Thursday, 9 October 2014

Science of Stupid pole dancing - featuring Miss Pole Dance UK 2012 champion Sarah Scott

Miss Pole Dance UK Professional judges 2014 4th October 2014

Miss Pole Dance UK Judges BIOS 2014

Alma Pirner  - Head Judge

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Profession: Aerial Showgirl and burlesque performer, fitness expert, Owner and creator of Dollhouse Exotic dance, Poledance/Pole-Fitness and Aerial Skills Studios, courses, trainings and franchise
Organisator of Miss Pole Dance Hungary competitions, and the World Pole Sport&Fitness Competition 2011
International judge for pole dance and fitness competitions including Miss Pole Dance UK
Her experience is in acrobatics, aerial skills trainer, pilates, yoga, exotic dance, striptease  Antigavity yoga, aerial yoga, stretching and fitness

He travels the UK teaching and also has his own pole school in Hemel Hempstead. IFA Pole & Aerial has now been going for just over a year and Dan has now left his part time job to dedicate his time full to the art he loves.
Dan could barely touch his toes 5 years ago and has now made a name for himself in the pole industry for being one of the most flexible pole boys in the UK. 

Lorna Walker  (Thomas)
She has recently got married this year to Liam Walker 
From that day on it has consumed her life. She opened Pole Athletes 6 years ago to share her passion for pole and teach others the art of pole dance and performance. 
Her business has grown from strength to strength and I now eager to push herself as a performer and athlete.
Ian's passion for performing started in the dance industry over 15 yrs ago as a pro hip hop and street dancer. 

They have just recently won World Champion Status at World Pole Dance
The both are from Ireland and they are delighted to continue to offer  Master Classes around the globe for everyone
World Pole Sport & Fitness – World Pole Dance Doubles Champions 2014
World Pole Sports Doubles Champions 2013
All Ireland Champion & Runner up Solo 2013
Irish Pole Fitness & Dance Champion 2013
UKPPC Runner up Solo 2013
All Ireland Champion & Runner up Solo 2012
World Pole Dance Semi-Finalist 2012
All Ireland Runner up Solo 2011

Bendy Kate  - Kate Czepulkowski
Bendy (as seen on Got to Dance 2012) is an innovative pole artist, acrobat, aerialist and hand balancer from the UK. Kate is in her twenties and trained as an acrobat from a young age.
Since beginning pole she has won several pole fitness titles including second place in the World Pole Sports Championships 2013, the UK Professional Champion 2011/2012, UK Amateur Champion 2010 and World Doubles Pole Runner up three times!
 She now teaches pole fitness and circus masterclasses, private pole and aerial lessons, performs at dance events and circus gigs.
As an accomplished pole instructor and finalist competitor in Miss Pole Dance Fitness UK professional competition in both ‘glamour & fitness’ categories in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and invited judge for Miss Pole Dance UK 2008 amateur competition, she is now building a considerable reputation within the global pole industry, culminating in her appearance at the World Championship finals in April 2009 in Jamaica where she represented the UK.
Emma Haslam O'Toole

She enjoys performing and is happiest on the stage and to inspire and support others with the same ambitions

Daniel Rosen
Dan has been pole dancing for 5 years after being introduced to pole through friends. He has been competing over the last 3 years and is very grateful for all of the opportunities which competing has presented to him. 

The current Miss Pole Dance UK female champion who represented the UK recently in February at the World Pole Dance championships
Has been pole dancing for 6 years. Who started with no previous experience in dance or gymnastics. She states she was always a bit of a Tom Boy whilst growing up, and one day decided taking a pole dancing lesson might help her to empower her femininity. 

