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Pole dancing: Good workout for kids?

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  • Children as young as 5 sign up for pole-dancing class in Canada
  • Instructor: 'There is nothing sexual about it'
A dance studio in Canada plans to introduce a pole-dancing class for children.

Is pole dancing for kids like climbing a tree?

Is pole dancing for kids like climbing a tree?

A dance studio in Canada plans to offer a pole-dancing class to children.

The Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness in Duncan, British Columbia, will teach a Little Spinners class, starting September 29. The class is modeled on those offered in adult sessions, which include versions called Sexy Flexy, Pole Fit and Bunny Bootcamp.

Dance instructor Kristy Craig said pole dancing gives children a good cardio workout.

“There is nothing provocative. There is nothing sexual about it,” she told CBC News. “It’s pure fitness and strength and fun. I mean, kids love climbing trees. They will climb anything.”

Three girls and a boy, whose ages range from 5 to 12 years old, have already signed up for the class.

Craig said that although the pole-dancing class has nothing to do with exotic dancing, it's hard to remove the sexual stigma.

"Any criticism that comes in, I understand, but pole dancing in general is trying to change people’s perception away from the stripping and more into it being fitness and an athletic sport,” she explained to CTV News. “I don’t think you can avoid the stigma.”

Should kids be allowed to take pole-dancing classes? Do you consider it a form of exercise, or is it inappropriate? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.

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