Thursday, 19 May 2016

How to create your perfect Pole Passion Grading Routine - www.polepassion.com choreography

How to create your perfect Pole Passion Grading Routine

Combining your moves into a routine is a skill, it’s choreography and this sometimes doesn’t come naturally to everyone.  So if  even the thought of choreographing a routine frightens you then ask for help. It may not be as daunting as you think when it broken down as below

1. KNOW YOUR MOVES


Make sure you know your syllabus well and the names of all the moves
You should have been practicing these moves lots in your class
Remember you can not do a move higher than your level – this is always challenging if you have been poling a long while but only new to the grading routines

2. MUSIC

Think about your music carefully – Feel it from within
It certainly shows if you don't - if in any doubt don't use it. It's not the right choice of music if you have doubts - and never let someone else pick your music (it's ok that they help and advise, but ultimately it's your choice)
This can take a while for many people even the professionals!! So give yourself plenty of time
Down load it to your phone or iPod ideally and again make sure this is done well in advance of the grading day



3. YOUR ROUTINE

Think about your linking moves and style, the filler moves and even some floor work!  -  Good routines are made up of many different elements
It's not just about the tricks tricks tricks so concentrate on those linking transitions too. Transitions in, out, around, up, down and from pole to pole is
Just as important as your tricks !
Count in 4’S and 8’s in time to the music, the beat and the flow – you can even choreograph to the words too. Try printing out the lyrics of your song then write next to the words what moves you are going to do so its more methodical
You can even draw pictures using stick men or symbols, if words don’t work for you

4. CLOTHING

As crazy as it sounds do spend some time on this – At the grading you can only use fitness clothing but it has to fit well and you need to feel 100% comfortable wearing it and make sure its ready two days before so there is no mad last minute panics
  
5. RELAX 

This is easier than it sounds I know. 
Enjoying your performance is easier said than done But it is really over so quickly - if your routine or 'story' doesn't warrant a smile then please add one in at the end of your performance  - when you bow and say your 'thank you's for watching'
So many performers and competitors show their nerves, and not their passion for dance and the pole - The assessors and audience need to be wowed within the first 15 seconds of  your performance if possible !!

6. POSTURE & ALIGNMENT 

This one you will know!!
But please if this is a problem of yours, say it over and over again in your head during your routine -
'POINT YOUR TOES Extend your limbs' including concentrate on your fingers too!!


7.  FLEXIBILITY & STRETCH 

Focus on your flexibility  - This is such an important part  of modern pole routines. This means correct preparation warm ups and cool downs, not only on the day of the completion but the weeks before and weeks after!
You should be allowing at least 20 minutes preparation stretch before it's your turn on the poles (many of the champions will be warming and stretching for 2 hours prior!!)

8. EMOTION & EYE CONTACT  

Engage with your audience and assessors if possible
This is simple and can be done with eye contact, facial expressions and hands reaching towards them pulling them back into your body and your performance and emotion!!!

9. CONTROL YOUR BREATHING   

Breathe!
An excellent performance not only leaves the performer breathless but the assessors AND  audience too
Give all the power and energy you have got even on the shorter routines too

10. ATTENTION TO DETAIL 

It's the little details that matter too
Practice and get someone truthful to critique your performance - get them to find 10 things for you to improve on !

11. MINDSET  

Have fun and look at it as a performance not a grading
Most importantly remember the qualities of an excellent performer are very different to that of an excellent instructor or student
The skills and mindset are very different, MEDITATION AND VISUALISATION ARE EXCELLENT preparation skills for a champion on the pole :)



12. MOST IMPORTANTLY 

Check the website for the rules and guidelines of the music an length of your routines and if in doubt speak with your instructor  and ask lots of questions

Enjoy yourself, Meet new people, Be safe, Train Safe...remember every challenge is a growth step forward.


PRACTICE ~ PRACTICE ~ PRACTICE


Thank you for joining us at The Pole Passion Grading

Good Luck 

      Kay Penney

      Pole Passion  www.polepassion.com








Sunday, 17 April 2016

Healthy Eating Plan & Body Training 2016 - presented by Pole Passion

Fed up of feeling lethargic or wondering why no matter how hard you train you cant tone those bits on your body that drive you to distraction?

