Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Jess Leanne Norris tells all, how she prepared to take the title once more - Miss Pole Dance UK Double FIRST PLACE title winner

Jess Leanne Norris, Miss Pole Dance UK Professional champion, tells all how she prepared to take the title the second time.  The only person in the UK to do this so far at Miss Pole Dance UK

1/ What does this win mean to you?
I’m So Happy!!! Winning this Year’s Miss Pole Dance means a lot to me! I always wanted to compete in this competition again to hopefully win the title back! & I’m so Chuffed I did it!!!
2/ How old were you when you first got into pole fitness?
I was 14 when I got a Pole up at Home and started Self Teaching through watching Videos on YouTube.
3/ What was the hardest thing about performing?
I think the hardest thing about performing this routine was how much pressure I put on myself to do well, I felt so nervous on the day! but as soon as I’d finished, I just wanted to get back on Stage to do it all over again! Ha!
4/ How did you feel when your name was announced as this year’s winner?
I can’t quite put it into Words how I felt!! I was so happy and Proud of my little self!! All the Hard Work paid off!!
5/ What is your next step from this competition?
No Rest for the Wicked as My next Goal is the World Championships!!
6/ Do you have a favourite move?
My Favourite Pole Move overall would be the Eagle! Its Such a Pretty move!! But the one I do like to Perform the Most would be the Scorpio Cocoon!
7/ How do you prepare for such a big performance?
Once I knew I wanted to compete, I started Training EVERY Day! Working on different Moves and Combos to figure out what I wanted to put in my routine, then 6 Weeks before the day, I started putting the Routine together to Work on My Stamina. The Week of Comp I Trained My Routine 2x a Day, in the Morning then Again in the Evening.
8/ What was your favourite part of your Miss Pole Dance UK experience?
I actually couldn't point out one thing… As I loved the Whole Experience!! I really enjoyed teaching My Workshop in the Morning as everyone did AMAZING and was Such a Pleasure to Teach!! Being Backstage was such a Chilled Atmosphere & everyone was so Supportive of one another! Then being on that Stage with all those Flashing Spot Lights and hearing Everyone Cheering was so surreal!!

9/ What would you change if you could relive the whole thing all over again from deciding to enter to being announced winner on day?
Well… There was One Trick in My routine that I wasn’t overly confident about and was still practising it on the day! Which made me feel even more nervous than normal! So if I’d change anything I would have practised that move a lot, lot more!
10/ Do you have a special diet to help you train?
I don’t have a Special diet to help me train as such, I just try to eat Healthy! I’d rather have ABS than Eat Take-Always and Cakes etc.. ;-)
11/ Has pole changed your life? If so how?
Pole has completely taken over my life! I Live & Breathe it!! I run my own studio which is a 24/7 job as well as training most days, Travelling Teaching My Workshops and Performing… Pole is Full time for me, but I wouldn't change it for the World!! It’s My Dream!
12/ What does Pole Dance/Fitness mean to you?
(Think I have explained this in the question above)
13/ Who or what motivates you?
My Pole Friends keep me Motivated! I don’t like training on my own as it can be Boring! So training with the Girls Keeps me going!!
14/ Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Felix Cane was my very first Inspiration! I loved watching her performances and was always in complete Awe!! And still am, she really is something else!!  But there are just SO Many good polers out there now, Men, Woman and Kids!! That all keep my Inspired with all their Pics and Videos that go up on the Internet!!
15/ Have you ever felt like giving it all up?
Oh I couldn’t count on 2x hands at how many times I’ve wanted to give it all in! Mainly when I’ve had a Bad training session or when I can’t get a Certain Move first time!! Ha!  When I’m having one of those days, I just go home, have a Nice Hot bath and Chill out!
16/What words of advice would you give to people just coming into the world of Pole?
My Advice to Anyone New to Pole is to be Patient… Pole is HARD! The more Effort and time you put into it, the quicker you Progress! It isn’t Easy! But Most of all… to just enjoy the Journey!!! :-D
Thank you!!!
Jess xxxx


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Do professional pole dancers bruise?

Do professional pole dancers bruise? - most certainly they do

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues.
There are three types of bruises:
1. Subcutaneous -- beneath the skin,
2. Intramuscular -- within the belly of the underlying muscle
3. Periosteal -- bone bruise
Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.

Bruises change colours over time in a predictable pattern, so that it is possible to estimate when an injury occurred by the colour of the bruise. Initially, a bruise will be reddish, the colour of the blood under the skin. After one to two days, the red blood cells begin to break down, and the bruise will darken to a blue or purplish colour. This fades to green at about day six. Around the eighth or ninth day, the skin over the bruised area will have a brown or yellowish appearance, and it will gradually diminish back to its normal colour.

