A British fitness instructor who visited the strict Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia to teach a Saudi woman the art of pole dancing has sparked disapproval among UK Muslims back home.
27-year-old Lucy Misch was invited to the country by one of Saudi’s richest and most influential families after a woman from the family attended a pole dancing class in Europe and reported back to her relatives living in the kingdom.
Misch’s host – a 36-year-old working mother named Qahtani, one of only 15 per cent of women to have a job in Saudi, arranged for her to bypass the complicated laws of entrance and exit to the kingdom single Britons usually face, whisking her through Riyadh airport unimpeded.
Ahead of her trip, Mischa shipped three X-Stage poles worth £500 each to Qahtani – the first such poles ever allowed into Saudi Arabia – where they were installed in a specially dedicated mirrored room set up as a studio within her palace.
‘Needless to say, there is no history of pole dancing in Saudi Arabia,’ says Misch.
‘It’s not the kind of place you expect to be invited to teach pole. But my client’s sister lives in Europe where she’d discovered pole dancing for fitness, and they’d talked about the amazing benefits pole can have on the body.’
by The Punjapit Alliance