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These Women Have A Powerful Message About Pole Dancing

"Because it healed what they tried to break."

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"Why I Dance" is a video about amateur women pole dancers speaking about their experiences, and what dance means to them.

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Julia Roth, one of the video's producers, told BuzzFeed that the women held up their "outside title," meaning how they believe others see and perceive them.

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

"Whatever their sign says, that’s their label. It’s there name, their gender, their profession, how others see them. And the pole is their inside world," Roth explained.

"Pole dancing is so often associated with stripping, which isn’t always true," Roth said. "And this is an empowering movement for so many people."

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

"We wanted to break down the judgments about people who pole dance."

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

Roth, who also pole dances, said the set of all-female cast and crew was "the most productive and wonderful set [she's] ever been on."

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

"Any conceptions I had about women being catty or not supporting each other went out the window immediately."

The dancers also included their own personal reasons for pole dancing.

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

"We, as women, are discouraged so often from being comfortable with ourselves," Roth said.

Why I Dance Film

"And I remember, the editor on the film said at one point, 'Loving yourself is a revolution in this society,' and that really hit home for me."

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

"This is about celebrating women and their relationships with their bodies."

Why I Dance Film

"The battle for women and loving themselves is constant. Pictures, words, the internet, it's never-ending."

Why I Dance Film

"Loving yourself and being cool with yourself, that’s how it should be. This shouldn’t be a shocking thing. This should be the norm."

Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film
Why I Dance Film

Watch the whole video below.

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