A number of schools that taught pole dancing to children from the age of five have caused a stir in Naberezhnye Chelny, a city in the Tatarstan Republic, as shown in footage shot on Sunday. Many parents did not see anything wrong with teaching children to pole dance, citing the physical benefits of the activity. Aleksandra Pronina, Mother of Kira Pronina said, «Here [my daughter Kira] is... Еще developing a six-pack and her arms have become very strong.» The sentiment was echoed by pole dance instructor, Viktoria, who said, «No gym can give you a workout like pole dancing. All muscles are engaged here.» Opponents claim that children and pole dancing should not mix, «So you have this pole, whatever you call it, it's not compatible [with children] — it's vulgar,» Viktoria Poshagina, a mother, said. Despite the controversy surrounding the activity, pole dancing is becoming increasingly popular among children in the region, who have been participating in competitions in the republic's capital, Kazan, for several years.