Pole dancing classes for kids

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Pole dancing classes for kids

A dance studio has recently started offering pole dancing classes for kids. The youngest student is 5.

What do you think? Would you let your kids take pole dancing?

A Vancouver Island dance studio's plan to offer pole-dancing class for children is raising some eyebrows, but the instructor says it is about fitness and not sex.

Duncan's Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio already has four children, including one boy, signed up for its Little Spinners pole-dancing lessons on Saturdays. One of the children is as young as five.

Pole-dancing fitness classes are based on the moves originally developed by bar room strippers to manoeuvre their way up and down a brass pole while showing off the more personal parts of their anatomy.

But instructor Kristy Craig says her pole-dancing class is about dancing and exercise ? not sex ? and everyone needs to get their mind out of the gutter.

'There is nothing sexual about it. It's pure fitness and strength and fun.
?Instructor Kristy Craig
"There is nothing provocative. There is nothing sexual about it. It's pure fitness and strength and fun. I mean kids love climbing trees. They will climb anything"

Craig says she got into the sport for fitness and has never worked in the adult entertainment industry and her classes have nothing to do with exotic dancing.

"It really is just like registering them for hip hop or jazz or any kind of dance class," said Craig, who points out YouTube is already full of children's pole-dancing videos.

She notes pole-dancing provides an excellent cardiovascular and upper-body workout and children who practice the pole are no more likely to become strippers than they are firefighters.

International sport
As a sport, pole-dancing has taken off in recent years and children as young as seven will be allowed to compete at the Russian national championships in St. Petersburg this week.

After pole-dancing classes for children opened in England, one filmmaker made a documentary that explored the sexualization of children.

Craig says all of her young students are children of adults who take classes at the studio already.

"Quite a few of them are mothers and they were saying that their children were interested in taking a class."

"Some of my more advanced students have poles at home to practise and stretch...and it would be great if there were classes where they could learn how to properly do something," she said.

"I would welcome anyone to come in and see what it's all about."

Dance studio offers children pole dancing classes - British Columbia - CBC News

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:puke2: No.

I "get" that it's a good cardio workout, and good upper-body strengthener, but certainly some jumping rope, pullups, pushups, running around chasing one another, and swinging from monkey bars are just as good exercise and much more age-appropriate for children.

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I agree with Stacey. It's an awesome workout for adults. It's disgusting when children are doing it.

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I'm a little bit torn on this. My initial gut reaction is the same as the other posters. It seems really inappropriate. However, we have a real problem in the north with kids not properly developing their core body muscles because of our short summers. When kids are forced to stay inside for most of the year, they don't get as much of the natural run around time that should help with this, so if this is something your kid wants to do, and it is good for that......I dont know.....I still want to say no, its wrong, but what five year old even associates it with strippers. They only see it as something mom is doing, so they want to too. Hmmmmmm.....

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Um no. I just signed my DD up for Highland dancing. Not going to encountering anything risque... Nice conservative kilts and blouses and bag pipe music.

I understand that there is an athletic component. But, there is also a sexual history that trumps the physical benefits.

Funny side note. When we moved last year the new houses master bdrm had the mounting hardware on the ceiling and floor for a stripper pole... lol...

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"ftmom" wrote:

I'm a little bit torn on this. My initial gut reaction is the same as the other posters. It seems really inappropriate. However, we have a real problem in the north with kids not properly developing their core body muscles because of our short summers. When kids are forced to stay inside for most of the year, they don't get as much of the natural run around time that should help with this, so if this is something your kid wants to do, and it is good for that......I dont know.....I still want to say no, its wrong, but what five year old even associates it with strippers. They only see it as something mom is doing, so they want to too. Hmmmmmm.....

Yoga and most of the martial arts will strengthen core muscles, and I think there are also core-strengthening routines on many of the "wii" type systems, too. It's not a choice between pole dancing and lack of muscle development.

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I usually just lurk this forum, but I wanted to chime in on this one.....
I live not to far away from the dance studio that's offering this, and listened to an interview with the instructor. She was adamant that there was no sexual content, and it was more or less like gymnastics. Well......why not just put your kids in gymnastics then? Far more age appropriate, and still teaches balance and coordination skills while developing muscles. And also, probably cheaper - the kids pole dancing classes were $70!

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"Spacers" wrote:

Yoga and most of the martial arts will strengthen core muscles, and I think there are also core-strengthening routines on many of the "wii" type systems, too. It's not a choice between pole dancing and lack of muscle development.

