Forget ballet, jazz and tap. A studio in Vancouver, Canada is offering pole-dancing classes. Why? Because parents have demanded it.
Um, I’ll just stick to watching my child climb poles in the park, if that.
Huffington Post reports that Kristy Craig, the owner of The Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio says the class, which is offered to children as young as five, originated in response to demand from parents. “My existing students were asking about it for their children. They were saying, ‘My daughter plays on my pole at home all the time, I’d love her to actually learn how to do things property and not hurt herself,’” Craig told The National Post.
And so, “Little Spinners” was born. As of September 6, UPI reports that four kids (three girls, one boy) had signed up for the weekly class that costs a mere $70 per one hour session.
According to the Daily Mail, child protection groups called photos of last year’s class ‘deeply disturbing’.
But Craig defends her program claiming that there is nothing sexual about it. “Do you see anything provocative going on here? Because there isn’t. This is strictly about fitness,” she told the National Post. In fact, she think it’s just like the types of physical activity children are already drawn to.
“I mean kids love climbing trees. They will climb anything,” Craig told UPI.
As far as how pole dancing class may impact kids who participate, child psychologistDr. Derek Swain told CTV that there’s no problem with it if it’s used only for physical activity. But, he is concerned that because of its association with the sex industry, “it could cause bullying and even increase the likelihood of girls becoming strippers when they’re older.”
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Via Huffington Post