Video: Hot or Not? Pole Cats Spin Through Tinley

It's all about the twirl, ladies. Judge the second consecutive Midwest pole-dancing competition for yourself. Watch these video clips from the weekend's festivities at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Whether to the soothing sounds of piccolos or the rhythmic beats of techno music, women from all walks of life showcased their pole spins over the weekend right here in .

All were part of the three-day Second Annual Great Midwest Pole Dancing Competition and Convention held Friday to Sunday at the .

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Hosted by Mary Ellyn Weissman, owner of Midwest Pole Dancing: Empowerment Through Exotic Dance in Chicago Heights, rookies and elite dancers alike took to the stage to show off their athleticism and style for the judges.

"It's amazing, the strength these women have, even those who are 61 years old," Weissman said on Saturday afternoon. "Prepare to be blown away."

Pole dancing has become a fitness craze, and Weissman offers lessons in the south suburbs in Chicago Heights and Frankfort. 

Want to Know More? Check out last year's hot or not video! 

Be sure to visit us again tomorrow for a glimpse at the master's division, which includes women 40 years old and older. See if you can guess how old our featured competitors are.

Patti Lavin August 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I can't believe this even warrants patch space! Porn. That's all that comes to mind. Proud dads, not. Look at my mom! I'm sure their kids aren't running off to school allowed to announce their moms are POLE DANCERS! Ugh, nasty.
Chester Rook August 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Don't be jealous just because you can't do it. 1.) Not hot. 2.) Definitely hot! 3.) Ok; not really hot. 4.) It was good, pretty cool. 5.) Hot 6.) Not hot 7.) Hot girl, not hot moves. 8.) Ehh...no. Not hot. 9.) Cute routine, but not hot.
Veruka Salt August 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
This is just an excuse for 'regular' women to live out their fantasies of being on a stage and others to make money off the amateur strippers. Not to mention those who just came to 'cheer' people on. You have the music, you have the moves (butt shakes) and you have the outfits. If it sounds like a stripper, acts like a stripper, dresses like a stripper = it is a stripper. You can exercize so many other ways without resorting to stripper moves and clothes. If it's exercize, why do people need to have a cheering audience, revealing outfits, sequins or loud music? You don't see anyone coming out to see people use a recumbent bike (looks at me spin that wheel!) or treadmill (look at me walking - no hands!). This is just a way to justify the activity without the seedy setting. Anyway you put it, it's a thinly veiled way to dress up a stripping. You heard the 'oh yeah' from that guy on the video? He knows it was amateur stripper night in Tinley Park.
Veruka Salt August 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The fact that Patch and you feel compelled to rate people for hotness is quite telling. The stripper-wanna bes appreciate it and Tinley Park has fleeced the sleaze without opening up a strip joint.
Missy Goodman August 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I give it up for the ladies that can do half those moves. I know I can't. To have the strength in their arms just to do half of it. You HAVE to be in shape. Dancer or not- I give all the ladies a 10 just for having the guts to do it, when (as seen in other comments) others condemn them for it.
FamilyFun August 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Wow what a classy town we live in..... Sad
Carrie Frillman August 29, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I was told by one of the coordinators that many are pushing for pole dancing to become an Olympic sport.
Patti Lavin August 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
OLYMPIC SPORT!?! Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic!!!
SouthSide August 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Did you watch the video? Hardly porn. They are clothed, and they are pretty good dancers. Very strong. I'd be proud to the parent of any one of the ladies that danced. I'm not a fan of strip clubs. This is something entirely different, and I'm glad Patch covered it because I was enlightened.
SouthSide August 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Those ladies are strong!
Carrie Frillman August 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It would be in a category names "vertical dance." The Pole Fitness Association and other advocacy groups petitioned to have it added to the London 2012 lineup. Maybe 2016 ...
Patti Lavin August 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I sure hope our daughter never aspires to be a pole dancer for the Olympics. What a joke, "pole fitness assn". Hahahaha! That's why they dress like an athlete when they do their athletic moves on the pole. "vertical dance"!?! Even funnier is the opposite of that, yes, horizontal dance...um, this is a family publication, you know what I mean.
