When the Abominable Pole Monsters arrived at 4 p.m. to line up for the Snowdown parade, there is no denying that there was a mixed response from the other paradegoers, the looks on their faces, some surprised and some disgusted and many not knowing what to think.
To my delight, within minutes we became the most popular photo opportunity on the block, and people who frowned upon us were now asking to take pictures with us and wanting more information about pole fitness.
Many former students came by to say how great it was that we had a float, many parents took photos of their kids in costume with us. Many women smiled and commented, Ive always wanted to try that. And its OK. Pole-dance fitness isnt dirty, its a legitimate form of exercise and has nothing to do with stripping.
That is why we did a float and didnt look to a private venue to display our talents. Students at Eden range from 16 to 65 years old and on occasion, when left without a sitter, have brought their little ones to class.
We look forward to participating again next year in this great community event and intend to continue to educate about the benefits of pole fitness and how it differs from the raunchy pole-dance industry that were unfortunately associated with.
The Pole Fitness Association is currently petitioning to have pole-dance fitness in the 2012 Olympics as it has become a worldwide recognized sport. Ms. Fitness USA winner has performed on the vertical exercise plane demonstrating all of the requirements that the other competitors do on the floor.
In addition to a great workout, Eden promotes camaraderie and pride in accomplishment, and Im saddened at the misconceptions and prejudice overshadowing our hard work and attempts to encourage other women, skeptics and supporters to join us in this fun fitness trend.
Eve Presler, Durango