Plymouth are the second university* to receive approved sports club status. This means that all of their instructors are PDC Approved and they comply with the PDC code of conduct.
Often university pole societies and clubs do not have suitably qualified instructors and too often we see large numbers of students per pole.
The University of Plymouth Pole dancing Club (UPPDC) was originally formed as a society in 2006 before receving sports club status in 2007.
Jane Cole 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 Karen Currie.
Between these three awesome ladies they have graded several hundred pole dancers contributing towards the fact that last month (April 2016) we saw the 1000th graded pole dancer get assessed which is pretty impressive. Congratulations again to Jane and well done to all her awesome polers who have made the grade.
Find out more about our award wining grading assessor Jane Cole and her pole journey:
What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?
In 2010 the Pole Dance Community introudced the Advancement and Accreditation Programme (AAP) to help both pole dancers and pole dancing instructors to follow a clear pathway for development. Last month we recorded our 100th graded dancer.
April Krijger is a PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor who runs Pole FX in New Plymouth, New Zealand. We sent April a special award for being our 1000th graded pole dancer and we asked her a few questions about her pole journey and her grading experience.
What made you decide to do the PDC grading?
Congratulations to Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society who are our first official approved university pole society. To gain approval the university club/society must have all of its instructors registered with the PDC.
EPDS currently has 3 pole instructors who are all approved with 3 star status. The instructors are Abi Diack, Adelina Rakhimova and Maria Goncheva.
Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society was first established in 2010;
PROFESSIONAL - ETHICAL - ARTISTIC - ATHLETIC
The UK Professional Pole Championships is the first competition in the UK to give professional pole athletes and dancers the opportunity to compete against their peers through our three professional categories; Instructor, Professional, and Elite.
Elite 2015 winner Charlotte Holstead pictured left.
UKPPC aims to be a fair, ethical, professional, and transparent competition that recognises the athleticism and artistry of pole dance on a national stage.
The UK Professional Pole Championships (UKPPC) is the UK's biggest competition for professional pole athletes. The UKPPC was established by Varie Anderson of Hidden Talent International, and Kate Edwards of Spin City Aerial Fitness, with the aim of setting a new standard in UK pole competitions. The UKPPC continues to be run through Hidden Talent International.
Romina Hausbeck is the principal instructor at Die Polerei in Kiefersfelden, Germany. Read the beautiful story of how she discovered pole dance.
My Name is Romina Hausbeck, most people call me Romy, and I was born in 1989 in Munich, Germany.
Growing up in a very small village, I dreamed of becoming a ballerina - dancing all day and wearing wonderful costumes. Just like a typical girly. Glitter glitter *** and a big stage!
Article written by PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Leana Darbyshire.
Increasing your flexibility is down to more than simply stretching out your muscles through static stretches. Here are my top 5 suggestions for you to try:
So what makes someone a 4 star instructor with the Pole Dance Community and what does that accolade mean?
Pasted below is the text that we use on our PDC Approved 4 star instructor page but we also wanted to expand on the 4 star status, what it means and why many instructors deserve this recognition:
This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked in the PDC office.
As a pole dancing instructor you are responsible for providing the safest possible training environment for your students. You already carry insurance and write risk assessments in case of the event of accident or injury. Undertaking first aid training is simply another part of your due diligence and a minimum professional requirement.
All our PDC Approved and Registered Instructors must hold an up to date first aid training certificate and training must be updated every 2-3 years depending on which country they live in.
Here are some other frequently asked questions:
Article written by PDC features writer Sophie Eminson.
Vivien started her dance career with Gogo dancing eight years ago and all of a sudden, one day there was a pole in her way at an event she was performing for. She does not remember exactly when she started pole dancing exactly, but she was looking for a dance sport for which she could showcase her gymnastic ability without a partner, so pole was the perfect fit. She obtained her first instructor certification in 2009.
What is UK Pole Dance Day and how did it start?
• UK Pole Dance Day is a national, annual event held on 1 May that celebrates and promotes understanding of pole dance as a legitimate art form and form of exercise.
• UKPDD is a non-profit event and participation is open to all.
• Founded in 2009 by the Equity Pole Dancers’ Working Party.
• May Day was chosen as the date to encourage a better understanding of pole dance. Traditional maypole dances form part of the May Day celebrations and UKPDD builds on this great tradition.