Pole dancing used to suggest strip clubs. But at the U.S. National Pole Championships, you won't find any strippers, only real dancers and fitness experts displaying the artistic and athletic side of pole dancing without the nudity or flying dollar bills. Hosted by Pole Sport Organization, the event is the largest professional and amateur pole dance competition in the world. Over the course of two days, more than 200 female and male performers from around the country will demonstrate their balancing, spinning, flipping and dropping techniques in five skill levels, categories and ages ranging from 18 to 50-plus. Cheer them on as they vie for the national title and more than $10,000 in prizes, all while keeping their dignity intact.
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