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Watch: Pole Dancing in Tinley ... Hot or Not?

It's all about the twirl, girls. Judge the first-ever Midwest pole-dancing competition for yourself. Watch these video clips from the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Poler passion was on display Saturday and Sunday at the first-ever Great Midwest Pole Dance Competition and Convention. 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.

Judges included French pole-dancing celebrity Prana Ovide-Etienne, dancing champ Amber Richard and Collette Kakuk of California. About 300 dancers and spectators descended on the for competition, pole-dancing workshops, vendor displays and seminars.

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

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Teg August 29, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Stop being so judgmental and appreciate the artistry.
Geena August 29, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Yay - I no longer need to dance in the city, I can dance in Tinley Park! I dance for a living downtown and also work for an agency dancing at parties and topless waitressing. We go to car dealerships, businesses, sports events, restaurants all over the city and suburbs for our shows. A lot of these women who are being rated here as 'hot or not' are basically doing almost the exact same thing we do when we dance at the club. The difference is that some of the women on the video are a little too heavy or old to be working at a club. Nothing different short of taking off their clothes. As a dancer, I don't call it artistry, I call it dancing. I am surprised to find that my city now has found a way to have a strip club without having it been called that. I really don't want a club, convention or this kind of stuff in my neighborhood since I work very hard to hide what I do. That's right, hide. I would not be proud letting friends, neighbors, family snicker about me knowing that is what I do. In fact, I bet a lot of men who attended this/or watched the video are snickering at their clueless wives just as they do when wives think nothing ever happens at bachelor parties, golf and retirement parties (ever wonder why they don't invite you?). I read also they might turn this into an olympic sport. Gee - what fun! What they'll have will be mostly professional dancers (strippers) like me who can be on that pole for hours on one hold. Enough said.
SouthSide August 29, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The pole dancing is art, exercise, dance, certainly NOT porn. The ladies are not naked, not topless, and not wearing thongs. They are not strippers. They are not prostitutes. They are dancing, exercising, and otherwise engaging in an art form that is not immoral. I wonder if the same people poo-pooing the video are the same people who think the women's Olympic beach volleyball was obscene. Sheesh.
Geena August 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I don't consider it a news story when they are asking people to watch and rate as hot or not. It's only meant to draw attention. Would have been great to have the writer ask around the neighborhood (and not those attending, obviously) what people thought of this - I bet they would have a lot of people saying that they were fine with it - but not in their neighborhood.
Tired of the B.S. August 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I'm glad you don't consider yourself a prune. I believe the word you were looking for is prude.

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