With sleek aesthetic video clips, choreographer Anusha Swamy is steering the artwork of pole dancing away from themes of eroticism

Gravity hardly appears to be a universal reality when Anusha Swamy is on the pole. Round and spherical she moves, twirling her arched legs about it as if chopping through drinking water. In a a single handed motion, she inverts herself until finally her hair falls away from her encounter, striking a sleek pose to the audio of violins from the late SP Balasubrahmanyam’s ‘Thoda Thoda’.

“Ask individuals what superpower they would want to have, and most would say flying,” says 29-calendar year-old Anusha.

Chasing following this freeing sensation, the multi-hyphenate choreographer who has labored for films these types of as Maryan and Shuddh Desi Romance, has discovered her most current passion — pole artwork. “When you are on the pole, it feels like you are traveling. But at the exact same time, you are in total control of your overall body. If you’re not in command, you will fall, so it retains you at a larger stage of consciousness.”

After just 1 class in Melbourne past year, on an introduction to pole artwork, Anusha had a pole set up in her Chennai home in March this yr. “A close friend of mine ordered it from the US and we self assembled it. I do not consider there are companies below who do that,” she says. Since then, she has been putting out videos of her pole dances on Instagram each individual couple times, garnering about 73K sights on her hottest one.

The tunes of her option incorporate classics like Sid Sriram’s ‘Ennadi Mayavi Nee’ and Hariharan’s ‘Pachai Nirame’ — people that provide melody and rhythm to the pole and make her movements appear soft and potent at the identical time.


There is a even bigger motive behind the collection of these tunes, she explains, “The pole exercise neighborhood abroad is big. They get it as very seriously as we take Classical dance. But here pole dance is related with eroticism. Like, if you are on a pole, you’re a stripper.” With these properly-loved tunes, she hopes to break the artwork kind free from that concept and make regard for the toughness it demands.

“Pole dancing needs comprehensive physique energy: upper entire body to pull by yourself up versus gravity, core to keep on to the pole devoid of making use of your arms, and decreased physique to conduct mid-air inversions. So it is a mix of energy, flexibility and endurance,” she says.


Anusha remembers how she would practise working day in and out when she 1st acquired the pole, ensuing in a shoulder harm. “My trainers sat me down and designed me realise that I was striving to get the perfection of Day 1,000, on Day 1. So right after that, I started using it phase by phase. They moulded my conditioning coaching all over the pole, working on my hip power, main capability and pull-ups.”


With this level of exercise also arrives a self-confidence strengthen — “it tends to make you experience effective, every time you unlock the subsequent feat or trick,” states Anusha. This is why, by subsequent yr she hopes to commence a group of pole artists in South India, as Indian pole artists are far and number of in amongst.

“The pole is for all people but for girls particularly, I think it’s a terrific way to interact with every single other,” she suggests, adding, “I don’t think I would have survived the lockdown if not for the pole.”