At the recent Malaysia Pole Championship 2013, some of the finest international practitioners presented jaw-dropping performances.
Swinging out of strip clubs into gyms, pole dancing evolved into an art-form combining acrobatics, gymnastics and modern dance. Whether performed as an exercise, for sports or for competition, it requires strength, stamina, agility and grace.
My favourite duo at the event was Sam Sam and Esther who presented a beautifully-choreographed routine incorporating mime on the floor and a very powerful, synchronised act up on the poles.
Olympus OM-D, ISO 1600, f3.5, 1/320 sec.