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Texan Women ‘Pole Dancing for Jesus’ Spin Controversy

March 23, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Religion with 2 Comments

For the love of Christ…

It’s a new fad sweeping the little Texas town of Old Town Spring, combining faith and fitness in a way like never before. Called Pole Fitness for Jesus, some Christian women have embraced this sinless variation of the more salacious pole dancing found in “gentlemen’s” clubs.

“God gave us these bodies, and they are supposed to be our temples and we are supposed to take care of them,” instructor Crystal Dean told KTRK 13 in Houston. Dean leads her students at Best Shape of your Life through a bi-weekly workout, spinning and slithering around stripper poles. But it’s not about sex, they say. Instead of strip-club standards like “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” the gals gyrate to contemporary Christian favorites.

The women say it brings them closer to god.

“I do feel a spiritual connection whenever you have the music on and it’s singing about lifting you up and being closer to god,” student Tiffany Booth told KTRK.

But, unsurprisingly, not everyone deep in the heart of Texas approves of Pole Fitness for Jesus.

“Some guy came up with his Bible and we were in class and he thumped on the door and was waving his Bible,” Dean told KTRK. “People who want to sit there and judge it, you know, like well that is sacrilegious or you know. That doesn’t make you a good Christian when you judge other people.”

“It does have a history of being used for unhealthy practices,” said Reverend Ron Krueger, pastor of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, which sits less than 400 feet from Dean’s class, “for things that are not good for portrayal of women.”

There is a Christian gift shop, called Lord and Nature, right next to the pole dancing class. “We have to watch those boundaries that we cross over and not allow the enemy to take it in another direction,” Dee Bovati of Lord and Nature told KTRK.

But Dean brushes away the critics. “They’re going to church and worshiping god and it was just a way for them to continue that,” she said of her students.

And oh, the classes are totally free; Dean says she doesn’t want to make a profit on god’s day.


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  1. billMarch 27, 2011 at 8:07 amReply

    HLN keeps repeating this story like it’s brand new. I noticed all these “Christian” women have trashy tattoos.

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 27, 2011 at 8:11 amReplyAuthor

      “Trashy tattoos” and Christianity are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

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