Meet Anastasia Sokolova; Ukraine Sensation

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.

, , ,

  • echar

    Stunning performance! For some strange reason I find it difficult to use my words :P

    Seriously though, a large portion of America would have an apoplectic seizure at the mere sight of her outfit.

    • Ittabena

      I knew you would like it.

      Apoplectic seizure, that’s a wonderful phrase, isn’t it? (I’m starting to sound like Ellwood P. Dowd) I remember an old Dick Van Dyke episode where the writers were talking about how certain words and phrases were just funny in and of themselves, not for any good reason, maybe just for the way they sounded. I remember feeling like I had just been in Comedy 101 for a half hour.

      My apologies to anyone with Apoplexy, I don’t mean to make light of your illness in the least, but if you had said epileptic seizure, it just wouldn’t have had the same feel.

      • echar

        Any schmuck-o that takes offense to that must be wacked out on goof balls. Either that or they have no idea about rubber biscuits in their Sunday goin’ to meetin’.

  • Amacai Zerand

    As talented as this lady is, she is no Jenyne Butterfly. Look her up at youtube for an amazing talent.

    • Ittabena

      Why didn’t you post it? This is a discussion thread after all.

    • James Briggs

      You are right Anastasia Sokolova, no Jenyne Butterfly. Anastasia is an artist and Jenuyne is a gymnast. I have too much class to say that one is better
      then another but Jenunne’s performance leaves me cold. It is true that she would place far higher in poll dance competitions than Anastasia. In poll dance competitions body control and flexibility are all important while drama and story telling mean nothing. But you are comparing apples and oranges. You simply don’t understand what Anastasia is doing. The best analogy I can think of is the difference between acrobatic dancing and Boogie Woogie. Yeah they both do tricks but the goal for acrobat dancer is doing the trick itself while the goal for the Boogie Woogie dancer is to entertain the audience.

  • BuzzCoastin

    a few things:
    I’ve been outta the aMerkin kulture scene for awhile
    so in my mind this in normal US TV
    but it seems not
    based on the writing above

    this BTW
    is the same thought in the heads of those who ape it
    I’m sure that girl thought
    and the audience thought
    that this was standard, muddle aMerikan TV stuff

    China pulled all those shows from there national TV
    so now they moved to the internet

    • Ittabena

      Actually, I can’t be certain. I haven’t watched more than a half hour’s worth of network tube at a sitting for over a decade. But I am pretty confident that American Idol, or the like, never featured pole dancing. I would think the Religious Fundamentalist and Tea Baggers, er, I mean Tea Partiers would lock arms and take immediate action. But I might be wrong.

      Now if it was on a commercial… Well that would be different.

      Besides, I wanted you guys to see this.

      • BuzzCoastin

        no worries, she’s hot
        I’ll use her in one of my mashes
        sexy thumb nails always drag’em in
        but it’s not like ya can’t get reel porn real easy
        howl ever I digresses
        seems to meme that
        there was Christian pole dancing thing going on
        wait a sec lemme google it…..
        yeah, 1.4 million returns
        ok, probably not a mainstream meme since
        southern baptist gets 22 mill

        but I’ve seen this raunchy caricature everywhere I’ve been
        it’s always more sleazy in the copying
        because that’s how it translates

  • Rex Vestri

    zOMG I’m in LOVE!

    Marry me Anastasia!

  • charlotte9

    Whatever…I’ve seen as good, at least. I never learned, myself, but in my day I’ve seen former ballerinas, gymnasts and professional dancers turn to strip clubs after finding they find they can no longer get gigs…you haven’t been to as many “nice” clubs as you think you have!

    • Ittabena

      >”you haven’t been to as many “nice” clubs as you think you have!”

      You should tell that to Steve Cooper, and see what he says. Although you probably won’t be able to understand him, I am sure you would fire him up with that one.

      We had Prima Donas too, but their egos and attitudes always got in the way of the talent they said they had. They didn’t know how to tip either, just take them, and bitch about how little they got. They would also refuse the stage all week and him and haw about starting. Until Friday came and the local girls where making money, Thennnnn they wanted to start on time or early.

      I actually got to fire one once. The manager told me he was going to, for the reason I just stated and I talked him into letting me do it. You should have seen the look on her face. She went marching up to the manager at the bar while he is laughing his ass off the whole time.

      You’re right; 16 years of experience, but you know better, I am sure.

      • charlotte9

        “Although you probably won’t be able to understand him, I am sure you would fire him up with that one.”

        I could run intellectual circles around you every day of the week.

