Jolene and Lisa from Purity have been rounding up some fantastic pole dancers to perform at the Purity Showcase in Twickenham on Saturday 31st October. Full list of performers to follow.
picture of Jolene from Purity pole courtesy of Jason Parlour photography.
There will be performances from the Purity Teachers, and Amateur and Professional pole friends of Purity. The optional theme is Halloween for both the performers and spectators. So feel free to be spooky! Tickets are only available in advance, none will be available on the door. If you add your name to the list you will be notified when tickets are available.
Standing = £9 / Seated = £12
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham, United Kingdom
Jolene & Lisa x x
For those of you who don’t know who Felix is, here’s a little bit of history about this AMAZING woman, taken from her website.
Titles Felix has won:
1. Miss Pole Dance World 2009
2. Best Female Stripper 2008 – Australian Adult Industry Awards
3. Miss Pole Dance Australia 2008
4. Miss Nude Australia National Final 2008 – Pole Dance Champion
5. Miss Nude Australia WA Final 2008 – Entertainer of the Year & Hottest Body
6. STAR Awards – Best Female Performer 2007
7. Miss Hustler Centrefold Oceania 2007 – 1st Place
8. Miss Pole Dance Australia 2006
Before discovering her passion for pole dancing, Felix was schooled extensively as a dancer firstly in Perth, from the age of 11 until the age of 15, when she moved to London where she continued to study many forms of dance, but predominantly contemporary and classical. Felix has experience performing with professional contemporary and classical dance companies, working in many different venues including theatres in and around London. Whilst in London she also worked in television and film.
In January 2006, Felix started pole dancing lessons in Perth, WA. In September of that year she won the WA heat of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2006, later that year, she then went on to compete in the National Championships competition in Sydney. After pole dancing for only 8 months, Felix Cane won the title of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2006. The rules of Miss Pole Dance Australia state that the winner of the competition cannot enter the following year, so in 2007 Felix was selected as one of the judges to adjudicate the Miss Pole Dance Australia 2007 competition. During that time, she trained very hard in preparation for the 2008 competition when she would again be allowed to compete. All her training, blood, sweat and tears paid off as Felix again claimed the title of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2008.
Earlier this year (2009), Felix went on to win the EPIC title of Miss Pole Dance World, which was held in Jamaica. Her competitors Jenyne Butterfly of USA was awarded second place, and Britain’s Alesia Vazmitzel claimed third place.
Felix is currently residing in Las Vegas where she performs with the world famous Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity show, as well as working exclusively for the performance agency Perth Stripper in Australia. Recently, Felix has toured the UK, offering pole dance Master Classes to a very lucky select few, and would you know it – Candy & Chrome are among these privilaged few! Felix very kindly took some time out to allow me (Tiny) to ask her some questions about herself, pole, and those IMPOSSIBLE moves she does!
Tiny: Hi Felix, as you know I love your dancing and you’re a big influence on all of my students and so we have put together some questions that we would like to ask you, most of which are pretty straight forward but we would like to ask one naughty question first. It’s rude to ask, but we are dying to know……..How old is Felix?
Felix: Felix is 24 (the girls shreik with disbelief). People think I’m younger though, some guess my age at even 17 or something!
Tiny: Great! I feel like such a hag! Oh well, at least that’s the naughty question done with! So, we read on your website that you have done some work in the media and we wanted to know what T.V and Film work have your done?
Felix: Oh it’s very boring stuff from a very long time ago, I’m mostly in the background – I don’t think you ever see my face, I’m just doing backing dancing or something so nothing very exciting at all. (Deb chips in and says that we wanted her to say she’s been in Neighbour’s or something!)
Tiny: So what made you want to learn pole dance and how did you start out?
Felix: Well I have been dancing since I was 4 and always loved dance, but I stopped all that when I was about 18 as I really didn’t enjoy working as a dancer. So I got a bit lost and went to Uni and was all ‘what am I doing with my life?’ So then in 2001 my Mum came to visit me in Australia and SHE tried a pole dancing class with my sister, and they came back raving about how much fun it was and how I would love it!
I thought – Ohmygod, I can’t believe my Mum is officially upstaging me! So I literally tried it to compete with my Mum because she just cannot be COOLER than me! Or more open minded. I just fell in love with it after that, I went on just a beginner’s course and I wanted to be there all of the time, I started at Bobbi’s Pole Studio too and I just fell in love with the whole thing!
Tiny:Wow, ok and then after that you won your first title after only such a short time from when you first started to learn poel dance. How often were you training on the pole before the 2006 competition?
