"Would-be boot scooters were in for a shock when they turned up for their Adult Ed line-dancing class in Hobart this week the instructors were intending to teach them the altogether more raunchy art of pole dancing."
That's how the Australian newspaper The Mercury starts its story on a senior citizen mix-up that is almost too unbelievable to, well, believe.
The Mercury explains how line dancing became pole dancing, including an explanation from instructor Sarah Muir:
The confusion arose after the course was listed in the Adult Ed program as "Line Dancing Urban Cowboys".
"It was meant to be Hobart's urban cowboys polzotic dance, a special combination of pole and exotic dancing," said Ms Muir.
"When I sent the information to Adult Education they presumed it was line dancing."
And that's exactly what the dozen or so class participants, mainly women, were expecting.
After realizing the mistake, Muir tried to correct it. "I put together a combination of line, pole and exotic dancing to add a bit of yee-ha and a bit of burlesque so they could enjoy themselves," she said. But that turned into "a disaster."
A real line dancing instructor will teach the remaining classes, and the manager of the program is offering a refund.
"I tried to see the funny side of it," Muir said, "but I felt sorry for the ladies."