[Adam Kveton | Parksville Qualcium Beach News]

“I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with being sexy,” said Davidson. “But that being said, this show is more about showing off the sport of it.”

Pole dancing has become a fitness and creative outlet for performers of all shapes, sizes and ages, and an upcoming show looks to showcase local talent — including a former national champion.

The Island Talent Pole Fitness Show takes place at Errington War Memorial Hall on Saturday, June 3.

Sixteen performers will be taking part, demonstrating feats of remarkable strength and skill, as well as dance and theatre elements, said organizer and performer Glenny Davidson.

The Bowser resident said that, while stripping is certainly part of the history of pole dancing and what many people might initially think of, that’s not what this show is about.

“I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with being sexy,” said Davidson. “But that being said, this show is more about showing off the sport of it.”

That includes acrobatics, dance, theatre, and even comedy aspects, she said.

Davidson began pole fitness as a way to get in shape during a particularly difficult time in her life, she said. Having just moved to the Island, a friend suggested they both try pole fitness together. After the first class, Davidson said it was such a good workout that she could barely walk.

“I was hooked after that,” she said.

A few years later, Davidson began competing, placing second in the B.C. Canadian Pole Fitness Association championships in the 40 and over division. Last year, Davidson placed first in nationals.

Now a pole fitness instructor, Davidson said she wanted to provide her students with a safe place to perform, as many of them want to start competing as well.

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