Hold onto your sequinned short shorts people because pole dancing has well and truly entered the mainstream. It turns out that the provocative dance/sport is now being offered to children as young as six-years-old, and proving awfully popular.
Elizabeth Domazet runs a kids’ pole fitness class in Canberra, and spoke to Lisa Wilkinson on the Today Show this morning:
Domazet argues that kids are little monkeys, and that pole fitness suits them perfectly because they tend to be more flexible and have greater comparative upper body strength. And while Lisa Wilkinson inquired politely during the interview, back in the studio, she admitted, “I wouldn’t want my kids doing it.” Co-host Karl Stefanovic said that, “It just looks wrong.”
Judging from the response to the program, many viewers agreed with them.
I once considered taking pole dancing lessons myself. I
loathe am disinclined to participate in traditional forms of organised exercise, and so am always on the lookout for fun and unusual exercise classes. Roller skating, hula hooping, swing dancing, etc.
And I figured, why not give pole dancing a go? After all, pole dancing doesn’t even necessarily go by that name any more – now it’s pole fitness. There are national and international championships. Advocates want to make it a sport in the Olympics. It’s about strength, and athleticism, and flexibility. And given that strength, athleticism and flexibility are qualities I do not possess, I started looking into classes, to try and get an idea of what it would actually be like.
While researching I stumbled across a video of an instructor, from the school I was checking out, competing in a pole dancing competition. There were high heels. There were very tiny underpants. There was hair flicking, and leg opening, and back arching. (This video isn’t the one I watched.)
I ultimately made the decision that the sport wasn’t for me, because I am far too shy to flick my hair in a sexy fashion in public, let alone gyrate, and I knew that I wouldn’t enjoy the class.
Let’s be clear – there is absolutely nothing wrong with adults making the decision that pole dancing is their preferred form of exercise. Power to them for finding a sport that makes them feel sexy as well as athletic. But for little kids?
Pole dancing may be about strength, and athleticism, and flexibility — but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s also about sex.
Pole dancing sexualises the human body.