A Canadian dance studio is offering pole dancing classes for children as young as 5 years old, CTV News reports.
Twisted Grip Dance & Fitness, in Duncan, British Columbia, has in its lineup a pole dancing class it calls “Little Spinners,” geared toward boys and girls of all ages, owner Kristy Craig tells CTV.
Craig said she introduced the class because existing clients wanted it, and so far three girls and one boy have registered for classes, which start on Sept. 22. Her youngest student is 5 years old, the oldest is about 12 years old.
Craig says there's nothing sexual about the class, but the front page of the studio's website shows sexy, sparkly high-heeled shoes for sale for performers, MyFoxDFW.com reports.
The children's pole dancing class will reportedly offer moves similar to those used in the adult classes.
"It's pure fitness and strength and fun," Craig told the CBC. "I mean kids love climbing trees. They will climb anything."
But not everyone thinks pole dancing is just a pint-sized playdate.
Child psychologist Dr. Derek Swain tells CTV News he doesn’t see a problem with pole dancing purely as a physical activity, but warns it could cause bullying and even increase the likelihood of girls becoming strippers when they’re older because of its ties with the sex industry.
“Sometimes these kinds of activities are more of an interest to the parent than they are to the kids,” he said.