Friday, 24 October 2014

Pole Dancing Mats – Crash mats for exercise

One mat fits all:- Suitable for floor to ceiling poles and free standing poles including RPole / Xpole / Platinum Stages / Alistage Poles



Comes in a heavy duty PVC, which will offer great protection from high heels or bare feet!
1 Piece construction, connected together with industrial strength Velcro – you don’t even know its there!
Carry handles for easy transportation
Available in a wide variety of colours

The safety mat is suitable for Pole Fitness and Pole Dance Classes -
Great also for comfortable Stretching, Exercise, Floor Work & Yoga / Pilate Fitness
AVAILABLE NOW  - NO WAITING

Large round safety mats 1800mm (6ft)  30mm thick
Designed for falls from 2.5mtrs making this the ideal choice for teaching and safe practice when learning new moves or inverts. Insurance compliant
Premium Quality 1800mm (6ft) 50mm thick fully reversible Safety Mat
Premium Mat comes complete with under foam as standard. ( Essential for RPole training ) The ideal choice of mats for teaching and safe practice when learning new moves or inverts.

RPole Fitness are the only pole and pole mat manufacturer to supply their professional studio poles with a full sized safety mat as standard. NO HIDDEN EXTRA COSTS
RPole are committed to safe practice and improving standards of teaching to help instructors comply with safety of students and Duty of Care to protect against injury when practicing or teaching pole fitness.
RPole offer Professional Pole Teacher Qualifications through their training center in the UK or online through  Pole Passion the UK's foremost teaching provider so you can turn your investment in your RPole into a business opportunity to teach Pole Fitness Classes safely AND complying with European Insurance standards.

RPole Mats - Ready in seconds! All mats come standard with fold ability for storage or transport
with easy to clean & hygienic with wipe clean covering. Folds away when not in use or for travel.
Comes complete with carry handles and weighs just 6kg.
Health & Safety tested to 6P for Phthalates



ORDER ONLINE NOW most credit and debit cards accepted with our secure payment partners Worldpay and PayPal
You do not need a PayPal account to make payments with your credit or debit card.
Bank transfer available on request.

www.r-polefitness.com or call  UK (01293) 888200

Pole Photography - Photo shoot advice - Pole Passion.com

Pole Photography - Photo shoot advice

LIGHTS…. POLE POSE …..ACTION!!

Preparing and planning your photo shoot is essential for it to go well and for the pictures to be a success
Think about some or all of the following in advance:
By being fully prepared you will enjoy the experience more too






COSTUME AND YOUR LOOK
CLOTHING
HAIR
MAKEUP
Think about outfit clashing with the background. Stand out or blend in?
Think about tassels and loose tops coming over your head if you are upside down
Think about which is your best side - if there are marks, tattoos or bruises you wish to hide
On the day mention anything you are self-conscious about so they can advise you if necessary
If you feel strongly for or against photoshop, say so
What kind of finish are you looking for? Silhouette, detailed, shadows or distant?
Do you want the base of the pole in the pictures?

MAKE YOUR MOVE
Pick only moves you are confident in and that you can do several times in succession if necessary and can hold for a decent length of time (about 5 seconds). 
Remember the photographer may need you to do it several times to get the best shot
Bring a list of moves with you and don’t be over ambitious, some of the best photos are the most simplest of moves

ANGLE IT RIGHT
Think about the angle you want the move taken from – do you want so see your face? Do you want the angle of your legs to be the highlight or your facial expression?! Make sure the photographer knows which bit of the move you are showing off. 
ask the photographer to move their position too (high, low, up, down, left, right)
The same move can be used for many different photos by using different angles, different outfits, looking in different directions, with shoes or bare feet
Talk to your photographer in advance about the look and feel you want

WHAT TYPE OF POLE WILL I BE USING?
There are many poles now on the market so always ask in advance what dimension the grip will be. Is it a pole you are familiar with and what is the grip like of this pole?
Will the pole be high enough for some of your extended moves and will the back drop be wider enough for your horizontal moves also?
Remember stainless steel, brass poles and powder coated poles have a higher grip that chrome

EXHAUSTION SHOWS IN PHOTOS
Do hard moves first as your energy may go quickly
Be prepared for the effect of adrenalin. You will have less strength than normal and will tire quickly

MUSIC TO SET THE MOOD
We all know that music is a great motivator, so don’t be afraid to have your music turned up.  Not too loud though as you may be missing vital directions from your photographer

OUT DOOR PHOTO SHOOTS
THE BEACH, THE PARK, THE STREET where will your pole take you?