Felix: Well, after I went on that beginner’s class I then went to every single class that I could, like 5 times a week so at the beginning with practises too – maybe 6 or 7 times a week, then before the competition I trained about an hour a day just on my routine, but then I was teaching for 2 hours after that too.
Tiny: So you were teaching classes at that point?
Felix: Yes, I started teaching classes 2 months after I had started to learn (girls gasp and go ‘meeeep’), Yeah, but I was pretty good!
Tiny: And so what was your training regime like for the 2008 competition?
Felix: Same sort of thing again really, an hour a day training for myself, then 2 hours teaching so it was a lot, I trained very hard leading up to the competition BUT then 3 weeks before the competition it would slowly taper down, then 3 days before the competition I trained very lightly, the day before the comp I won’t touch the pole because if you train for at least 2 months before a competition your boday and your brain will know what to do when you’re on there, but if you tire it out, it won’t work out so well.
Tiny:Cool, that’s really handy to know! So studying dance and perfoming arts, what would you say makes a winning performance?
Felix: I think preparation, creativity, athletisism, good execution of moves and a performance that’s enjoyable to watch – you gotta see someone really enjoying themselves and performing from the heart.
Tiny: As soon as you are on the pole, you are instantly recognisable, this is unique to you but do you have any tips you can share with us to help us improve the quality of our pole work overall?
Felix: I would say always train with a mirror, video record yourself – that’s probably the best way to understand how your body works and how it looks.
Tiny: So who is YOUR pole inspiration?
Felix: I like watching a lot of power moves that people do like Pantera does, coz I don’t really do that stuff, I’m more about flexibility and fluidity that’s more me, so to see people do things that I can’t do or don’t do – that’s what I like to watch. But also everyone I meet inspires me, like a beginner could walk into class and do just a little thing with their head that inspires me, it’s not one particular person it’s everybody.
Tiny: So let’s talk about your moves, there’s one that you do called the Stag I think (that’s what we call it)…
Felix: Ah I call it the Eagle coz it’s kinda like I’m flying!
Tiny: That one! well I just wondered, are you the first person to perform that move on the pole? I have seen it in ice skating and such but I can’t remember anyone doing it on the pole before you that I’ve seen.
Felix: I’ve learnt it as the fish hook, but you didn’t catch the back leg and take it above your head, I kind of push it to the extremes of flexibility, so I think it has been done but I have just jacked my leg up even higher. (Debs says ‘I’ve seen it on the pole, but it’s not the same as how you do it’).
Tiny:So what about the Spatchcock (see picture below) – it THAT yours? Did you invent that one would you say?
Felix: I’ve never seen anybody do it before, I don’t KNOW if I’m the first person to do it, but I’ve not seen anyone do it before.
Tiny: I think probably not! I’d love to see both of those today before I go, this is what I’m dying to see in the flesh!
Felix:I can’t do the Spatchcock today coz I’ve injured my back a bit but I can definitely do the Stag for you.
Tiny:YAY! Ok, can you maybe also show us some leg stretching exercises for splits training today too because my hamstrings are really tight which limits my splits, but I’m too lazy to commit to internet stretches – if it comes from Felix’s gob I will follow it! That’s good enough for me!
Felix then proceeds to demonstrate some exercises for us to work on, please read the ‘Splits Training – Felix Style!’ article, found in the ‘Pole Bible’ section of the website.
Tiny: Are you now working on any new Felix only impossible moves?
Felix:YES! And it’s so frustrating! It’s funny when you are making up new stuff, the Spatchcock took me 3 years to get right! Getting a new move is so hard, you just grunt and cry, and have outbursts of ‘Shit, Fuck, shit shit fuck’! And you can quote me on that! See if you can get a double shit in there! (Just about EVERYONE giggles).
Tiny: Do you teach pole outside of these master classes? I mean, do you think you will have a school of your own one day?
Felix:Probably not in Las Vegas I think, I am enjoying what I’m doing right now but I won’t do it permenantly, but I do wanna start a school one day, but probably not in the next 5 years.
Tiny: Yeah – right now you’re running away with the circus?!
Felix: Right?! Did you see the video on the Tonight Show?
Tiny:YES! I was DEVVO’D when they took it off Youtube (because of the copywright)!!! Now…..what do you think the future holds for Felix?
Felix:Ooooohhh…..erm….Diamonds! Diamonds and a puppy! (Nudge to Chris!! wiiink…..nuuuudge).
Tiny: What dog do you want?