SouthSide August 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I doubt you watched the video. It's not porn.
Patti Lavin August 29, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I watched the first one, gyrating butt cheeks on the floor legs wide open crotch against the pole, =porn.
SouthSide August 29, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Exercise. Not porn.
Patti Lavin August 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Porn not exercise
Barb Mean August 30, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Seems like the only people that object are the 300 pounders that rather be eating a pizza
Bridget August 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Nope. Just those of us with self-respect.
Mary Carumba August 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
You should enter.
Carrie Frillman August 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Ha! Very funny, Mary. You first.
John September 02, 2012 at 09:54 AM
The olympic girls gymnastic teams had more revealing outfits, yet you complain about this because it involves a "stripper" pole. I'm not condoning this to be a sport, but I wouldn't call it the devil's dance either.
Patti Lavin September 02, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Exactly Bridget! I'm thinking that not one of these pole dancers hold respectable day jobs or have even obtained an education for themselves.
Patti Lavin September 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
John, it's not about the outfit. It's about how the portray themselves on that pole. Never once thought gymnastics resembled porn. Every time these people move with the pole they look like they are trying really hard to turn someone on. It is strip club material, not olympic gymnastic level material
Joyce September 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I think they are all great! Relax it is a good time!
Titan Dad September 04, 2012 at 03:44 AM
change your title to mrs. 406 b.c. you crabby old cheese bag!
Bridget September 04, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Well, we don't want to assume anything, but if I had a degree, I certainly wouldn't be taking my clothes off for money. What these woman do does require some athleticism; holding your body weight on those poles isn't easy, I'm sure. But a sport? No way. I think it's funny that everyone tries to judge you though, Mrs. 406. I wonder if these people would allow their children to watch the "vertical dance" portion of the Olympics, allow strippers to participate in "bring your kid to work day" or personally take their children to a strip club as a field trip. There's a reason you have to be a certain age to watch this stuff; it's because it's inappropriate! I wonder what they would say if their child told them they're aspiring to be a stripper.
Russ September 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
judging on athleticism and talent using the pole as an apparatus ; 1=not , funky floor exercise 2=hot ++ great athleticism and form 3=hot 4=hot on pole a little weak on the floor 5=hot 6= not, cute dance but not much on the pole 7=not, pole was a dance partner 8=hot cool twirl 9=not,again nothing shown on pole but interesting dance routine
Mary Ellyn Weissman September 27, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This particular event was NOT intended to be a sport. It was a dance contest! Did you see the pole dance duo take first place on So You Think You Can Dance last week? Or go to the semi finals on America's Got Talent earlier this year? Pole Sport is different from what you've seen here - which most people wouldn't understand becuase they haven't seen it - despite the fact that they feel they can judge it. Stripping is taking your clothes off...several people making comments obviously have not been to a strip club. Were some of the moves sexy? Yep....so are many other styles of dance. Listen to the cheering on So You Think You Can Dance when the sexy dancers are on the stage. Look at the outfits in ballroom and other dance competitions, even in figure skating which allude to nudity with their sheer designs fashioned in nude tone colors. Have you seen the way people dance at weddings and bars? There is nothing wrong with embracing the sensual side of life. As for education - yes many hold degrees and profesional careers. I'm a registered nurse and run a business/investing firm with my husband. My sons, who help at the event, are working on their veterinary and psychology degrees. My husband who co-owns the business has 2 bachelors, 2 masters and his doctorate. One of the dancers you saw is finishing up her doctorate now and many others have degrees. In my studio I have doctors, attorneys, teachers, police officers, and more ranging in ages from 18 - 68 years old.
Mary Ellyn Weissman September 27, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Carrie...did you ever follow up with an article about the Masters division or video coverage of the over 40 age group in the competition? If so please link it as I can't find that story. Thank you!


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