Pole Dance Community Blog


Below, you can read our members articles and fitness pole dance news.

PDC Approved 3 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Mandy Williams.

Mandy Williams Pole Dance teacherPole changed my life. I first began pole dancing at home in 2013, learning a little from on-line instruction. I thought that my age (I’m now 45) and my ability (unfit and inflexible) meant that at home is where I would stay.

I had tried previous ways of getting fit such as buying a gym membership which just made me feel guilty for a whole year for not going until it expired and I could breathe a sigh of relief. I then tried running, couch to 5k seemed ideal for me but I never really made it off the couch.

"Joining PDC made me feel a part of a wider community of like-minded supportive people which gave me more confidence to pursue a career as a pole instructor."

Read more: Featured Instructor - Mandy Williams

PDC Approved 4 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Sandra Reichel.

Sandra Reichel Pole Dance GermanySandra is the principal instructor or Studio Aria Arte in Halle (Saale), Germany. In addition to teaching Sandra has a masive influence on the German pole dance scene through her publication Pole Art Magazine. Pole Art Magazine not only promotes pole dancing in Germany but it also explores the worldwide pole dancing scene and is a focal point for students and instructor alike. The magazine promotes workshops and competitons as well as featuring pole instructors.

Read more: Sandra Reichel Achieves 4 Star Status

Kirstie's battle with cystic fibrosis and her passion for pole.

Kirstie Tancock Pole Dancing PortraitMy name is Kirstie Tancock I'm 26 and I have lived with cystic fibrosis every day of my life.... Living with Cf has meant that I have had to have two double lung transplants, faced chronic rejection of my first transplant and now I'm battling chronic rejection of my second transplant. I currently fighting to stabilise although treatment options seem to have run out. There is no third transplant when these lungs fail but I continue to fight for my life and continue to dance and teach pole.

Can you explain a little bit about cystic fibrosis and how it affects you?

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition it affects all the main organs especially the lungs. For me I needed a double lung transplant at 21 after years of chest infections ruining my lungs. Unfortunately a transplant isn't a cure and I went in to chronic rejection less then 2 years post my first transplant. I was lucky enough to receive rare 2nd transplant. I'm one of only 6 people in the uk to have received a second transplant.

Read more: Pole Instructor Kirstie Battles Cystic Fibrosis

How to put a pole dance routine together.

Emily Smith pole dancing routine

This article has been written by PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Emily Smith. Emily is the principal instructor at Emily's Pole Fitness in Swindon, UK. Emily has extensive competition and showcase experience. Check out Emily's impressive list of performances:

International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2016 - Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2016 - Advanced Aerial Hoop Finalist
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2015 – Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2015 – Expert Pole Finalist - Expert Pole Most Spins Award - Expert Pole Best Costume Award
UK Professional Pole Championships 2014 – Professional Competitor (online heat)
Pole Theatre UK 2014 – Professional Competitor (online heat)
Polenastics Online UK Aerial Championships 2014 – Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
UK Professional Pole Championships 2013 – Professional Finalist

Read more: Creating a Pole Dance Routine

Pole Dance Community AAP Gradings - FAQ's

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Do I need to submit a list of my 10 moves for my grading?

Yes, assessors can't always guess which move you are trying to do so either e-mail your list of 10 moves when you submit your grading, write them down for your instructor or overlay some text to your grading video to make it clear which moves you are executing.

Can I submit my grading on a sleeved/Chinese Pole?

No, we do ask that all PDC gradings are performed on a metal pole as the sleeved poles give too much grip advantage.

Can I submit my grading on a spinning pole or must I use static?

If you are doing any spins in your isolated moves section of the grading then these must be performed on a static pole so an assessor can judge your ability to create momentum. If you are just executing tricks then these can be performed on a spinning pole. For your routine you can choose either static or spinning functions for your pole.

Read more: PDC Pole Dancing Gradings FAQ's

PDC Approved 4 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Holly Munson.

Holly Munson Approved Pole Dancing InstructorHolly Munson is the principal instructor at Firefly Poles in Norwich, UK. Holly received her 2 references for her 4 star instructor application from PDC Approved Instructors Jane Cole (Pole Perfect Fitness) and Robyn Edwards (Unique Fitness).

Jane said "I wish to highly recommend Holly Munson of FireFly Poles to be a 4* PDC Instructor. I have met Holly a few times at Masterclasses hosted at my studios, Industry Conferences and more recently an Image Cella photoshoot again at my studios; where I have been impressed by her skills, attitude and work ethic. A truly lovely person inside and out Holly is an inspirational asset to the Pole Community. Committed to making the industry a safer and more educated environment I love her short videos and striving for better mindset."

Read more: Holly Munson Achieves 4 Star Status

PDC Pioneer Mary-Ellyn Weissman receives the 2016 Grading Assessor Award.

Mary Ellyn Weissman Pole Dance Grading AssessorPole dancing instructor Mary-Ellyn Weissman 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 Karen Currie and Jane Cole.

Mary-Ellyn Weissman is the principal instructor and founder of Chicago Pole Dance based in Illinois, Chicago. Mary-Ellyn has been the main online grading assessor for the Pole Dance Community since we introduced the new syllabus in 2009 and the accompanying AAP Pole Dancers membership system.

Read more: Mary-Ellyn Weissman Receives 2016 Grading Assessor Award