Ian Matthews
Over the following years Ian worked at many top venues and joined some of the UK's top agencies in performing arts.
Ian has also had vast experience  within the fitness industry including a level 2 qualification in personal training.
Ian has been a featured performer at many pole and dance related events over the last 5 years, showcasing on an array of stages and has competed to the highest level in professional Pole Competitions.
" In this competition, what I am looking for up on that stage in the competitors is the emotional content, a connection with their audience throughout their performance, I want to see them bring the stage to life! "
"I'm very honoured to be judging the 'Mr Pole Fitness UK 2014' as I am very fond of this competition with many good times had, and to be able to see these very brave talented pole performers from a different perspective!"

Terry Walsh
Lisette Krol
Lisette & Terri have been working and performing together as synchronised doubles partners since 2011 in the arts of Pole, Acro balance, Aerial Hoop, Fire Acts and Dance.  The both have their own studios - Terri has Fierce Fitness Dance Studio and Lisette has Tribe Fitness Dance Studios. (Sister Studios J)

The current World Pole Dance Champion
Disciplines: Acrobatics, Pole Fitness, Hand balancing and Aerial

Deb Riley
Deb Riley is the owner and head instructor at the British Pole Dance Academy. She is most renowned for her amazing, unique and advanced pole tricks. Due to her continual dedication and hard work over the last decade working within the pole industry and with her natural flare, daring approach and friendly professionalism she is well recognized as the best tricks instructor in the UK.
She is a well-respected judge and choreographer

Emma Haslam

 has been poling since 2006,and aerial silks, hoop and trapeze since 2011 she is the founder of IPAAT, (International Pole and Aerial Tournament) and owns Emma’s Pole Dancing and in Derby. She runs 15 Pole fitness and 4 Aerial classes a week along with stretch and strength classes. Emma has been a bit of an internet sensation with over a million views on her YouTube video and being sponsored by The Sun for her first competition in February 2014 which she placed 3rd.
She was also asked to be on Britain’s Got Talent and got 4 yesses from Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Williams.   Also Emma’s Pole Dance Routine went viral over night She has appeared on Italian news along with being in USA Pole and Aerial Magazine. She has performed and been on TV shows in Brazil, Romania, Madrid and 3 different city’s in Spain.

We are proud that Emma is with us today

Miss Pole Dance UK 2014 Professional Category - The results

P R E S S    R E L E A S E - Miss Pole Dance UK Professional Championships 2014

By Kay Penney - 6th

Photography credits to Geoff Pegler –

 October 2014

Pole Passion, Crawley Pole Fitness Company, hosted the Largest National Pole dance championships on 4th October 2014 at the Hawth Theatre of arts; the venue chosen for not only its local appeal but for it creative   and dynamic approach to modern shows and multicultural mix.

Over 30 men and women competitors, in the three categories and 9 professional international pole fitness and dance judges, with 8 show act performances and over 600 spectators and over 100 helpers and support team back stage, all descended on Crawley, West Sussex on Saturday from around the country to host what is now become the most prestigious and longest running pole dance event in the history of competitive pole dance competitions.

Joining the contestants, many respected and previous attending professionals chosen from the best of the best in the UK and this year we are delighted to have the World Champion Bendy Kate and Britain’s Got Talent 2014 ambassador, Emma Haslam O’Toole, and Got to Dance representative Daniel Rosen, represented the professional judging panel.

Each contestant for the finals, from the three categories Men's (10 competitors), synchronised doubles (6 pairs) and females (12 competitors) had to compete a demanding series of pole tricks, spins, poses transitions between 4-5minutes on two stainless steel RPoles, one static and one spinning, both creating different dynamics and techniques on and around the pole.

The areas of judging, from the five judges in each category, that were taken into consideration for each contestant, consisted of maximum 10 marks in their presentation of their routine, including costumes and props enhancing their performance element and storytelling; many contestants making their own.

The dance and fitness performance section consisted of 10 marks per judge which included their variety of choreography, music interpretation control and demonstration of strength and power, elegance and grace, throughout their gruelling routine also including the use of both poles, creating height and depth to their dance and acrobatic performances.

