We know the sunflower fields at Dix Park have been popular, but things just went to a whole different level.
Dakota Fox, a professional pole dancer, took her pole and a dance routine to the sunflower fields at Dix Park on Thursday morning. She posted a video of the routine on her Facebook and Instagram pages later in the day.
“We decided it would be amazing to try and get out there in the beautiful flowers and take our passion for aerial fitness out and show people a different side of it,” she said.
Fox is the owner of Aradia Fitness, pole dancing fitness gyms in Cary and other locations in the Triangle, and is involved in the international pole dancing community, according to her bio on the Aradia Fitness website.
“She is passionate about women’s empowerment and found that the pole dance community provided her a way in which to inspire women in a personal, positive way,” according the website.
The group arrived at the fields early in the morning and left by 9 a.m. There were some people who stopped and asked questions or expressed interest in what they were doing.
The Raleigh Police Department was called to the sunflower fields this morning, Fox said, and she assumes the pole was the reason.
“But we just waved at them, and they waved back and they left,” she said. “We weren’t doing anything inappropriate.”
The sunflower fields are near the soccer fields off of Hunt Drive, and people are encouraged to park there to see them.
The 5 acres of sunflowers were originally planted as a secret to surprise Raleigh residents and to promote Saturday’s SunFest festival.
The fields have become a popular place for people to hang out and take photos. The blooms are expected to last until mid-to-late July.