In an intriguing two-minute clip, Italian director Francesco Calabrese documents the grueling routine of a competitive pole dancer. Swedish pole dance champion Anna-Maija Nyman shows us what it takes to be an expert at the sport – and it’s nothing like what you see at a gentleman’s club. She endures bloody bruises and hard falls on the road to perfecting her aerial moves.
Calabrese shares in the film’s description that he “wanted to show the sacrifice, commitment and determination required to become a top-ranked competitive pole dancer.” Spin Dreams confirms that any serious athletic endeavor requires pain, tears and concentration. Watch the entire clip above and be prepared to look at pole dancing in a new way.