Pole Dance Community Blog

 

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

PDC Registered 2 star Pole Dancing Instructor Patricia Knausz.


Patricia Knausz Studio11 pole fitness
Patricia joined the Pole Dance Community in November 2017. She commenced pole in 2015 and quickly fell in love with her art. We spoke to Patricia to find out more about her passion for pole and her aspirations for teaching at Studio 11 Pole Fitness in Bristol.


"I was in love with pole-dancing before I even started taking classes. Although when I started, just over two years ago, my initial goal was to become an exotic dancer, I realised it's not as easy as all those amazing girls make it look.


I have tried many different sports and taken various dance classes from breakdancing to bellydancing - I pretty much tried it all - but none of them seemed to  suit me quite like pole-dancing does. I am now at a stage where I can't imagine my life without classes, workshops and of course my pole family!

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The Gemma Dear Courage Award 2017.


Gemma Dear Pole Dancing Award
Each year the Gemma Dear Courage Award honours an individual or group who show extreme courage and determination within the pole dancing industry.

The individual or group is nominated by PDC members (aap dancers and instructors) who explain why they think the individual or group deserves the award.

The award can be given to any pole dancer, instructor or group of pole dancers who demonstrate the qualities required to win the The Gemma Dear Courage Award.


The Gemma Dear Courage Award recipient symbolizes professionalism, strength, courage and dedication.

 

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Mandy Williams Pole Dance Grading Assesor Award
PDC Grading Assessors Awards 2017

Lesley Jackson Pole Dance Grading Assesor 2017After an extremely busy year for both our online grading assessors, and our in house assessors, selecting our finalists for grading assessor of the year has been extremely hard. We finally reached our decision based on the number of aap memberships sold by each grader, the number of gradings conducted or submitted by each assessor and how proactive they were in promoting the aap membership to their students.

A massive congratulations to our overall grading assessor of the year award 2017 which goes to Mandy Williams from Tempest Dance in Durham, UK.

We would also like to congratulate our youth pole dance grading assessor of the year, Lesley Jackson from Pole Guns in Newcastle, UK. Lesley was just one grading behind Mandy in the overall awards.

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Meet our fabulous online pole dance grading assessors.



When you submit your online grading assessment it will be assessed by one of our fabulous grading assessors. We thought you might like to find out a bit more about each of the assessors and to see the wealth of pole experience they share. Your assessment is in good hands :)

PDC Pioneer Mary-Ellyn Weissmann:

Mary Ellyn Weissmann online grading assessorWith no prior dance experience of any type, Mary Ellyn Weissman started pole dancing in 2002 at the age of 42. She opened Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd in July of 2005 in the south suburbs of Chicago. She has trained at various locations internationally after starting our as primarily a self-taught pole dancer and has completed several pole dance teacher training programs and also holds several athletic and pole-based certifications.

In 2009 she hosted the first international pole camp, Dance Wicked For A Week, in Jamaica, which now is the venue for the Erotic Pole Dance World Championships and she has been hosting the North American Pole Dance Championships in Chicago since 2011.

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Pole Instructor Lisa Henderson acheives PDC Approved 4 star status.

 

Lisa Henderson Pole Dancing InstructorLisa Henderson is joint owner at Studio 11 Pole Fitness in Bristol, UK. Lisa is a passionate poler who been a great ambassador for the pole dance community as well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity via various pole showcases and events. Lisa commenced her pole instuctor journey in 2007.

PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Vania Vitillo gave the following reference to support Lisa's 4 star application - "Lisa is such a passionate, positive ambassador of pole dance and pole fitness.   In the time I have known her she embodies such a caring and supportive attitude always looking at helping her students achieve their fitness and pole goals and also being a superb role model in her way of helping students to be body positive about themselves through encouragement and inspiration.  Lisa is a consummate professional having owned her own businesses before she has a wealth of experience and has been part of the pole industry for fifteen years, twelve years teaching. On a personal note she really helped me regain my pole passion and after a long illness last year and beginning of this, was always there for me, offering her support and reassurance.

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Inspiring Pole Dancers - Angela Fowler.



Angela Fowler Inspiring Pole Dance
Welcome to the winner of our PDC inspiration competition 2017, Angela Fowler. We invited polers from across the globe to submit their pole stories and to share their passion for pole with us. Our winner was selected by our fabulous online grading assessors who loved Angela's story. Let's find out more about Angela and her pole journey.

My pole story started 3 years ago in 2014. Then in my early 40's I found myself divorced and a single mum. My ex husband had left me for another woman and I had no confidence. A friend convinced me to go to a pole dance studio, at first I was a bit...no I'm to old, no I'm not fit enough....but I went. From that first lesson I was hooked, it gave me confidence and fitness but most of all pole friends in all sizes and ages.

I am proud that I can say to people "I can hang myself upside down on a pole and look pretty and so can you!!" 

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Stages Pole Fitness Showcase & Awards Success 2017

Stage Pole Fitness Pole ShowcaseOn Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September, Stages Pole Fitness (SPF) opened its doors for its third annual showcase and awards evening.

Stages Pole Fitness was founded by PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Alex Copley in 2013 – on 23rd September – so this year’s annual event was also a celebration of the school’s exact four-year anniversary. SPF has seen some big changes this year, taking on four extra instructors: Claire, Emma, Ashleigh & Deniz – all of whom have been a huge help, co-teaching the ever-expanding classes and assisting Alex with SPF’s extra-curricular events, such as professional photoshoots, seasonal fancy dress fun sessions and socials.

Following 2016’s successful two-night show, SPF decided once again to run its showcase for two nights, and invited over 140 guests to watch.

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