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Miss Pole Dance World 2009


12Felix Cain recently won Miss Pole Dance World 2009 that was held this year in Jamaica. Michael K over at Dlisted called her the Michael Phelps of pole dancing. I think you will agree he hit the nail on the head.

Here is Felix giving her encore performance after winning. I encourage you to watch the video. Don’t skip it because you assume it’s just some stripper on a pole. Her performance is really something special. Felix doesn’t seem to be bound by the laws of gravity like the rest of us. She starts a move a little past the two-minute mark, and I will be damned if I know how she does it and keeps spinning. My best guess is witchcraft.

Video after the jump!

This past January Cirque de Soleil signed her to a contract and she join the cast of Zumanity performing at New York-New York in Las Vegas. Which makes complete sense. If you have ever seen Cirque de Soleil you’ll know that many of its members share her ability to overcome gravity with ease.

Felix doesn’t think people should discount pole dancing just because it started in strip clubs.

“People automatically assume that they know what pole dancing is before they have experienced and watched it,” says Cane. “Pole dancing originated in strip clubs, and it’s a sort of sensual dance, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There are many types of dance that are very sensual – tango, rumba, salsa – and they are very sexy and they don’t try to be anything else. So, I don’t pretend that pole dancing is not sexy and sensual, but it doesn’t have to be vulgar.”

Oddly enough it was Felix’s mother who got her into pole dancing. While visiting on vacation she took a free trial pole dancing lesson and came back and told her daughter how much she loved it. Cain signed up for a lesson and the rest is history.

There are groups of pole dancers around the world that are trying to get it into the Olympics. I doubt it will ever make in, but if it did I bet it would be one hell of a show. I’m not talking strippers from around the world competing. Can you imagine what world-class acrobats and gymnasts could do? If speed walking and trampoline gymnastics are in the Olympics, why not pole dancing? Besides, its ratings would be off the chart. I just hope they don’t schedule it at the same time as women’s beach volleyball.

I’ll leave you with some more Felix Cain from the 2008 Miss Pole Dance Australia. You’re welcome.

Special thanks to Michael K over at Dlisted for introducing me to my future wife, if not in real life, then at least in my head. Now you will have to excuse me while I go write Santa and let him know I have been a very, very good boy this year, and would like Felix Cain for Christmas.


May 12, 2009 - Posted by | Daily Whims | , ,


  1. Dude. The pure athleticism that woman is capable of…not to mention the art.

    Can I BE her?

    If strip clubs where anything like that, I’d totally go to them.

    Comment by TheHobo | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Three cheers for Keebs!

    Comment by WhoMee | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. wow, that was amazing! i would absolutely go to more strip clubs if they were like that.

    the ones i’ve been to, well… let’s just say it’s not every day you want someone’s naked vagina in your face.

    Comment by DonnaMartin | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. That’s very impressive athletically and physically. It does look like a type of gymnastics.

    However, I just have to give my take on it from a female perspective and someone who has volunteered my time fighting for the rights of women and the rights of women who are victims of sexual abuse (i.e. strippers, prostitutes, battered women and etc.). If she doesn’t want it associated with stripping, then why in the second video does she do a little tease like strippers do and removed some clothing? It wasn’t necessary to get our attention. Also, why wear such little clothing and the stripper heels? Why not a leotard and ballet flats like a gymnast. Her physical abilities should be enough to maintain our attention. I’m not expecting her to be covered head to toe in fabric, as cloth on her thighs might get in the way of the pole work, but maybe not. I don’t know.

    Anyways, I’m just saying that I might appreciate her craft more if the only commonality it shared with stripping was just the pole, but since it doesn’t, for me it also carries all the negative aspects of stripping, like oh you know the misogyny, which just ain’t cool with me. But that’s a whole other soapbox.

    Comment by rumour has it | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. Good. God. Can I have that body? Now I want to go take pole dancing classes. I want to dooooo that!!

    Comment by Chronically Constipated | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. That’s the first time I’ve ever said of a stripper, “Her Dad must be so proud” and actually meant it in a positive way.

    Comment by Chelsea - PETA Protector | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. …I can’t even climb up a pole…

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  8. AA, but can you slide up and down one? Ziiiiiiiiiiiing!

    Comment by Chronically Constipated | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  9. heh heh heh…

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  10. I hear you rumour.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  11. Impressive. But you should see me work a spatula.

    Comment by cookiebees | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  12. rumour, I’m usually with you.

    And actually, I’m torn about her performance in that it WAS very sexual, but at the same time, it seemed very much like a dance to me, and very in line with, say, Cirque de Soleil. Sexual, but somehow not exploitative feeling.

