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.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global event celebrating the achievements of women around the world.
This year the campaign focuses on the issues of inequality women still face every day.
Article created by Sophie Eminson.
My name is Kelly James, I am the Mother of Amelia James (Mimi) and here is her story;
I started working for a lady Called Ruth Mills in 2011, Ruth had taken on a huge venture and opened ‘Ruth Mills Therapies’ in Brimpton. Ruth had renovated and opened a hair and beauty salon, dance studio and therapy center all under one roof – I joined as her hairdresser and took over working in the salon for her.
Mimi (who was 6 at the time) had been dancing since she was 2 years old, from the minute she could walk she was dancing!
We welcome Ciro Esposito from Pole Dance Campania to the PDC and we share his story about his passion for pole dance.
I would like to share and show my appreciation on how pole fitness has saved my life. I have been a part of the fitness industry for over 10 years and am in love and overly satisfied with the discipline. But, all of a sudden, it started to become a great burden on me, because I saw people not interested, lazy;
Official 18th January 2016
New PDC Syllabus
2016 sees an updated and improved syllabus with new moves added and some old moves removed or changed in level. The syllabus has been mostly re-filmed and displays in higher resolution.
The new PDC syllabus 'Core Moves' is now the official reference point for all PDC Gradings and competitions.
Please make sure when you submit a grading that you reference the new 'Core Moves' syllabus and not the older versions.
As always, you can view the PDC Syllabus for free online or buy the book, interactive DVD-ROM or PDF (eBook) file.
New for 2016, the Core Moves PDF (eBook) file is now printable click here!
For the second consecutive year, Warwick Pole Dancing Society is proud to host the UKs biggest University pole dancing competition. With 20 Universities and as many as 180 competitors taking part, the event showcases some of the best new talent in the pole fitness community.
This year, expect stunning guest performances from professional pole artists and UK champions Jess Leanne Norris, Sam King and Doubles champions, Yvette Dusol & Jade Tinkler.
Welcome to our latest 4 star approved pole instructor Emma Nicholson. Emma is the principal instructor at Studio Boutique in Hull, UK. Emma received three references towards her 4 star application from fellow 4 star instructors Stacey Snedden, Jamie Taylor and Lucy Webster.
Stacey Snedden said "Emma is a fantastic teacher, she is XPERT certified in Level 1 to 4 and has also under gone the XPERT train the trainer.
Emma has a great knowledge of Pole and embraces all aspects of Pole Fitness and Dance.
I have worked with Emma a few time one more recently when she Judged the first Dance Filthy.
Emma was very professional and you could see from the audience that Emma has a great following. Her studio is gorgeous and she definitely deserves to be a Level 4 PDC instructor. "
Jamie Taylor said "Emma is 100% dedicated to her studio, her own pole development and to her ongoing teacher training. Having passed the Xpert teacher training, and also having regular stretch sessions and workshops with other professionals to add to her teaching skill and repertoire .
Her studio is well maintained and her students are always positive and happy. The Studio Boutique community is a healthy culture to be a part of."