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Pole dancing in Zimbabwe getting dirtier

By Ruth Butaumocho

HARARE- Pole dancing, a new entertainment craze that has literally taken Harare by storm, seems to be getting dirtier each day on and off the stage following reports that some of the girls are now stripping in a bid to lure more revellers.

Beverly Sibanda
Beverly Sibanda

As if that is not enough, two of the top dancing girls have launched a war against each other, through mudslinging, probably in a bid to maintain pole positions as more girls join the turf.

In an ugly turn of events, rival dancers Beverly Sibanda and Zoey Selani are engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of stripping after work, following the two’s successful performance at the City Sports Bar last weekend.

In a shocking outburst, Beverley, who has for the past few months rocked the joints with her sexy dance routines, accused rival Zoey of “parading cheap dancing tactics, which are nothing short of stripping”.

“The girl does not know what she is doing. All her acts, dancing and even the pole antics that she claims to do are fake.

“I just don’t know why she continues with the act, when she knows that she is not good enough. At one time, we held a joint show, and we were almost arrested by the police, after she (Zoey) started stripping in front of the patrons,” she alleged.

In response to Beverly’s accusations, Zoey had no kind words either. “I taught her all that she is showcasing though I do not go for the rhumba dancing that she does (Ukararera imbwa nemukaka mangwana inofuma yokuruma).

“I don’t strip.”

“I am a professional pole dancer, whose limits are bum shorts and not nudity like some might think.

“We (Zoey’s camp) have always given her space to prove her mettle but at times she snubs the shows,” she alleged referring to the Upper Lounge show, on February 16 at which Beverly was conspicuous by her absence.

“Fans are always complaining that she has a bad attitude as she sometimes insults them, something which is anathema to me. If she wants a show then I will give her one, so we can prove who is the best.”

Female dance groups take Zim by storm
Female dance groups take Zim by storm

Despite their simmering differences, the two seem to get along very well when they are on stage. They have also been holding joint shows in the last few months following the introduction of pole dancing in Harare.

Pole dancing has come to many of Harare’s hangouts and clubs where patrons turn up in large numbers to watch young women wearing very skimpy and revealing clothing dance on poles.

This new dancing craze has pushed the dance groups that used to be popular at these joints into the background. No one knows if this is a passing phenomenon or something a little more permanent. Oddly enough, not many people in Harare know exactly what is involved in pole dancing.

Some think it’s the same as strip tease, probably from watching too many American movies where stripping while draping the body around a pole seems, at least so Hollywood imagines it to be the main entertainment in bars.

Pole dancers in Harare technically do not strip, although some costumes leave very little to the imagination.

According to Wikipedia, pole dancing is a form of performing arts, which is a combination of dance and gymnastics. It involves dancing and performing acrobatic tricks with a vertical pole and is an increasingly popular form of fitness and dance practised by many enthusiasts in gyms or dedicated dance studios.

A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are held in many countries around the world.

Before the mid-2000s, pole dancing mainly took place in strips clubs. Since then, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have been trying to change people’s perception of pole dancing and to promote it as a legitimate form of dance and acrobatics.

  • to hell with that tendence

  • Fortune J-tune Sithole

    Ndokupenga zve uku

  • Iceprince Major P Makore

    ka1 kupi zviya

  • ko kutamba wakashama ndiko kugona jive here maybe pple varikuona zvakayanikwa votadza kufunga mushe vopedzisir a vovhumuka vachiti vanogona

  • Gremmar Mduduzi

    Wow Ester ,they say snare the fish with what they like most “zithiywa ngezikudlayo”

  • fatstarz


  • Instant Moyo

    People follow the money. What is amazing in Zim is that all the men watching the dancers are married and are using family money to please themselves outside of the family. Meantime the children are without uniform, school fees, food, shoes, etc, and the wife is one of those said to buy second hand underwear from the outdoor market. 

    The African mentality is never easy to confuse when it comes to priorities. 

  • no no

    this is approximately nudity. this should be stopped once before spreading.

  • Kuda Chamisa

    inoita manje iyi basa ibasa

  • Adrian Waite


  • Obidient Obah Marwa

    iri bhooo manje iyi

  • memo

    Mothers, what do we have to say about our daughters, look this is disgusting. Oh Lord have mercy on us. Our children are now wild because of the love of money. They no longer respect their bodies (temples of God). Is this now like Sodom and Gomorah

  • Tendayi Madziya

    These ladies must not try to normalise pole dancing those are the starters for stripping. The government must quickly put a stop to this practice of stripping. We put it in the same busket with homosexuality

  • zimka1

    Izvi ndezve-matuzvi emheni

  • Watty Watson

    I do not see any thing wrong,what is wrong is something done on a closed door,its just business and we will watch

  • Watty Watson

    I for one do not see anything wrong here,what is wrong is something done on a closed door,Pole dance,its just a dance and everyone watches rhumba,but what is wrong is what is done on aclosed door

  • kiki

    kana zvakanaka baba avo vakavharirei kumeso nhai?

  • falcon mpoko

    the problem is we a so exposed to the uk and us life so people just take everything they see on the videos and movies not seeing that its the devil trying to win them so that they dont see heaven wat a shame

  • gal

    uku kubasa kwake saka atonoita kuti mari ibude wangu