Pole dance combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. This performance art is a form of fitness, practiced in gyms and dedicated dance studios. Pole dancing enthusiasts are of all ages; although many who perform this dance and acrobatic form are adults, that does not stop younger children from learning and performing in competitions. Amateur and professional pole dancing competitions are held in countries around the world.
Pole dance requires significant muscular endurance and coordination, as well as sensuality. Pole dance requires significant strength and flexibility. Upper body and core strength are required to attain proficiency, and proper instruction and rigorous training are necessary. Since the mid-2000s, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have tried to change peoples’ perception of pole dance to include pole fitness as a non-sexual form of dance and acrobatics and are trying to move pole into the Olympics as pole sports.
Pole dance is regarded as a form of exercise which can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are now commonplace