Who are the PDC and what are the benefits of joining?
The Pole Dance Community (PDC) was set up in 2009 by husband and wife team, Sid and Sam Remmer. Its mission was to create a membership system allowing professional pole instructors to self regulate the new and growing industry.
The PDC Code of Conduct was designed by the members and agreed upon as well as minimum training requirements and fair pricing policies. By these measures PDC membership became the way to recognise legitimate, professionally run pole schools.
PDC also works as an advocacy group, talking directly with underwriters, politicians and the media helping them to better understand our industry.
Rather than following the usual format of having a President head the organisation, with committees and sub committees deciding policy, the PDC is refreshingly different. In essence, the PDC was created from bottom up by the actual pole instructors, from the industry's need rather than from top down for the benefit of the organisation itself.
With no leaders, presidents or committees, the PDC provides a new, transparent, self governing platform where policy is, for the most part, gained by consensus through an online forum. On occasion, when consensus can't be reached on an important topic, we resort to one member - one vote, regardless of rank or position in the community.
Providing an instructor can abide by our Code of Conduct and meets the training qualifications, they can join us. We encourage and help instructors to achieve membership with us, raising standards in the industry and providing a pathway for career development.
We encourage dancers to train with PDC Instructors to ensure they are getting the best the industry can offer. We provide a universally accepted grading syllabus for dancers to progress through.
Together, the dancers, instructors and the PDC system are uniting the pole dance community.