Pole positions: W’burg show hopes to prove pole dancing is serious art

Pole dancing is no longer just for strippers and Linsday Lohan.

By Megan Riez - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Put your back into it: The Pulse Project dancers during a rehearsal for “She IS.”  Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Put your back into it: The Pulse Project dancers during a rehearsal for “She IS.” Photo by Stefano Giovannini


A Brooklyn dance company is bringing a gritty pole dancing show to a secret Williamsburg space on May 1 and 2, in the hopes of flipping the art’s strip-club stereotype on its head and proving that its performances are fit for the legitimate stage.

“It’s a reimagining of what pole dancing can be in the theater world,” producer Alice Dugan said. “We want to be able to have a show where people go for a ‘pole dance’ show, and they go out of it thinking, ‘I didn’t even remember that there were poles there.’”

The Pulse Project, founded by former Brooklyn Academy of Music choreographer and aerialist Brook Notary in 2011, has already put on two shows drawing inspiration from a host of movement and dance styles, including acrobatics and parkour. The company’s third and upcoming performance, “She IS,” will feature a bevy of vignettes titled “Grounded,” “Reckless,” and “Bound,” and will highlight the tunes of Jimi Hendrix and Beyonce. The entire spectacle has a distinctly urban and female vibe, said Dugan.

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