Dance puts Sheffield shoppers in a spin

Pole instructors, students and belly-dancers showcased their talents to Sheffield last weekend.'Barkers Pool in Sheffield City Centre was the stage for New Adventure Studio to show Sheffield what pole fitness and belly-dance was all about.''Zubaidah Belly dance troupe in Action at Barkers Pool
Pole instructors, students and belly-dancers showcased their talents to Sheffield last weekend.'Barkers Pool in Sheffield City Centre was the stage for New Adventure Studio to show Sheffield what pole fitness and belly-dance was all about.''Zubaidah Belly dance troupe in Action at Barkers Pool
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Shoppers in Sheffield were treated to a five-hour showcase of dance when the city centre became a stage for a local dance group.

Zubaidah belly dance troupe and pole dancers, who train at the New Adventure Studios on Carver Street, headed to Barker’s Pool to show people what belly-dancing and pole fitness are really like.

Professional pole dance, instructor and twice national champion Laura Pearson demonstrated routines

Professional pole dance, instructor and twice national champion Laura Pearson demonstrated routines

Mum-of-three Gemma Hopkins, aged 29, owner of the studio, said: “We did the public performance to show pole is not something that needs to be hidden away in a dark and dingy club. It’s a valid form of exercise and fun.

“Pole isn’t what it seems. It’s no longer solely in strip clubs.”

Laura Pearson, a professional pole dancer and instructor, said she was pleased to see members of the public reacting positively to the pole dancing.

“The feedback gave me a great buzz and I love getting more people involved and interested in pole,” she said.

Laura, aged 28, who has won two national competitions, demonstrated her skills and offered people the chance to try her moves for themselves.

She said: “Two ladies tried some spins and then said it was harder than it looks but definitely great fun.”

Gemma, who has been pole dancing for five years, added: “People were surprised at how physical pole fitness is.”