Pole Passion presents Livia Francis Workshops and 1-1 packages : 2016 Budapest Pole Camp Retreat 

Please book in advance at registration or contact Livia directly on 07931771457. or livia@fitfreedom.co.uk (mobile only during the event)



Individually Tailored food plans - From Novice Polers, Fitness & Pole Instructors to Professional Pole competitors,
Liv’s food plan’s are offered on 1-1 basis only every evening of the retreat. You need to be prepared in advance by keeping a seven - ten day food diary - which must be emailed to Liv in advance of the retreat. Livia will then book you in for your 1-1 which includes taking body stats, discussing ideas of how to stick to the food plan that she designs for you. Liv will also need you to fill in a health questionnaire prior to the retreat so that she is able to be as thorough as possible with the food plan.

The food plan will cost £60 paid in advance by Bank transfer to Livia Francis. If you require a training plan to run alongside your food plan there will be an additional cost of £60.

The food plans will gradually lower your body fat bringing you in to the best possible shape for your Special 
Event/Competition. Poler’s generally need to adapt their sugar intake around their training/performing and adjust the ratio of good carbohydrates, fats and proteins to suit your individual body type.

Its takes discipline and commitment to get in good shape but Livia can support you through your journey.



Here’s a testimonial:I couldn't understand why I was training hard and eating healthy and not loosing any weight. I was unhappy with my tummy and bingo wings and was recommended by a friend to contact Livia. I'm so glad I did, this year I went on holiday and felt proud of my bikini body. Livia made me complete a ten day food diary which confirmed I wasn't eating enough to lose fat!! I now eat more food than ever and have learnt it's all about little and often. Livia has taught me to do more strength training than cardio! Livia isn't your average personal trainer, she knows so much more! We are now working on getting my bottom more rounded and lifted. Livia takes into account your own body shape and listens to what you want to look like. I'm not getting massive muscles, I am getting sculpted and I'm so very happy! Don't think she has a magic wand though-you have to work hard too!



There are more testimonials on Liv’s Website www.fitfreedom.co.uk/sucessstories

events website:  www.polepassion-events.com



FETISH - Workshops Budapest & UK - Dare to be different?

This year we are very privileged to have exclusivity in Alma's very own private role play dungeon in Budapest during the Pole Passion week long camp !!
Inclusive workshop www.polepassion-events.com

For those of you who visited last year, some had a sneak peek !!  This year  I will be offering an 'introduction to fetish' workshop 




Intro to Ana, the Fantasy Fetish Goddess 

In this 90 minutes workshop I like to involve fetish elements in a unique way, disguising these techniques for light hearted fun and educated intrigue

You may like to explore the art of tease with feathers and glam, through burlesque techniques or you may be wanting a sneak peek at the more mysterious and peculiar side of fetish theatre? Still a committed discipline of the art of tease but with this workshop we will be exploring the transformation of character and personality into a captivating seductress with her classic fetish clothes, she keeps on!! - no nudity

We will be exploring the 'tools of torture', however, no pain like the pole burn will be experienced!! 

We are privileged to explore Alma's very own, purpose built, girl friendly, dungeon!!

I will gently introduce you  to the, what could be known as, the bazaar underworld of role play, including the psychology, etiquette, equipment and some of the props used in this well equip, sound proofed and private room!! - Dare you to be different ?? 

Suggestions of what to wear
High heels - Shoes or boots !!   your fetish shoes
PVC corsets and outfits
Long red fingernails!!?
Seemed stockings or leggings

Props will be provided - photography will be limited 

For UK based workshops please email for future dates


EMAIL:   theteam@passion-fitness.com



Miss Pole Dance UK Amateurs and Semi Pro championships - REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Miss Pole Dance UK Amateurs and Semi Pro championships

Competitor Registration, state your category and log your interest : 

Please email us at: - events@passion-fitness.com 

Venue- Bognor Regis
Bersted Park Community Centre
Lakeland Avenue
North Bersted
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 5FF

A place where you can show case your talent and a chance to Win the Ultimate Prize in Pole Dancing a Place in the MPD UK National Pole Dance Championships. (Excludes category 1 and 5 See below)

There will be Five categories- You must be aged over 16 on or Before the Competition to compete in any of the categories

