Seen pole dancing yet? Next week you’ll have two opportunities to see local pole dancers show off their athletic art here in Tacoma – at Barefoot Collective’s 8@8 night on Monday, and at Poledello dance studio on Wednesday.
The Monday night 8@8 is part of a regular Barefoot series of works-in-progress nights. Each performer gets around eight minutes to present something they’re working on, with eight performers starting at eight o’clock (get it?) The audience gives feedback, and it’s a great chance to see new work and offer your take on it. Monday night’s line-up includes a pole dancer among the other dancers. 8 p.m. May 24. $5. Merlino building Studio B, 508 6th Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4219, www.barefootcollective.org
Wednesday night’s event is a full-length pole dancing evening featuring international Seattle-based artist Pantera, winner of Best Pole Tricks from the Miss Pole Dance World Sport competition in Jamaica. The show also features work by students at Poledello studio, and owner and instructor Noelle Wood.
Says Wood: “This co-ed performance focuses on the athletic and artistic tricks performed and accepted internationally in mainstream pole dancing, and provides an opportunity to educate the community about this unique and growing art form.”
8 p.m. May 26. $10 (space is limited.) 708 Broadway Suite 201, Tacoma. 253-509-8811, www.poledello.com