Girls as young as seven learn pole-dancing in Russia and the internet is crying foul!
While some have called it a laudable attempt to make kids physically fitter, but given the sexual undertones of the activity, many have lambasted the lessons as vulgar.
Does the idea of a young school-going kid writhing on a pole in revealing clothes make you flinch in disgust?
If you answer "yes" to the above question, you are advised to not continue reading this story as it is based on a video footage that has emerged from a school in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia, that shows schoolgirls learning how to pole dance, as part of their sports routine in PE classes.
While some have praised the class as a laudable attempt to make kids physically fitter, but given the sexual undertones of the activity, many have lambasted the lessons for teaching school-going children how to slither and twist around a pole at such a young age.
As one mother stated: “So you have this pole, whatever you call it. It’s not compatible (with children) – it’s vulgar.”
At the same time, another mom was pleased to learn about her daughter's pole-dancing routine.
“Here (my daughter Kira Pronina, featured in the video) is developing a six-pack and her arms have become very strong,” Aleksandra Pronina proudly explained in the video.
Pole dance instructor Viktoria, from the Winner Pole Dancing Studio and who is featured in the controversial video, agrees with Aleksandra.
“No gym can give you a workout like pole dancing. All muscles are engaged here,” she stated.
The video in question was put up by video agency Ruptly on Saturday, and it received it's share of brickbats than bouquets.
The girls in the video can put any pole dancing veteran to shame with their acrobatic maneuvers, and are seen keenly learning the ropes under the able-guidance of their instructor, who guides them step-by-step through the routine.
The instructor said: "You need just two or three months to learn how to perform the basic elements. It is not very difficult if you are practicing all the time and don't miss. I was very nervous but I liked it.'
Prorina said: 'We do not see this as something vulgar, it's the same acrobatics. My daughter is developing in every sense. She is trained by coaches who graduated the schools of sports and ballroom dancing.'
Though the video may be agonizing for many, it is a known fact that pole-dancing is a revered physical activity in Russia.
Even what the video shows isn't new — another video of children pole dancing had passed through social media platforms two years ago, ruffling many feathers, including those of activists who have long campaigned against the activity, claiming that teaching pole dancing to girls as young as seven years old as a sports activity can "provoke sex crimes" among children.
In fact, in the city of Kazan, pole dancing competitions among children is a popular activity and championships have been organized to bring out children pole-dancers in the spotlight.
For instance, the youngest competitor in the 2016 edition of the pole-dancing championship — Magic Pole Championship — held in Khabarovsk, Russia was Julia Leonova, then 7, and taking part in the championship was the first major achievement for her.
She told VostokMedia: "You need just two or three months to learn how to perform the basic elements. It is not very difficult if you are practicing all the time and don't miss. I was very nervous but I liked it."
Her mother also defended her daughter's participation and remarked: "We do not see this as something vulgar, it's the same acrobatics. My daughter is developing in every sense. She is trained by coaches who graduated the schools of sports and ballroom dancing."
Activists rallied against the organizers and even launched a petition against them for promotion of "child striptease." However, the petition only managed to acquire 273 signatures.
Astonishingly, a few social media users theorize that teaching pole-dancing to kids is an act of open defiance against Russia's strict social structure.
Ballet is huge in Russia and strict so then the rebel girls do exotic pole dancing, sports dancing, compete because they r strong in conflict and now Putin can use it to give them jobs doing things to help the home, all. Kirill is like this girl... I know u do tantra twirls, u...— Anna Tetro (@annamtetro) 10 November 2017
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