1. Miss Pole Dance / Fitness UK Amateur Division - Females 
2. Miss Pole Dance UK Semi Pro
- A Semi Pro Student Division - female division
- B Semi Pro Instructor Division - female division
3. Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur / Semi Pro DOUBLES - mixed gender
4. Mr Pole Fitness UK Amateur / Semi Pro Division - Males
5. Semi Professional / Professional free style POLE BEAT championships -mixed gender

The MPDUK professional champion is on 8th October 2016 at the Hawth theatre 
Email us for more details




A Pole Passion event

Saturday, 16 April 2016

28 steps to winning a pole competition !

28 steps to winning a pole competition 

For almost everyone FEAR is what holds us back 
Fear of failure
Fear of not being good enough
Fear of what our friends and family might think 

With plenty of time to prepare (minimum 6 weeks)

  • Think about your ultimate outcome
  1. Is it just to compete for the first time ever. 
  2. Is it to be better than I was before 
  3. Is it to be placed 1st 2nd or 3rd 
  4. Or IS IT TO WIN - so think of your winning theme to include 



  • Your Song, one that moves you 
  • Routine, what tricks and combinations  do you love and can do well 
  • Practice, make time 
  • Rest , make you training schedule now 
  • Eat, for maximum energy
  • Laugh, have some time out
  • Cry, this shows youre growing beyond what you thought possible 
  • Laugh some more, have more time out schedule in some relaxation time too 
  • Hair, how will it look on the day - go for a bold statement to match your inner Diva 
  • Makeup / nails, schedule the finer details 
  • Train, you'll need to find more time 
  • Stretch, use between Training to help you relax too 
  • Laugh some more, at yourself if necessary. but find time to laugh
  • Train harder, up your game, increase you frequency, time, and Reps 
  • More stretch, include your whole body join a stretch class
  • More practice, train harder but watch those injuries 
  • More training, train with a partner it's easier with two 
  • Costume, search out ideas
  • Bag prep, prepare your competition  bag well in advance buy our competition guide for a full check list 
  • Train some more, train eat sleep repeat its only two weeks away 
  • Rehearse with costume make adjustments if necessary
  • Rest, have some time off too
  • Eat, for energy
  • Compete, the day has arrived you have given it your all - there's no way you can lose because to get this far you've won your goal already 

  • Win, NOW THIS THIS REALLY IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE -
  • CELEBRATE YOU DID IT

....... NEXT


Kay Penney

PolePassion.com

International Pole Sport Instructor Training & Pole Passion CAMP retreat Budapest 2016

International Pole Sport Instructor Training & Pole Passion CAMP retreat Budapest 2016
*To purchase a space on this course 
please email:   theteam@passion-fitness.com 



Pole Fitness Foundation & Advanced Instructor training:
International certifications endorsed in Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand

Accommodation Included (Thursday 28th April arrive & Check in)
Friday 29th May, Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st May Training. Depart Sunday evening 1st May

Foundation Instructor Training Only = £299 GBP
Foundation Instructor Training With accommodation = £399 GBP

Advanced Instructor Training Only = £299 GBP
Advanced Instructor Training With accommodation =£399   

Foundation & Advanced Instructor Training together Only = £548 GBP
Foundation and Advanced Instructor Training together with accommodation £648 GBP


For Enquiries and further information
Please contact Kay & Angela:
theteam@passion-fitness.com
whats app – +44 (0)79219 48606

Pole Instructor Training in Turkey whilst the BOMB went off - March 2016

So this Blog is a big one !!  TEACHER TRAINING IN TURKEY

Part of my self development journey, was to learn to speak publicly, to be heard and to say something that really made  a difference to not only my life but to that of others ;/
My mum was a school teacher and very much an academic - I on the other hand did not have those gifts in my younger years

I always felt I was failing her and myself because I couldn't express myself with words or emotion - it was like sometimes I wasn't here or even born.

There are some people I believe you meet for a reason, maybe a reminder of my former self?
I believe in making your own destiny and we all have the powers and ability if we truly want it - I love to surround myself with individuals who are willing to try something new and put in 1000% percent to set a new standard of themselves and others, to those who listen speak and pass on their knowledge to others, to value themselves foremost no matter what age or sexual orientation they possess.

I had the most amazing experience in Turkey recently, a city of unrest and social turmoil, with my friends and family, my 21 year old daughter included, telling me to cancel the trip, but this I could not do, questioning myself, am  being selfish and not putting my family first, how would I have felt had this been my daughter travelling to an unstable economy?
I arrived on the the Friday before 4 intense days and within hours of meeting my amazing host family Sevinc, her sister, Selen and their father, I became  extremely ill.  Now i'm never ill !!  was this something I had picked up from the food on the plane??  Not wanting to show my weakness as that to me would have been failure  I soldiered on (my advanced leadership training had kicked in) 

Turkey - Wow studios and International pole instructor  teacher training - Bombings during our training  - A new class distraction
March 19-22nd 2016



A combination of emotions working along the most incredible school at Wow studios headed by Sevinc 
Such an inspirational and talented lady who has accumulated so much knowledge over her 7 years of poling and has dedicated her team to such success, leadership and empowering the modern women of Turkey 
A massive thank you to Elena Artamonova from Russia who was exceptional as always, representing Pole Passion, sharing her wealth of knowledge and pole dance and sport excellence & experience 
Its always a pleasure to work along side the dedication in creating outstanding students internationally, sharing her signature techniques, pushing and demanding nothing but perfection, creating such a solid and professional foundation to the next generation of teachers, in what could have been described as such a vulnerable and dangerous economic climate 
A massive thank you to Mahmet Uzel, Professor of anatomy & physiology in Turkey who provided us with a two hour comprehensive lecture that he specifically designed for Pole Passion 
Unfortunately this time I was unable to explore the beautiful culture and tourist places  due to the bombing of a public place on the Tuesday (day 2 of our training) and of our stay, however the hospitality far surpassed my expectations and I can't thank our hostess Sevinc and her family enough for reassuring us and looking after us 
So moving forward I am excited to be looking forward to safer times in this country so we can continue to grow professionally within our pole sport fitness and pole dance nation 

So what have I learnt ? 
-  That I will continue to be a risk taker for the greater higher purpose 
-  To continue to network internationally and share our knowledge and support for others to provide a fun, safe and professional education for all 
-  that people will forget what you say but will remember how you made them feel

In times of fear - people look for a leader, someone with some words of wisdom or a positive emotion to share, one who is willing to share a moment of gratitude - For me this lady was Sona Ertekin, a student attending the training, who stepped up during the feedback times I was giving to all, at the end of day 2; the Foundation Instructor Training certification day 
I have travelled another country listening to the pole people of Turkey, their challenges and their growth ideas , their understanding of techniques and core beliefs, furthermore uniting the world of pole side by side 
Instructor training is about change for the good, education & learning together, innovation and creating a road to further your pole journey beyond your expectations is about 
Time for change 
International Pole Sport & Fitness training certification 


Sugar Tiger a.k.a. Sona Ertekin
April 2016
The first International Pole Sport & Dance, Internationally Accredited Pole Instructor Certifications

Learning to fly... 

I am a 39 year old writer from Istanbul, Turkey and I started to learn pole dancing when I was 37. I trained six months at WOW Classes and after a one year break, I got back on the dragon last year first with private lessons from Rita the Moon and then with the awesome ladies of WOW Asia. So I have about 1.5 years of pole training and I never imagined I would come this far in my own pole journey. And when I say this far, I only mean the on-going passion, time and effort I put into this. Pulling my first front split at 38 years and doing whatever I can on the pole on a daily basis, hell yeah, I’m totally loving this  
Simply put: pole makes me feel good, I love doing it.



Before participating Pole Passion’s Pole Instructor Training Course in Istanbul Turkey in March this year, I had many questions in my mind: Am I good enough? Is this investment truly meaningful for me? Will I be able to do it?

I had zero experience in teaching pole, except showing a few moves to my little sister about a year earlier, which didn’t end up so productive. At these first early attempts I realized how much work it requires to teach someone something, anything… I was always amazed when I noticed the knowledge, strength, stamina, effort, background work and endless patience my teachers put into their work when they were teaching.

