There have been a lot of get-fit exercise trends that have been circulating the world. In the 80’s and 90’s, it was the home aerobics videotapes, the 00’s brought us yoga and Zumba and now the stigma has been lifted on the core-strength activity that is pole dancing.
Pole dancing is now taken very seriously and has gained quite a strong following around the world. And it’s not just a female activity, I actually know a handful of men who enjoy pole dancing as it’s a fun way to enhance your abs.
This form of fitness is becoming a recognised form of exercise with Championships and competitions happening across the globe. And now more than ever, the world of pole dancing is becoming ever more inclusive.
In fact, there’s one disabled pole dancer who is making waves as a champion of adaptive athletes. 36-year-old Erin Clark first started pole dancing in April 2017 and within a few months, she had secured a national title. Furthermore, she was on her way to compete in the World Championships in Netherlands.
But it wasn’t an easy ride. The pole performer has spent her entire life trying to combat discrimination as a wheelchair user. And her next battle is the fight to get the pole industry to build inclusivity with its competitions.
Now, described as an activist, Erin wants to prove that a disability is in no way holding her back from achieving her dreams.