Felix: One of the Chinese bald ones! (giggles)
Deb: Oh Jamie from Defy Gravity, has those!
Tiny: Really? I always imagined her having big fluffy dogs!
Deb: Oh I have one of them! Dylan!
Felix: I dunno, probably I will be performing a lot over the next 5 or 6 years, then when my body falls apart a bit I’ll open my own studio then, hopefully something like this place (Iosis) it’s beautiful! Liverpool is great too, maybe Felix will move to Liverpool!
Tiny: What do you think will happen with pole dance in general in the future?
Felix: I hope that it will become more widely accepted, I don’t think pole dancing in all the gyms will benefit dancer’s like myself who do it at a professional level, so although I would like it to become more widely accepted, at the same time I hope it doesn’t water down the art.
I think it would be good though for people to start to recognise that there are different levels of pole dance, some consider it sport, some for fitness, some for professional level, pole has a really huge umbrella which covers so many different styles and interests so I hope people become more educated to that, but also THROUGH that I hope it doesn’t get too standardised and turn into something that I don’t like anymore.
Tiny: You’re not on your own there. Well, my last question is will there be a Felix DVD?
Felix: YES! It’s coming!
Tiny: When, how much is it? Where can I buy it? I must have it now!
Felix: I’ll let you all know, I promise, but it’s coming…
Tiny:That’ll do me!
Felix with Candy & Chrome girls; Zoe, Felix, Tiny & Fariba.
For more information about Felix, please visit her site and whilst you’re at it sign up to her regular updates!
Special thanks to Pole Passion for organising the Felix tour. For more information about Pole Passion’s ‘Miss Pole Dance’ competitions, please visit their website.
This article was written by Candy & Chrome for Candy & Chrome’s own use. Unless otherwise agreed, it is therefore NOT permitted for anyone to use this article, or material from this article to make a reproduction. Thanks to Tiny for allowing the pole dance community to share this article.
If you haven't heard of Pantera Blacksmith then where have you been? Pantera shot to pole dancing fame when she released her first instructional pole dancing DVD - PoleTricks 101 (see picture below). I first saw the DVD in 2004 when I had just been introduced to an x-pole and I marveled at the moves demonstrated. Pantera is a regular on the competition and exhibition circuit. Click here for an archive video of Pantera pole dancing in 2005, click here for footage from 2007 or click here for 2009 footage.
Pantera recently won best tricks at the Miss Pole Dance World 2009 Competition in Jamaica and is rumoured to be releasing another instructional pole dancing DVD very soon.....I sincerley hope the rumours are true!
Picture below of Pantera exhibiting at the Miss Pole Dance UK 2008 competition - (move being performed is the Crescent. Pantera is renowned for her originality on the pole and for her extreme strength and flexibility.
Pantera was hoping to visit the UK this year for a tour but unfortunatley we will now have to wait until 2010!
PDC Approval (4 star) is achieved by providing a suitable pole dancing CV to the PDC. In addition, the applicant must provide two references from PDC Approved Instructors and must hold an AAP membership.
As a minimum, PDC Approved (4 star) Instructors should exemplify excellence in teaching quality and have extensive pole fitness industry experience. They must be able to display a pro-active community involvement. This may include, but is not restricted to; running competitions, organising master classes, training champions, providing teacher training courses, having local and preferably national media recognition.
In these ways, a PDC Approved (4 star) Instructor is recognised for making a positive contribution to the pole fitness industry.
Alice Milner is the proprietor and principal instructor at Pole Dancing Bath. Alice is an accomplished fitness professional, pole dance teacher and pole dance performer.
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Alina Schmidt-Buttke is a PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor who teaches at Crazy Pole in Bautzen Germany. Alina is an accomplished pole dance performer and teacher with significant industry experience.
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Ally Franklin is the proprietor and principal instructor of Polelatis in Bridport, Devon, UK. Ally received references for her 4 star status from fellow PDC Approved Instructors Karen Currie from Princess K and Jenni Gooch from South Pole AKademy.
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Amy Butterworth owns and teaches at Candy & Chrome pole dancing school in Chester. Amy started her pole career in early 2006 and has been addicted ever since. Amy is also a pole dance journalist and has received several business awards for her successful pole dance school.
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Andi Ariseanu is the principal instructor at Active Cherry Pole Dance Fitness. Andi is an accomplished pole dancer performer. teacher and judge. In addition to pole Andi is known for her other aerial arts including her spiral and prism work.
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Angel F is one of our Approved Teacher Trainers, she runs Discoveries Dance in Maryland, USA. Angel is a respected pole dancing instructor and she is active at promoting pole dancing in a positive light and removing the negative stereotypes that surround modern pole dance.
