Monday, 27 October 2014

The History of Pole Champions in the UK - 2005 - 2014

Pole Passion Proudly presents
Creators and The winners of the UK National Pole Dance Championships Singles, Males and Doubles categories and those who will be representing the UK and the World Pole Sport & Fitness championships  - World Pole Dance 

Miss Pole Dance UK  -  Amateur Division (established in 2010)

Beatrice Morgan  - 2010 / 2011
Ayumi Tozaki 2012
Anna Newberry 2013
Christine Feekery 2014

Miss Pole Dance UK  -  Semi Pro Division (established in 2010)

Lucy Cork -  2010 / 2011
 Rebecca Howard 2012 Students
 Hannah Taylor 2012  Instructors (established 2012)
 Sophie Geldeard 2013  Students
 Hannah Kaynes 2013 Instructors
Anna Louise 2014 Students
Amy Cowles 2014 Instructors

Miss Pole Dance UK  -  Semi Pro Doubles (established 2013)

Rachel Breheney & Leah Walters 2013
Ruth Vass & Neil Vass 2014

Miss Pole Dance UK  champions since 2005 (established 2004)

Elena Gibson – 2005/2006
Tracey Simmons  2006/2007
Sally Anne Giles – 2007/2008
Alesia Vazmitsel – 2008/2009
Maxine Betts – 2009/2010
Jess Leanne Norris – 2011/2012
  Sarah Scott - 2012 /2013
Lorna Thomas - 2013 / 2014
Yvette Dusol – 2014/ 2015

Mr Pole Fitness UK Champions since 2009 (established 2009)

Keem Martinez 2009/2010
Daren Pritchard – 2010/2011
Nico Modestine - 2012 /2013
Dan Rosen  2013/2014 
Dawid Skowronek 2014/ 2015

Miss Pole Dance UK Professional Doubles champions (established 2009)

Penny Howarth & Anna Chisholm 2009/2010
Kate Johnstone & Kate Czepulkowski 2010/2011
Sarah Scott & Kate Czepulkowski 2012 / 2013
Charlotte Robertson & Steph K Foster 2013/2014
Kristina Walker & Heather Walker 2014/2015

World Pole Dance Champions (established 2009)
Felix Cane - AUSTRALIA - 2009/2010
Felix Cane - AUSTRALIA - 2010/2011
Alesia Vazmitsel BELARUS   2011/2012
Natalia Tatarintseva  UKRAINE  2012 /2013 
Kate  Czepulkowski UNITED KINGDOM 2014/2015

World Pole Dance Champions (established 2011)
Evengy Greshilov    RUSSIA 2011  /2012 
Keem Martinez    FRANCE 2012 / 2013
Kristian Lebedev RUSSIA 2014/2015    

World Pole Dance (established 2011)
Ilka Martina Bardoczy & Barbara Palmaffy       HUNGARY   2011/2012 
  Ilka Martina Bardoczy & Barbara Palmaffy       HUNGARY   2012/2013  
  Lisette Krol & Terri Walsh  IRELAND 2014/2015  



If you are new to routines then think 4 – 6 weeks minimum for practice and preparation
Mental and physical preparation is most important
Obviously this varies from person to person but as guide!
If you are rushed, your nerves will be harder to control simply because you haven’t given yourself enough time to prepare!!

Who is your character?
What is your message?
What will you be wearing?

Pick your own music
Yes this might mean going through YouTube for hours and hours!!
Pick your tempo, words, style, length, mix
Did you know a winning song has all the senses in it in the lyrics  - touch smell, taste, hear, see

Keep it simple
Think 3D
Think height, depth, side to side and floor work
Flow, flex and FUN
Smile Relax Prepare and Practice

Get help if this is not your strongest part
Think and count in sets of 4, 8 and 16 – you will never listen to music the same again!!

Ask someone to help with this
Ask them to search for 10 things they can change for the better in your routine – even if they can just find 2 it will make them look for more

Most important have fun and embrace this challenge remember this is a great confident boost and a way to show all your hard earned skills to family and friends
Pole choreography is a skill, that can be learnt -

2015 International Pole Sport and Fitness Teacher Training with Industry Experts

International Pole Sport & Fitness Instructor Training days Foundation and Advanced

Thursday 30th April arrive in Budapest Instructor Training Registration
Friday 1st May -  instructor training
Saturday 2nd May -  instructor training
Sunday 3rd May -  instructor training

Site seeing opportunity  

Retreat week

Sunday 3rd May - site seeing or instructor training and (check in arrival of guests for week retreat 17.00pm)
Monday 4th May - Day 1 training all day
Tuesday 5th May - Day 2 training all day
Wednesday 6th May - Day 3 training all day
Thursday 7th May - Day 4 training all day
Friday 8th - Day 5 training in the morning (check out from hotel) additional site seeing too in the afternoon depending on your flight time

The training timetable will be finalised until early part of 2015

email us on -
call us on - 01293 888200

Pole Fitness and Dance Holiday May 2015 - All abilities All welcome

 The week long schedule is packed with a years worth of training, whether you are an instructor or a student this week is suited for all abilities :-

Checkin Sunday 3rd May 2015 - Friday 8th May 2015
BUDAPEST  for just £500 GBP all in  which includes your accommodation and all your training

Pole Passion presents

-        Pole Tricks all levels to world class status
-        Pole choreography
-        Handsprings ( Strong Grip)
-        Shoulder Mounts
-        Superman/Woman
-        Splits Training
-        Bridges
-        Ballet pole
-        Stretch and flex
-        Floor work intermediate (knee pads)
-        Floor work advanced (knee pads)
-        Dance choreography (knee pads)
-        Mixed ability pole spins class
-        Relaxation class (leggings, towel to lay on)
-        Aerial Yoga ( leggings)
-        Silks Beginner (Leggings, Socks, Long sleeved top)
-        Silks Intermediate / Advanced ( Leggings, socks, Long sleeved tops)
-        Lap Dancing ( Bring mans white buttoned shirt and heels)
-        Martini Glass workshop sexy style
-        Chair dancing ( Heels)
-        Hoops Beginners ( Leggings, Gloves )
-        Conditioning ( Preparation for pole moves )
-        Bands body conditioning and around the pole
-        Pole circuits fitness body conditioning (Dominatrix style!!)
-        Meditation
-        Floor yoga
-        Kickboxing – boxercise
-        Introduction to Figure & Bikini Natural Bodybuilders workshops
-        Personal diet and training consultations
Private 1-2-1 training sessions
-        Pilates
       -     Spa, site seeing and relaxation

Come and join in the fun and train with industry experts and world champions in the exquisite city of Budapest

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

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. or call  UK (01293) 888200

Pole Photography - Photo shoot advice - Pole

Pole Photography - Photo shoot advice


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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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
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
Flip flops or slip ons

Spare make up
Face powder to prevent a shine


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

Just a stand next to the pole
Kylie Pose
Pole Sit – legs bent, legs straight
Pole stand lean back
Plank with variations
Straight edge
Russian layback
Ankle release
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
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

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