Remember most importantly the cold of outdoor shoots has a massive effect. Warm up well and stay warm. Work quickly
Be prepared for the effect of being in a public place. Are you ok with people watching? What do you do if someone objects?
Think about order of moves if on a beach etc as even with the best effort you will have sand on feet after move 1!

SCHEDULING
Finally… if you are organising, make sure you schedule enough time for each person
Give the photographer a break and refreshments too


Suggestions of things to take with you:
Poles & Allen key if needed
Vodka – for the pole not for you!
Cleaning cloth 
Mats and under mats? 
Pole and body grip
Gloves 
Water to sip or drink 
Prepared list of moves including order and costume changes
Small towel for feet or baby wipes
High energy snacks and drinks
Flask with hot drink
Clothing
Outfits 
Flip flops or slip ons

Makeup
Spare make up
Face powder to prevent a shine

Accessories

OUT DOORS
If beach then bring an extra towel
Warm clothes, big jumper or zip up top so as not to ruin your hair

Cloths to wipe pole components with after
First aid kit

Rug / blanket to sit on / put stuff on
Wind breaker

SUGGESTED POLE MOVES AND POSES
Just a stand next to the pole
Kylie Pose
Pole Sit – legs bent, legs straight
Pole stand lean back
Plank with variations
Swan
Butterfly
Straight edge
Russian layback
Ankle release
Bridge
Cupid
Ayesha
Handstands
Vertical Splits

Plus your favourite ones of course

Ask for the list of reputable pole companies


Many thanks to the contributors:-
Training provider Pole Passion  www.polepassion.com
Sue Thompson – Pole Passion Littlehampton, Pole Passion Bognor 
Karla McCarthy Photography  
Kay Penney Pole Passion Crawley, Pole Passion Redhill

Pole Fitness and Dance Classes in East Grinstead - Pole Passion Industry leaders

NEW Pole Passion Pole Fitness and Pole Dance classes in East Grinstead
Felbridge Village Hall,
31 Crawley Down Road,
East Grinstead,
RH19 2PS

Classes will be running here from the 3rd November 2014
Monday evenings 7:45pm-8:45pm  &  8:50pm-9:50pm

Cost: £12.50 pay as you go First Lesson just £10 cash on the day / £40 x 4 Weekly

Suitable: Beginner / intermediate: All levels of fitness - beginners welcome

Pole Dance Fitness lessons are perfect for all women aged 16+. Incorporation pole tricks, spins, transitions and poses we will have you moving like never before!

Join our fun and friendly classes with professionally qualified instructors with many years of pole fitness and fitness competence. Expect to increase muscle tone as you progress each week, accomplishing moves you never thought possible. With just some simple and achievable techniques you will begin to feel and see a transformation projecting your new found confidence along the way!

What To Wear: Shorts, short skirt or leggings,
T shirt, trainers or bare feet.

Avoid wearing jewellery, moisturisers or oils on the skin.

For further details visit www.polepassion.com

We also operate the largest National championships, Miss Pole Dance UK championships, International Pole fitness Training schemes and apprentice schemes and master class and workshops in all areal arts


Thursday, 9 October 2014

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

http://youtu.be/FeMg6SP05gs


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 www.worldpoledance.com
The both are from Ireland and they are delighted to continue to offer  Master Classes around the globe for everyone
TITLES:
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
www.worldpoledance.com



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 – www.geoffpegler.com

 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.

THE RESULTS

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 www.misspoledance-uk.com,

www.worldpoledance.com

And www.polepassion.com

Contact

To learn more about this competition, please contact

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

Email: events@passion-fitness.com or kay@polepassion.com

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Elena Artamonova - moves

Pole Passion Instructor Certified
Membership number - PPF1690512

Elena Artamonova - Russia