Exotic dancing has been around since B.C. in the ancient history and in the Bible. One of the first’s women getting paid for doing an exotic dance can be found in the Bible; the daughter of the Jewish Princess Herodias performed a provocative dance, “the Dance of the Seven Veils” to satisfy King Herod during his birthday celebration. Also, way back in the 12th-century women performed around a wooden pole, as they twisted ribbons around the pole as they danced.
It started in the United States, in the 19th century with “late shows” in Opera Houses after the civil war. In addition, Americans got their first taste of burlesque when the “British Blondes” arrived in the United States in 1868; they toured around all United States giving a unique, bold, sexy, and clever performance to different audiences.
Then, early in the 20th century traveling circuses were touring around the U.S. when “girlie shows” appeared; women from the circus would striptease in front of a small group of men. By the 1920’s, women in a circus would strip tease more exotically in bigger groups of cheering men. It has always been something that most of the population is not very comfortable, but for some men and women, it is comfortable enough to enjoy an exotic dance in public, or privately.
In the 1950’s, the exotic dancing moved from circus tents to bars, and gradually “strip clubs” appeared. Ten years later, the “strip tease” began to appear as full nudity and became even more popular at the time. By the late 70’s, club owners began installing brass poles to the stages where women would strip tease to the audience.
In the 1980’s, women became more skilled on brass poles and created new exotic movements of pole dancing impressing the big crowds. When the talented ladies began to show their skills on the pole, Vancouver strip club co-owners opened a new studio to train exotic dancers to dance on the pole and make choreographies, just like any training pole dancing studio nowadays.
By the 1990’s, pole dancing and strippers began to spread all around the world.
Today, pole dancing is recognized as art, fitness, dance, and entertainment. Not everybody likes the fact of seeing pole dancing as an “art” nowadays, but it takes time, talent, and skills to be a professional, dedicated and successful pole dancer.