Emma Nicholson, 36, a former primary school teacher from Hull, England has resigned to focus on her pole dancing career fulltime.
“When you’re influencing young people, it’s dangerous to stereotype as you can’t teach them there’s only one type of person,” Nicholson said, according to the Sun. “All people are different and you shouldn’t judge.”
Nicholson, who started dancing seven years ago, now runs her own studio where she teaches other women the joys of her profession.
“As soon as I started, I knew I wanted a pole at home,” Nicholson said, according to Metro. “Me and my friends spent many a night drinking a bottle of wine and going on the pole at mine.”
Andrew Katzander, founder of PoleRiders, a group of pole-based performance artists in the U.S., believes that pole dancing is becoming more mainstream and differentiated.
“There’s a lot of dancers that have stayed with the whole high-heels and sexy moves, and others who have moved toward the gymnastic and athletic side of it,” Katzander told The Huffington Post last year. “Others are moving towards the more dance side of it.”