Mommy and Me Pole Fitness Dancing: Mason and Starr Ask Detroit For Their Opinion
Atlanta’s First and Only Mommy and Me pole fitness dancing workshop is now open for business. The owner of Pink Dance and Aerial Studio, where the workshop takes place is Tiajuanna “Tia” Harris.
The workshop received very positive reviews and was sold out. The pole fitness class is open to boys and girls with their moms. Everyone is fully clothed. The children ages range from 4-14. During the class, the kids and parents learn physical strength through resistance training.
Mommy and Me Pole Fitness Dancing?
Pole dancing can be compared sports such as aerobics, cheerleading, swimming and gymnastics where they do various routines and work together to perform acrobatic moves in combination with dance moves. In addition to the dancing, the children also have a lot of fun bonding with their moms as well as meeting other children their age. The children are not doing anything sexual, wearing skimpy clothing or “twerking”.
On the other hand, is pole dancing sexualizing children? There are videos of the children dancing in this class online. Some fear this as a fantasy for sexual predators. Pole/fitness dancing has been linked by many as form of being a part of the sex industry, such strip clubs and after hour spots. Mason and Starr wanted to hear from the people of Detroit as to what they think about the class:
Mason: We’d like for you to get in on this. 313 -568 -1059. Is it appropriate? Or are people just looking at it too deeply? Mom and daughter go to pole dancing classes. Here’s what one mother associated with the lady who created it had to say about it.
Interview from podcast plays: “So basically…the inspiration for our money and the pole fitness, it’s not pole dancing, the kids aren’t dancing, they’re doing fitness. So the pole fitness class stems from us looking to promote a unique bonding experience between mothers and their kids while emphasizing fitness, you know, strength and confidence in a playful and supportive environment. The Olympics, it’s been recognized as a sport. So once people can get past that there, what they’re associating pole fitness with, then they’ll be able to be open and understand what we’re doing. It’s really nothing outside of what a gymnast does. It’s just a different apparatus that what people are used to associating with kids.”
Mason: “Good morning.”
First Caller: “Good morning. I don’t think it’s a sign of exercise, its’s actually showing your kids how to pole dance, but exercise come on now, what’s next?
Mason: “Gotcha, she says that’s a little bit beyond exercise.
Angie Starr: I think it’s the terminology.
Devon: What do you mean?
Angie Starr: The pole, that’s what’s throwing people. Because it’s really an art to it, like you have to really build your upper body to do it.
Second Caller: I think that lady is absolutely wrong (the first caller). It is a form of exercise. There is a form of exercises with the poles you know, so that’s all it is.
Mason: Caller, go ahead, what do you say? Good morning.
Third Caller: Okay, so I think it’s the point of the pole as well, because back in my day, stripping was still taboo, So I did a line of lingerie.
Mason: Did you?
Caller: Yeah, (I did) so it was the pole part that’s throwing them off.
Detroit spoke and many believed it more about the fitness and less about the pole, but some still believed it was a gate way to becoming an erotic dancer. As mentioned earlier, pole dancing is considered a sport by many. Many countries believe that pole dancing is very worthy of being entered in the Olympics, however the question still remains, do you think children should be participating in this pole fitness class?