Straits Times



Straights Times Article

A 38-year-old American with no previous sport or dance experience until nine years ago took home the title of ultimate champion in the women’s category of the International Pole Championship on Saturday night.

Natasha Wang, who is of Chinese descent, won the award after her routine inspired by the Chinese legend of Madame White Snake. More than 1,000 people attended the event, held at the National University of Singapore’s University Cultural Centre.

Organised annually by the International Pole Dance Fitness Association, the competition was held in Singapore for the first time this year. The event drew 30 of the world’s best pole dancers from 12 countries, including Finland, Australia, Singapore and the United States.

Ms Wang, who lives in Los Angeles, says she was completely unathletic and never participated in any sport or dance until she was 29. “I’m completely elated,” she told The Straits Times. “This win means a lot to me, because I was considering not even competing this year.”