What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?
– Lara St. John
In the car while driving to work, I’m like any other pole dancer mentally posing and dancing to the music. However, lately I’ve grown tired of trendy pop music. In the 20 minutes it takes for me to get to work, I’ve grown exhausted from dance beats and a non-stop barrage of pop-singers telling me to party, take shots and have sex at nightclubs. Ugggh~~ It’s 8:30 a.m. Get off my radio, Ryan Seacrest.
So, I find myself switching to a classical music station. Fortunately in Los Angeles, we have the wonderful KMozart where I’m always pleasantly surprised to find music my mind can dance to. Because really, what is pole dancing if not a bit of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance?
After a Dvořák inspired pole-dance run tried-and-true, I made the curious choice to create my TOP 10 LIST: SONGS TO POLE CLASSY BY.
If you’re not keen on this genre, I’m not forcing you to listen. However, there’s such a wide world of sensual sounds and passages that become so irresistible to dance to. Take for example Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E Minor. It has such a lovely, longing sound at the end of each phrase that makes you want to extend an arm out gracefully to reach out for something you need.
Ahn Trio’s “This Is Not America.” Yes, the Bowie song. This classical music remake is heavy and dark. How would you drag yourself and draw your toes during your floorwork in this piece?
And it’s not all classical music. I tossed in a Piazzolla piece. This Argentine tango composer uses jazz and classical music elements in his work that keeps it exciting and lively. This version of Libertango is played by the famous cellist, Yo-Yo-Ma. The resonant, human “voice” of the Cello just feels so sensual here as a tango! How would that change the look of your dance? How about a Gancho on the pole? Now that’s sexy! 🙂
Other songs on the list:
Joshua Bell – Oblivion – This is another Piazzolla piece. It is very slow which I think would be a wonderful song to practice movement and awareness to. Don’t rush. Just feel.
Alexandre Desplat – Wong Chia Chi’s Theme – If you saw the film Lust, Caution, you might cringe. It’s a hard and sad one to watch. However, the music is so lush. (I should mention that I’m particular to throwing soundtrack pieces into my classical music playlists. This won’t be the first!) The single piano theme gives you a lovely, clear tune to dance with.
Yo-Yo Ma – J.S. Bach: 1. Prélude – 1. Prélude – Speeding things up a bit, this Bach prelude has stood the test of time to be a popular piece on the classical music repertoire. I’m not entirely sure HOW to dance to it because I certainly don’t think I could keep up with it. But if you can keep a constant flow to this song, wouldn’t that be amazing? It reminds me of flying.
Joshua Bell – Concerto in G minor for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer): III. Presto – Let’s get a bit faster now! I’m going full speed ahead with this awesome Vivaldi piece. It is the 3rd movement to Summer of the Four Seasons. It’s bursting with unbridled energy! I think it’d be FUN to just let go and see where the movement takes you. Just, you know. Don’t crash into anything.
Max Richter – On The Nature Of Daylight – Tired from that last one? Let’s slow things way down and head back to soundtracks with Max Richter. There’s nothing complex with this piece. Heck, it might even be a nice piece to cool down or stretch to. Just empty your mind and breathe.
Clint Mansell – Death Is The Road To Awe – While this is another soundtrack piece by the amzing Clint Mansell it is performed by the famous Kronos Quartet. It was for the film The Fountain which was an achingly romantic and tragic tale by Darren Aronofsky. (One of my favorite films.) It’s very long at 8.5 minutes, but it goes through stages of build-up until it explodes into a powerful conclusion. There’s joy the end that I love to translate into leaps and bounds. I feel this song into the tips of my toes.
Paul Rahme – After In The Dark / Voices / Alone In Kyoto (Yoko Kanno / Air) – This is a fun piano homage to three songs. The first two, “After in the Dark” and “Voices” are by Yoko Kanno for the popular anime Macross Plus. Lovely renditions but those aren’t the ones I’m interested in. I love the way Rahme plays “Alone in Kyoto” which starts at 5:17. This song was written by French band, Air in 2003.
I hope you enjoy this collection I made. If you listen on Spotify, it is also a collaborative list meaning you can ADD to it! So, feel free to share with me YOUR favorite classical pieces to pole dance to. I want to hear it! Songs to Pole CLASSY By
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