Causes & symptoms
Most pole inflicted bruises are pretty superficial and clear up quickly. Just try not to aggravate the damaged area.  Allow your body to repair itself. Bruising can be a common problem, particularly when students are just starting out pole fitness and dancing and are more focused on the tricks and advanced spins. Pole dancing relies substantially on soft parts of the body that aren’t designed for heavy pressure or to suspend your total body weight off the floor in beautiful poses. Healthy people may develop bruises from any injury that doesn't break through the skin. Vigorous exercise may also cause bruises due to bringing about small tears in blood vessels walls. In a condition known as purpura simplex, there is a tendency to bruise easily due to an increased fragility of the blood vessels.
Bruises also develop easily in the elderly, because the skin and blood vessels have a tendency to become thinner and more fragile with aging, and there is an increased use of medications that interfere with the blood clotting system. In the condition known as purpura senilis, the elderly develop bruises from minimal contact that may take up to several months to completely heal.

Check a students medical history
The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) may lead to increased bruising. Aspirin, antidepressants, asthma medications, and cortisone medications also have this effect. The anti-clotting medications also known as blood thinners, especially the drug warfarin (Coumadin), may be the cause of particularly severe bruising.
Sometimes bruises are connected with more serious illnesses. There are a number of diseases that cause excessive bleeding or bleeding from injuries too slight to have consequences in healthy people. An abnormal tendency to bleed may be due to hereditary bleeding disorders, certain prescription medications, diseases of the blood such as leukemia, and diseases that increase the fragility of blood vessels. If there are large areas of bruising or bruises develop very easily, this may herald a problem. Other causes that should be ruled out include liver disease, alcoholism, drug addiction, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Bruising is usually a minor problem, which does not require a medical diagnosis. However, faced with extensive bruising, bruising with no apparent cause, or bruising in certain locations, a physician will pursue an evaluation that will include a number of blood tests. If the area of the bruise becomes hard, an x ray may be required.
1. Place ice on the bruise to help it heal faster and to reduce swelling. Place the ice in a cloth -- DO NOT place ice directly on the skin. Apply the ice for up to 15 minutes per hour.
2. Keep the bruised area raised above the heart, if practical. This helps keep blood from pooling in the bruised tissue.
3. If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help reduce pain.
First Aid
Treatment of your pole bruises
Several types of topical applications are usually recommend to speed healing and to reduce the pain associated with bruises.
1. Vitamin K cream can be applied directly to the site of injury.
2. Astringent herbs such as witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, can be used. This will tighten the tissues and therefore diminish the bruising.
3. Arnica montana,The homeopathic remedy, can be applied as a cream or gel to unbroken skin.
4. Try to rest the bruised body part by not overworking your muscles in that area
5. If your bruising is more severe, place an ice pack on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes per hour, several times a day.
The human skin and tissue is not specifically designed for pressure that sometimes pole technique requires and what is more it is difficult to wear much protective clothing too as it is your skin that keeps you stuck to the pole.
Luckily bruising does decrease as you get better at pole dancing, and the tips below should help reduce the problem.
Practice, like in any other form of exercise, makes perfect, whereby preventing injury.  The more you practice the easier it is to get into pole positions without putting stresses on the body.  Skin and underlying muscles become slightly toughened and thicker without any visual physical changes.

How to avoid bruises when pole dancing
Here are some tips for avoiding, or at least reducing, bruising on and around a pole.
Take it slowly. Repeating the same move again and again is much more likely to bruise an areas you maybe stressing. Vary the moves you are learning so your body has a chance to recover.
Never Jump into a move if possible to prevent force and that initial knock
Carefully study each new move closely before you ‘leap’ on to the pole. If possible place your arms, legs and body in position, identify your pole grips and pressure points first.
If you are learning a new move, try walking it through slowly first. If it’s an invert, see whether you can practice it on the ground by placing you upper back on the floor and place your legs around the pole, to identify where your body should be positioned.
Hold very tightly on the pole with your hand and leg grip when you’re learning a new move. If you don’t hold on tightly enough you may start to slide which will cause bruising
Make sure the pole is slip free when you are practicing a new move to secure your strong grip.
Long boots help to prevent bruising by protecting the skin on the pole
Is bruising a problem?
No as long as you follow the instruction of your Qualified Pole Instructor.  Visually the bruise can look unsightly so remember go slow and never train with bruising.


Pole Passion Pole Sport & Fitness Teacher Training - Russia 2016

20th & 21st February 2016
Foundation Certificate in
Teacher Training in Pole

Pole Instructor training centre of excellence for Pole Passion
Instructor Training

Pole Studio address
VENUE address: (Russian):
г.Одинцово, Можайское шоссе,д.130.
Спортивно-танцевальная студия "ФЕНИКС"

(English): Odintsovo,
shosse, 130.
Sports and Dance Studio "FENIX".

Registration for students will be on Saturday 20th February
9:00 – 9.30am at the above address

Foundation Course:
Day 1 – Saturday 20th February
Check in and registration 9.00am
9:30am – 6.00pm morning theory/afternoon practical
Day 2 – Sunday 21st February
9:00am – 6.00pm morning theory/afternoon practical plus

Day 1
You will be introduced to the practical and theory side of Pole fitness
Your booklets will be emailed and course materials will be given to you beforehand.
You will have to print them out and bring them with you.
Please be dressed in fitness attire and bring shorts and long leggings and a warm top as the course will be a combination of theory and practical sections throughout the day.

Day 2
Continuation of the Work book Plus
3 hours practical assessment plus
45 minutes written exam where short answers will be required, all questions are covered in day 1 and morning of day 2

Any queries about the course content please contact Elena Artamonova on email:   elena.artamonova@passion-fitness.com  or theteam@passion-fitness.com

Please note: these details are subject to change

Additional information
(+7) 929-577-8559


You will be able to receive a discount on all RPole purchased and we now promote and sell the new stainless and allergy free poles from Lupit Poles – please visit the online shop to order your poles/s



Dani Hibbert Pole Passion Littlehampton tells all

Dani Hibbert Pole Passion Littlehampton

1. How did you get into pole
I used to find going to the gym so boring and tried looking for another more fun way of getting fit.  I thought about Zumba and yoga then came across Pole Passion and thought why not try something new. Since then I've never looked back.

2. Why pole and not the gym
Pole combines my love of dance and gymnastics with a means of getting fit. I now also love going to the gym in order to help improve my pole fitness.

3. What’s your favourite pole move
Hmm choosing a favourite pole move is tricky because it changes so regularly. I do love handsprings though.. all types.

4. When did you get into pole?
It's been nearly 3 wonderful years.

5. Sexy or fitness or both?
Fitness ... I love watching my strength develop and seeing how far I have come. Though don't get me wrong... nothing wrong with a bit of sexy every now and again.

6. Least favourite pole move?
Yogini .. the only move I sigh at. I'm determined to make myself love it though.

7. What are your favourite pole spins?
Big fan of spin combos/ reverse grabs and thread the needle spin.

8. Favourite Celebrity and why?
Id have to say Channing Tatum... he's just Beautiful and he can dance!!

9. Who or what motivates you?
Thankfully there is no lack of motivation in my life.. my family, my friends, my students, the pole greats, the vision in my head of how good I can be if I work for it and my sheer determination. These are the things that keep me going when I feel like I could stop..

10. Interests outside of pole?
I'm into everything. Love trying new things. Secret adrenaline junkie. I enjoy baking cakes, watching films, reading books and spending time with my loved ones. I also want to see the world so travel whenever I can!!

Any other comments or points of interest or any other hobbies or businesses you want to promote

I love teaching and can't say how proud I am when my girls nail moves. Watching them progress is a beautiful thing. So often they don't believe in themselves but that's what my job is. To believe in them and show them what they are really capable of.

I still remember my first ever student.. her name was Maisie and I'm overwhelmed to be able to say she is now my apprentice and one of my closest friends. Watching her progress and turning into a wonderful instructor is so exciting.


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Pole Passion Grading syllabus

A fantastic turn out for the grading held on 7th November 2015 at Pole Passion Worthing where 24 students and instructors progressed to their next level in front of an audience and for many this was the very first time of performing in front of family and friends.
Each level has a set criteria and time to perform ad is a way of learning routines and performing confidence setting them up to future pole competitions and performing

The next grading is organised for March 2016


Haywards Heath Pole Fitness Open day - Pole Passion everyone welcome

What to look for when starting pole fitness classes - QUALIFICATIONS, INSURANCE and EXPERIENCE

1. We can’t stress enough – QUALIFICATIONS, INSURANCE and EXPERIENCE


Naturally all instructors have to starts somewhere but do check how long they have been practicing and teaching pole dance or fitness.  There is no excuse as to why an instructor is not pole fitness REP’s accredited pole qualified. Without this qualification there is a very good chance they are not insured either – so do ask your instructor if you have any doubt – they could be teaching you something that could cause an immediate  injury OR an injury that could appear later on.
Also check out an instructor’s back ground, if they have experience in another form of  dance or Pilates back ground, for example, they will have a better understanding of the bodies biomechanics than someone who doesn’t have any other former fitness or dance background
Pole techniques can be adapted in many ways – so do check how your instructor likes to teach

Here are some ideas:-
Tricks, Spins, Poses, Transitions - for fitness only (removing the sexy side and flow of pole !)
Tricks, Spins, Poses, Transitions - for fitness & dance incorporating the sexy side too
Dance – Pole choreography and Pole dance routines increasing cardio fitness
With heels, trainers or bare feet
Pole Tricks only
Body Conditioning - moves on and off the pole
Body strength  - moves on and off the pole
Pole Bands – strength training using conditioning bands on the pole

2. Venue and poles used
There are many good poles on the market now but unfortunately there are many poles that wouldn’t support your weight with the tricks and spins we teach in class- so chose your pole wisely

we at Pole Passion recommend the portability of the RPole - www.r-polefitness.com

For more information about pole fitness classes visit the website to see if a class is in your area