[ | The Urban Wire]

 To many, pole dancing comes off as a ‘sexual’ and ‘raunchy’ activity – Angelene hopes to break this stereotype

When Angelene Wong (@Angelikespicy) decided to make pole dancing her first job, her boyfriend objected.

The 23-year-old English major from Nanyang Technological University expected the protest. Like many others, her boyfriend of 4 years saw pole dance as a form of striptease. He also wasn’t comfortable with her looking “raunchy” and “sexual” in public.

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But Angelene did not shy away from her artistic pursuit. The recent graduate signed on to be a pole dance performer and instructor with the Singapore Lap and Pole (SLAP) Dance Studio. She also invited her boyfriend, Keith Png, to catch her perform to a rock song at this year’s Asia Pole Championship. To her relief, he liked her high-energy routine.

“He was very impressed that it (pole dance) can be so athletic,” Angelene told UrbanWire in an interview at SLAP dance studio. “I was very happy. I saw his caption on Snapchat and I knew he had a lot of respect for the art form.”

Keith added that he’s blown away by the elegant swirls and daring flips in his girlfriend’s routine. “I can never see pole dancing the same way again,” he quipped.

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Angelene comes from a family of intellectuals. Her father is a Professor teaching Electrical Engineering at the National University of Singapore and her mother teaches at a secondary school; her 2 elder brothers are both pursuing their PhDs.

The sweet-faced beauty started taking dance classes at the age of 5. Her defined biceps and triceps, flat abs, strong legs and svelte figure are proofs of her dedication to the rigorous training.

Pole dance aside, Angelene is also well-versed in jazz, street dance, contemporary and other genres. She’s competed in a hip-hop dance-off in Los Angeles as an exchange student. Back home, she’s also taken part in the Singapore Dance Delight as part of team Debutante; and won second place in the Gatsby Dance Competition as part of team Siren. She is currently gearing up for the semi-finals of the World Hip Hop International in Las Vegas.

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