Monday, July 25, 2011

Pole Conventions and Expos

There have only been two pole conventions in the United States. One in the New York/D.C.  area in 2010 and one in Florida in 2011. Next year the Pole Convention is going to be held in Los Angeles; it is very exciting! If you would like to present a workshop, please do! Contact and let her know that you are interested. Their website is:

I presented in 2011 on sports nutrition and maintaining a healthy body weight using intuitive eating. Everyone was really wonderful, but what I loved most was all of the women of various sizes, who could do amazing moves, running around in their pole shorts and feeling comfortable in their bodies! Every woman deserves that.

There is also a Pole Expo that will put on in September 2012 in Las Vegas. Fawnia Dietrich and Jenyne Butterfly are heading that project, you can visit their website at: It will be interesting to see how the Las Vegas expo differs from the Las Angeles convention.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pole Competitions

American Pole Fitness Championship 2011

I just finished judging for the elite division of the American Pole Fitness Championship. I was lucky enough to be a judge with some phenomenal women; Jenyne Butterfly, Stephanie Babines, Judy Jovanelly,  Caterina Gennaro, Emily Kreusler, Michelle Marton, and Valerie Rush.

You can see their bios at the following link:

The American Pole Fitness Association selected eighteen women and seven men from over eighty applicants. Our job was to judge the group of women on their artistry, athleticism, and presentation.

The Elite Division Finalists can be seen at:

I thought that all of the contestants were fabulous in their own way. Since I have a background as a judge in dance and gymnastics, it was important to me that the contestants paid attention to their music and didn't just add music as an afterthought. I was also interested less in "stripper" moves and paid more attention to the dance/fitness routines. I loved it when the contestant actually looked at the camera/audience and choreographed moves between the poles.

All in all, it is exciting to watch pole competitions become more accepted.

Pole Passes

After you finally get your body to perform a move that you have been working on for some time, it is natural to wonder "now what?" This area is for you to write a series of moves that can be done consecutively. This is what we will call a "pass." Please use the accepted Pole Fitness Association terms.

Fireman climb, move hips to the side of the pole in a stronghold grip, straddle inversion, inside leg hang, hip hold, outside leg hang, outside hand grabs pole above the body, transition to superman, roll down the pole to inside leg hang, flatline.