This is really happening: a fitness company in Duncan, B.C. is offering an hour-long Saturday pole-dancing class. For children.
The class is called 'Little Spinners.' Here's the poster:
According to Kristy Craig, the studio's owner, the class started because of demand from her current students. "They were saying, 'My daughter plays on my pole at home all the time. I'd love for her to learn how to do things properly and not hurt herself.'"
Ms. Craig says the class focuses on pole-dancing as a competitive sport, without sexual connotations or "adult moves," and that "the sexuality is being taken out of it." So that's good.
But we can't help but remember the immortal words of Chris Rock about his responsibility to his daughter: "my only job in life is to keep her off the pole."
Surprisingly, this isn't even the first time a fitness studio in Vancouver has offered pole-dancing lessons to young girls. In 2010, Tantra Fitness offered classes to girls as young as five.
In the end, it's up to parents to decide whether or not this is an appropriate activity for their daughters. But we'd like to take this opportunity to remind anyone considering it: there are many other ways to help your kids stay fit that are a little more kid-friendly.
And in case none of those activities convinces you, how about some encouragement from three great childhood exercise gurus: Richard Simmons, Grover, and Mamma Yamma.
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