Luo Lan has opened a pole dancing school in a fashionable section of Beijing as an attempt at making exercise fun, but does admit there is still a stigma attached to the practice. She says that is slowly changing.

"When I first started people would only come furtively, and not tell their boyfriends or husbands. But over the last year, people have started to hear more about pole dancing, and they know it's purely for keeping fit," she said.

"Lots of girls love pole dancing, but like me could not find a place to learn. So I spent a lot of time doing research, watching DVDs," she said, adding that "Some men seem to think it's only about sex, but it's not. It's about dancing."

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