Showtime: Wowing the crowds with their pole dancing routine are instructor Rebecca Wells, and Owner/instructor Adriana Aziz of Studio Shakti at the Lismore Car Boot Market.
Showtime: Wowing the crowds with their pole dancing routine are instructor Rebecca Wells, and Owner/instructor Adriana Aziz of Studio Shakti at the Lismore Car Boot Market. Jay Cronan

Ken takes 'pole position' at markets

KEN Jolly was thrilled to find himself in ‘pole position’ at the Lismore Car Boot Market yesterday.

He was quietly selling raffle tickets for Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter when a couple of new performers started setting up beside him.

The pair of dancers were equipped with their own portable pole, and proceeded to put on quite a show.

“It’s hard work, but someone’s got to do it,” Mr Jolly said, glancing at Adriana Aziz and Rebecca Wells demonstrating manoeuvres such as the Ballerina, the Cyclone, the Reverse Gazelle, and, most jaw-dropping of all, the Star of David.

Ms Aziz was hoping to publicise the dance school she has run for the past three years, Studio Shakti, in Lismore. It might come under Adult Entertainment in the Yellow Pages, but pole-dancing has another side to it that she wanted to bring to the public’s attention.

“It’s really about flexibility and confidence,” Ms Aziz said. “And it’s a much more fun way to get fit than going to the gym.”

She runs 10 classes a week, with a maximum of 10 dancers in each.

Classes are all-female, despite the occasional inquiry from men.

One of the school’s mottoes is ‘Never too old, never too late, never too sick’, though these moves are not for the faint-hearted.

They’re great for strengthening the abdomen and upper body, said Ms Aziz, who also runs classes in burlesque and belly-dancing.

Ms Wells, who has been doing the training for 18 months, said: “We thought it would be a bit of a lark to come here today.

“And we wanted to show people that there’s nothing sleazy about it. Pole dancing doesn’t have to be that way.”

The Shakti women perform at cabarets, parties and hen’s nights.

“It’s destined to become an Olympic sport,” Ms Aziz said.



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