Pole dancing is often associated with the strip club, but recently it has become popular as a performance art and a form of fitness. Here's a glimpse into the life of a Chinese female pole dancer and the diligence and energy she puts into her passion.

After graduating, Lok Sin Chung and her boyfriend opened a dance studio and taught dance and yoga. She loved pole dancing, but the negative connotations associated with it forced her to keep her practice of pole dancing private. Over the next few years, pole dancing became more acceptable as more competitions for pole dancing became available. She was then able to find a team to train with.

In these photos, she and her teammate train for the London Pole Dancing World Championships in 2014.

While most Chinese people were celebrating the new year, Lok Sin Chung and her team won the award for best visuals at the London Pole Dancing Championships.