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Pole Dancing For Men!

By Wyatt Earp | April 30, 2010

Dude. It’s come to this.

Once upon a time, when men went out for a night of pole dancing, it was their eyes that got a workout. But in the past few years for some, it’s been their entire bodies. Like women, guys are discovering that pole dancing can be an athletic and artistic pursuit that feels more Cirque du Soleil than strip club.

Meet Tavon Hargett. The 28-year-old Washingtonian has developed a following on YouTube with his homemade pole dancing videos under the name “Jungle Cat.” “Somebody said I looked like a cat jumping up on the pole, so that’s my alter ego,” he says after demonstrating some of his acrobatic spins, holds and inversions.

Wow, that’s hella-gay . . .

His hip-hop wardrobe — think high-tops instead of high heels – and preference for a gospel soundtrack are fairly unusual among pole dancers, but it’s Hargett’s gender that makes his skills so remarkable. He first experimented with a pole he ordered online. “I got into the athleticism and strength behind it,” he says. When he looked for formal instruction, however, he was stuck. Most pole dance studios are for women only.

But then he met Jessalynn Medairy. Last fall, the 24-year-old launched her studio Pole Pressure inside Balance Gym. The downtown health club wanted unusual group fitness formats to lure in members, so Medairy was soon teaching Pole Level 1, 2 and 3 right next to cycling classes.

And now Hargett’s poles are rising.

Yeah, that was about as far as I could read before the blood shot out of my eyes. You can read the rest of the idiocy by clicking here.

Topics: WTF? | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Pole Dancing For Men!”

  1. RT Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I will have nightmares, now. Thanks.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    RT – I scoured the Internets to find the perfect photo. Your reaction assures me I found the correct one.

  3. Crazy Politico Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    You are an a$*hole for posting that picture. I still respect you as a blogger, but dude, was that really necessary?

    BTW, I’m guessing as soon as Mr. Hargett leaves the pole dancing studio he heads somewhere to do some pole smoking.

  4. Sebastian Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Layoffs at work this week. Half the company. And I think this freaked me out about twice as much as that did.

  5. Lawyer for Hire Says:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Well, at least you left us some Naomi Watts pics to cleanse our eyes.

  6. Dannytheman Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 9:47 am

    *Gay, *Gay, *Gay and I need bleach for my eyes, too!!

    *Not that there’s anything wrong with it!!

    Thankfully I am cleansing my eyes with Russian beauties!

  7. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    CP – Your reaction is exactly why I needed to post that photo. It proves my point to how insipid male pole dancing is.

    Sebastian – Hopefully, you’re still there, right?

    Lawyer – And some photos this morning. He how giveth also taketh away.

    Danny – Eye bleach is in the cupboard.

  8. Andi Sullivan Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    What’s his “situation”?

  9. Ingineer66 Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Dude that photo is just wrong. It would make me want to never return to a less talented blogger.

  10. Buck Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Ow, my eyes! My eyes!

    (Thank you for posting the unicorn chasers after this post)…

  11. Bitter Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Yes, he is still there, Wyatt. Though even if he wasn’t, this photo might still be more disturbing. :)

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Andi – Apparently he is a military man, because he is at “attention.”

    Ingineer66 – It’s wrong, but the retch factor was worth the risk.

    Buck – I try to maintain the balance.

    Bitter – Hey, if he lost his job (God forbid) he can train to be a pole dancer!