Pole dancing could potentially be recognised as an Olympic sport.
The Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) recently awarded observer status to International Pole Sports Federation, along with dodgeball and arm wrestling.
Natasha Williams, owner of Body Mind Studios and Founder of Pole Dance Sport Association spoke to Azania Mosaka about this.
Williams says as much as people want pole dancing to be taken out of the box and removed from the stigma attached to it, they also want it taken seriously as a form of dancing and as a sport.
It's the most simple form of equipment development and it gives you the hardest workout ever.— Natasha Williams, Owner of Body Mind Studios and Founder of Pole Dance Sport Association
Williams explains that pole dancing works out the shoulders, the back, and core. She says people are drawn to pole dancing because it is sensual but doesn't require a partner and isn't a boring gym routine.
The husbands are the ones who thank me. Only the men who feel threatened by their partners empowering themselves through pole dancing are the ones that have a problem.— Natasha Williams, Owner of Body Mind Studios and Founder of Pole Dance Sport Association
Confidence is the ultimate benefit ladies receive from pole dancing says Williams.
Listen to the full interview in the clip below: