Pole Dance Community Blog
PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Jessica Knapper.
Self-proclaimed “lazy girl”, I used to hate sports. I never participated in school fitness activities, didn’t enjoy hockey, netball or swimming, and had tried to attempt gym memberships which just ended in self-disappointment and a waste of money. Suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, I found it hard to get myself into gym gear, and most times out the door, so if you had told me seven years ago that I would be teaching a room full of girls, in essentially my underwear with a big smile on my face, I would not have believed you!
Youth Pole Dance Grading Success at Pole Guns, Newcastle, UK.
PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Lesley Jackson held the UK's first ever youth grading at her studio in Newcastle. The day saw Daisy who has just turned 8 years old, Nidun who is 11, Tyler who is 9, Jess who is 9 and Tyla Faye who is also 9 all complete successful gradings at Level 1 of the Pole Dance Community Core Moves Syllabus.
Lesley Jackson tells us more about the youth grading success and what the gradings mean to her students:
Curvies Pole Dancing Lessons at Pole Krazee, Trowbridge, UK.
When some people think of pole dancing they conjure up a specific body image but PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Gina Mellor wanted to offer classes to a wider audience. Gina started her 'curvies classes' for women of size 16+.
We spoke to Gina to find out what made her set up the classes and what her members gain from the curvy class.
"In every single group lesson held at Pole Krazee there'll be at least one curvy, (for a curvy lesson you have to be size 16+) I don't give the options to help create a body issue problem I give it because I believe it's more a mental factor, after all pole is also about building confidence up as well as strength and technique. If your/our mind is weak it can take its toll on our bodies. As a pole school owner or instructor that advertises for lessons open to anyone you'll know that you'll never be sure of who will walk through those doors based on age, size, race, height so many factors. The only thing you do know is you for that one hour all have one thing in common, pole.
"Having that class as an option for those who feel self conscious with their figure is just brilliant, at least until they realise that up the pole it doesn't matter"
PDC Approved 3 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Mandy Williams.
Pole changed my life. I first began pole dancing at home in 2013, learning a little from on-line instruction. I thought that my age (I’m now 45) and my ability (unfit and inflexible) meant that at home is where I would stay.
I had tried previous ways of getting fit such as buying a gym membership which just made me feel guilty for a whole year for not going until it expired and I could breathe a sigh of relief. I then tried running, couch to 5k seemed ideal for me but I never really made it off the couch.
"Joining PDC made me feel a part of a wider community of like-minded supportive people which gave me more confidence to pursue a career as a pole instructor."
PDC Approved 4 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Sandra Schlichting.
Sandra is the principal instructor or Studio Aria Arte in Halle (Saale), Germany. In addition to teaching Sandra has a massive influence on the German pole dance scene through her publication Pole Art Magazine. Pole Art Magazine not only promotes pole dancing in Germany but it also explores the worldwide pole dancing scene and is a focal point for students and instructor alike. The magazine promotes workshops and competitons as well as featuring pole instructors.
Kirstie's battle with cystic fibrosis and her passion for pole.
My name is Kirstie Tancock I'm 26 and I have lived with cystic fibrosis every day of my life.... Living with Cf has meant that I have had to have two double lung transplants, faced chronic rejection of my first transplant and now I'm battling chronic rejection of my second transplant. I currently fighting to stabilise although treatment options seem to have run out. There is no third transplant when these lungs fail but I continue to fight for my life and continue to dance and teach pole.
Can you explain a little bit about cystic fibrosis and how it affects you?
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition it affects all the main organs especially the lungs. For me I needed a double lung transplant at 21 after years of chest infections ruining my lungs. Unfortunately a transplant isn't a cure and I went in to chronic rejection less then 2 years post my first transplant. I was lucky enough to receive rare 2nd transplant. I'm one of only 6 people in the uk to have received a second transplant.
How to put a pole dance routine together.
This article has been written by PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Emily Smith. Emily is the principal instructor at Emily's Pole Fitness in Swindon, UK. Emily has extensive competition and showcase experience. Check out Emily's impressive list of performances:
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2016 - Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2016 - Advanced Aerial Hoop Finalist
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2015 – Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
International Pole & Aerial Arts Tournament 2015 – Expert Pole Finalist - Expert Pole Most Spins Award - Expert Pole Best Costume Award
UK Professional Pole Championships 2014 – Professional Competitor (online heat)
Pole Theatre UK 2014 – Professional Competitor (online heat)
Polenastics Online UK Aerial Championships 2014 – Runner-Up in Doubles Hoop with Leah Hewlett
UK Professional Pole Championships 2013 – Professional Finalist