        For example, the phrase is “hem and haw”. There should be no comma before the word “and”; also, you should have used a semicolon after “They didn’t know how to tip either”. “Until Friday came…” was not the start of a separate sentence (I could go on…)

        If you insist that a person’s job is an accurate indicator of their personal intelligence, well, we can both play that game: you are just a DJ. You’re not even a real DJ; you’re a strip-club DJ. You’re one step up from a karaoke DJ. That doesn’t take very much intelligence, at all.

        I am no longer a dancer, though there’s no need to get into the details of what I do for a living–but I assure you that it’s more complicated than DJ’ing.

        Do not assume that I have anything in common with any other dancer, girl, woman, or human you have ever known.

        “You’re right; 16 years of experience, but you know better, I am sure.”

        Yes. I do in fact know more about what I have seen with my own eyes than YOU know about what I have seen or experienced.

        Fucking. Duh.

        I will re-state the original claim: I have personally seen better dancers than this girl. These girls were not “prima donnas”; they were hard-working and respected by the DJ’s and management alike.

        It’s not my problem that you hate strippers; the entire center section of your reply is completely irrelevant. *shrugs*

      • charlotte9

        I scrolled through some other comments of yours for the purposes of personally judging your intellectual capabilities (something you should consider doing yourself, before insulting strangers) and have come to the conclusion that the grammar/spelling fallacy was an unwarranted attack on your intelligence, though an equal and easy slap in response to your initial affront.

        That being said: fuck you, man. What a fucking dick.

        In case you need it spelled out for you, I am calling you a “dick” because you insulted my intelligence in response to my suggestion that your experiences are limited to less-than “nice” (whatever that means) clubs. Your response was unfair and over-the-top, obviously fueled by your personal dislike of strippers.

        • Ittabena

          >”You should tell that to Steve Cooper, and see what he says. Although you probably won’t be able to understand him, I am sure you would fire him up with that one.”

          This was a test to see if your claims were credible. Had you understood it not to be a personal attack on you, but a reference to the owner of one of the largest wolrdwide chains, and his heavy speech impediment, you would not have mistakenly taken offense and I would have been forced to revise my estimation of your experience.

          A speech impediment, by the way which I used to imitate when I worked for the competition – and it was a great impression – and which got me a visit one night from one of his “guys” to instruct me to stop it. (No matter, three months later his sister rehired me in one of his clubs – funny sort of business.)

          Now, for the record all I did was tell a true story from a past point in my life. A story which was meant to illustrate that the view inside a strip club is different depending on whether you are running the joint, or performing as an entertainer. I never directed anything at you, ever. I just told a story. The inference was all yours, and yours alone.

          If what you say is true, that you skimmed my posts, you will know that I refuse to get in the mud with anyone and engage in name calling. Something you seem to have no hesitation about.

          When you are a dancer you are supposed to tip 10% of what you make to the DJ for running his trap about you. Only one ever did, she and her husband and their three kids were my roommates. One night she gave me $500. The guy that lent her $5,000 never really expected to get it back, and she never really expected to give it back, and yet it was a loan. The same man later got me a job at WorldCom, go figure. [Hey David! Yeah, it’s me.]

          Most of the rest of the girls would either skate by on $5.00 for the night, or claim that they didn’t make any money. However, if I showed up on my night off with my Tarot cards in my hand, the same ladies would be lined up to give me $10.00 for a reading.

          You want to claim to be a dancer who perhaps worked at some sort of magic nirvana-esque club where everyone was nice and had clean intentions of paying the bills, plus lot’s of talent. Your credibility is rapidly disintegrating! And because of that presume to preach down to me and assume all sorts of details about my life. Holes in your water bucket!

          When you do make a living as that sort of DJ you can only date dancers or maybe a waitress. But you cannot go to a bar or elsewhere and meet an “amateur” and hit it off without the question of what you do for a living coming up.

          “Oh, I am a DJ.”

          “Really! Who are you? What radio station?”

          Oh no, I work in a club.”

          “Yeah, which one?”

          ” “************ “you say, not wanting to lie.

          “Oh… You know what? I completely forgot but I was supposed to pick up my friend across town fifteen minutes ago. Well, gotta go…”

          Either that or you battle jealousy over something that is way more work and way less sex than your sweetie thinks.

          Some of the ladies I worked with are still my friends. One is even trying to get me to move to Alaska where she and her new boyfriend are now. And if I run into any of them today, I get a hug, not a slap in the face. So assume away, or as you said; Whatever!

          • charlotte9

            Skimmed through most of that because you started up again about your irrelevant, long-winded stories about YOUR experiences. I could not care less about your strip club experiences. We were never talking about YOUR experiences.

