Elizabeth Domazet runs a pole dancing class in Canberra for kids as young as six-years-old. Lisa Wilkinson chats with her about the controversy surrounding the dance school.
Click Here to Watch Video: Today Show Interview with Elizabeth Domazet
Elizabeth’s response to comments of the host’s made after the interview:
Firstly, and most importantly, I hope I have opened up the door to some truly amazing children that want to do our sport.
Secondly, the reason that I did the interview was because the Today show’s producers misled me into believing they wanted to show why pole was so popular amongst children. I was happy to be interviewed to show what we really do with our kid’s classes and that it’s something to be proud of and not ashamed of.
As for the presenter’s comments about tight shorts, if tight shorts on children bother her then gymnastics, cheer-leading, dance, calisthenics, swimming and athletics will all be concerning sports.
As for the presenter’s comments about adults being performers in Cirque Du Soleil and not children, well these performers did not start doing these activities when they were adults, they started when they were children and they have trained for many years to perform at such an elite level and just so you are aware, the mother of one of the children in our class is an ex Cirque Du Soleil performer, so she should know.
The reason that your vision had to be “heavily edited” was because the 2 middle-aged cameramen that you sent to my studio were walking up to the child that they perceived to be wearing the least amount of clothing and proceeded to try and film her from the worst, most inappropriate angles they could. My instructors and I repeatedly asked these men not to get too close to the children, but they disregarded our instructions and got as many shots as they could. I have attached photos of your cameramen doing this so the public can see their actions for themselves.
Pole dance, pole fitness, pole gymnastics, whatever you want to call it, is fitness and it takes a great deal of strength, flexibility and endurance to do this sport, I invite your team to come and give it a try.
I am a protective mother of 3 children and I am also an internationally qualified pole instructor, who has taught gymnastics, dance and group fitness classes for over 20 years, the children in my class will learn safe, technical, fun and age appropriate pole moves.
Pole has come to a point where we need to educate the wider community and show them that this is a sport that has been around for centuries and it’s not going anywhere, Australia has more pole studios per capita than anywhere else in the world, there is a new pole put up every 12 hours somewhere in the world and over 70 countries participate in pole. Plus there are many incredible physical benefits for anyone doing pole.
Lastly please know, not only do I own Aerial Pole Academy in the ACT, I also own and run one of the biggest and most prestigious pole competitions in the world, the Australian Pole Championships, as well as 11 state and regional championships, and I am now considering putting in a junior division, maybe a more professional program would like to do that interview.