I’ve been thinking lately about pole and how we describe it to people unfamiliar with our discipline:
“It’s like cirque stuff, you know the aerial silks and hoops? I do aerial pole.”
“I pole dance, but I’m not a stripper. It’s a great workout!”
“I love to dance, and pole is another form of dancing, with tons of contemporary influences.”
I’m in the middle of an internal debate about what to do regarding pole and my Facebook, since I just started a new professional job. I don’t necessarily want my coworkers to see videos or pictures of me in skimpy pole outfits, but at the same time, I know I’m not doing anything wrong or morally questionable. Should I create a separate Facebook page for my “pole persona”? Do I make it another person, or a page? If I were to make it a page, what category would I put myself under? From there, I started wondering about how pole stars categorize themselves.
I used BadKitty’s Brand Ambassadors page and the Pole Expo Workshop list of teachers, plus whoever I could think of on my own to compile a list of pole stars, their public pages, and what category they decided they were. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means, but it’s a lot of the big name pole stars. I admit there’s a lot of assumption going on here: that all categories were available when they made their pages, that each pole star did indeed create their own page (as opposed to a manager or even just a fan), that everyone defines each category the same way, that they had to choose something and couldn’t define it themselves.
The results surprised me, to be honest. I wasn’t sure how I would categorize myself in a public space like Facebook, but I quickly realized my feelings when I caught myself being excited when someone ended up having a Dancer page, and somewhat letdown when someone had a Sportsperson page. Based on my reactions to my research, I would create my pole page under the Dancer category.
Here are the results in chart form:
Below I listed each person I looked up and which category their Facebook page fell under. Some of them were no surprise: of course Alethea Austin is a Dancer, and I expected Zoraya Judd to fall under Sportsperson, but quite a few of them were unexpected to me: Leigh Ann Reilly, Pink Puma and Karol Helms are dancers to me. Once I realized that some people had categorized themselves under Entertainer, I wondered why more hadn’t. Felix Cane, Jenyne Butterfly, and Nadia Sharif are some of the best examples of entertainers I can think of. And then there are the artists, which is one of my favorite categories, and I think the people there really put themselves in the right one, especially Phoenix Kazree. But aren’t Natasha Wang, and Sergia Anderson, and Michelle Stanek all artists too? I think that’s where the problem begins: there are several options that all fit for polers, dancers, athletes, anyone who moves their body for a living. Every dancer is an artist, an entertainer, an athlete.
Perhaps there should just be a Facebook page category called Poler.
Cleo the Hurricane
Jamilla Deville (Arts & Entertainment)
Josiah “Bad Azz” Grant (Arts & Entertainment)
Leigh Ann Reilly