Have pole, will dance, no hands required

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Have pole, will dance, no hands required

Meet the Italian teen with one leg and no hands who is finding freedom in acrobatic pole dancing

Yara Nardi and Matteo Berlenga

Fifteen-year-old Francesca Cesarini was born with no hands and only one leg. So her mother, Valeria Mencaroni, was more than a bit surprised when she told her she wanted to be an acrobatic pole dancer.

“I don’t know if maybe I saw it on social media first or I dreamt it, I don’t know. I just know that I (woke up and) went to her and I said that I wanted to do pole dance,” Cesarini said.

This year, three years later, she competed in the International Pole Sports Federation’s virtual world pole and aerial championship...

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