Pole Dancing Classes Offered for 5-Year Olds

A Canadian dance studio with facilities in Vancouver and Langley offers pole dancing classes to children as young as five. One instructor argues that it's perfectly fine:

"Children have no (erotic) association with the pole whatsoever," says Morris, arguing that kids would see the same apparatus at a firehall, playground or circus. "Unless you teach someone how to grind and make reference to taking off your clothing, there's nothing wrong with it."

I prefer comedian Chris Rock's goal for parenting daughters: "Keep her off the pole." Really, wouldn't gymnastics classes accomplish the same fitness goals without risking an inherently sexualized context?

Link via reddit | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user eatantsnotturtles used under Creative Commons license

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It's a combination of dance and gymnastics, and it's as sexual as breast feeding. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, it’s a matter of perception.
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