Pole dancing for kids

Seriously. A studio called Tantra Fitness in Vancouver is offering summer classes in pole dancing for kids.

The Canadian company, which operates in Vancouver and Langley, has taught students age nine and up in regular classes, and has gone as young as five years old in private lessons.

Maybe I am wrong here. Maybe the type of pole dancing being taught at Tantra Fitness is rooted more in the ancient Chinese circus tradition of pole dancing. Oh, wait a sec. What did you say the names of those pole dancing classes were? Bellylicious, Sexy Flexy, Pussycat Dawls and Promiscuous Girls?

Apparently, it’s an awesome ab workout. Yeah, well, if I want my 6 year old daughter to have rock hard abs, I’ll pick an activity that isn’t rooted in thousands of years of sexual history, like maybe the monkey bars.

“Children have no [erotic] association with the pole whatsoever,” says Morris, arguing that kids would see the same apparatus at a firehall, playground or circus. “Unless you teach someone how to grind and make reference to taking off your clothing, there’s nothing wrong with it.”

Oh, wait. This is MY issue. I am the one who is making the act of pole dancing sexual, projecting MY opinions and attitudes about the sexual nature of pole dancing onto the activity. Because, you know, the little girls (thank goodness) have no idea that there is anything sexual about dancing around a pole. But doesn’t that fact make this activity even more repulsive? Hey, I have an idea! Let’s teach our little girls to be sexual without them actually realizing they are taking part in an act most of society finds sexual. Nothing like preparing them early on with the necessary skills they will need to understand the hyper-sexualized world they inhabit. I mean, being a kid is already confusing enough, let alone being a girl. Do we need to make it even more confusing for little girls by adding in the complexities and gradient shades of gray involved with sex? Why even go there with 5 and 6 year old girls?

Yep, nothing says wholesome summer fun like pole dancing.

3 Responses to Pole dancing for kids

  1. Sheesh, this is all too reminiscent of an article I saw just a coupla months ago…

    "Is Your 7-9 Year Old Girl Sexy Enough?" http://www.mamapop.com/2010/05/is-your-7-9-year-o

    The good Lord knew what he was doing when he made me the Dad to a son. I believe I'd just stroke out & keel over if I had to deal with this crap.
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  2. lol… you sound like one of the parents on Footloose. Cheerleading, dancing (particularly dances like salsa dancing) and even gymnastics routines can all be erotic or sexual depending on the routine and the costumes. Are you suggesting we also keep our daughters out of those sports as well?
    Now I do agree, a studio named "Tantra Fitness" offering other classes with sexually suggestive names is using the sex side of it to fill its classes (weather or not the classes involve any sexual or erotic content). I would NOT let any of my three daughters attend classes at a studio like that.
    However, after watching PROFESSIONAL pole dance performers (NOT STRIPPERS!!), chinese stick/pole dancing, as well as silk acrobats and contortionists, I am in awe of what these people can do and the level of athleticism. You can't even put it in the same category as "erotic pole dancing". That would be like comparing a professional dancer to someone that does lap dances!!
    Pole dancing can be an art form and medium for self expression as well as an excellent way to stay fit. If a LEGITIMATE studio was offering pole dancing lessons in my area you can bet I'd be interested in checking it out, and I wouldn't have any issues with my daughters coming with me.

    • Well, it has nothing to do with the costumes in this case. It has to do with the fact that such an obvious connection is being made by this business between sex and pole dancing, and that very young minors are involved. If they were advertising pole dancing as something other than erotic pole dancing (like, let's say, as Chinese pole) , then most people wouldn't have a problem with it. But it was this particular business that choose to make it sexual by naming the classes Pussycat Dawls and Promiscuous Girls – this is where I have the problem as they are making an obvious connection between eroticism and pole dancing, and marketing it to little girls.