Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pole World Festival, Pole dance competition of the year 2017 Miss Pole Dance UK

Pole World Festival, Pole Dance competition of the year 2017 Miss Pole Dance UK
It’s an honour for myself, Kay Penney to be asked to send in this short video as owner and founder of Miss Pole Dance UK and to be short listed and nominated here today in Bristol at the inaugural Pole World Festival
I want to say a massive thank you, on behalf of everyone who has contributed in making Miss Pole Dance UK such a huge success over the last 13 years since its launch in 2004 and in creating such a professional platform and stage for so many talented performers and competitors.

We are all so proud to have created the pole greats such as Elena Gibson, our very first Miss Pole Dance UK Winner to the more recent champion Cheryl Teegan

I want to say a very special thank you to YOU– the pole community, and for your continuing support and allowing my vision to flourish each year and by giving the prestige to the 80 plus champions we have crowned to date, both men and women.

With the continuing growth and popularity over the years seeing the innovation and launch of a doubles category – created by Miss Pole Dance pre-seeding Australia 😊
the amateurs and semi pro categories quickly followed

The male categories – Mr Pole Fitness UK was launched in 2009 and more recently this year the launch of the GROUPS category
There’s more to come and It is my honour to be speaking to you all today via video

Thank you and we hope very much to see you all in Crawley on 7th October to see who will be crowned the next Miss Pole Dance UK Championships

Good luck to all the nominees and long may all the competitions continue to flourish in our fabulous pole industry  - Living with passion !!


For more information about Miss Pole Dance UK  Please visit

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Starting your own pole business - Pole Passion License starting from only £65 a month

Starting your own pole studio can be a mine field, that’s why we at Pole Passion have taken out all the hard work and made it easy for you

For as little as £65 a month with no costly franchise outlays and your whole syllabus and content provided including networking opportunities, uniform, health and safety documentation, how to guides, class cover, events, apprentice schemes, helper support, discounts on pole,added commission opportunities, competitions, advertising and marketing for free – that’s less than ONE full paying student per class per month (based on 6 classes !!)

Question – ‘I have a decent idea of how to run things once they are up and running from previous experiences, but pole specific things like, start up costs, finding a suitable venue, renovating, making it my own etc. I have no experience.’

Finding a venue – check out the venue check list
Health and Safety
Risk Assessments
Fire Risk Assessment
Have a clear understanding of what you will be using the venue for
This can be from £2,000 – £20,000+ depending on your tastes?
What type of classes, will this include a variety of floor space?
Make a list of the classes you and (bought instructors) could offer
Will you be offering parties
What age will your clients be?
How many classes a day?
Are you fully qualified to teach and therefore fully insured to teach
Do you keep your training current and up to date?
Look at floorings and ceilings first
Flooring – probably the most expensive part of a venue, next to equipment
Non slip, sprung loaded? Wood, carpet or vinyl?

Will you be providing permanent mat flooring or portable mats which can be used for pole, aerial and floor based exercises (check the height of the exercise to the thickness of mats)
Yoga mats to crash mats?
Space – How big do you want your studio?
How many poles can fit?
What type of poles will you require?
Will my poles be light weight and easy to erect between lessons

Equipment – think Health and Safety
Easily removable or permanent Rpoles?
How high are the poles going to be?
Will there be other items required?
Storage space for equipment and items not currently being used?
Tables and chairs?
Mirrors or not?

Heating & ventilation -
Can you vary the temperature of your studio
Is there heating or cooling fans installed and working?

Other things to look out for at a venue
Changing area?
Toilets and shower facilities, hot and cold water?
Bag storage
Fire extinguishers?
First Aid kit? – First Aid training
Ample parking for busy classes?
Mood lighting?

Licenses -
PPL  Phonographic Performance Ltd  = PPL is the UK-based music licensing company that licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV and then distributes the fees to its performer and record company members. Established in 1934, PPL now carries out this role on behalf of tens of thousands of members
PRS  Performing Right Society Limited = PRS represents songwriters, composers and music publishers, and collects royalties on their behalf whenever their music is publicly performed. This includes performances of both live and recorded music or music from TV and radio, in premises from concert halls to corner shops.
What’s the difference
PPL collects royalties on behalf of performers and record companies, while PRS for Music collects royalties on behalf of songwriters, composers, and publishers. When a business plays recorded music in public, in most instances a licence from both organisations is legally required.
Essential Insurance - Can you afford not to!!
Contents insurance
Building Insurance
Studio rental
Electricity, lighting, inside and out
 and hidden costs
Apply for planning permission from your local council (about £200)
Speak to a land lord, check the small print and what the venue can be used for,
-can modification be made – who pays for this?
-look into the structure and load limits of beams and ceilings (before you plan an application)
-does the venue have to be put back to its original state when the lease runs out (more costs?)
Sign contracts


