If a pole spins, then there is probably a pole. There may be a line of dancers behind the pole, but not necessarily one person. The dancer spins as an extension of the pole, so it’s possible that some of the dancers are behind.
If a dancer’s back is not turned, then there are people behind, but perhaps no dancers.
“If one person is spinning, that person is going to have to do one of two things – the person is turning, so the dancers are also looking at one direction and spinning, etc., or if that person is walking forward, then no one can spin in that direction,” says Naylor. “But if the person is dancing, then we expect them to spin, and if they don’t, that’s pretty exciting.”
And since the dancers are spinning in all directions, this is a completely synchronous dance where no one in a group is spinning. It has been shown to be very effective.
“As dancers spun around the dance floor, they found the rhythms of the dance and the way they moved around the dance floor actually reflected the physical laws of the dance,” says Naylor.
So, does the dance actually have such extraordinary powers?
“The dance choreographer didn’t do anything special to give it special abilities,” says Naylor.
“The dancer was in control of everything.”
That’s because the dancers’ ability to synchronize allows them to create a “magic wave” that is the ultimate source of energy and rhythm.
“This wave is created by the dancers, and its energy is captured by the pole,” says Naylor. “So when a dancer has energy available, they are using it to move their body.”
Dancers have created other sources of energy as well to allow them to move in this way.
“There are some areas of the pole where they’ve created this “paddle-stance,” where a dancer is going to be able to manipulate his body from side to side, from forward to backward, etc.,” says Naylor. “The dancers can walk around on the poles and use their feet, too. So you can walk on the poles and turn and so forth.”
As we’ve learned from our studies, the dancers are able to turn a 180°. That means if one dancer is spinning, he or she is also spinning.
“That’s kind of a wild swing,” he says.