Do you have to be skinny to pole dance?

I can do a skinny-piped pole dance, it just depends on how I feel. My pole dance coach has always said that the thinner your body and the longer your arms and legs I feel the harder it is to pole dance. In fact, it’s harder than it seems in the beginning. The thing is you have to be able to have that pole in the air long before you can make yourself more powerful. You have to be strong to be effective.

When I first started pole dancing, I was thin, but then I started having trouble with my arms and legs. So I started training and I think I’ve lost 10 kilos in that time. If I could do it to my limit, I would probably be able to pole dance for 50 to 60 hours a week.

You’re such an active person.

I have always been active. I’ve been running and hiking every day for 15 years now. I’ve also been doing everything in my gym, so I can do a lot of squats, lunges and deadlifts.

Does being an older woman complicate these exercises?

I definitely felt that there was something wrong when I started my pole dancing. People were not as aware of the fact that I was an older female who was starting to come into her physical prime. I’ve tried to get over all the comments but there is always the fear that everyone in the gym knows what you are doing. People still look at me and ask ‘what are you doing’, but really I do it just for fun. It is all for me to enjoy.

What is your favourite pole dance class?

My favourite pole dance class is definitely the dance class we run here at Colegiu at Piazza Fiera della Signora, called ‘Youth with a Purpose’. It is a great dance class with a lot of fun and lots of different movements, so everyone has a very good time. I love doing pole with my friends.

Tropical Storm Isaac is now in its fourth consecutive day at sea.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is headed toward the Caribbean and is expected to intensify Friday afternoon into a hurricane.

Isaac is a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 95 mph. It was centered about 300 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras.

NOAA: Tropical Storm Isaac on Track

NHC says Isaac will likely move closer to the east coast of Florida on Friday, before moving northeast along the