And thirdly, the tricks section, awarding 15 marks per judge, demonstrating the tricks and combination of tricks including fluidity and effortless looking transitions to their performance including, but not limited to, floor work, acro balance and circus skills

The performances displayed a huge range of emotions and storytelling with masses of heart, soul and passion expressed in these amazing aerial performances, that this growing community is displaying

The organisation is honoured that all these competitors came to compete from across the country and each year the competition just gets fiercer and we are excited to see double the amount of men competing this year from 2013

Congratulations go to Dawid Skowronek (Sk Da) on becoming the new Mr Pole Fitness UK 2014, a well deserved win and to Sam Willis for an incredible performance and 2nd place and in 3rd place Michael Donohoe

Congratulations go to the Doubles winners, the Walker sisters Kristina and Heather who also took the Best Tricks award, with an incredible close second by, Doctor of Psychology, Kat Bailey and her pole student Danielle Haynes, coming joint winners but taking second place as Heather and Kristina just skimming past them by 1.5 points in their tricks category

Our congratulations also go to Yvette Dusol on being the new proud owner of the Miss Pole Dance UK Crown, where we are sure her glory will now continue to flourish beyond her imagination

Yvette already a professional performer with a circus based background, will now be invited to represent the UK in the World Pole Dance - World Pole Sport & fitness championships in China.

Yvette Dusol has been a professional performer since a very young age and travels the world performing aerial hoop, silks and contortion. She started pole dancing only 2 years ago and it is now her passion in life, and any spare time she gets is spent on a pole. Her ultimate goal is to one day become a World Champion pole dancer.

More information is expected to be released regarding the forth coming World championships on- April 11th & 12th  in Beijing, where Pole Passion will be the hosts once more on a global scale, inviting the first and second placed finalist of Miss Pole Dance UK to represent the UK

Mr Yung Biao of China Pole Dance who will be co-hosting the event, has been studying English to prove better communications between Pole Passion and the head of World Pole Dance and originator Kay Penney, to make this a reality in 2015.


Miss Pole Dance UK 2014 Females Category

Best Tricks – Yvette Dusol
Best Costume – Charlotte Robertson
Best Entertainer – Heather Walker

 1st     – Yvette Dusol 151.5

2nd     – Charlotte Robertson 147

3rd      - Amy Williams 143

Felicity Logan - 141
Yvette Austin - 130
Amy Cowles – 106.5
Katherine White - 137
Hannah Kaynes - 106
Leah Rose - 116.5
Heather Walker - 120
Rose-aLisa - 75
Kristina Walker – 139.5
Mr Pole Fitness UK 2014
Best Tricks – Sam Willis
Best Costume – Marcin Miller
Best Entertainer – Nat Lamptey
1st  – Dawid Skowronek 115 (tricks 49)

2nd – Sam Willis 112 (tricks 52)

 3rd – Michael Donohoe 112

Sam King - 101
Jack Scott Lee - 70
Nat Lamptey - 75
Marcin Miller - 103
Paulo Casper - 47
Theo Robertson - 93
Paul Bickerton - 90

Miss Pole Dance UK 2014 Synchronised Doubles

Best Tricks – Kristina Walker and Heather Walker
Best Costume – Kristina Walker and Heather Walker
Best Entertainer – Kat Bailey and Danielle Haynes

1st – Kristina Walker and Heather Walker - 140.5 (tricks 60.5)

2nd  – Kat Bailey and Danielle Haynes - 140.5 (tricks 58)

3rd  – Rose-a Lisa and Zoe Jayne Ednay - 122

Angela Hawkes & Zorena Roe - 114
Ricia & Serena – 95.5
Melissa Sidiki & Timonie George - 113
Ambassadors of Pole Award

Additional Award – also created for the pole fitness and dance industry, last year by the Miss Pole Dance UK organisation. The first time in History ‘Ambassadors to Pole Award,’ whereby contributors to the health and safety and development of professional Pole throughout the world are awarded and officially recognised by their piers and the Miss Pole Dance UK and World Pole Dance Organisation.

