The lone star state has a new Miss Texas, but not the one you`re thinking of. Let’s just say a little bit more exotic.

Despite what you see, be careful calling them dancers.

“They're not really considered pole dancers,” says event organizer Rashida Hobbs. “People need to know there’s a difference between an exotic dancer and a pole dancer. They are truly athletes."

Athletes? So that means pole dancing is a sport?

Get ready Olympics, there`s a new sport in town! And your ratings will spike significantly for males.

We`re not doubting that it takes a lot of strength, flexibility, and training to compete.

Yeah, that and good grip.

Competitors say sexuality, oop’s sorry, meant sensuality is important! So is performance. Umm…Doesn`t that go without saying?

So what exactly are the judges looking for in this competition?

“I'm looking for lines. I'm looking for flexed feet. I'm looking for someone who can bring more of fitness and an athletic side to the sport,” said Miss Georgia Nicki Shaw.

Brynn Route teaches pole fitness in Austin. She says she struggled to find a workout she could stick to. 

“I hated going to the gym, I hated running,” said Route. “I just could not get behind any form of exercise until I found pole dancing and I just fell in love."

She was one of dozens of women competing to become Miss Texas Pole Dance, in Dallas.

Organizers put this together to draw more respect for the 'sport.'

“I wanted to give women an opportunity to showcase their skills, agility, and training in pole fitness. And to really display that this is an art as well as a sport, so people can recognize it as a legit fitness," said Hobbs.

Oh, pretty sure there are plenty of guys out there who recognize this as legit.