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Hundreds of Southland women will became "weekend widows" as duck-shooting season officially opens this morning, and two Southland dance instructors have decided to make the most of it.
Morina Colyer and Saniya Thompson from South Pole Dance thought the day was a good opportunity to promote a "taster" class where attendees could try pole and chair dance, aerial hoops and silk.
Mrs Colyer and Mrs Thompson said their husbands did not take part in duck-shooting.
"They had these ladies who had their husbands away duck-shooting and they just wanted to have fun and do something very girly," Mrs Thompson said.
Mrs Colyer said events of this kind had been happening in Southland for quite some time, but they wanted to offer something different.
"Usually the mai mai is male only and it is their bonding time ... So we just figured why not spend some time with like-minded women and try something fun," Mrs Colyer said.
During 90 minutes, the instructors will introduce to the group the basics of each modality.
Despite being an event targeted at "widows", they said everyone was welcome.
"If any males want to jump on board and skip the duck-shooting, come in!" Mrs Thompson said.