EAT, sleep and breathe pole is the motto of scores of fitness enthusiasts from across Australia who descended on the Tweed this week for the annual Australian Pole Festival.
Professional instructors from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia were on hand to teach all things pole in a range of dedicated workshops.
The pole fitness, workshop and conference bonanza, held at Twin Towns, boasted the first ever pole studio owners’ conference, plus the Paragon International Pole Championships.
Organiser Samantha Browne - who runs a pole studio in Brisbane and an online pole product shop - said the festival provided a safe and enjoyable environment for promoting fitness.
“For women, it’s about fitness, self confidence and (can assist in) getting over depression,” Ms Browne said.
“It’s for everybody and once they hit the pole, it’s a positive place and is like a second home.”
Currently, there is no governance in the sport of pole and the owners’ conference was a unique concept, aimed at creating a framework for the blossoming sport.
“We’re working on bringing the pole dance community together and working to form regulations in pole dancing,” Ms Browne said.
“We’re looking at creating standards within the industry.”
The workshops contain six to 19 poles per room and attendees can partake in a range of pole activities, such as burlesque, twerk, make me bendy, yoga, splits and more.
This is the second year in succession the festival has run at Twin Towns and Browne said it was reducing the provocative stigma surrounding pole dancing and fitness.
The festival runs until Sunday, for more information, visit: http://www.polefestival.com.au/ or find it on Facebook at Australian Pole Festival.