Introducing... The 5th Solent Pole and Aerial Hoop Competition!! This is a PDC Approved Event.
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Within the pole dancing world, one group of people are always the hardest to win over. You tell them again and again that it is a fitness exercise and that you would never join in at a strip club (no matter how tempted you were), and yet many still refuse to listen. I am talking of course about parents, especially mothers.
Usually, fathers pass it off as a phase or simply ignore it because they can, while mothers often worry about the image you are portraying to the world and how exactly society will look at you. To overcome this stigmatism of mothers disliking pole dancing as a sport for their daughters, we here at the PDC have decided to tell you some lovely stories of mother-daughter pole dancing duos. They exist, they are wonderful people and each have their own story to tell.
Pole dancing while pregnant is a constant concern in the industry right now, as doctors know little about the sport, and information out there is often focusing on one person who may be having a different kind of pregnancy to the one you or anybody you know is having. This section of the Pole Dance Community blog seeks to interview different kinds of pole dancing women who are expecting, in order to get the information you need to you. To kick things off, I have interviewed Caroline Hardinges from Polepatations studio in Kent who wanted to share her story with all of you.
Laura is an instructor at Pole Control school in Essex, UK. Laura started dancing at age 4, taking Ballet, Tap and Modern lessons at her local dance school on a Saturday morning.
Laura continued dancing throughout her childhood and teenage years. She has performed in numerous shows and competed in dance competitions at local and national levels. She was also nominated for scholarships by the BATD on numerous occasions during her teens. After completing her A levels, Laura chose a more academic route and went on to study English Literature and Spanish at the University of Roehampton, where she graduated with a First Class Honours. Even during her studies Laura continued dancing; she regularly attended various classes at the campus gym as well as joining the cheer leading squad and Pole Dancing society. In 2010 she took her first of 4 teaching exams and passed with the highest mark. Laura is always looking for the next challenge and will continue to study for lots more dance and fitness qualifications over the next decade.
Article by PDC Reporter Sophie Eminson.
University Pole Stars is an inter-university pole dancing competition held by Nottingham Trent University at The Forum nightclub in Nottingham. It has been running for two years now, and the event is well-attended and is continuing to grow in awareness in the pole community. The event was set up and run by two of Nottingham Trent's pole dancers, Shell Ashton and Molly Redmond, with lots of assistance from the other members in their society. Unfortunately for them, the event did not run as smoothly this year as it did last year due to the club not being able to move the DJ box from the stage. This meant some very last-minute rearranging, however once this kerfuffle was dealt with, everybody pretty much forgot it had ever happened.
Article written by AAP member Sophie Eminson
For my Pole Dance Community online grading, I had the option of achieving a grading between levels 1 and 6, with 1 being the most beginner moves, mostly dance-related moves and spins, and level 6 incorporating the most difficult moves, including Phoenix spin and Batwing. I chose level 4, as it was the level which included the most moves I felt comfortable with practising.
After choosing, I applied for the online grading pack which was sent to me by Pole Dance Community, which included a DVD version of the syllabus, my PDC passport, all the information on the grading and a grading sheet. I was informed that I could complete the grading with a PDC approved instructor, or video it and send it to the company online and they would mark it for me and let me know my results. I chose the latter option.
Crown of the Chrome is an inter-university pole fitness competition held by Derby University. This year was the first year in which the competition was run and, despite one minor issue, the entire day went wonderfully.
The committee for Derby University's Pole Society, the "Tree Frogs" set up the entire day, finding sponsors for the competition who contributed some excellent prizes. As well as this, they found some incredible judges for the competition; Emma Coffey, Andi Active Cherry, Sandrea Simmons, and Annelisa Muresu (pictured below right). Out of these judges, both Annelisa and Andi gave breath-taking performances which definitely inspired all pole dancers at the competition.
Welcome to the first ever South West University Pole Competition founded by University of West England Pole Society and jointly hosted with University of Bristol.
Venue - Ansons Rooms, University of Bristol Students' Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queen's Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN
Universities taking part are:
Zea Lann is the principal instructor at Polz Apart. Polz Apart offer pole and aerial classes along the South Coast including Bournemouth, Ferndown and Poole. Zea has been poling since 2007 and has extensive industry experience. Zea recevied her two references from fellow pole dancing instructors Charlotte Robertson and Miranda Goldring.
Charlotte said "Polz Apart is a lovely studio, with friendly, fully qualified instructors. I have been over to Zea's dance studio twice now for master class training sessions. Zea ran the workshops efficiently and professionally, providing safety mats as required and refreshments.
Event hosted by Warwick University.
The Inter-University Pole Dance Competition brings together student pole dancers from across the country, aiming to showcase the incredible standard of university pole talent in the UK. The IUPDC also hopes to educate members of the public and the student community on the true athleticism and artistry involved in pole dance.
It gives university pole societies the opportunity to compete against their peers through three soloist categories (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) and a Group category.
The competition is judged by a team of experienced professionals from the pole industry, who ensure the IUPDC maintains a fair, ethical and transparent judging system at all stages of the competition.
Sarah Peys joined the Pole Dance Community as a 3 star approved instructor having successfully completed PDC Approved Course VI Dance. We spoke to Sarah to find out more about her and her passion for pole.
I started pole dancing in 2010 at Vi-Dance and I loved it right from the beginning. Originally I wanted to do classic and latin dance but I never got a dance partner as promised by my old dancing school. By pure coincidence I came to Vi-Dance and never left a pole from there on. And the best part of it was that I didn´t need to search for a dancing partner anymore.
Pole dance has so many different facets and is very challenging for your body and your mind. But nothing is so much worth than the feeling that you faced for limits and overcome them. In 2014 I decided to become an instructor. I´m looking forward to sharing my experience with my students and to develop my skills. And most important I want to show how much fun sport can be.
It keeps you healthy and you get a good workout and it is very good for building self confidence and a positive body image.
I could not imagine to life without it and I hope pole dancing will become an accepted sport and be accepted as a form of art.