Just join Pole Passion who can take all the stress out of owning your own business with a dedicated and experienced pole team behind you – with colleagues who are going through and have been through what you’re going through

JOIN POLE PASSION NOW – it’s easy as 1,2,3
1. Get Qualified
2. Decide to join our team – Email us on :
3. Sign up, recruit and pole

Are You Lubricating Your RPole in the right places? - VIDEO TUTORIALS

Check out our video tutorials page on  and in particular the 'Base Maintenance' video to see how to maintain your RPole. If you have any concerns as we will gladly discuss these with you and offer solutions to keep your RPoles in top working order. Most maintenance is very simple so please ask if you are not sure.

The number one issues we find with the lack of maintenance is; lubrication of the ring in the boss and the silicone sleeve 'migrating' along the frame leg making the frame unstable in use. Both these are very easy to correct and if you need to replace the non-slip silicone sleeve on the boss we have these in stock.

We highly recommend that the silicone oil is used once every month to help to fit the pole in the base.
Please do not use other lubricants like Vaseline or a water based oil, as these dry out and become like glue sticking the pole in the boss and making it hard to remove! If you want a free sample of silicone oil just ask next time you are at the office as we have sample sachets. The correct oil can be found on our website.

Hygiene is a big part of keeping the poles safe to use and 'grippy', so to keep your pole clean, we recommend YOU WIPE IT DOWN WITH A SOFT CLOTH AND VODKA  (Tesco value or similar is fine) as this cleans, sterilizes, dries very quickly and is hypoallergenic. As your RPole is a high quality stainless steel metal, if you scratch it, it can be re polished to a better than new finish, as can the aluminum base if you wanted this mirror polished too. Just ask! Turn around can be within the same day and cost approx £30 per pole. We also offer a bespoke paint option to older powder coated poles. Prices are approx £150 to repaint and offer a graphic finish. Full price can be given once we know your exact requirements. Check the options out here: BESPOKE PAINT OPTION

Instruction manuals are now available on our website.

Please do not hesitate to reply to this email if you have any questions and we can offer an on-site maintenance option to include all your RPoles, Full details can be found on our website and the service option would be for all RPoles you own at one venue to a maximum six number. This rate is exclusive to licensees only.

Email us to become a Pole Passion Licensee

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

POLEBEAT WINNER 2017 Miss Pole Dance UK Dance Off Free Style championships

POLE BEAT Freestyle pole dance WINNER 2017

Marta Grabowska - 2017


Donna Gant - 2013
Emma Haslam O'Toole - 2014

Rosa Lisa - 2015
Catherine Meadley - 2016


Pole Passion created the very first ‘quick fire’ pole championships in 2013

POLEBEAT® - PoleBeat is a registered Trademark.
PoleBeat Short high energy dance performances 45 second long slots - we chose the music, you improvise the moves out dancing the next competitor in sudden death!! She/he who dares wins in the battle to the trophy.

A high energy, intense, fitness and music based event.
The contestants come to the pole in pairs, chosen by the organisers.
Each contestant performance is preceded by a short  introduction, each contestant in that pair has 45 of music in which to show their ability - repeated for each pair - the crowd reaction is taken into consideration.
Winners in each pair are then paired up and the process starts again.
The music comprises of a series of high energy tracks at a set BPM,the music continues between performances.
A count down will be given to end each performance

The Rules
The contestants must perform a different set of moves each round they perform in - variety will be marked highly.
High energy routines ...Intricate Combos,comedy,entertainment value,Dynamic poses,facial expressions,
body language,endurance and flexibility,cheekiness,sexiness,power,pole stunts,character,attitude,variations,
high speed transitions, fluidity, slow motion, freeze frame, balance, poise, grace, energy and ………. no fear factor

The Scores
Contestants are marked by 3 or more judges on 5 tier criteria
1. Style – costume! Anything goes from pure fitness attire to extreme bodypaint (no nudity)
2. Use of Stage – Stage presence, impression use of stage. Start / Finish on ‘X’
3. Routine – Variety and music choice (bpm/high intensity)
4. Use of Pole height
5. Difficulty and variety of combinations and tricks

If you would like to know more or would like to run and operate a PoleBeat event, then please get in touch as we would love to work with you.

