Los Angeles, April 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Lin Hsiang-chen (林詳宸) clinched the top title in the qualifier professional category at the 2017 Pacific Pole Championships Saturday in Los Angeles.
Lin was the only non-U.S. competitor and the only dancer from Asia. He was participating in the regional event for competitive pole dancing for the first time, according to the event organizers.
Upon hearing the announcement that he had won, Lin burst into tears of joy.
He said that it usually takes him three months to practice for a competition but this time around, he had only about one month before the event. Therefore, he had to train very hard, he added.
Lin said he is a pole dance teacher at a dance studio and usually gets off work around midnight, after which he practiced until 3-4 a.m.
The end result was worth it, he said.
Through constant practice, he has developed his skills, Lin went on, adding that he and the other teachers working at the dance studio want to promote pole dancing, one of the world's popular types of dance, in Taiwan through participating in international competitions.
Lee Ching-fen (李清芬), who lives in the U.S. but often provides Lin with tips and guidance during her trips back to Taiwan, said that Lin's flexibility and strength displayed on Saturday were impressive.
(By Tsao Yu-fan and Evelyn Kao)