PDC Approved 3 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Alex Copley is our latest Online Grading Assessor.


Alex Copley Pole Dance Grading Assessor
Pole Instructor Alex Copley is the principal instructor at Stages Pole Fitness in Romford, Essex, UK. Alex was our third successful applicant in our search for three new online pole dance grading assessors. Alex made the final three after submitting an excellent explanation of why she would make a great assessor and after submitting 2 test gradings with brilliant notes and showing good examples of standardized gradings.  We spoke to Alex to find out more about her and her passion for pole.

What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?

I feel it gives them something to work towards and a real achievement that others can recognise and appreciate, including their family and friends who might not know much about pole.

Stefania Roberto Achieves PDC Approved 4 Star Status.



Stefania Roberto Polercise TenerifeStefania Roberto is the principal instructor at Polercise Tenerife.  Stefania started pole dancing when she was 16 and has racked up an impressive pole CV since then. Stefania received her 2 references towards her 4 star application from PDC Approved Pole Dancing Instructors Nia Pearce and Michelle Birks.

Nia Pearce said "Stefi has displayed Four Star Instructor qualities from day one. She has continually pushed the boundaries and views of pole in Tenerife and is actively involved within the pole community offering online advice. She has been helpful, honest and encouraging in her support to both students and fellow instructors for many, many years.

Level 3 & 4 Pole Dance Grading Success at Polelatis in Bridport.



Polelatis Graded pole dance student Biddy
PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Ally Franklin is the principal instructor at Polelatis in Bridport, UK.

Ally successfully graded 6 of her pole dance students at level 3 and 1 at level 4 using the advancement and accreditation programme. All of the students not only passed but achieved merit and distinction scores.

Congratulations to Ally for guiding her pole students through the grading process.

Babette Savage pictured left.

University of Plymouth Pole Dancing Club receives PDC Approved Club Status.



University Plymouth Pole Dancing club PerformersPlymouth are the second university* to receive approved sports club status. This means that all of their instructors are PDC Approved and they comply with the PDC code of conduct.

Often university pole societies and clubs do not have suitably qualified instructors and too often we see large numbers of students per pole.

The University of Plymouth Pole dancing Club (UPPDC) was originally formed as a society in 2006 before receving sports club status in 2007. 

PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Jane Cole receives The 2016 Grading Assessor Award.



Jane Cole Pole Dance Community Grading Assessor
Jane Cole is one of three people to achieve this award for outstanding contribution to the pole dance grading system (AAP). The other 2 awards went to Mary Ellyn Weissman and Karen Currie.

Between these three awesome ladies they have graded several hundred pole dancers contributing towards the fact that last month (April 2016) we saw the 1000th graded pole dancer get assessed which is pretty impressive. Congratulations again to Jane and well done to all her awesome polers who have made the grade.

Find out more about our award wining grading assessor Jane Cole and her pole journey:

What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?

Our 1000th Graded Pole Dancer - PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor April Krijger.


April Krijger Pole Dance GradingIn 2010 the Pole Dance Community introudced the Advancement and Accreditation Programme (AAP) to help both pole dancers and pole dancing instructors to follow a clear pathway for development. Last month we recorded our 100th graded dancer.

April Krijger is a PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor who runs Pole FX in New Plymouth, New Zealand. We sent April a special award for being our 1000th graded pole dancer and we asked her a few questions about her pole journey and her grading experience.

What made you decide to do the PDC grading?

Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society Gains PDC Approval


PDC Approved Pole Dance University SocietyCongratulations to Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society who are our first official approved university pole society. To gain approval the university club/society must have all of its instructors registered with the PDC.

EPDS currently has 3 pole instructors who are all approved with 3 star status. The instructors are Abi Diack, Adelina Rakhimova and Maria Goncheva.

Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society was first established in 2010;

The United Kingdom Professional Pole Championships.

PROFESSIONAL - ETHICAL - ARTISTIC - ATHLETIC

United Kingdom Professional Pole Championships Charlotte RobertsonThe UK Professional Pole Championships is the first competition in the UK to give professional pole athletes and dancers the opportunity to compete against their peers through our three professional categories; Instructor, Professional, and Elite.

Elite 2015 winner Charlotte Holstead pictured left.

UKPPC aims to be a fair, ethical, professional, and transparent competition that recognises the athleticism and artistry of pole dance on a national stage.

The UK Professional Pole Championships (UKPPC) is the UK's biggest competition for professional pole athletes.  The UKPPC was established by Varie Anderson of Hidden Talent International, and Kate Edwards of Spin City Aerial Fitness, with the aim of setting a new standard in UK pole competitions. The UKPPC continues to be run through Hidden Talent International.

PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Romina Hausbeck.

 

Romina Hausbeck Die Polerei Pole Dance studio
Romina Hausbeck is the principal instructor at Die Polerei in Kiefersfelden, Germany. Read the beautiful story of how she discovered pole dance.


My Name is Romina Hausbeck, most people call me Romy, and I was born in 1989 in Munich, Germany.

Growing up in a very small village, I dreamed of becoming a ballerina - dancing all day and wearing wonderful costumes. Just like a typical girly. Glitter glitter *** and a big stage!

PDC Approved 4 Star Pole dancing Instructor Nicola Ghalmi



Nicola Ghalmi Pole Dancing ProfessionalNicola Ghalmi is the owner and senior instructor at Dance Inspires in Oxford, UK. Nicola has extensive industry experience and she recevied her 4 star references from fellow 4 star instructor Andi Ariseanu and 3 star instructor Natasha Medlin.

Natasha said "Nicola is a very dedicated, hard-working and focused individual who strives to be the very best at what she does, learning new skills/courses to pass onto students as well as developing her own personal goals. She is a patient, caring and motivational teacher who pushes and brings out the best in them.

I have seen just how hard Nicola has worked to get where she is today, the sheer amount of work that goes into her competition entries and her flexibility journey is inspiring. I’ve supported her at the majority of competitions she has entered and seen her come away with some well earned successes and beaming smiles!!

Top 5 Steps to improving your Flexibility.



Leana Darbyshire Vertical Barre teacher
Article written by PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Leana Darbyshire.


Increasing your flexibility is down to more than simply stretching out your muscles through static stretches.  Here are my top 5 suggestions for you to try:

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