Donna Gant

Emma Haslem Otoole

Rose Lisa

Catherine Meadley

Miss Pole Dance UK Amateurs & Semi Pro championships 2017 RESULTS

Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur Semi - Pro Championships

 Saturday 10th June 2017

Sunday 11th June 2017

Pole Passion proudly presents…

1st  Lauren Costello 
2nd Crystal Rosen
3rd Gemma Tizzard

Best Tricks Award - Lauren Costello

Best Costume Award - Gemma Tizzard
Best Entertainer Award - Crystal Rosen

Lauren Costello - 80
Crystal Rosen -  74
Gemma Tizzard - 64
Melissa King - WITHDRAWN
Hayley Berry- WITHDRAWN
Rina Green - WITHDRAWN

Dawn Simpson - WITHDRAWN


1st  Robyn Churchill
2nd Lizzie Dodd
3rd Vixen

Best Tricks Award - Lizzie Dodd

Best Costume Award - Robyn Churchill
Best Entertainer Award - Vixen

Robyn Churchill - 92.5
Lizzie Dodd - 86
Vixen - 77
Laura Kissell - 73
Tara Margulies - 72
Jelena Todorovic - 71
Marie Shorthouse - 69
Ayami  - 69
Martina Hayhoe - 68
Danielle Nundy - 68
Poppy Robinson - 58
Silvia Zeisel - 55
Brooke Hojel - 53
Elana Walker - WITHDRAWN
Anna Frost - WITHDRAWN


1st Lauren Seifert & Lilith Seifert 
2nd Carla Maroudas & Katherine Wibmer
3rd Terri Nicolson & Sara Kousarieh

Best Tricks Award -

Lauren Siefert and Lilith Seifert

Best Costume Award - 
Lauren Siefert and Lilith Seifert

Best Entertainer Award -
Emily Davis and Emily Youseman

Lauren Seifert & Lilith Seifert - 96
Carla Maroudas & Katherine Wibmer - 93
Terri Nicolson & Sara Kousarieh - 83  - Higher score on tricks
Emily Davis & Emily Youseman - 83
Natasha Medlin & Sarah Gandhi - 73
Helen Hastie & Joanne Woolgar - 67
Katie Christopher & Zoe Leigh - WITHDRAWN
Dawn Walsh & Naomi Walsh - WITHDRAWN
Tim McNulty & Jo Fawcett  - WITHDRAWN


1st  Holly Munson
2nd Karrie Hammersley
3rd Mollie Burke

Best Tricks Award - Karrie Hammersley

Best Costume Award - Karrie Hammersley
Best Entertainer Award - Holly Munson

Holly Munson - 94
Karrie Hammersley - 92
Mollie Burke - 85
Grace Ferguson - 82
Louisa Best - 82
Hannah Selden - 79
Caroline McGregor - 76
Lucy Provenzano - 76
Cheryl Cummins - 76
Allura - 74
Maya Velvet - 73

Shannon Chiverton - WITHDRAWN
Anna Łotecka-Dabbachi - WITHDRAWN


1st  Chris Green
2nd Damian Kutryb
3rd Robin De Meyere

Best Tricks Award -  Chris Green

Best Costume Award - Damian Kutryb
Best Entertainer Award - Brett Hollyhead

Chris Green - 88
Damian Kutryb - 86
Robin De Meyere - 84
Kevin Kinnear - 77
Brett Hollyhead - 72
Aaron Darby - 47

Tim Martin - WITHDRAWN
Darren Whitby - WITHDRAWN


1st  Gotham City Sirens
2nd Pole Elevation
3rd Chromakazi Kittens

Best Tricks Award - Gotham City Sirens

Best Costume Award - Dawsons Divas
Best Entertainer Award - Gotham City Sirens

Gotham City Sirens - 86
Pole Elevation - 77
Chromakazi Kittens - 71
Troupe Unique - 67
Xtreme Regiment - 63
Dawsons Divas - 58

WINNER - Marta Grabowska

Arion Gadd
Robert Johansen
Rosie Wilson
Natasha & Sarah
Lauren Stott

Virnanette Yule
Marcel Diner
Cheryl Cummings

Robyn Churchill
Miss Pole Dance UK semi pro student champion 2017

Venue  Address:
Bersted Park Community Centre
Lakeland Avenue
North Bersted
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO21 5FF

