Am I too old to learn pole dance?

Many think that to be good at a sport, you have to start very young. It is true, there are disciplines that require constant training from an early age to reach Olympic level. But this does not mean that once past the 30, one has to be considered “too old” to start with some physical activity or in this case, gymnastics.

Pole Dance is a sport that began to spread in the last ten years. For being such a new discipline, the famous and successful athletes in this activity are around 30 years old. Today there are also competitions for children, and for people over 50 years, too.

One example is Greta Pontarelli.

She is a 65 years old woman, who started Pole Dancing at the age of 59, when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis and recommended to do some type of exercise that develops her strength. But as lifting weights seemed boring to her, she decided that she wanted to try Pole Dance.

Greta Pontarelli

Today, Greta Pontarelli is already multiple World Champion in the Master category of women over 50 years and she is also a Pole Dance instructor. “When I first went to the pole arts studio, I couldn’t get up the pole! I’m sure the trainers doubted that I would come back. But I thought, I’m going to keep doing this until I have a little victory.”, Greta said in an interview with Senior Planet. “It’s healthy, it’s creative, and it’s artistic.”, she added.

Looking at people like Greta¡ is very motivating for athletes of every age, as it is a proof that age is in your own mind. If you really want something, you can achieve it.


Another example is Johanna Quaas, a woman aged 89 (born in November 1925) and declared the oldest gymnast in the world who regularly participates in gymnastics competitions. In 2012 she achieved a record in the Guinness book of records and is known worldwide for her appearance in TV shows and her videos on YouTube.

At my Pole Dance school, there are also ladies aged between 50 and 60, who are really admirable! They have a surprisingly youthful appearance and vitality and an amazing energy! They are also more flexible than many of our younger pole partners. All of them motivate us to go on and improve with each class. They are models who represent what we want to be at an older age. Sharing time and classes with them makes us realize that it is possible never to get old!

Let’s take these women as examples of life! It is never too late to start!

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By Vanessa Veron Cattebeke

Johanna Quaas

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