Getting in Pole Position

Women to compete in weekend’s pole exercise contest

by Bruce Felps

OK, settle down, there’s nothing particularly erotic or exotic about the dance and exercise routines scheduled for the second annual Miss Texas Pole Star competition, unless, of course, there’s a wardrobe malfunction.

It’s all about showcasing an exercise routine that involves vertical poles not unlike the those used in oth[cough]er activities. The difference is that the vertical fitness routines target, well, fitness not titillation.

The programs take the spotlight at 9 p.m., Sept. 16, at the Lizard Lounge in Dallas when the Miss Texas Pole Star competition swings into action.

Celebrity judges — celebrity at least in the world of pole exercise — include Alethea Austin and Natasha Wang, the latter reigns as defending U.S. champion and the former won it all the year before, both of whom will perform exhibition routines.

According to an article published at the Dallas edition of, “there are still plenty of skeptics who doubt the legitimacy of pole as a sport and form of fitness.” Hey, you try going perpendicular to a pole and holding the position.

Doubt the legitimacy or appreciate the exercise discipline? Check it out tomorrow night. Admission costs $30.

No need to take a bunch of $1 bills.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is subtly disappointed.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, or its employees.

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