Why Jennifer Lopez Is Taking Pole Dancing Lessons

We tend to think there isn’t anything Jennifer Lopez can’t do. She has seen success in just about every aspect of the entertainment business from singing to dancing to acting to producing but the superstar recently revealed that there is something she hasn’t quite mastered yet and is taking lessons to get better at it.

JLo made the rounds on daytime and late night talk shows recently where she explained that she’s been taking pole dancing lessons and even had a portable pole installed in her home. However, the mother of two isn’t just learning the seductive art for fun there’s actually a reason she’s been working on getting some moves down. Here’s why Lopez is taking lessons and who she hired to teach her everything there is to know about pole dancing.

Jennifer Lopez in workout gear
Jennifer Lopez in workout gear | Jennifer Lopez via Instagram

The reason Lopez has been taking pole dancing lessons

During her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Lopez said that she’s been practicing pole dancing for an upcoming movie role.

“I’m getting ready for this movie called Hustlers and I have to play a stripper so I’m getting ready for that,” she said.

The film is based on the true story about a group of strippers who concoc a plan to steal money from their wealth Wall Street clients.

The star told Kimmel that she hired a Cirque du Soleil performer to teach her all about pole dancing. She also had a portable pole installed in her house so she can practice anytime she wants but Lopez admitted it’s not easy.

“I have bruises everywhere,” she said. “It’s so hard. I have a lot of respect for people who do the pole.”

Jennifer Lopez walking a tightrope
Jennifer Lopez walking a tightrope | Jennifer Lopez via Instagram

What she gave up to prepare for the role

While on Ellen the “My Love Don’t Cost a Thing” singer talked about something else she gave up in preparation for the role. Her trainer suggested that she do the 10-day no carbohydrate and sugar diet so she accepted the challenge.

“You feel like you’re in an alternate reality or universe like you’re addicted and you think about it all the time,” JLo recalled about she felt when she first started the diet but added, “When you go back to the sugar you don’t want it as much, it’s something you get used to a little bit. It takes down the inflammation and you feel smaller and less swollen … you get addicted to that feeling too.”

The World of Dance judge documented her results on Instagram and her beau, former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, completed the challenge with her.

Lopez is kicking off a tour for her 50th birthday

It’s hard to believe but Jenny from the block will be turning 50 this year. Yes 50. So to celebrate her big birthday on July 24 she’ll be hitting different cities and venues all across the U.S. for her My Party tour.

The tour kicks off on June 7 in Phoenix.

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