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By Reem Nabil: A Summer Essential

Egypt’s First Kids ‘Pole Camp’ Kicks Off in August

Bringing the discipline to kids and continuing to break boundaries across the nation, Polefit Egypt is inaugurating a summer camp for girls between the ages of 7 and 12.

PoleFit Egypt continues to break boundaries this summer, as they launch the Kids Summer Pole Camp, a 10-day programme especially aimed at girls to learn and practice gymnastics during the summer holiday. The course, which stretches from August 14th to 24th, will not only introduce girls to pole fitness but will also offer an exciting range of disciplines such as aerial yoga, acroyoga, and gymnastics, with a showcase for parents at the end of the programme. Its pioneer founder and CEO, of PoleFit Egypt, Manar El Mokaddem, says that even though the activity is traditionally associated to adults, pole fitness is an exceptional activity for children.

“We already have five girls that have been practicing pole at the studio, and they are fearless,” she says. “Ballet schools and gymnastic academies are usually very harsh and don’t make them feel well emotionally. It is a very tough industry, and girls are usually under stress. But in pole, they have fun and no one tells her she is not good enough.” The athlete and entrepreneur explains that, while gymnastics and ballet are strict disciplines, pole fitness leaves space for different abilities. “Whether she is strong, or good at dancing, or perhaps has better flexibility, you can have her highlight the factor she is good at,” she explains.

The workshop, which revolves around a Lion King theme, will feature surprise activities, such as costume making and face painting. “We are going to teach them a dance under the Lion King theme, and will make basic costumes and teach them face painting techniques for a performance at the end. It’s super cute,” says El Mokaddem.

For the programme, the fitness center is introducing international instructor Andrea Ang, who is flying in to Cairo from the USA to coach the girls between 7 and 12 years old. The award-winning dancer is specialised in partner dancing, cheerleading, acroyoga and aerial arts, and was involved herself in designing the comprehensive programme put together by PFE. “She’s been teaching at the pole studio for a while, and is highly specialised in teaching children. She has been a dancer her whole life, and coaches kids for international competitions,” El Mokaddem says.

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