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Monday, November 30, 2015
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One-armed woman and Sherlock Holmes fan among winners at 2015 International Pole Dancing Championships
No more is the art of pole dancing associated with lap dancers and strippers, as competitors in the International Pole Dancing Championships will tell you
A woman with one arm and a Sherlock Homes-inspired routine were among the winners at the International
National champions from all over the world took part in the competition, held in Hong Kong.
Overall champion was Finland's Oona Kivela, who said after her victory that the perception of pole dancing is changing.
"There is still so much exotic pole around," the champion said.
"And I understand, how can people not know, when let's say, a stripper and an exotic pole-dancer could style-wise look extremely the same.
"But we have this style.
"And I don't think the pole necessarily defines the style at all.
"I think the dancers do."
Rookie Russian duo Evgeny Greshilov and Kira Noire won best couples routine, and described the feeling of winning as "unbelievable".
Kristy Sellers, from Australia, won performer of the year with a routine inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective.
And fellow Aussie Deb Roach, who was born with one arm, won the disabled category.
Competitors from countries including Argentina, Australia, Finland, Japan, UK and USA were in competition for 11 world titles, Reuters reported.
There are five divisions: Men's, Women's, Doubles, Disabled and Masters.
The International Pole Dancing Championships was founded in 2008 by Ania Pzeplasko, who is lobbying for Pole Dance Fitness to be recognized as a sport by the Olympic committee.
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