A WOMAN who is proving you don’t have to be thin to be a great pole dancer has been backed by a Swansea instructor who says she has it spot on.
Emma Haslam, a self-confessed "larger lady" shows off her impressive talents in an amazing video as she prepares for The Lincolnshire Pole Championships.
And Dawn Roberts, 43, who runs Pole Pride in Swansea, says she is just the right role model for women thinking of giving the exercise a go.
“To be absolutely honest, size has no relevance on strength,” said Dawn, who is based in The Mond building off The Kingsway.
“A lot of my larger ladies are the strongest women I have got.”
Emma Haslam, 27, runs pole dancing classes in Derby and is taking part in her debut competition in Skegness this weekend.
She said: “I have always wanted to take part in competitions but never had the time or the confidence to do it myself.
“I am a larger lady and people do expect skinny people but I am really looking forward to it. I haven’t always been a larger lady but I had my daughter three years ago.
“No matter what your age, shape or size, you can learn to pole dance - there are no restrictions.”
Dawn, a qualified instructor, has been teaching pole dancing for six years and has hundreds of women on her books in Swansea.
“I think Emma is a very positive role model because a lot of ladies are put off doing any exercise when they are larger because they feel they’re not good enough.
“The good thing about the classes is that they attract all sorts of people of all age ranges and all sizes.
“Basically you don’t feel like you are exercising because you are concentrating on perfecting a certain move.
“You very often exercise a lot harder than you would in the gym.”