You need to be at a place. What are you thinking when you go? What will you do with your life after pole dancing?” And if a person was asked to name his or her number one, he or she will probably look at his or her feet.
Rafa has been the only pole dancer in Israel, and the only one in the history of the pole dance. The other pole dancers started to move outside the country.
What was pole dancing like back when there were only two?
In Israel, people wanted to dance because they loved to dance. People wanted to participate because it was fun. You had to put in everything, as if you were in the music video: get a suit for dancing, some hair, a scarf, shoes and you have to stay for the first ten minutes.
Nowadays, as the show goes on, people are dancing. But there are also a lot of people who never moved away from it. People are dancing every night in Israel, and nobody is moving away from the dance.
What do you do when you perform? What can people expect when they come to see you?
When I dance, I perform to create a feeling or an emotion in the audience. You can dance at any time, and you dance even when you don’t feel like doing so. There could be 10 different emotions in Israel tonight, but if I dance a certain way, then you know what it is.
What have people felt when they see you? Will it change?
A great deal of people have gone crazy. One of my friends from Jerusalem was very confused. You’ve seen me dance before, and everyone’s been very friendly… so how can that be the case? But she came to see me and there was no one to dance around. She went home devastated, her head went down, she went home crying.
This is not about my emotions. I want to do it again and again. I will never stop.
Rafa is very proud of her journey, and thinks people have always expected more from us: that we would move away from dance, leaving the dance to other people.
Who is the most popular dance in Israel?
The most popular dance is always a matter of personal taste. The dance that is most popular here [in Israel, as in the rest of the world] is the Israeli pole ducking. A guy in Jerusalem dances that dance. On Facebook you see videos of the
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