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

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 perfomed 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

PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Karen Currie receives The 2016 Grading Assessor Award.
Karen Currie Pole Dance Grading Assessor

Pole dancing instructor Karen Currie 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 Jane Cole.

Karen is the principal instuctor and founder of Princess K Fitness, South Coast, UK. We spoke to Karen to find out more about her contribution to the pole dancing industry, her amazing love of her pole dancing students and her thoughts on the pole dance grading process.

What do you recommend about the pole dance grading process?

PDC gradings are great for students because they provide a logical progression and recognition of achievement.   Pole may seem quite established to those of us who’ve been doing it for some time now but

Read more: Karen Currie Receives Grading Assessor Award 2016

Capital of Texas Aerial Championships Announces the 2016 PDC Approved Event CoTAC Pole and Aerial Competition

CoTAC Pole Aerial ChampionshipsAUSTIN, Texas ­ Capital of Texas Aerial Championship (CoTAC) is proud to announce the fourth annual Pole and Aerial Competition held on August 26th and 27th, 2016. The competition will feature world­ renowned pole and aerial artists performing in downtown Austin, TX at a new, larger venue, the Palmer Events Center.

Read more: Capital of Texas Aerial Championships

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.

Read more: PDC On-line Grading Assessor Alex Copley