I am a freelance writer/translator/editor and I do love my job, so I was never one to imagine running away from my current career to become a full time professional pole dance teacher or anything like that. When I applied for the Pole Passion instructor training, all I had in mind was to improve myself as a pole dancer and give myself a chance to see if I could teach. Since I take my hobbies pretty seriously and invest years and years in my passions (rock climbing, 10 years professional dj’ing, advanced scuba diving, cooking etc. etc.) I wanted to see if I could take myself to the next level. If I’m pole dancing 2-4 days a week and thinking about pole related anything and everything non-stop every day, why not dig deeper or fly a little higher perhaps…

The training process was intense and definitely tiring but always fun and very rewarding. The most valuable thing I learnt from it was what I needed to improve in myself to become a decent pole dance instructor. Or to be more clear, I learned what it takes to become a good pole dance instructor: Time, Endless Research, Planning Ahead, Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, Safety, Punctuality, Respect, Control, Self Confidence and a Crazy Love of Pole for one thing… And of course the most important thing is Safety and safety always comes first.  Also a warm heart and a friendly attitude would never hurt… So the Pole Passion Instructor experience showed me clearly what I already had, and what I needed to improve. Plus it was two days with dozens of awesome pole ladies and it was much fun…

The most difficult part for me was preparing months of lesson plans ahead, and I thought I didn’t have enough moves to fill these classes but now I know my lesson plans were not very realistic and should have been progressing at a much slower and a more natural pace. Also the practical part was sooo exciting that it made my legs wobble during the exam, but it was rewarding and very educational since this is more or less what you’re going to be experiencing, if you keep up the good work and have students one day.

I am deeply grateful to everybody who gave me a chance to take part in this training, but I am especially touched by the professionalism and courage of Dear Kay and Dear Elena, coming to our country in a difficult political climate and a democracy crisis like this. It was amazing to see how they kept going without blinking even after the news of terrorist suicide bomb attacks hit the crowd, and completed the training program. The next day after the bombing, tears filled my eyes when we were all together, warming up with funky disco tunes early in the morning with Kay. Such sweet memories, such great women, so much love and tenderness… This is what Pole Dancing really means to me: Because it defines women as a whole, in all her strength and tenderness, in all her wildness and sensitivity, in all her truth and in all her glory…

It’s only been a month since the training and I still see “teaching” pole dance as a means to intensify and improve my own experience rather than a professional move, but I already have a student now and I’m seeing results, which feels amazing. I am lucky to have a close friend who wanted to start learning pole dancing and she wanted to train with me. So now I have a chance to work on my teaching skills and see where this is going. My student just turned 40 this year, it’s her first time pole dancing and even after only 2-3 classes it makes me sooooo happy to see her that she is truly enjoying it and improving herself every week.  It is a great pleasure to see her leave my place with a smile on her face and come back again with joy and enthusiasm the next week. I never imagined it would be such a great feeling to make someone happy by teaching what you love and see the results of this labour of love.  

As for my own experience of teaching it is simply how I imagined it to be: Rewarding, Demanding and Fun! I spend hours, day and night researching, practicing and planning our sessions but in the end I am sure that I’m learning more from it than my student does. I am learning the language, the grammar and the foundations of pole dancing which gives me a better understanding of how moves are linked, or what kind of effort it takes to create combos and mini-choreographies. Every lesson teaches me the beauty of basic moves and how important they are. How there would be no dance without the flow and with just the tricks. And that no matter how great all the acrobatic moves may look, nothing beats the basics when you put some feeling into it and really start dancing. And clearly this is another experience where I am learning more than I am teaching; getting a better understanding of what I must improve in myself both as a dancer and an instructor, and getting a clearer vision of where I am headed in my pole dance journey myself.  

As a trained linguist with a BA in American Culture and Literature and an MA in cinema theory, I’ve been working as a writer in different guises such as copywriter, journalist, radio programmer, travel writer, book editor, translator etc. all my life but in these last five years I have been working on my first novel “Unavoided Adventures” which will hopefully be in print soon and I can safely say that for someone who needs to work sitting in front of the computer all day, some kind of physical activity is essential. I believe that pole dancing is a way to balance my body and soul, it is where my muses are happy and free to fly as they please 

Like I said earlier above: Pole makes me feel good, I love doing it.





Kay Penney