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.