In 2016, The International Pole Sports Federation applied to the International Olympic Committee for pole dancing to be recognized as a fully-fledged sport in the Olympic Games. However,the International Olympic Committee still has not approved it yet.
Hong Kong holds 12 major sports events, such as the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, and over 50 local and international events every year, but pole dancing is not one of them.
Chan, 36, owns one of the few formal pole dancing schools in Hong Kong. She has been teaching pole dance for more than two years and has taught more than 650 students.
Chan said she became a pole dancing teacher by accident when her former coach asked her to be a substitute teacher. Since then, she has found triple the satisfaction from teaching, she said.
Before becoming a dance teacher, Chan worked as an office receptionist and a model. But now Chan is a full-time pole dancing teacher.
Despite financial difficulties and objections from her parents, Chan set up her own studio in Yau Ma Tei.
Now, Chan’s Studio is a Hong Kong Government officially registered authorized fitness dance school and the Hong Kong region and China X-Pole designation co-partnership.
Chan teaches pole dancing from 12pm to 11pm all week. Her students are learning pole dancing for all sorts of reasons, she said. Some want to engage in a sport, some want to improve their figure and some want to perform in front of their boyfriends. Her youngest student is aged only 15 and the oldest is 60 years old. All of her students are women in order to avoid embarrassment between her students as the clothes are sexy usually.
As a pioneer in the Hong Kong pole dancing industry, Chan wants to promote pole dance as a healthy, relaxing, professional sport and encourage anyone who wants to experience the free floating feeling to try out pole dancing.