Pole Dancing in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv, Israel. 14th November, 2017. Students train in pole dancing at the Jose Rodrigues Dance and Pole Company studio in Tel Aviv, under the instruction of Jose Rodrigues, 28, national pole champion in Israel. Rodrigues, a former professional ballet dancer, moved to Israel from South Africa in 2012, holds a leading role in transforming pole dancing from an erotic art form to a legitimate sport in Israel and hopes to bring home an Olympic medal one day. The Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF) gave the International Pole Sport Federation 'observer' status in October 2017, thus recognizing pole dance as a sport.