This years nominations were

Millie Robson - Pole Photographer
Donna Gant - Master Trainer Trainer
Bendy Kate - World Pole Dance Champion
Emma Haslam O'Toole - Britain's Got Talent 2014
Sam Remmer - PDC
Steve Penney - RPole Fitness
Dan Rosen – Got To Dance 2014, Mr Pole Fitness UK 2013 Champion
Laura Ashton - Spinny TBags, Everything Pole Dancing

Kay Penney her self was also recognised in the line up this year by the other members of the MPD UK organisation

AMBASSADORS Pole Dance & Fitness AWARD New Industry award created by Miss Pole Dance and World Pole  Sport & Fitness Championships People are awarded this status by giving either their time or money or both to the community in the way of helping out, by either contribution, judging, coaching, being a mentor, supporting competitors and others, developing the training, developing the knowledge, promoting the talented and educating all etc.

Naturally the list of people is extensive and the public, students and fellow polers are requested to send in their nominations
For more information about 2014 and pictures please visit,



To learn more about this competition, please contact

Kay Penney, Media Relations
Pole Passion Ltd
West Sussex
office: 01293 888200 / mobile 07921948606

Email: or

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Elena Artamonova - moves

Pole Passion Instructor Certified
Membership number - PPF1690512

Elena Artamonova - Russia

Pole Ambassador Awards 2014 Miss Pole Dance UK Pole Sport

To nominate your Pole ambassador's  - tell us who and why
Email us your nomination and we will list them all here - and we will credit them on the stage at Miss Pole Dance UK 4th October 2014

2014 nominations so far - 
Sam Remmer -  PDC
Millie Robson -  Pole Photographer
Donna Gant -  Master Trainer Trainer
Bendy Kate - World Pole Dance Champion
Emma Haslam O'Toole - Britains Got Talent 2014
Steve Penney - RPole Fitness

AMBASSADORS for the  Pole Sport, Dance & Fitness  New Industry AWARD created by Miss Pole Dance and World Pole Sport & Fitness Championships 4th October 2014

This title and position is about recognising the contribution and innovation to the pole industry world wide and is the first of its kind in the pole dance and fitness industry.

Created in 2013 by Kay Penney, founder of Miss Pole Dance UK and World Pole Sport & Fitness - World Pole Dance -  to recognise all the individuals and companies that have and continue to contribute their time and money in professionalising this relatively new industry

People are awarded this status by giving either their time or money or both to the community in the way of helping out,  by either contribution, judging, coaching, being a mentor, supporting competitors and others, developing the training, developing the  knowledge, promoting the talented and educating all etc.

Naturally the list of people is extensive and the public, students and fellow polers are requested to send in their nominations (more than one if necessary)  via email to - detailing why they would like to nominate their mentor or Ambassador

Considerations for nominations would be for;-
Length of service to the industry
Position held
Name of the company they represent
What have they currently done or are doing to help expand, develop and professionalise the pole community, now and in the future, to make it a positive, safe and professional place for all who wish to be associated to the Pole dance and fitness industry.

We, the Miss Pole Dance, World Pole Dance Organisation, will be awarding a certificate and recognising some individuals on the main stage during the presentations of all Miss Pole Dance and World Pole Dance competitions and is proud to be leading and innovating  the industry with this new award scheme.

