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Midstate pole dancing studio growing in popularity

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

January is usually a time when you see a noticeable increase in people exercising.

Lately though, more and more ladies across the Midstate are choosing a non-traditional form of exercising; pole dancing.

Back in October of 2012 we featured the new business "Addicted to the Pole" dance studio. At the time, there were some 15 total members.

Flash forward to now; a new and bigger studio at 2040 Derry Street in Harrisburg and some 200 members.

"The classes are seven days a week now," said owner Mimi Nicks. "We have mornings, afternoons and evenings and we do private sessions and private parties."

We met up with Nicks before she taught what she says is her most popular class; "Booty and Stiletto Dance Class."

"Every part of your body is targeted in this workout," she says. "From arms to obliques to core."

Jessica Prescott started coming here with her mom.

"I have lost 13 pounds coming here," she said. "And I've lost two pant sizes as of this weekend, so I'm pretty excited about that."

"It's great strength building. It's great toning. It's great exercise and it's great mentally," says Vonnie Reed-Smith, who is very active with fitness, but says pole dancing is her favorite. "I had promised my husband from the beginning, way back when, if pole ever came to central Pa. I would go."

"I love the encouraging atmosphere," said Prescott. "Everybody claps for each other when we're here."

"It's a great atmosphere," said co-owner Billy Edwards. "When you come in, you just feel loved. Everybody wants to work out where they feel loved. Everybody wants to feel comfortable when they take their shirt off. It's mainly all women, but women can be hard on each other."

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