School for Strippers: Children to compete in pole dance event

Colombia's Kely Alvarez competes in the Miss Pole Dance South America (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)
Children as young as seven are to be allowed to take part in pole dancing championships to be held in St. Petersburg.

­The Northern Capital of Russia will host the fifth Miss & Mister Pole Dance Russia event this year.

It will be the first time youngsters in two age categories of 7-9 and 10-13 years old, will be seen on the pole.

Over a 1000 dancers from all around the country are expected to take part in the tournament, which is scheduled to be held on September 7-9.

According to the organizers, “the event is aimed at popularizing and developing pole acrobatics in Russia and around the world as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle through sporting activities on the pylon.”

Kyrgyzstan and Brazil are the two countries where pole dancing is officially acknowledged as a sport.

Before the mid-2000s, the only place where it was commonly seen was strip clubs.

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