How does Chinese distinguish between western pole dancing and what English calls Chinese pole dancing, if at all?

The Chinese edition of Wikipedia has an article on pole dancing, using the word 钢管舞. However, it doesn't seem to have an article on Chinese pole dancing - only English, Arabic and French editions of Wikipedia have articles on it. (By the way, is Chinese pole dancing really of Chinese origin, or is it made up by non-Chinese?)

The Wiktionary entry on 鋼管舞 translates it as only (western) pole dancing, though the etymology could apply to either type, with 鋼管 meaning pole and 舞 meaning dancing. I couldn't find "Chinese pole" in Wiktionary.

Background: I came across a native speaker of Chinese saying that their hobbies include pole dancing, and their native language version included the simplified Chinese "钢管舞", and I wanted to know whether they had made a mistake in their English.

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What's the Chinese for the dance or acrobatics described in the English edition Wikipedia article "Chinese pole"?

杂技马戏。Circus & Juggling

According to pics from Wikiwand page for "Chinese pole", the person who performs the act is clearly not dancing but performing climb, slide down.

Check Wikiwand page if you wonder. You can tell them from the pics.


钢管舞 is just the name Chinese picked for 'pole dance'. The pole looks like a 'steel pipe'(钢管)

Pole dance originated as an erotic performance. People realized the acrobatic nature of the pole dance art, and adopted it as a fitness training method.

Many women started to do it for a hobby. There's no unique dance style in pole dance in regard to nationality.

For fitness or hobby, as long as it looks artistic, people may incorporate any dance style in pole dance, but in its core, if we ignore its erotic performance origin, pole dance is more an acrobatic art than dance.

We should call this hobby 钢管舞运动 (pole dance exercise)

  • What's the Chinese for the dance or acrobatics described in the English edition Wikipedia article "Chinese pole"?
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 11:24

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