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Dec 5, 2009 10:21 AM by Jamie Smith

Surprise upset at world pole-dancing championships

For the first time in history men were part of an international pole dance competition.

Last week in Tokyo, the dancers took the stage and showed off their acrobatic skills and athleticism on the pole. The official title of the event is the "International Pole Dance Fitness Championship" and organizers said they wanted to show the audience that pole dancing isn't only about exotic dance and seduction.

The winner of the men's competition was A 25-year-old from Australia. "To be honest, I'm still in shock, and wow, I'm amazed. I did not think that I was going to win at all. The competition was very tough," Dave Kahl said after winning the title.

Metal poles are no longer confined to strip clubs. The poles are now common in many exercise studios and pole dancing is billed as a serious workout aligned with gymnastics.



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