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Cindy Cooijmans is a well known pole dancing instructor and pole dance judge. Cindy is the creator of the Pole Move Box and is a member of the Pole Dance Community Syllabus Steering group. Cindy teaches in the Netherlands but has trained across the globe.
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Emily Smith is the Principal Instructor and Proprietor of Emily's Pole Fitness. Emily is an accomplished pole dancing instructor and performer. Emily Smith has an impressive pole dancing CV detailing her ongoing professional development and her commitment to both her students and the wider pole dancing world..
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Emma Nicholson is the proprietor and principal instructor at Studio Boutique in Hull. Emma has extensive industry experience including performing, judging and teaching. Emma's extensive pole CV shows both her professionalism and dedication to the pole dancing industry.
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Holly Gibbons is the principal instructor and proprietor of Pole Performance. Holly has pole dancing since 2004 and is an avid promoter of pole fitness.
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Holly Munson is the principal instructor at Firefly poles in Norwich, UK. Holly has extensive pole industry experience as well as a impressive fitness CV.
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Jamie Alexah-Taylor is the principal instructor and proprietor at Defy Gravity in Wales. Jamie is an accomplished teacher and pole dance performer. Jamie was the All Wales Pole Champion 2011 and she was a finalist in the elite section of the UK Professional Pole Championships 2011.
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Jane Cole is the owner and principal instructor at Pole Perfect Fitness in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Jane has been an avid promoter of pole and has had numerous occasions of media coverage.
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Jolene Whiting is the principal Instructor and proprietor of Purity Pole. Jolene has been pole dancing since 2003 and is well known within the industry as a teacher, performer and judge. Jolene received her 2 references from fellow 4 star instructors Kate Johnstone from Spin City and Sam Remmer from The Art of Dance.
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Justine McLucas is the founder of Ecole De Pole. Justine is also a PDC Approved course provider. Justine has extensive pole industry experience both in performing and competing.
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Kara Bulpitt is the principal instructor and proprietor of Opal Pole Dance in Wigan, UK. Kara is an authentic pole dancer with considerable industry experience. Kara is also the orgnaiser of the Authentic Pole Dance Competition.
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Karrie Hammersley is the principal instructor at is the principal instructor and owner of Karrie's Pole Fit in Ripley Matlock and Belper, UK. Karrie is also the orgnaiser of the Kick Ass Curves Pole Competition.
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Kate Edwards nee Johnstone is the principal instructor and owner of Spin City Pole Fitness studios and she is also the original teacher of Bendy Kate. Kate is an active member of both the Pole Dance Community and the Equity Pole Dancers working party. Kate is an accomplished pole dancing performer, choreographer and judge.
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Ley Jackson teaches at Pole Guns in Newcastle, UK. Ley has also been part of a Guiness World Record in Pole dancing as well as organising the first ever UK instructors networking event.
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Lisa Henderson is the joint owner of Studio 11 Pole Fitness in Bristol, UK. Lisa has raised tens of thousnads of pounds for charity via her poe dancing events.
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Lucille Marshall started dancing at the age of 3. Lucille is the principal instructor at Body Synergy in Birminghom UK.
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Maxine Devis is the principal instructor and proprietor of Pole Fitness Windsor. Maxine is an accomplished dancer who specialises in choreography. Maxine has extensive pole dance teaching and performance experience as well as great sports and fitness knowledge and qualifications.
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Nadine Rebel teaches at CrazySports Augsburg in Germany. She is also a master trainer for PDC Approved Course CrazySports. Nadine has extensive industry experience and a passion for pole.
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Nathalie Barron, owner and principal instructor of London's Pole School, achieves PDC Approved 4 star status. Nathalie has an impressive dance and pole dancing CV and has been dancing since she the age of 4 years old.
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Penny Howarth teaches at pole dance school BodyBarre in Manchester and she is also part of the pole dance troupe the BodyBarre bombshells. Penny has been dancing all her life and is an accomplished pole dance teacher and performer.
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Robyn Rooke has been pole dancing since 2005. Her flair for pole dancing and instruction was recognised, and she was invited to complete the teacher-training course by her instructors at PoleCats. Robyn developed a love of performing after entering her first pole dancing competition in 2006. Robyn is the founder of 360° Pole Dancing in Bristol where she teaches pole dancing and tricks to beginners right up to super advanced level.
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Sam Remmer started pole dancing in 2001 before setting up her pole dancing school in Plymouth in 2004.Sam is now a judge many competitions both national and international.
