Olympic pole dance backer to hold spa class

Nina Manning of Polesportz
Nina Manning of Polesportz

SPA-GOERS can find out why pole dancing could be the latest sport to enter the Olympics at a master class being held at a top spa resort.

Champneys in Tring, which has a constant string of celebrity and well-off clients, has brought in Hemel Hempstead pole dance instructor Nina Manning to run a class on September 3 and 4.

Nina, who has been teaching for five years through her business Polesportz, is a member of the Pole Dancing Working Party Committee and is fully behind the Equity Association’s bid for it to be a test sport at the 2012 Olympics.

She explained that pole dancing is losing its racy stigma and promoting its benefits at places like Champneys is an ideal way of raising its profile.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it because it will be good to show the resort’s affluent clients what it is all about.”

Pole dancing is good for improving upper body strength, flexibility and stamina and is seen by its supporters as using similar skills used in gymnastics and ice skating.

It has become Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accredited and is being taught in gyms and fitness centres all over the world.

Champneys fitness director Louise Day said: “At Champneys we are constantly looking for new ideas to engage all levels of fitness, ages, shapes and sizes into becoming more active by trying new activities.

“Pole dancing/fitness is a great example, establishing itself as a recognised form of exercise and becoming one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world today.”