Ocean City pole dancer performs on boardwalk

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WBOC) -- When Chelsea Playmale moved to Ocean City this summer, she began looking for a summer job.

In Washington, D.C., she's worked as an exotic dancer since she was 18, so she thought she would take those talents to the boardwalk.

As a result, her pole dancing performances have drawn a lot of criticism that she says she never saw coming.

"I mean I knew people were going to be shocked, but I didn't know I was going to be you know pushed into the spotlight like this," Plymale said.

But Plymale doesn't mind the spotlight. The town of Ocean City, however, does.

Many are worried the boardwalk is becoming less and less family friendly. Plymale says if people don't want to see her pole dancing, then don't watch.

"They can keep watching, they don't have to let their children watch me perform even know I'm completely tasteful I don't really dance around too much. I just do pole tricks," Plymale said.

Criticism has been coming from every inch of the boardwalk -- from business owners to concerned parents. Plymale says she knows she's well within her rights, so she just ignores it.

"I can't let that effect me in any way. I don't feed into it," she said. "When people mumble things under their breath as they walk by me dancing, performing I don't say anything back to them because I think it's sad to be insecure and closed-minded and that's no way to live your life."

Plymale says the job is not an easy one.

"I know a lot of people can't do what I do and that make me feel good."

WATCH VIDEO: Plymale evokes reactions both positive and negative as she performs on the boardwalk near 2nd St.

Video produced by Joe Lamberti


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