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Tammy Freeman
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

World Pole Art Italy Kay Penney Judge POLE PASSION

World Pole Art Championships Italy
4th & 5th March 2017

Competition Biography 2017

Kay Penney - United Kingdom-  BIOGRAPHY

at Crocetta Theatre Torino Turin

Kay is extremely excited to be representing the judging panel and to support Pole Dance Virtude and World Pole Art Italy
She particularly likes to meet new people on and off the pole and to watch the talent grow and grow

Kay Penney is the Chairwoman of The World Pole Dance Association, co-organising 2015’s World Pole Sport & Fitness competition in Beijing, China & more recently the World Championships in Bucharest September 15th & 16th 2016.

Kay is also the owner, founder and Managing Director of Pole Passion Ltd (, and is responsible for bringing pole to men and women as a pole art form and dance for fitness.
Kay is the owner and creator of Miss Pole Dance UK est.2005

Kay created Pole Passion Ltd in 2003 with a passion to pass on her experiences and passion for the pole, promoting the very talented and ambitious from beginner students to the World champions, like Felix Cane, double world champion. Kay adapted the early pole techniques, inspired by exotic dance in the beginning she introduced pole fitness techniques and is constantly affirming her vision by achieving national accreditation for both her instructor training qualifications in 2007 with Skills Active.

2010 World Pole Dance Switzerland

Her programmes are shared and learnt by men and women all over the world with continual passion along with her dedicated and experienced team. Women from all over the world now train with Pole Passion. Pole Passions Instructor Training  Accreditations are valid ALL OVER THE WORLD

She has judged and organised well over 100 pole competitions in her 16 years in the Pole business and is an originator of Pole Fitness in the UK leading it into gymnasiums and sports clubs world wide and with her NEW online courses she now supports all of Europe, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and USA

Kay is a business graduate and has the pleasure to attend seminars including speakers such as Sir Richard Branson & Alan Sugar. Kay has had a love for sport & dance all her life and has been involved and certified in Tennis, Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket, Orienteering, Badminton, swimming & Gymnastics and is a REP’s qualified Fitness Instructor and Exercise Group Instructor.
With her experience of competitions in other fields, she formulated and founded Miss Pole Dance UK Championships in 2005 & Mr Pole Fitness UK competitions.

She is creator of World Pole Sport & Fitness Championships from 2009 (Jamaica). She developed the synchronised doubles category in 2010 Passionate about the health and well-being of students and instructors alike she created a First Aid Pole Sport Specific course in 2010 – the first of its kind.
She is a member of Equity, Fitness Industry Association (FIA), UK Active, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Member of Pole Fitness Association USA, International Pole Sports Federation chair of Events 2009.

She is a qualified first aider, pole specific and continues to teach weekly pole fitness lessons where she is happiest.
She wrote the first Code of Pole Practice specific to professionalise pole fitness.

She is co inventor of the RPole, one of the first free standing portable poles specific to pole fitness and dance techniques, without a platform stage and the only pole which incorporates a safety mat as standard. The RPole also is the only pole currently built to British and European safety standards.
She is actively involved in Teacher training and assessing in both Pole and Burlesque Dance techniques. Kay has appeared on National and International TV :- BBC, Sky Bravo TV and local radios and many times  & has been featured in local and national
newspapers and magazines.

She is a presenter and public speaker for pole fitness and over the years supports cancer charities 4 times per year and has raised thousands of pounds for such charities to include McMillian, St Lukes Hospice, Breast Cancer Awareness, Wear it pink. She has taken the RPole to the top of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK to support her chosen charities.
Each year Kay is passionate about networking and supporting other countries just sharing each other’s culture, well-being and knowledge.

Founder & Creator (2009) of World Pole Dance – Rules & Regulations and Judicial
system, move syntax coordinator, Head Judge
2009 – 2013 Main Organiser
2009 - 2016 World Pole Dance Federation creation
2009 –
2001 Founder, owner & Managing Director Pole Passion Ltd.  (
2005 Founder, owner & Managing Director Miss Pole Dance UK & Mr Pole Fitness UK

You can find her on
Instagram – KayPenney01
Facebook – Kay Penney
Twitter – Pole Passion
Email : and whats app:  +44 (0) 77535 85054