Pamela and the Pole Cats
Saturday, October 27, 2012 • Dance Cauldron Stage • 8:10-8:30pm • FREE
The ARTS at Marks Garage
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
If you’ve been around Honolulu’s Chinatown lately, you may have noticed a hot trend — amazing pole performances accompanying popular bands at some of the neighborhood’s most prominent venues. Who is the petite, smiling, curly-haired, tattooed performer who leaves everyone’s jaw gaping and wishing they could also do the splits while hanging off a pole by one hand, or slide down hands-free at a deathly-fast rate?
Since the age of 2, Pamela Poles has been training in the acrobatic and performing arts, from gymnastics to community theater. Born and raised in the arts-immersed city of Memphis, Tennessee, Pamela gained an appreciation for the all forms of entertainment and culture at an early age. At 18, Poles moved to California, where she made the life-changing discovery of the pole as a performance apparatus. Within a short couple of years, Poles’s acrobatic and artistic routines regularly drew packed houses in San Francisco.
Moving to Kauai a few years later, where there were few nightclubs and poles at the time, Poles expanded her performance repertoire to include tribal fusion belly dance, Tahitian dance, and more aerial skills. After performing once again on the pole with Women in Theatre at a local production of Cabaret, Poles was inspired to become a pole performance pioneer, and founded Pole Fitness. Once again feeling the urge to expand her artistic explorations, Poles recently relocated to Oahu.
Aside from teaching the art and science of the pole to eager students at Fit for a Goddess, Pamela has recently helped light the Honolulu arts scene afire with her gravity-defying routines on floor-to-ceiling poles at venues such as Ong King, Mercury Bar with surf rock band Coral Stabz, Nextdoor with blues rock powerhouse Kings of Spade, at art galleries, ‘Iolani Palace, and other family-friendly events with the Waikiki Acrobats. Upping the stakes of both nightlife and acrobatic performances, Poles’s positive energy and outlook elevate the presence of the pole to a level that absolutely cannot be missed.