Today we are hear rather frequently how we are exporting our “way of life” to the Mid East at the point of a gun. Less often do we hear how other country’s are eagerly importing our “way of life”. When you mention this to me China comes first to my mind, but so do the downsides of that eagerness, both for the people of the US and China.
A couple of months ago I bumped into this video by accident… Ok, I will make a clean confession. I was on YouTube and saw this video, the still of which is a shot of this young lady in the outfit she performs in, and I couldn’t resist. I have debated on whether or not to post this for the last couple months. Finally it occurred to me that the very reason I am hesitant is one of the very reasons that I should post it. Last night I showed this video to my younger female roommate to see what she thought. Her comment was; “@$#%ing right you should post that!”
The video is a segment from a television program called Ukraine’s Got Talent, which is roughly the Ukraine’s version of American Idol, but that is where the roughness ends. Looking pretty slick with their graphics and production values, I think they are giving the original more than a run for it’s money, though I am no fan of the original.
But that is not all they have imported, they have also taken Pole Dancing – which will be forever linked in our sexually hung up minds with Stripping – and made it something that can be shown on television without shame or audience warnings splashed across the screen every 4 and 1/2 minutes. Granted you will see the Judges feign shock and disbelief when she walks out, but this is only stage management and somehow our inability to understand their language seems to point that out all the better.
This young lady’s name is Anastasia Sokolova and when I bumped into her video there was only one of them, now there are quite a few. In this video, and with the help of Ukraine’s Got Talent, this young lady has snatched pole dancing out of the American dustbin of shame and elevated it to an art form, quickly passing through the sporting competition phase and disposing of it on her way.
As someone with lots professional experience as a DJ in adult clubs, I have seen a lot of pole dancing (including lots of professional acts), some not so good, some quite amazing, but this young lady is by far the best I have ever seen. In fact both because of, and despite my familiarity, I was awe struck when I saw this.
I would recommend that you start at 1:08 into the film – unless you want to hear about her workout program or meet her mother, both in Russian – as that is where she walks on stage. Somehow, without understanding what is being said between her and the judges, you will probably find yourself liking her before she actually takes the stage. I did.
I must say that if I were the director of this show, I would have omitted the audience reaction cuts that were included. They weren’t needed with this young lady and the break in the viewing of her act was quite unwelcome.
During her second appearance on the show it seemed that the special effects that were added actually interfered with her performance and stifled her freedom to do what she does. However it is available on YouTube as well.