"It's not about sex," says Crystal Deans a dancer and fitness instructor. "I don't teach women to be strippers," she adds while speaking with a local Fox affiliate in Houston. Deans holds her classes in a suburb named Old Town Springs, but there's nothing old fashioned about how she encourages women to get fit, stay fit or just have some fun.
High heels are required to get the proper glutes and thigh muscle work, but they don't have to be clear heeled shoes, which most recognize as some of the favorite footwear of women who dance on poles for a living, in an establishment that isn't associated with any Christian church near Houston.
Deans is a practical young woman and understands how some might misconstrue her efforts. "Some guy came up with his Bible and we were in class and he thumped on the door and was waving his Bible,” Deans said. “People who want to sit there and judge it, you know, like well that is sacrilegious or you know. That doesn’t make you a good Christian when you judge other people.”
She's not saying that pole dancing makes you a good Christian but she doesn't see any incongruity between loving the lord and healthy exercise that tones your body and gets your heart rate up. Enjoying it after you've spent your time in church seems to give it that healthy and clean gloss that Deans hopes will entice more women to participate. "People have to bring their church program to get into the class, so we basically are just continuing the whole worship thing." That's right, it's the whole worship thing.
In the last six to seven years, pole dancing has become a phenomenon and in some instructional booklets it is described as an artful way to keep a body in shape. Portable, detachable poles for home use are distributed by companies like Pacific International Marketing and Promotion in San Jose, California. who has even sold them through mail order marketing. Saving face has something to do with it and yet, if you watch the video posted below of Crystal Deans, the women who agreed to be filmed by the Fox News crews don't seem the least bit shy or embarrassed.
Deans is looking for more customers and has not enlisted the help of the local ministry in Old Towns Spring, but with her energy and belief in what she's doing, don't count out a plug from the pulpit some Sunday in the future.
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