Oh! Dont get me wrong, I dont think it is the only option by any stretch of the imagination. I can just see it as something that a young child might WANT to do simply because mom does, and I personally try to put my kids into things that they are enthusiastic about, cause I find they work harder at it and get more out of it. I actually dont have a problem with really young kids doing this, (like the 5 year old) because they dont understand the sexual component at all. But then at what point is that an issue? Do you turn around in 7 years and tell your 12 year old that they cant go to exercise class any more? Like I said, I am torn. Think I am leaning more towards no though Smile

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I'm pretty much with Kyla on this one. IDK. Should it bother me more than it does? I guess so, but I'm just not all that offended by it. It is what you make it.

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I don't like it. It just seems really inappropriate for kids, even though I'm sure they are telling the truth when they say there is nothing sexual about the actual routine they are teaching the kids. At the end of the day, even if the moves are completely innocent, they are still teaching the kids freaking pole dancing. LOL I just can't shake the association, and I also think that when the kids *are* old enough to understand, it might be weird for them, like "Mom, Dad, you enrolled me in stripper school?!?" Lol I don't know. It just doesn't sit right with me.

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My X's SO does the pole dance workout thing. In fact, up until recently, one of the rooms in her house was her pole-dancing room. DD2 8 has learned various gymnastic moves. Not my thing, but she doesn't think anything negative about it.

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"Jokr" wrote:

I usually just lurk this forum, but I wanted to chime in on this one.....
I live not to far away from the dance studio that's offering this, and listened to an interview with the instructor. She was adamant that there was no sexual content, and it was more or less like gymnastics. Well......why not just put your kids in gymnastics then? Far more age appropriate, and still teaches balance and coordination skills while developing muscles. And also, probably cheaper - the kids pole dancing classes were $70!

Exactly!

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I'm a huge fan of dance (kinda have to be since both of my girls participate in it, lol) but pole dancing just seems wrong for little ones. By "wrong" I mean I just couldn't allow my girls to participate and I would choose not to watch other little girls do it either. I'm much more into age appropriate cutesy dances to chipmunk songs! lol

Something I think is neat and gaining popularity is parkour. I would totally get my 7 year old into it if there were local classes for her to take.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I don't like it. It just seems really inappropriate for kids, even though I'm sure they are telling the truth when they say there is nothing sexual about the actual routine they are teaching the kids. At the end of the day, even if the moves are completely innocent, they are still teaching the kids freaking pole dancing. LOL I just can't shake the association, and I also think that when the kids *are* old enough to understand, it might be weird for them, like "Mom, Dad, you enrolled me in stripper school?!?" Lol I don't know. It just doesn't sit right with me.

You said it perfectly.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

Something I think is neat and gaining popularity is parkour. I would totally get my 7 year old into it if there were local classes for her to take.

I love parkour in theory, but in practice it kind of scares me. My image of parkour is a bit tainted by the teenaged boy at the playground who once took a running leap off the seesaw, literally catapulted over Tiven, bounced off the support of the little bridge to the top of the play house, then walked across the top of the monkey bars on his hands before doing a flip onto the ground. I absolutely love what that boy can do physically, but it seems like every time he's there (he comes with his younger sister) I have to remind him to watch out for the little kids. I'm also concerned that, if he falls & gets hurt, his family might try to sue the city and that's just wrong when you're not using the playground the way it was intended, kwim?

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"Spacers" wrote:

I love parkour in theory, but in practice it kind of scares me. My image of parkour is a bit tainted by the teenaged boy at the playground who once took a running leap off the seesaw, literally catapulted over Tiven, bounced off the support of the little bridge to the top of the play house, then walked across the top of the monkey bars on his hands before doing a flip onto the ground. I absolutely love what that boy can do physically, but it seems like every time he's there (he comes with his younger sister) I have to remind him to watch out for the little kids. I'm also concerned that, if he falls & gets hurt, his family might try to sue the city and that's just wrong when you're not using the playground the way it was intended, kwim?

I just find parkour to be so captivating, and if you're looking for a unique experience for your kid I think it is a great option. I'm assuming that if you choose to do flips off of the playground equipment and injure yourself your lawsuit won't go very far. My kid loves to tumble at a local garden near a park we frequent because the grass is unbelievably soft there. Should she hurt herself I wouldn't dream of suing. Anyone who tumbles gets hurt from time to time.