[Belinda Cleary | Daily Mail]

‘When I nailed my first move I cried with happiness’

Curvy women are proving they have what it takes to pole dance – and say flaunting their bodies and showing off their skills gives them more confidence.

The new craze, which is sweeping studios across the country, is boosting self-esteem and women’s health in the process.

Mother-of-one, Xanthea Emerson has revealed to Daily Mail Australia how a western Sydney pole dancing studio has ‘changed her life’ by encouraging plus-sized women to take up the sport.

‘I had a neighbour who had been trying to get me to start classes for ages but I wasn’t confident enough – I felt intimidated by all the pretty, skinny, flexible girls,’ Ms Emerson said.

Zoe Heath says pole dancing for curvy women has given her more body confidence
Zoe Heath says pole dancing for curvy women has given her more body confidence
When Zoe first started pole dancing she weighed 150 kilograms, she has lost 50 kilograms
When Zoe first started pole dancing she weighed 150 kilograms, she has lost 50 kilograms
Two women, Xanthea Emerson and Rhiannon nailing their moves in the exclusive class
Two women, Xanthea Emerson and Rhiannon nailing their moves in the exclusive class

But then she found out World of Pole were bringing in a class designed for plus-sized women and said the experience has helped her find herself.

‘I didn’t realise how self-conscious I was – or how low my self-esteem was,’ she said.

‘Pole really strips you down – I mean parading around in little shorts and a little shirt and hauling your body into different poses as a bigger girl is quite confronting.’

The classes were started by Dee Heath, the studio owner, after one of her students who felt self-conscious suggested a plus-sized only class.

‘It has been more popular than I ever thought it would,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We have about 30 women doing classes now and have three on every week.

‘The classes go for an extra half an hour to give them extra time to work on their moves.’

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