Bobby: Yeah, it’s a social dance. You don’t want to be on a pole. Everybody has pole dance, everybody knows there’s pole dance on a stage. The audience is so much different. We go up like a pole and there’s this whole audience of people. My friends were saying, do you want to go up as a dancer or do you want to go up as a human being? I thought of going down as a dancer, but after a while I was like, I don’t want to be human on stage. I had a girl come up to me and she said, “You’re a man!”
Q: In recent years, there’s been a lot of backlash against the gender-bending dancers, who are not all women. Is your dance different than previous versions because of this?
Bobby: It’s not different. We’re very supportive of the women who are going down there as women. Our choreography is so much the same, because that’s just all how we train. It’s not that we’re changing, we’ve always just trained the same. In the beginning, it was very restrictive, there would be certain sections you couldn’t do.
“The audience is so much different. We go up like a pole and there’s this whole audience of people”
Q: In the past, there was a controversy when you performed on the Sesame Street stage.
Bobby: People were saying, “Oh my God, we’ve got to stop this!” [Laughs] Everybody, if you look, it’s still happening. There’s still people making a big deal out of it. This is about freedom: If you want to do this, go ahead. No one will be saying, “We have to change,” I’m happy to dance in any style. I think it’s a fun time for people to be able to enjoy dancing as long as they are going down on the steps, as long as people are dancing and having fun. Some of the people, it makes it seem like you’re dancing, you’re wearing high heels, but it’s all just dancing in the dark. That’s the fun thing about dancing: You get to explore the world that a lot of people don’t. That’s why you have a lot of amazing, talented people out there, because they’re dancing in the dark, as long as they dance on a regular stage. There was a lot of, “Oh my God, stop this
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