Pole dancing has emerged, during the last decade or so, as a very popular fitness trend, slowly but surely washing away the stigma of night and strip club connection. A growing number of young -and not so young- women, and, in recent times, also men, choose it as their favorite fitness pursuit. Thus, it is not peculiar that, as a modern sport, "vertical dance" as it is sometimes called, is even considered as a full Olympics event.
Recently, I had the pleasure of spending a whole afternoon with the talented instructors from Polosi Pole Studio, in Athens. The school was founded in 2006 by Eleftheria Yiayi, and, in fact, it was the first school introducing pole dancing as a fitness endeavor in Greece. Since that time, a large number of the school's students have become instructors and school owners themselves, further spreading the popularity of this discipline.
Having got over the usual stereotypes (which, for me, happened several years ago), I was always intrigued by the combination of athleticism, artistic expression and femininity in pole dancing. This is what I hope I managed to capture in this shoot, which, in fact, was no more than a usual practice session for the ladies. In the future, we are hoping to further expand this material, with more targeted, conceptual photo-shoots.
Very special thanks to Eleftheria Yiayi and her adorable mother, and supervisor of the Athens school, Catherine, for making this possible. And, of course, hats off to the performers, Alice Konsolaki, Annie Karavia, Aretousa Schina and Dani Patroni. Enjoy!
Like the content of this blog and want to contribute to its maintenance? Please consider donating a symbolic amount of $5. Help keep this blog ad-free.