Monday, 27 June 2016

Miss Pole Dance UK 2016 Running order of the day 23rd July 2016 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Miss Pole Dance UK Amateurs and Semi pros 2016

Doors open 12.30pm

Tickets NOW on sale
67 performances
5 categories, Tickets on sale

9am Registration of POLE master classes 1 & 2
9.30am Sponsors to arrive - set up tables
9.10 - 10.10 Master class 1 Jess's Pole Class
9.15 - 11.15 Master class 2 Michael's Pole Class
9.30pm RPolers and all staff to arrive at VENUE including ticket wrist band distribution
10.00 Registration of POLE master class 3 Jess leanne Norris
10.00 Competitors arrive and registration and music - judge’s arrival
10.15 - 11.15 Master class 3 Jess's Stretch class
11.00 Competitors familiarise themselves with poles on main stage
11.30 - 12.00 Judges meeting
12.00 Doors open for spectators (12.30pm - 7pm)
12.30 - 1.40 START - Amateurs (11)
1.45 - 3.00 Semi pros students (13)
BREAK 3.00 - 3.15
3.20 - 4.00 Doubles (6)
4.05 - 5.15 Semi pros instructor (11)
BREAK 5.15 - 5.30
5.30 - 6.30 Mr Pole Fitness Amateur/Semi Pro (10)
6.35 - 7.15 POLE BEAT
7.15 - 7.45 Awards & photos including RPolers
8.30 close

9.00 - 12.00 AFTER PARTY HELD AT ***** WILLIAM HARWICK *******
On the day mobile number is : 0792194 8606

(Subject to change !!)



Whether you have chosen to invest in a course you attend in person or whether you have opted for online home study package make sure you have allowed enough preparations and study time of the materials supplied
This of course will vary from person to person but by a guide allow minimum 16 hours study.  Of course your learning never stops but initially before the exam allow this time  minimum to prepare for your course.
Map out how many hours you can commit to your studies each week, and write on a calendar or journal what you actually plan to accomplish. Be realistic. And remember that you’re more likely to meet your goals if you write them down. Do not feel defeated if you are not able to study for hours on end. Whether you dedicate one to two hours, or 30 minutes daily to your studies, make the most of that time.

Allow time to read and practice the moves for yourself
Then allow additional time in focusing on the words that you will be using whilst teaching
This for many this is the hardest part of transitioning from student to instructor status using the correct terminology including the muscle names correctly

We all learn differently. Whether you are a visual, auditory or tactile/kinaesthetic learner, there is something for everyone. Recognize your personal learning style and use it to your advantage. This we cover on the courses too.  Use the social media YouTube and visual aids to learn to break down the moves and combinations paying particular attending to and feet body alignments and head positions in all the moves you seen – begin to break down the technicalities of the moves too

This is so important. No one knows everything, and we are all constantly learning in this relatively new concept of exercise, so please do not be afraid to ask for assistance. Trying to navigate through this experience can be daunting, especially if this is a new career for you. Remember that you have support throughout your course process, and even after you are a certified pole fitness professional. Our trainers assessors and course staff are dedicated to helping you achieve success, so make the most of our expertise and experience and we look forward to supporting you as long as you need us.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

How to create your perfect Pole Passion Grading Routine - 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


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


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


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


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

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 !!


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!!


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!!)


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!!!


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


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 !


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 :)


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.


Thank you for joining us at The Pole Passion Grading

Good Luck 

      Kay Penney

      Pole Passion

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 (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

events website:

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

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


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: - 

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 


....... NEXT

Kay Penney