Chris Rock once said that his only job as a father was to "keep my daughter off the pole." He also said buffets at strip clubs were a bad idea because "titties and Tater Tots don't mix." The comedian would be surprised to find neither at the International Pole Convention. The dancers here are real artists and fitness experts who like to display the athletic and sensual side of pole dancing without the vulgarity. Over the course of three days, you can learn or perfect your balancing, spinning, flipping and dropping techniques in various workshops (some free) that cover everything from "Stiletto Swag" to "The Mental Benefits of the Pole." Or learn by watching professionals (including a few men) from places like America's Got Talent and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour take part in performances. There's also a cocktail party, seminars and additional workshops for business owners. You'll walk away feeling sore but exhilarated, and with your dignity intact. Los Angeles Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd.; Fri., June 22, 2-7 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 24, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; $40-$139. poleconvention.com.
Fri., June 22, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., June 23, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., June 24, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012