Dancers take pole position at Sheffield charity show

Pole for Purpose charity dance show - Laura Pearson in action
Pole for Purpose charity dance show - Laura Pearson in action
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A pole dancing fitness show broke its own record and raised £1,300 for three local charities.

Pole 4 Purpose, an annual event, raised funds for Breast Cancer Care, Everyman Charity and South Yorkshire Eating Disorder Association.

Performers came from all over Sheffield, including dancers from A Pole New Adventure and Sheffield University Pole Fitness Society.

The show, at the Leadmill, was open to dancers of all abilities from dance groups and clubs.

Organiser Gemma Hopkins, aged 30, said: “I’m so pleased with how the show has gone.

“We raised awareness and funds for the three charities, as well as putting on a good show.

“For some of the people who were performing it was their first time on stage, and quite a few of the girls had only been taking classes for six weeks.

“It was great to see lots of local talent come together and perform.”

Around 130 fans supported the event, which included circus skills, burlesque and acrobatics performed by a mixture of beginners and national pole fitness champions.

A third of the money raised will go the SYEDA, which supports those with eating disorders.

Gemma said: “They do incredible work with those suffering from eating disorders in the region. 
“Some of my students have had eating disorders in the past so I’ve seen how destructive it can be.”