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.
The World Pole Sports Championships was created by the International Pole Sports Federation in 2012. The IPSF was the brainchild of PDC Pioneer KT Coates.
Held every July in London, the weekend’s events sees over 150 competitors from 30 different countries competing against each other in the following categories:
- Masters (40+ and 50+)
- Youth (10-14 and 15-17)
- ParaPole (NEW Category for 2015)
IPSF judging rules, regulations and scoring have been careful created within the IPSF technical committee to promote a fair and transparent judging.
if you are an athlete and you would like to enter simply visit the WPSC15 website to see if you can qualify.
The IPSF is a not for profit organisation for educational purposes designed to foster the development of the sport of Pole Sports throughout the World. The IPSF offers institutes and individuals who desire to join in membership for the advancement of pole sports, an opportunity to participate and contribute to that growth. These purposes are fulfilled through the following aims and objectives.
To perpetuate, improve, and extend the sport of pole sports throughout the world.
To stimulate the interest of people in healthy sport participation through pole sports.
To supervise and administer a continuing pole sports programme for the purpose of stimulating interest and developing athletes through careful preparation and planning, utilising existing facilities, resources, and coaching.
To unify and coordinate, the efforts of all agencies interested in promoting pole sports, and permit all interested parties to have a voice in the development of the sport in the entire world.
To create and maintain research projects that will benefit all parties interested in pole sports.
Set in place a format that will be accepted by international governing sporting bodies such as The Olympic Committee which will be recognised as being a high level of excellence for
To encourage each country to contribute to and adopt our criteria and have a national federation offering the same high level of support to their own pole sports athletes, judges and supporters with our sponsorship.
To give prompt attention and consideration to valid suggestions on how to improve the conduct of administration in pole sports throughout the world.
To maintain records and disseminate information pertaining to all phases of pole sports.
To train and certify competent pole sports officials.
To raise money and finance improvement in the sport of pole sports.
To operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
To follow and actively support the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its principles and goals.
What we do:
The IPSF is working towards the improvement of safety standards, rules and regulations, competition criteria and judging within the pole sports industry. Working with leading pole sports members around the world; the main priority is to develop and implement the rules and regulations of the sport including everything from anti-doping, health, safety and welfare to training and education for coaches and officials.
We believe in order to reach high standards we must set the bar high. We are aiming to have pole sports recognised as a sport nationally and internationally around the world so we can have our athletes compete in high calibre sporting environments.
We also offer an accreditation programme to national federations and organisations who hold championships within their own countries. This will give them the right to show they are an organisation of sporting excellence and their winning athletes will automatically be eligible to enter the WPSC.
The IPSF is committed to improving and developing the sport from grassroots right through to podium and we are proud to run a competition structure that meets the needs of athletes who wish to have their sport taken seriously.
By having a balanced number of leading members of the pole industry on the steering committee, the IPSF can grow to become the leading authority on pole sports around the world.
By introducing our youth division we will be nurturing and preparing athletes of all ages for the world stage by investing continually in promoting our main overall goals. We will need to ensure we have excellent coaches and officials and are able to offer expertise that is the best.