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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 3:27 PM
But The China Daily has found a new Beijing fitness activity that is not usually associated with keeping fit in the west: pole dancing.
Yes, the dance form invented by American strip club owners is being offered as a way of keeping fit by one Ms Luo Lan, who The China Daily says "is trying to make exercise fun -- and not morally corrupt anyone". Luo's students back her up on this point:
Another student, Yuan Xi, dismissed concerns that pole dancing is just for bar girls or strippers, adding that her love of the pole had nothing to do with sex.
To illustrate the healthy nature of pole dancing, The China Daily article is accompanied by a gallery of 8 photographs. The article is here: Girls cautiously pole dance their way to fitness.
UPDATE: As a commenter points out, the story was actually from Reuters, apparently by Ben Blanchard, and that the article was on the website and did not appear in the newspaper.
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