Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mission to Shake off Pole Dance Stereotypes

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mission to Shake off Pole Dance Stereotypes

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FOUR pole dancers, including the Sunshine Coast's own 13-year-old national junior champion, are about to help cast off the stigma around the sport on the national stage.

Tracy-Lee Lawrence, her daughter Lilly Lenord, Samantha Croon and Larisa McLoughlin will compete in the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold Sports Festival in Melbourne on March 16-18.

Ms Lawrence, who launched Bella Bliss Studio in Caloundra less than two years ago alongside her seven-year-old Bundaberg studio, said she was excited to be part of the team competing in the competition for the first time.

But Lilly is no stranger to national titles, after she was crowned the 2017 junior national champion at the Grassroots Pole Dance Championships.

"That's pretty much the first national (pole dancing) comp for kids," Ms Lawrence said.

Lilly has been pole dancing since she was eight.

"She picked it up pretty well just from being at work with us and learning what I was teaching some of the girls," Ms Lawrence said. …

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