Skill, energy, dance, pretty women What's not to like?
Fifteen or so years ago, Pole-Dancing was a less than respectable strip-club entertainment. Now it has become a fitness craze, promoted as dance and aerobatics, as a-sexual as the parallel bars, and requiring endurance, flexibility, and astonishing upper body strength.
Polecats" shows how far pole-dancing has come from its sleazy origins, show-casing the talents of five very attractive women dancer / acrobats, and featuring their astonishing climbs, spins, bends, twists and contortions, to deep confronting heavy metal sound-tracks.
The show begins with a talented little girl, dressed as a ballerina, prancing round the stage, and loving the well-deserved applause.
The audience clearly knew their pole-dancing, and were generous in their appreciation of the stellar skills they were watching.
The show came to life when the sole male in the cast, up to that point acting as a cleaner of the poles, burlesqued a strip show, and with amazing speed and energy, made the poles vibrate and bend as he mimed a duel of skills with one of the dancers. This was engaging – and fun.
Cathy Adamek has created a new genre with these dances. Perhaps they were a little repetitive – but certainly the audience was appreciative and engaged throughout.
Glow in the dark leggings, on a darkened stage, gave a surreal magic to one dance sequence. The music of "Get Physical" had the audience swaying to another. A cowboy theme, a geisha dancer, and a leather-clad "bikie" added pace and variety.
The show has been a sell-out in Adelaide and Sydney. There were empty seats in the Cremorne Theatre – which was a pity, given the energy, beauty and skill on display.