    In the greater context of me not liking strip clubs and feeling sorry for strippers, I’m not really down with elevating the art form. But in the specific context of, here is a woman who is owning the art form and doing amazing things with it, I’m sort of into the idea.

    If we can’t wipe out strip clubs, evolving the practice into something empowering sounds kind of cool. Like the Joss Whedon idea of “companions,” (and even the current, real world idea of high-class escorts–prostitution at a higher level that somehow seems more empowering than the street corner and pimp scenario).

    And while she played homage to the roots of the performance with the stripper heels and strip tease, she didn’t actually get naked.

    So, yeah. I get your point, I’m just still inclined to see this as a positive performance, or a positive step…

    Comment by TheHobo | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  13. Yeah, I think it’s a little disingenuous to try to say that what YOU do is nothing like what happens in dirty, dirty strip clubs… and then incorporate a striptease into your routine.

    There is a huge burlesque revival going on, and I think that what Ms. Cain does is much closer to the coy, teasing, playful sexuality of burlesque than it is to the down-n’-dirty, bump-and-grind that I imagine occurs in strip clubs. (not that I wouldn’t go – just haven’t, yet!)

    If she had said something like, “this is closer to burlesque than what happens at your local strip joint”, I think we wouldn’t have any issues w/that.

    Comment by SeaKat | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  14. SeaKat, I’ve been to quite a few strip clubs, and they have all been vastly different. I stumbled into a strip club in Nogales, Mexico once that was a front for a whore house. That one was terrible – just like something out of From Dusk til Dawn, but without Salma Hayek and her snake (oh, and no vampires). Ones here in the states, especially in major metropolitan areas, usually a lot better. But, as a feminist, the idea of stripping definitely bothers me because I feel like it reinforces the idea that women are objects to be used for the sexual gratification of men. I would never want my (hypothetical) daughter to feel like stripping was her only option to earn a living.

    Comment by Helen Skor | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  15. So if you look her up she does cirqe du soleil Zumanity…I don’t know if that changes anything..

    Comment by silent noodles | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  16. Sadly, more girls are learning that looking hot is better than being smart.

    And even more sadly, looking hot is getting dumb women careers while smart girls are stuck in middle income hell-holes.

    And I don’t know if this is related or not, but since watching that video I have day dreamed of becoming a really in shape dancer…

    I just want to, physically, be that strong. But I guess men aren’t looking at her the same way I am, where I’m going , damn! Look at that upper body strength!

    Yes, nice ass, but seriously, she can lift her WHOLE BODY! I can’t even do a push up…

    Comment by TheHobo | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  17. Well, maybe one. But probably only one.

    And in my defense, I have big boobs. Makes me top heavy πŸ˜›

    Comment by TheHobo | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  18. Ugh. Hobo, Helen, SeaKat. You’re all correct and now I am going to try to cryogenically freeze myself until I can handle the truth.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  19. wow, for once a pole dance that didn’t make me regret paying the cover charge or converting my 20’s into singles. But I must say, that was not happening when I went to Hedonism. or at least, not what I remember.

    Hobo you caught my attention with your well reasoned argument about Ms Cain’s performance, especially about mentioning Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

    Comment by drgnsldr | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  20. Here’s my two cents:

    Yes, it’s sexual. And yes, she’s wearing stripper heels. But as she herself mentioned, there’s tons of classic sexual/sensual dances around, and stripper heels are just part of the outfit here. If you were competing in a Belly Dancing contest, you’d bare your damn belly. The tango might be a heck of a lot easier in flats, but you damn well better wear those strappy tango heels if you want to be professional. And while the video quality and lighting on that video may have had an effect, I saw a lot less ass there than I did from the Olympic gymnasts/volleyball players last year. So, even as a woman, and as a feminist, and as an assault victim, I didn’t find her outfit offensive. Girl was owning that pole.

    But hey, that’s just me.

    Comment by Chelsea - PETA Protector | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  21. drgnsldr: Um, thanks? πŸ˜‰

    Browncoats forever!

    Chelsea has a point about the costume. Can I just hate all other forms of stripped where the pole isn’t remotely owned?

    Comment by TheHobo | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  22. one of my BFFs, is performing this thursday at the california aerial pole dance championships and they just announced this week that felix cane is going to do a special performance. i bought tickets.

    i’m totes stoked, yeaux.


    Comment by stopthemadness | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  23. STM: squeee!!!! Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

    Comment by TheHobo | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  24. it’s gonna be fun fun fun til my daddy takes the tbird awaaaaa-eee-yay!!!

    Comment by stopthemadness | October 5, 2009 | Reply

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