Pole position to showcase talent at state event
SEVEN Bundaberg dancers will be in pole position this weekend as they head to the Queensland Pole Championship in Brisbane to present a showcase at the event.
Bella Bliss Studios owner Tracy-Lee Lawrence said for the studio's dancers to be invited to perform the opening act which was a highlight she was looking forward to.
"We look forward to the art performance and it's all choreographed and has a story line which we will follow," Ms Lawrence said.
"People need to realise there is nothing sexual about what we do, its like dance and gymnastics."
Ms Lawrence said another student was also selected to compete in the amateur competition.
"This is judged on five different abilities which also include performance and dance style," she said.
She said pole dancing had become popular and since opening the studio five years ago had seen growth in the business.
"I am so busy not it's not funny - it's growing madly," Ms Lawrence said.
"We have all kinds of people coming along, people of all types and abilities, men, women and now even children.
"It's a great tool to become fit."
Christian Penny, 25, said he went along and thought to himself it didn't look hard so joined up and had hopes to teach pole in the future.
"I'm one of three males who go to pole now," Mr Penny said.
"I have lost 12kg since I started I absolutely love it."
Mr Penny said the sport had given him confidence and when people find out what he does he is proud to tell them.
"It's not just a female dominated sport," he said.
"It's like the vertical fitness."
Ms Lawrence said she hoped to re-educate people who thought of pole dancing negatively.
"There are so many benefits mentally and physically learning to pole dance, as it had such a stigma about it in the past," she said.
"We need to re-educate people especially those who think in the gutter.
"The older generations tell younger people we are strippers but that's just not the case."