Inspiring Pole Dancers - by PDC features writer Sophie Eminson.
Elena Gibson, who has been pole dancing for nearly twenty years now is a very inspiring woman. She began pole dancing every now and then in 1997, when she messed around on some poles in nightclubs where her and her friends went to watch pole dancers perform. She never imagined how big a part of her life it would become.
Claire Cotteril is the principal instructor at Body Image in Great Wyrely. Claire has danced since she was 2 years old, she has pole danced since 2006 and has taught pole and street dance since 2007.
"I am a professional and resourceful person and have over 18 years teaching experience, and 32 years’ experience in dance. I am qualified to a level 4 teaching status and I am a NVQ level 2 assessor, I have taught a broad spectrum of clients in many disciplines including people with mental and physical disability.
I have excellent organisational, planning and time management skills and have experience in managing a team of up to 13 staff. I have wrote two teacher training courses with skills active, one in pole fitness and the other in aerial silks, these will also be approved by REPS.
Andi Ariseanu is the principal instructor at Active Cherry in Eastbourne, UK. Andi ActiveCherry has been doing pole and aerial since 2007. She judged her first competition in 2011 and has since been lucky enough to be invited to judge many more, including being head judge at Miss Pole Dance UK Semi Pro's, Doubles and Amateurs, and on the judges table at IPAAT,(formerly known as EPDC) and the Intercontinental Championships.
In 2015 Andi won the Kent Pole Championships in the professional category.
Andi has a collection of weird and wonderful aerial equipment which she is happy to use for performances including her crescent moon, spiral, aerial pole and prism.
In her latest performance at Pole Con 2015, Annemarie Davies, founder of United Pole Artists surprised her audience by removing her top during her piece. Davies states that the initial reaction was surprise, then the audience continued watching her piece happily with no complaints. The audience had received a warning that there may be nudity during the show, and that if they would prefer not to see this, they should leave. Davies was completely within her rights to reveal her body to her audience.
On Sunday 27th June 2015, Lesley Jackson went along to pole dance at Highfield Fest in a small village in Northumberland Council. The event, which is for children and completely free ran all day from 11.00am – 16.30pm. The entertainment included dance groups, bands, an inflatable phone shaped bouncy castle, crazy golf and the bucking bronco. Lesley was there from 9.30am to set up her equipment and wait nervously for the crowds to arrive. Her equipment was of course 4 free standing R-Poles which she had brought along to the festival for the children to have a go on.
After the recent battle at Swansea University we are seeing many pole clubs and societies feeling neglected, discriminated against and underfunded by their respective student unions. If you have a story about your pole dancing experience at university please contact us. Here is the story of Huddersfield University Pole Dancing Academy told by their PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor SJ Marcussen:
Elizabeth Markham is the manager and principal instructor at Blush Dance Sheffield where she teaches students pole fitness and aerial hoop. Elizabeth has been teaching since I started my business in January 2013.
Elizabeth has an extensive background in dance and fitness having danced since the age of 3, but her love for pole and aerial fitness started in 2012 when she started pole and was given her own franchise from Bex Campey (Owner of Blush Dance). Since then Elizabeth has taught and prepared my students for various competitions, auditions and company showcases. Elizabeth says "This, as I'm sure many of you will agree, makes me very proud!"
Let's find out more about Elizabeth and her pole journey;
As part of our inspiring pole dancers series our features writer Sophie Eminson speaks to PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Sophie Rebel.
Sophie Rebel, at just 16 years old is currently the youngest Pole Dance Community approved instructor. Starting pole dancing at the young age of 12, Sophie never questioned why it was so exhausting and trained hard without complaint because she loved the sport. As a sporty person, Sophie had been involved with martial arts since she was 5 years old, and had started hip hop just a year earlier than pole dance and so she understood that training meant work, which is something many older pole dancers still do not fully realise.
Taught by her mother, Nadine as her first ever student, Sophie progressed quickly as she shared a special bond with her instructor. Nadine states that "99% of the time, she has been great - otherwise she would not be at the point of development she is now", and that the two have forged a stronger bond than ever before. Nadine has loved watching Sophie develop into a young woman, and Sophie feels that pole dancing makes her mother younger in her eyes, as she is "no longer being a typical mum". It appears as though pole dancing makes Nadine a happier, more humorous person, and that it has changed her as a mother in Sophie's eyes. "She is much cooler now, I think!"
As part of our Inspiring Pole Dancers section our features writer Sophie Eminson talks to an inspirational young lady who used Pole to overcome illness and disability.
How did you start pole dancing? Did a friend drag you along to a class, or did you go for a laugh, or was there just a pull towards it in your brain that you could not explain? Well, whatever it was, I'll bet it was quite different from Bree's story, which she has told Pole Dance Community, and we now want to share with the world.
Feature - PDC Approved 3 star Instructor Alex Copley - Stages Pole Fitness.
On Friday 22nd May, Stages Pole Fitness (SPF) opened its doors to friends and family for a one night only showcase. The showcase included 13 performances, made up of solos, doubles, a guest performance and a Superhero themed group piece! There was also an awards ceremony to highlight students for achievements such as: best attendance, most improved, most determined and best pole kisses!
"Pole is sometimes a misunderstood sport and so we really wanted to reach out to people and tell them about this fabulous community and the fitness aspect of the sport."
Zorena Roe is both an accomplished pole dance instructor and performer who has worked hard to achieve her 4 star position, she runs Southampton Aerial Arts School in Sholing, UK. Zorena received her references for her 4 star status from fellow PDC instructors Julie Burns (Southampton Aerial Arts School) and Angela Hawkes (Paradise Fitness).
Julie said "I have supported Zorena in all aspects of her career since she started poling with me in 2008. Zorena completed her language degree and came straight to work for me, My studio would not be a the success it is today without Zorena’s support. Zorena now runs Southampton Aerial Arts school and it is continuing to grow.