15 May '11, 5am

Pole dancing shakes off ill repute in China: Pole dancing in China is a fitness trend with slightly saucy appeal...

Pole dancing shakes off ill repute in China: Pole dancing in China is a fitness trend with slightly saucy appeal...

Pole dancing in China is a fitness trend with slightly saucy appeal. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ANN IT WAS the major draw at strip clubs in Las Vegas and the sleazier nightspots in party cities, but in China, pole dancing has shaken off its ill repute to become a bona fide fitness activity - and business opportunity. Deng Jun has traveled 1,700km from home, leaving behind husband and two young sons. Her mission: To learn pole dancing in the Chinese capital. Two weeks into her classes at Lolan Pole Dancing School, which claims to be the first such institution on the Chinese mainland, Ms Deng's arms and legs are decorated with bruises. Some add a touch of brown to the red-and-black tattoo on her left upper arm. She's in the dance studio five hours a day, six days a week, mastering moves like 'pole-climbing technique' and 'pole descent dance'. She is committed to this grueling rou...

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