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Venezuelan Pole Dancing Turns Heads
Pole dancing has hit the streets and at least one playground in Venezuela, a country that's made beauty and fitness a cult.
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In this photo taken July 11, 2012, a woman practices pole dancing during a class held in a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken July 11, 2012. A pole dancer perform during a practice session of pole dancing at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken July 1, 2012, from top to bottom, Franceska Garcia, Emerlinda Maglione, Amanda De Pierda and Keryne Este pose for a photo as they practice pole dancing at an outdoor gym during one of their weekend outings to a public park in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken July 1, 2012, Keryne Este practices pole dancing at an outdoor gym as her friends watch during one of their weekend outings to a public park in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken on July 11, 2012, women take a pole dancing class inside a pole dancing studio at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken July 1, 2012, Ermelinda Maglione practices pole dancing at an outdoor gym during one of her weekend outings with friends to a public park in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this photo taken July 13, 2012, Grey Betancourt, center, teaches sensual expression and pole dancing inside a pole dancing studio at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Pole dancing may have started out in strip clubs, but since the 1990s, its become an all-ages exercise and sport phenomenon the world over. Now, its hit the streets in Venezuela, a country thats made beauty and fitness a cult and minted more Miss Universes than any other except the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Venezuelan Pole Dancing Turns Heads

Pole dancing has hit the streets and at least one playground in Venezuela, a country that's made beauty and fitness a cult.

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