            I stand by my original statement: I have personally seen better dancers than this girl.

            Is this really too difficult for you to comprehend?

            P.S. This: “You want to claim to be a dancer who perhaps worked at some sort of magic nirvana-esque club where everyone was nice and had clean intentions of paying the bills, plus lot’s of talent. Your credibility is rapidly disintegrating!”

            …is complete and utter bullshit. I NEVER MADE SUCH A CLAIM. STOP BEATING THAT STRAW MAN, OR BACK IT UP WITH COPY PASTA.

  • VaudeVillain

    Not that I would ever watch such tripe, but this less the Ukrainian version of “American Idol”, and more the Ukrainian version of “America’s Got Talent”… which is, if memory serves, the American Version of “Britain’s Got Talent”. In any event, it’s a franchised outfit with local versions in a bunch of countries. I know that the American version has carried similarly “controversial” acts, including at least one male “bellydancer” (quotes because he was not doing traditional male bellydance, or traditional female bellydance either for that matter, it was that stupid Shakira shit like goth girls do at clubs).

    Certainly cool to see it on TV, but based on the audience reaction shots, I don’t really believe that this is a stunning example of enlightened Europeans eschewing our Puritanical moralism…

    Anyway, as a performance, that was phenomenal. Excellent show(wo)manship, compelling choreography, and *really* fucking hot (which is sort of integral to the act, so I’m not sure why anyone should be ashamed or hesitant to say as much). My only negative note is that the camera work was stunningly bad in the way that only overproduced mass-media schlock can be: it kept rolling and pitching to try and exaggerate the motion, but instead kept missing parts of the action and jarring perspective for no reason, plus the cutaways to random people making awkward faces and talking about it just left less time to watch the actual entertainment.

    I’d just about give a nut to have someone half that talented as an act.

  • AnniaAnnia

    she began at what age? I’m 13 and I loved to be just like her

  • AnniaAnnia

    she began at what age? I’m 13 and I loved to be just like her

  • Andres Schiffino

    Is this really Disinfo-worthy? Yes, she is beautiful and her acrobatic talent is fantastic, but what exactly is the point of posting this here? I hope Disinfo doesn’t reduce itself to yet an other web site posting wacky videos.

  • Michael pivola III

    Jenyne butterfly is not as tone doesnt have the muscle mass and subsequently looks bad in my opinion , probably because of lack of enough strenth training. As a russian/american, I know first hand that training especially in strength absorbant sports…such as pole and rock climbing exercises is paramount.ms.sokolova.is.prime russian example.with her.SMOOTH horizontal flips based upon her strenth.
    Simply art!
    Pivola3@Gmail. Com

  • Alexander

    Couldn´t agree more with you, sir!

  • ooohello

    Except I don’t feel like Jenyne is keeping it real. Anastasia was rocking that outfit, was dancing to proper stripper music and working the sex appeal. Jenyne is just doing a gymnast routine with a pole. Pole dancing is more than just splits and being able to support your own weight horizontally on a pole.

  • ivan block

    but there is a difference between these 2, Jenyne Butterfly movement are fluid but un-choreograph, it’s beautiful but too smooth for pole dancing, anastasia movement are more sharp but she misses some of the fluid, if Jenyne Butterfly can come up with better music and sync with it she might be better than anastasia, because all i see is great movements that out of sync with the music and the rhythm, if you watch it again for the 2nd time you wouldn’t get those wow factor to it, she also need to work on her drop

  • HungryHoodlum

    I loved her videos :D Amazing talent and strength

  • BwinSF

    Unbelievable. Hit me like a ton of bricks. Combination of alluring sexual fantasy done in good taste with mind-numbing acrobatics, all performed by a beautiful woman, is stunning. She is brilliant.

    I will agree with a comment below- the camera work is horrible. Good old MTV mentality makes every cameraperson think they need to inject their part into the act. Forget the audience shots or strange camera angles and let the action speak for itself.

    One last thing. A 2nd Youtube video was mentioned in the article. If this is the one where ‘Roxanne’ is sung, I have to say I hated it. They took the low road and turned a beautiful combination of sexual fantasy and art and turned it into a pseudo rape/violence/controlled by men motif. Her show was, as usual, fantastic. But the stage design and concept was disgusting, and serves to bring down her art form to a lower, classless denominator.

21
More in Anastasia Sokolova, Fame, pole dancing
The Price of Fame? An Early Death

So is it better to die old in obscurity or young in the limelight? From Reuters: The price of fame can be high with an international study on Thursday finding...

Close