This picture taken on June 28, 2012 shows pole dancing teacher Wang Jing (R) conducting a class at her dance studio in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. A nightclub activity mostly considered the domain of strippers in the United States, pole dancing with clothes kept on is nudging its way into the mainstream Chinese exercise market with increasing numbers of gyms and dance schools offering classes. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)
The instructor says her classes are about fitness and fun not sex. She also says children who pole dance get an excellent cardiovascular and upper-body workout. Her Little Spinners class has four students signed up so far, and their parents already take the adult class.
"Some of my more advanced students have poles at home to practice and stretch," Thursday Duncan with Kristy Craig Dance said. "It would be great if there were classes where they could learn how to properly do something. 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."
Kids pole dancing isn't new. There was a National Pole Dancing Championship in Russia last week, where kids as young as seven were allowed to compete.