Pole Dancing Class for Kids

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

An 18 year old is teaching a pole dancing class that has girls as young as seven in it. Many are upset about it especially because they have posted pictures of it on their facebook page. Would you let your daughter take this class? Is it art/exercise or sexual?

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Amy - posted on 08/03/2011

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my daughter climbs up the laundry pole and flips around at the top. if she had music outside, she'd dance, i'm sure. i'm just saying until you see what's all involved in the class, why judge. they could end up with a job in cirque de soliel or something. who knows. looked gymnastic more than sexual to me.

i don't think it's nearly as bad as tots in tiaras where they're making them look like adults and act like adults.

pole dancing may always have been a certain thing, but that doesn't mean it can't change and lose a stigma.

bellydancing used to be associated with fertility and sensuality. just like the tango [except that supposedly originated in brothels], and now pole dancing. just because something was sexual at one time, doens't mean it will be forever. After all, it used to be super erotic for a grown woman to wear a two piece swimsuit. Now children wear bikini swimsuits and no one really thinks much of it.

history and cultures evolve. this could just be a new way that people will be exercising that is not sexual.

Becky - posted on 11/19/2011

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Here's a link to their FB site . . . they have lots of photo's posted.



http://www.facebook.com/JLNPoleFitnessDa...



I can honestly see how completely aerobic it could be, and the muscle control required! I am impressed at the things that these girls can do!



That being said, I would honestly have complete reservations about my daughter taking part.



Most forms of dance are associated with cultural history. The dance expresses history, culture and celebration. Pole dancing on the other hand originated to sexually exploit women for the entertainment of men. That's just a bit hard for me to support my daughter participating in. At least with other dance, I can teach her the history of the dance and about the culture associated with it. I can teach her to respect the dance and be proud of what she's doing and be proud that she's sharing history and culture with the people who come to see her preform.

Kacie - posted on 11/15/2011

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i have actually taken a pole dancing class. there was a place that opened up for it, but closed due to not having enough people taking it because of its stigma. it was FAR from being about sex/stripping!! it was a workout! i hurt for days in places i didnt know i could hurt! i was in dance for 4 years and i have never hurt the way i hurt after taking a couple of classes! its strengthening, toning, working out muscles that you dont normally workout/use in 'regular' workout classes.



if i had a girl, would i let her? possibly, because i dont see it as what people think its about, because its not what people think its about!

Amy - posted on 08/03/2011

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Well, my daughter does hula and bellydancing with me, but it's not seductive or sexual. it's cultural. I'm not setting her up to be a stripper. How is ballroom dancing -where they teach 7/8 year olds the TANGO deemed as okay, but this isn't? Sexual dancing ok if there's a partner? I don't get that. Is pole dancing ok or not? Don't know until I know what they're teaching. If they are doing little may pole type things where the poles are more like monkey bars or balance, not so bad. if it's obviously sexual, not ok. article does not show any dance moves, but does state nothing erotic taught.

Della - posted on 07/31/2011

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It is art and exercise we climbed and did tricks on tetherball poles in school is it the music that bothers you. It is not the pole or the music. If it dance it is dance. Parents should do their job when you see something wrong take that time to teach. If your child is taking the class and a move is to sexual let your child know and tell them why it is to sexual. Make a moment a teachable moment.

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Mommy - posted on 11/21/2011

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You know what else is great exercise? Running a triathalon, boxing...sex! But would my child be doing any of those things? No! Point being, just because CAN do it, doesn't mean they should.

PS....I actually really like the class, been to a few myself. Not for kids though.

Jessie - posted on 11/15/2011

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Hmmm....I think I would much rather put my daughter in dance or gymnastics. I think the class is great for adult women, I would love to take one myself, but no matter how you spin it or how the class is taught, in our society there is a connotation there that your child will inevitably pick up on.

Cynthia - posted on 11/15/2011

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It is great exercise thats why the strippers have nice bodies...I still want to know how dads feel bout this...its easy 2 not sexualize it if u have never been in that environment but guaranteed most men have and pole dancing/exercise is sexualized...theres only so much u can do on a pole...what do u think strippers do....

Katherine - posted on 11/11/2011

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I would have to actually watch a class before enrolling my child. I have a son, and if he wanted to do anything like that (as long as its not to sexualized) I would encourage him. I believe it makes them stronger, more confident and allows them different opportunities....cirque du soliel.....olympics etc

same with my daughter, as long as it's not sexual I would def be fine with it. But that being said, most things these days are sexualized

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Well it all depends on how is conducted. If it is being taught in a respectful manner and not being sexualized than there is no problem. It is only sexual if you make it that way! Belly dancing used to be sexual! Women who wore bikinis used to be considered slutty. Now most people I know where them, including children! I know churches where they teach pole dancing classes. BTW pole dancing is awesome exercise!

Cynthia - posted on 08/03/2011

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I think u might hav misunderstood a lil......I dont think Hula or Bellydancing is setting ur lil one 2 b a stripper.....all 3 of mine know salsa...merengue....hula....and bellydancing......but thats all its been for years........just dances from different cultars......pole dancing has always just been pole dancing.......1st thing 2 mind is......Stripper......I just wouldnt take my girls 2 a class like that....they get plenty exercise...balance n strength other ways.....Im still wondering how DADS feel bout these clasess...

Cynthia - posted on 08/02/2011

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I danced years ago....although I have no problem with the profession....I do have a problem with young girls taking pole lessons.....its pretty yuck.......EVERYONE knows u wear bikinis 2 swim...lil outfits 4 gymnastics....and throw dollar bills 2 see pole dancing.....Some moms may not have a prob....what about dad?? All men associate pole dancing with sex....its not ok 4 lil girls 2 pole dance....they wont be lil girls very long and one day will realize.....Hey I can pole dance AND make money.......why not...mom took me 2 take clasess....Thanks mom for helping me onto my career as a stripper.....come on moms....why not stick 2 gymnastics.....ballet.....martial arts....POLE DANCING???

Della - posted on 07/31/2011

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It is art and exercise we climbed and did tricks on tetherball poles in school is it the music that bothers you. It is not the pole or the music. If it dance it is dance. Parents should do their job when you see something wrong take that time to teach. If your child is taking the class and a move is to sexual let your child know and tell them why it is to sexual. Make a moment a teachable moment.

Kelina - posted on 07/30/2011

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That's the point though, dirty dancing obviously is sexualized whereas the pole dancing isn't. Just because you see it as a sexualized profession that doesn't mean the girls do. they probably see it as a lot of fun. Do you see gymnastics as a sexual thing? because they're wearing almost the same outfit. what about swimming, would you let your daughters out in a bikini? They're not learning how to take off their clothes, they're learning balance, upper body strength, and control. They're not learning how to make themselves sex objects, they're learning self confidence and how to be comfortable with how they look.

Christy - posted on 07/30/2011

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Um, HELL NO. Pole dancing comes from the profession of stripping taking place in topless and nude bars. To call this exercise instead of what it is, is reprehensible. What are we teaching our children? Oh it's just exercise. I think I will enroll my 3 yr old in the Dirty Dancing classes they offer here in town, it's such great exercise! NOT! .

Kelina - posted on 07/30/2011

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i agree with the teachers if there's nothing sexual about it whats the problem? just because the main form of pole dancing available as a profession is sexualized why shouldn't we let our kids have some fun? How is their outfit any different from a dance class or swimming? and it could come in incredibly handy in showing off on the playground, climbing up the side of it instead of up the ladder. and it probably develops their upper body really well. good for fending off all the boys:)

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