Pole dancing isn't just for the ladies. In fact, men have a more elaborate history with pole dancing than women do. Chinese Acrobats were, and still are, often men. Mallakhamb is an Indian wrestling training regimen where men (and only men) flip and climb and are generally awesome all over a large wooden pole. Pole dancing has been open to men in other cultures for centuries now, but in the West is was largely taboo until recently. These men prove that the guys have come to hang with the 'big' girls, and maybe show them a few tricks! Add your own favorites in the comments below!
Felipe Mendoza Perez
The majority of professional male pole dancers have some amazing tricks in their respective repertoires, but few have the flexibility of Felipe Mendoza Perez (We're talking Spatchcocks, people). He is fire at the IPSF World Pole Sport 2014 in London. It takes about 3 seconds to realize that we are watching a professional dancer at work. Hailing from Chile, in his four years as a dancer he has placed first or second five times in major international competitions. We're excited to see him again in the future!
Born and raised in the Ukraine, Alex was a dedicated athlete up to the fall of the Soviet Union. Without the state to sponsor sporting activities and camps, Alex was left to his own devices and eventually found employment as a break dancer. His talent earned him a spot on So You Think You Can Dance, where he met his future wife who would be his conduit into pole dancing. In his first ever competition he placed 3rd, a fluke that has yet to happen again. He currently holds titles with APFC International, Mr Pole Dance International, and the World Pole Sports Championships.
Make way for the Russians, dominating the dance world, as usual. First up, this guy. Winner of the World Pole Championships 2015, Dimitry Politov is a beast. He has that in common with the men on this list, but, seriously, call your family in the room and watch the video. His transitions are creative. His energy is frenetic. His daring is almost unparalleled. Politov was a semi-finalist on Ukranes Got Talent and has won six titles since 2012. Here is his winning routine from 2015's World Pole Dance Champion in Beijing for you (and your family) to enjoy.
Evgeny GreshilovFormer circus performer Evgeny Greshilov came ready made to the pole dancing world. As a young man, Evgeny was involved in everything from mixed martial arts to drama. At 17, he moved away from his small town in Siberia to study at the State College of Circus and Variety Arts in Moscow. In 2010, he decided to try his hand at pole dance and won three Russian titles in a year. His first world title came to him at the Aerial Pole International in early 2011. Later that same year he became the first male champion in the World Pole Sport & Fitness Championship. His emotional winning performance at Pole Art 2012 will give you life!