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Tales of transformation: The pole dancer

“Pole (dancing) has made me stronger – physically, and mentally. There’s a lot of moves that require fighting your natural instinct.” – Nikki, teacher and pole dancer.

Video by Gillian Aeria

From teacher to pole dancer; from paraplegic to jazz musician; from phone sales to drag queen, welcome to Tales of Transformation. In this special short documentary series, our video journalism students explore some extraordinary personal journeys.

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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