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Sandra Schlichting is the principal instructor at Studio Aria Arte she is also the editor of Pole Art Magazine.
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Sarah Brown is the founder of The Pole Studio, international pole judge and President of The PoleSafe Federation. Sarah is also a PDC Approved Course provider offering pole dance instructor training. Sarah is an accomplished instructor who is well respected within the pole dancing industry.
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Stefania Roberto is the principal instructor at Polercise Tenerife. Stefania has extensive industry experience and contribution including being the author of "So, I hear you're a pole dancer".
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Tracy Hancock started life as a pole dancing instructor in 2007. In 2008 Tracy decided to undertake some continuing professional development so she successfully completed an Exercise to Music (ETM) course to further her fitness knowledge. After completing her ETM Tracy felt ready to set up her own pole dancing school and Pagan's Pole was born. Tracy is also the promoter of PDC approved All Wales Pole Championships.
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Tracey Simmonds is one of the master trainers for PDC Approved course, The Pole Studio Training. Tracey is also an accomplished performer with many titles to her name.
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Vivien Feld is the principal instructor at Tanzstudio VI-Dance. Vivien is also a qualified international judge with significant pole industry experience.
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All PDC Approved (3 star) Instructors have provided the PDC with copies of their industry recognised qualifications, professional indemnity and public liability insurance as well as an up to date first aid certificate.
All PDC approved instructors have agreed to abide by the PDC code of conduct.
How many of you work hard to learn new pole dancing moves but then fail to get the recognition you deserve? Do friends and family respect your chosen dance/fitness genre or do they chuckle and make snide comments? How many people know about your pole dancing instructor and how much they have taught you?
To be taken seriously in any sport you want recognition for your hard work and the PDC Pole Dance Gradings are the perfect way to chart your pole dancing progression, create new goals and promote pole dancing to your friends and family.
PDC Pole Dance Gradings not only recognise your hard work but they also help to acknowledge the efforts of your instructor
Gradings are also perfect for those of you who can't find a pole dance school near you and who learn in the comfort of your own home spending hours watching Youtube and checking out the pole dancing pictures of those you admire. You can shine just the same.
Submitting a grading is easy just follow these simple steps:
Your £20 annual AAP membership allows you to partake in gradings and gives you one free on-line grading. AAP members also receive special members discounts. Succesfullly graded dancers may order an official certificate of achievement and receive stars in their web profile
Plan your grading. Decide which level of the PDC Syllabus is the most appropriate for you. Don't rush to achieve higher gradings, work through the lower levels and learn safely at your own pace. If you train with a PDC Approved instructor then they can help you with this process. If you train at home on your own then take a look at the grading sheets used by PDC grading assessors to mark the gradings. Pick your 10 chosen moves from your preferred level.
Please make sure you have read the following documents carefully. Before submitting your grading so you can ensure the best chance of grading succcess.
PDC Grading Sheet.
PDC Grading FAQ's.
PDC Grading Preparation Sheet.
Submit your grading. There are four parts to your grading:
1. You need to demonstrate a warm up that is suitable for your moves and level.
2. Execute your 10 moves in isolation.
3. Demonstrate the same 10 moves contained within a routine.
4. Finally you need to demonstrate a cool down element that reflects the moves you have performed in your grading.
There are several ways to submit your on-line grading:
1. Youtube - Upload your videos to youtube and then send us the link for each video. You can set your videos as unlisted so that we can view them but no one else can see them unless you send them the links.
2. File Sharing Program - Using a program such as dropbox you can send us a shareable link. When you look at your shareable folder there will be an option to create a shareable link, copy the shareable link then send it to us so we can pass it to one of our grading assessors. Please don't just make the folder viewable to the PDC e-mail address as we are then unable to forward it to a grading assessor.
So what else do you need to to know?
Pole Dance Grading Costs.
To submit your grading you will need an up to date AAP membership. Each membership includes one free online grading. Subsequent on-line gradings cost £15 each.
Ask your PDC Approved Instructor what they charge to grade you in-house.
Certificates can be bought after your successful gradings at a cost of £5 plus postage (some PDC Approved instructors include this in the price of your grading).
Your exam will be marked out of 130 and you need to score a minimum of 60 points to pass. If you reach 90 points you earn a merit pass and 115 points will earn you a distinction.
To see some examples of video gradings just pop into Youtube and search for PDC pole dance grading.
So how do you rate and do you think you could make the grade?
The dancer membership includes 1 free online grading as well as the following amazing concessions: