If Toddlers and Tiaras makes you uncomfortable, wait until you read this. A dance and fitness studio in Canada has announced that it is offering pole dancing classes for kids. Duncan’s Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio on Vancouver Island in British Columbia says that these Little Spinners classes are about fitness, not sexuality, and that kids’ sessions will not involve provocative moves.
While we’ll admit that pole dancing is one heck of a workout (and a fun one, too!) and that kids today do need to get more exercise, we’re not sure if we want girls (and boys) as young as 5 learning dances that originally had sexual connotations. What happened to the good old jungle gym or soccer camp?
Turns out that some people feel “pole fitness” is not only a sport, but should also be in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. .…Pause for effect….
And the state leading the charge? Utah. That’s where The Pole Fitness Association, International Pole Sports Federation and Pole Dance International Magazine are all located.
Huh. Who knew?!
Anyway, Salt Lake City’s ABC station did a short segment about it this morning. But as many of us already know, pole dancing workouts aren’t really brand new–the pic of me to the right is from more than two years ago, at a friend’s birthday party. It was a fun time and worked a few different muscles for me, but when I heard there’s a campaign to get pole fitness into the Olympics, I just had to ask what you ladies think.
Do you think pole dancing—even the extreme, athletic routines—is a sport? Should it be in the Olympics?