A Tip of the Hat to Kids & Pole Dancing
Take South Coast Pole Studio (SCPS) for example, who offers pole classes to children as young as five years old. Some may say that this type of exercise is adult appropriate only, but SCPS owner, Alicia Millard says, “If a person thinks about strip clubs and erotic dancing then they are greatly ill-informed about what pole dancing or pole fitness is about these days.”
Most people don’t think twice about a little girl dressed up in a two piece outfit and make up for a regular dance class or recital. Even if the dancing is suggestive with hip swivels and hair flicks, heads aren’t turning, but throw and pole in the mix with regular gym clothes and you may as well be selling your child on the street corner!
What was refreshing in this story was to hear a parent say, “I had removed my daughter from dancing only months earlier as she was expected to wear full makeup and a rather revealing outfit at the end of year concert.
“Personally, I was not comfortable in having my daughter dress or act as an adult, but I have felt more than comfortable having her learn pole alongside me.”
This shows that evolution is happening, we are making progress and even those children with learning disabilities have a chance to do something fun and exciting. Take it from a mother of four, one of which is severely Autistic, “Having my children involved with Pole Monkeys, I have not only noticed a huge difference in my children’s physical abilities, strength and health I also have noticed their team work, friendships, sharing, communication, following instructions and the bonds they have built strengthen.
“Having a child with autism has its challenges and to be able to take him to a sport with his siblings with no pressure has been an incredible experience.”
Click here to read the full article on the South Coast Pole Studio.
Don’t get me wrong, there are DEFINITELY types of pole dancing that kids shouldn’t be taught. Pole dancing has many faces (that’s why it’s so great) and different types are appropriate for different ages. If there’s one thing that’s consistent in pole dancing thought, it’s that it can be for anyone of any age, size, shape, gender, ethnicity etc. Recently, Emma Haslam performed on the Britain’s Got Talent stage, showing that her plus sized figure is capable of amazing gravity defying tricks. She’s promoting pole fitness to plus sized woman who may feel intimidated by something that is usually thought of as an apparatus for young, sexy, thin women. The audience gave her a standing ovation and the judges all voted YES!
It’s nice to see that more and more often, pole dancing is being given a good name in the media. People are watching, changing their minds, adapting to the future of pole dance. Of course, there will always be those who want to make it sound like more of hot topic then it really is. For example, the other day as i’m going through my google alerts to post news stories, the first headline I see about Emma’s incredible performance is her “raunchy” dance. Take a look and decide for yourself if this dance is “raunchy” (eyes rolling).
In the words of Stephen Colbert, a tip of the hat goes to South Coast Pole Studio and the parents who are open minded enough to bring their kids to a class and A wag of my finger to the Daily Mail who continues to paint a ridiculous name for pole dancing, no matter what or who it involves. And that is all.