The practice of pole dance as a leisure activity in Denmark

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The aim of this study is to explore the how pole dance is practiced as a form of leisure activity in Denmark. The methodical approach is qualitative and inspired by ethnography. I have conducted a field study where I have observed and participated in the pole dance culture in Copenhagen from May to October 2014. Furthermore, I have conducted five interviews with pole studio owners and 14 shorter interviews with pole dancers. The study showed that the pole dance culture is complex; there is more than one way to practice pole dance both in terms of movements, attire, and attitude. This article addresses the difference between a focus on dance and a focus on tricks in pole dancing as well as it examines the different opinions pole studio owners have concerning ‘sexiness’ in pole dance and how this affects the way pole dance is practiced.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVertical Exploration : Journal of Pole and Aerial Movement Studies
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

CURIS 2015 NEXS 330

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Science - Pole dance, Denmark, Copenhagen, Leisure, Ethnography, Spradley, Aesthetics

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