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Students and housewives limber up in pole position

PUBLISHED: 17:03 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

WOMEN have been limbering up for the first ever pole dancing battle which is set to take place next month. Students from Pole Secrets dance

WOMEN have been limbering up for the first ever pole dancing battle which is set to take place next month.

Students from Pole Secrets dance school, who train at the Virgin Active gym in Baths Road, Bickley will be competing in Venue Klash, at the O2 in Greenwich on November 12.

The group, which includes housewives, nurses and secretaries, will be competing against participants from nine other pole dancing schools.

Teacher Caz Emeades, 24, said: "I'm really excited. The girls have been training really hard. I was thinking about it yesterday and I got quite emotional. These are just normal women who are going to get up on stage at the O2 and perform. I felt quite motherly towards them

"We give them guidance but they have to come up with the routines themselves and be creative. It will show off their strength and their skills. There is so much to think about when performing, it is very demanding.

"It is a really good thing for people to come and watch as well. It will be very entertaining. Anyone who is interested in pole dancing can see how it is done and get a taste for it. Each dancer has their own style."

Although Miss Emeades comes from a dancing background, she said anyone with a bit of determination can get good at pole fitness, which burns around 400 calories per session.

She said: "I have always done the traditional stuff like tap and ballet but I don't think any of the girls in my class had done dancing previously. Everyone starts at stage one and then get better. The fitness comes with practice, there are still things that I find challenging but that's part of the fun.

"It's demanding but it gets you really fit. I was going to the gym but I just wanted to do something with a bit more variety rather than going and doing the same thing every time like your arms and legs. This is a challenge, there is always something new to learn."

The competitors will be performing in four stages, with one being for beginners and four being the most advanced.

For more information see www.venueklash.com.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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