Ambassadors Industry Award recognised by Miss Pole Dance and ~ World Pole Dance

for more details on the 2014 nominations -  visit

Yuliya Stecher - Ukraine
Deb Riley - United Kingdom
Donna Gant - United Kingdom
Pippa Loveridge - United Kingdom
Stacey Sneddon - United Kingdom
Lena Shishkova - Russia

Also awarded on 1st February 2014
Kate Edwards - UK
Fawnia Monday - USA
Jamilla Deville - Australia
Jenyne Butterfly - USA

Awards by Kay Penney - Head of Miss Pole Dance & World Pole Dance

Friday, 8 August 2014

Why I Love Pole testimonials from Pole Passion Pole Fitness Classes

Debbie Nichols Pole Passion Crawley Worth
 I enjoy Jana's Crawley Worth class.  Jana's warm up's and down are different to any other I have done in many a long year.  Dance intensive and fun......and exhausting!  Jana also treats each person individually and tries to build up their weaknesses by working on combo's.

....and here is the poem.  All points I made in it still stand (and I am still working on some of the moves I couldn't do then !!!)

Why I Love Pole

“Why do you love pole”? I was asked today
How to put it in words, what to say?
Is it the challenge that brings me back week after week?
The great sense of achievement that I seek
By finally getting that evasive move?
Is it because to myself I am trying to prove
I’m not old, I’m not knackered?– Look what I can do
And if I can do this I’m sure you can too
The bruises we wear with pride – call them pole kisses
They show how we’ve tried.  Let me tell you that this is
The fittest and strongest that I’ve ever been
Me upside down on a pole to believe must be seen
Not to mention the friendships, advice and support
From all other polers enjoying the sport
It may take me months to achieve one position
But I don’t need a psychiatrist or a physician
I believe in myself now – for the first time.  You see
That’s why I love pole, that’s what pole’s done for me

My pole experience.

When I first started pole I was like the little caterpillar you said. I was shy, body conscious, quiet, and dealing with stress and anxiety disorder from a hard personal life. After meeting some beautiful kind caring people who I now call my friend I am a true butterfly like I aimed to me. I'm happy, so confident, feel good about myself an addicted to pole Where it distresses me and allows me I just be me in my own world of pole. Everyone in the pole passion team are awesome at what they do and truly make the class an amazing experience which I would recommend to everyone :-).

Kirsty Seymour Pole Passion Worth

So why after 4 months am I still doing pole? Because it’s great at every stage from learning your first fireman spin to learning to invert- there is always something new to work on a new way to progress and develop your skills. Most importantly the teachers are amazing so supportive and they even create individual plans for everyone in the class. It’s been awesome and I can only see it getting better :-) Just want to say a massive thank you Tamara for all your support and guidance :-)

Lauren Mundle Pole Passion Worth


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bella Monnery Pole Passion Shoreham-by-Sea, Worthing

Pole Passion’s newest recruit and  fitness expert Bella Monnery is more than sexy hip swirls and happy hip shakes!!

Fitness preparation and training for tough mudder 2014
For over 3hours a week of pole, Bella is using her pole techniques for training for one of the hardest and most gruelling and physically challenging courses on the planet.

She will be using the pole techniques for upper body strength to get her up the ropes, over the walls and across the monkey bars.

Her Kickboxing and cardio classes for fitness and strength.
Her Gym sessions, and at least 2 runs a week. 1 long distance, 9 miles plus, 1 hill run. 
Bella commented, ‘ I actually love all the training :) I remember when I first started running, 1 mile was hard! It's amazing to see yourself get stronger and faster, it's a great feeling of achieving.
The hardest thing is finding the time lol I drag my dogs along for some of the runs.. We go in the rivers together too! 

My biggest fear.....
Hmmm, there are a few! 
Electric shocks and ice cold water is what I'm dreading most! 

My reasons for entering....
I'm probably a little mad lol
But, I love a challenge :)
I entered a few smaller obstacle courses last year.... Now I want to go for the big one!! 
Yes this is a big challenge! But I know I will love every minute :)’

London South is Europe’s most gruelling Tough Mudder event! Set in acres of barren jagged farm land and hills, not to mention all the obstacles designed by the special forces, mud and water!!

Bella Monnery Pole Passion Advanced Instructor -  Shoreham-by-Sea

To find our more about Bella's classes visit
or email