The powerful, sensual and acrobatic performance of pole dancers is sure to titillate audiences at the International Pole Championship in Tokyo on Dec. 9.

Pole dancing uses a vertical, fixed pole to perform techniques, called “tricks,” such as flipping upside-down on and spinning around the pole, together with posing and floor movements, according to Lu Nagata, one of the judges at this year’s championship and one of Japan’s pioneer pole dancers.

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