Pole Positions Luo Lan, 39, didn't quite fit into her science-loving family and bounced from job to job until she found her calling as an entrepreneur. During a trip to Paris, she was entranced by the beauty of pole dancing, and soon founded the Lolan Pole Dancing School in Beijing . But, wait! Because of the less-permissive sexual culture in China and a lack of cultural touchstones that identify this as lascivious behavior, Luo is marketing it as just dancing . And to be honest, without the nudity and sexual objectification, it can really look pretty amazing and athletic. In fact , if you do it 40 feet off the ground and utilize a rope and a French accent (and keep slightly more of your clothing on), many people call it Cirque du Soleil . [New York Times ]