If you love Pole Dancing as much as we do, you will be happy to know that there are opportunities to show off your hard work and dedication. Read on to find out how you can be a part of this new and exciting competitive sport, and win trophies, medals, and cash prizes! Also, discover ladies and gentlemen like yourself who have gone on and made a name for themselves in the competitive world of Pole Dancing!
The most solid, professional, and reputable national competitions are held by the US Pole Dance Federation. They hold four competitions annually including the West Coast Regional competition, the East Coast Regional competition, the Amateurs competition, and the National Championship. In order to compete with the USPDF you must be a US citizen or green card holder of at least 18 years of age. USPDF also requires the submission of an unedited video of the applicant performing tricks on the pole for at least 2 minutes. For more specifications please read their competition guidelines.
We are very proud to announce that a Floridian competitor will be competing this season in the USPDF Amateur Competition! Sarah Clausson, Amateur Finalist, teaches pole dancing at Rock “n” Body Pole Studio in Tampa, Florida, and will be competing at this year’s championship event in New York City! If pole dancing is your favorite sport, you could be next at the competitions to win your name in this exciting industry!
World Pole Dance Sport and Fitness is one of the globe’s best organizations for international competitions. Each year this thrilling event brings together the world’s sharpest pole dancers to compete for the prestigious title of Pole Champion of the World. Also, this year they are including 2 new categories! Now men can compete independently, as well as doubles together as a choreographed pair. Youtube has a fantastic video of Doubles in action!
The 2011 Championship will be held in Budapest, Hungary on the 1st of October and should be a show not to be missed! For more information on how to compete or to get tickets to this exciting event please visit their website here. Read below to discover the 2010 winners and what they are up to now!
The International Pole Championship (IPC) is an annual pole dance competition organized by the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA). This competition is one of the finest global competitions offered. Each year the IPC holds a competition with 3 divisions allowing men, women, and the disabled, to compete for 2 divisions, Pole Fit, and Pole Art. The IPC is unique in that it allows for online voters to decide which undiscovered talent (not having won a national competition) will gain the title of Pole Idol, and win a sponsorship to the Grand Finals competition. For the last 2 years the competition has been held in amazing Tokyo, Japan. The 2011 location has not yet been disclosed but check out their website for more information on how to get your tickets, or how to apply and submit your video!!
Meet the Pole Pros
Felix Cane has won Miss Pole Dance Australia two years in a row and Miss Pole Dance World also two years in a row. She is now performing in Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity Show in Las Vegas. Miss Cane is also now featured in a new iphone application, Pole Pocket Studio. Apart from being an incredibly talented dancer, she also has quite the personality! Here you can read an awesome interview with lots of juicy details about the lovely Miss Cane! Also check out her personal website and blog for more information.
Alethea Austin, from Bloomington, Indiana, is the US Miss Pole Dance Champion of 2010. Alethea is full of spunk and character as you can tell in this fantastic interview (http://www.candy-chrome.co.uk/pole-dancing-interviews-vids/alethea-austin-interview/) from Candy and Chrome. When Alethea is not training or competing, she is teaching others how to rock the pole at BeSpun Pole Dance Studio in Hollywood, California, or travels around doing workshops. Hopefully we will have her soon! Check out her website here, and a fan based website for Alethea here.
Mai Sato has won the Ultimate Pole Woman Championship title 2 years consecutively. This Japanese beauty has been dancing since she was three years old and it shows in her performance. Besides competing internationally as a pole dancer she is also an aerial dancer in Cirque Du Soleil’s show Zed based in Tokyo. Please visit her blog and profile page for more information. Both of these pages will originally be in Japanese but GOOGLE will offer to translate shortly after opening the links.
Zoraya Judd of Oren, Utah, was named Pole Athlete of the Year 2010 by the American Pole Fitness Association, and Pole Idol by the International Pole Championship. Zoraya began pole dancing in 2008 and won her first competition in 2009. By 2010 she was already competing for the national title. Among her many talents Zoraya is also a model! Check out her modeling profile on ModelMayhem.com. And if you’d like to get to know her a little better you can read a fantastic interview from PoleSkivvies here. Last but not least take a peek at her very own website at www.ZorayaJudd.com.
Dominic Lacasse is a French Canadian athlete holding the Guinness World Record for the Human Flag and for the most Chin-ups in the Human Flag position. Dominic is also an acrobat, gymnast, and performer. Read all about Dominic in this excellent article by OneMetal.com. Also you can visit Dominic’s website. Don’t worry, if the website is in French look for the English button!
Duncan West is named the Ultimate Pole Champion of 2010 by the International Pole Championship. Here you can watch the performance that won him that title! He is also the winner of the Men’s Freestyle division of the Australian Pole Dance Championship of 2010. Watch Duncan show off his stuff courtesy of the IPDFA here!
Evgeny was born and raised in Siberia but went to college and university in Russia. There he earned a degree at the College of Circus Arts and another at The University of Culture and Arts in Choreography. At the moment he currently teaches dance styles such as House, Hip-Hop, and Pole Dance. He is now the 2011 Male Champion of the Aerial Pole International Championship that took place in Bern, Swtizerland. This is his amazing performance.
Steven Retchless won American Pole fitness Champion of 2010. He was born in Las Vegas, but grew up mostly in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, until high school when he returned to the United States. Steven has experience and training in many forms of dance including Classical Ballet, Tap Dance, and Jazz, but certainly excels at Pole! Please read more about Steven at the American Pole Fitness website here.