BOROUGH woman Lisa Darcy is hoping to strip away unhealthy habits by teaching local people how to pole dance.
But the 32-year-old former Spearmint Rhino dancer has admitted that her acrobatically challenging moves have not helped her partner, Warwickshire cricketer Tim Ambrose, become an all rounder.
Lisa began dancing when she was 21. She had just been made redundant from a car parts factory and got offered a bar job at Spearmint Rhino in Edgbaston.
But as soon as she arrived at the club they offered her a job as a dancer instead.
“I gave it a go that same evening and it went well, so I carried on from there,” said Lisa, from Solihull. “I really enjoyed the pole dancing – I was working out and learning a new skill.
“These days I’m more into the fitness side. It’s a great sassy workout, a great way to get fit.
“They are even talking about including it in the next Olympic Games.”
Lisa last week celebrated opening her FPS Fitness Studios, in Hall Green, with Tim, aged 30, who has found time away from playing with Warwickshire and watching his former England team-mates take on Australia in the Ashes to help her get the club ready.
“Tim isn’t really into learning how to pole dancing himself!” she said. “I’m not sure pole dancing is the best way to train for cricket.”
l Lisa runs classes weekday evenings for anyone over 18 years.