the Klang Valley and elsewhere which conduct pole dance classes. Several pole dance competitions, workshops and performances have also been organized in the past.
For the third year running, Viva Vertical, a leading pole dance academy and troupe in South East Asia is organizing the Pole Stars Talent Showcase Malaysia 2010. This online reality and fan based pole dance competition is open to guys and girls aged 18 and above. This year sees the addition of a 'Professional' category alongside the previous year's 'Fit Pole' and 'Exotic Pole' categories.
The semi-finals of the Pole Stars Talent Showcase Malaysia 2010 will be held on April 24 at Autumn Quattro in Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur while the grand finals on May 22 will take place at The Opera in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. Prizes totalling RM5,000 are up for grabs and the champions will get the chance to represent the country at the International Pole Dance Fitness Championships 2010 to be held in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit www.mypolsestars.com.