Archive for May, 2014

US National Pole Championships 2014

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

10405437_651253064930396_7891020005956334883_nStudents, have you heard of the US National Pole Championships 2014 which will be held in New York at the Mason Hall in Gramercy Park this year in August 1-3, 2014? The Polers that qualify from the regional events from the professional women’s and new professional men’s division will compete for cash prizes and the title of 2014 U.S. National Pole Champion in each division. We are also so happy and proud to announce that our studio has three students that will be going to New York for this competition for the U.S. National Pole Championship Series. We have seen these girls come in and work hard on the pole with all their tricks and moves they have learned here with us. How great is it to have all kinds of people like teachers, lawyers and sales representative come in to our studio to learn how to pole dance and want to compete. If you are one of our students you should defiantly want to take a look at these events and learn more about it!! Have a great day my friends.

Pole Fitness as a Sport

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Pole dancing has evolved over the last decade, becoming a popular workout and an organized gymnastic competition. There are people who think pole dancing is provocative, is only associated with stripping, and gives a sexual connotation. But, what people need to see is that pole dancing could be considered a sport. There are many pole dance studios around the world, making the sport not only national, but international as well. Many students of SoBe Pole Dance Studio admit that pole dancing is a great way to exercise, get fit, and it also inspires and empowers them. There are many reasons why pole fitness should be recognized as a sport and perhaps one day become an Olympic sport.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if a pole fitness athlete wins an Olympic medal? Before pole dancing could be considered a sport, it must be administered by an international federation which ensures that the sport’s activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practiced all around the world and meets a certain amount of criteria established of the IOC’s, and eventually draft an official petition can be submitted for consideration by the international Olympic committee. The International Sports Federations are international non-governmental organizations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering one or more sports at world level. The national federations administering those sports are affiliated to them. While conserving their independence and autonomy in the administration of their sports, International Sports Federations seeking IOC recognition must ensure that their statutes, practice and activities conform to the Olympic Charter.

Pole Fitness is an innovative and trendy way of working out. It depends on significant upper body strength, flexibility, and body endurance. Pole dancing is not your typical gym exercise. It lacks the need of heavy equipment. The only weight it requires is your own body’s mass. This sport can be geared towards toning and building muscles insuring full body workout, and classes can make women feel athletic yet artistic and confident at the same time. Pole fitness is for women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. Women have been looking for a change in their exercise routines and pole dance provides that modification. The sport develops self-confidence and healthy bodies all over the world.

Timothy Trautman, President of the International Pole Sports Federation who was recently interviewed with “Buzzfeed” said that he would love for pole fitness to be in the 2016 Olympics. Tim goes on to say, “Having pole dancing in the Olympic Games is the only way for people to realize that pole dancers are incredible athletes: “They have such grace and elegance and they absolutely belong in the Olympics. But we do fight the stereotype that it’s for strippers.” “We have to take some of the eroticism out of the moves and also take off the high heels.” “We’re going to frame it as these are athletes that you’re watching”, Trautman says.

There were a total of 12 new sports that debuted at 2014 Sochi’s Olympics. The ski halfpipe (men’s and women’s), ski slopestyle (men’s and women’s), snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), snowboard parallel slalom, women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, a new figure skating team event and luge team relay. In hopes, with time pole fitness will make it to a list of debuts. The Arnold Sports Festival 2014 is paving a way for pole fitness to be introduced to the world as mainstream. For the first time, pole is going to be featured at a major event.

Like most of the events featured in the Sochi’s Olympics this year, pole dance competition administrators such as US Pole Dance Federation, Pole Sport Organization, International Pole Sports Federation, and others hold strict requirements for its competitors that must be followed to compete. According to Pole Dancers Buff Image with Rules and a Dress Code article and International Pole Sports Federation “Rules and Regulations”, among the written regulations there is compulsory and optional rounds, age and level restrictions, no dancing in an overtly erotic manner, no rear end shaking, no hats, canes and anything that is not considered attached to the costume. The federation’s rules frowns upon anything that falls off a dancer. They mandate disqualification for intentionally removing items of clothing, ban costumes from being used in an erotic manner and require neckline of no lower than eighty (80) millimeters from clavicle notch and many other rules.

We have to continue to spread awareness for everyone to know that pole dancing should be an Olympic Sport. Mainly because it is truly as difficult a sport as gymnastics or ice skating, pole dancers train tough, and there are pole fitness communities fighting to make it to the Olympics. At SoBe Pole Dance Studio we strongly believe that good conduct within a pole team can also contribute to each pole dancer’s personal growth, so why not encourage it? Pole Fitness is a lifestyle for many!

References

  1. http://jezebel.com/5930171/its-gonna-be-a-while-before-pole-dancing-is-in-the-olympics
  2. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/NATL-Six-New-Events-Make-Debut-At-Sochi-2014-Olympics-229719291.html
  3. GULYAS, VERONIKA. “Pole Dancers Buff Image with Rules and a Dress Code.” Wall Street Journal [New York] 08 12 2013, n. pag. Web. 6 Dec. 2013.
  4. http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/pole-fitness/
  5. International Pole Sports Federation “Rules and Regulations, PSF February 2014