As it happens, the same day I read that post, I also read http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2007/09/face-of-the--14.html:
"Susie Q performs during Miss Pole Dance Australia held at the Enmore Theatre on September 22, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Mostly known as originating from the strip club industry, pole dancing has evolved into an artform and is used by many professional dancers, choreographers and is also popular as a fitness training exercise. By Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images."
Not steampunk, but damn impressive nonetheless.
(http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=76827464 has more images from the competition.)
*Not outing you, despite your post being public, 'cause I figure you'll speak up if you want to.