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Regular fans of my Flickr photos will know that I've built quite a reputation for my photos of go-go boys, certainly the most in Flickr's go-go boy group which I later inherited. And don't worry, that will be coming up in our countdown very soon.
But there's a special type of go-go performers that merit their own blog posting: aerialists, or rope dancers. I've blogged about them twice before, where clubs will suspect a rope or hoop from the ceiling and aerialist performers, usually clad only in underwear, will do an acrobatic performance suspended from the ceiling.
Few clubs in the City have the space to do such a thing. The Supperclub does, and I've been there once to see it. And now Trigger, one of the newer bars in the Castro, also does it on occasion a bit closer to home.
It's hard to describe how amazing these performances are to watch. They combine tremendous strength and athleticism with grace and poetry of motion. Not to mention that they are rock-hard athletes wearing virtually nothing.
The shows tend to be short. After all, unlike a go-go dancer, it's hard to maintain the stamina to do a performance longer than five or ten minutes. And I imagine they charge more than a typical go-go dancer (especially since they can't collect tips while they're performing), so clubs rarely seem to have more than one or two performers. But if you have an opportunity to catch such a show, do it!
Check out more aerialist photos on Flickr or a sampling in the slideshow below: