Ultimate Pole Dance Championship

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Even though this sport was for years wrongly associated with clubs offering sexual entertainment, in recent years, pole dancing has evolved into a much more popular fitness pastime.

Ultimate Pole Dance Championship


Pole dancing has moved on a long way from the sleazy image of years gone by, and pole dance champions these days are true gymnasts. Hong Kong was the venue or a very glamorous display of glitter, grace and athleticism, as this week as scanty costumes supple bodies and athletic ability were put on stunning show by competitors vying to become top pole dancer on earth at the Ultimate Pole Championship.

Pole 2

Even though this sport was for years wrongly associated with clubs offering sexual entertainment, in recent years, pole dancing has evolved into a much more popular fitness pastime, devotees promoting it as a legitimate form of acrobatics and dance.
The competition this year - the sixth - was especially fierce as 29 of the leading names in pole dancing on earth got together to compete in either one or both of the two categories available, these being Pole Fit - focusing on fitness and athleticism, while Pole Art concentrates on originality and choreography shown during routines.

Pole 3

Australian Chris Measday - inspired to take up pole dancing after breaking his back warming up for a gymnastics session - won in the men's division, commenting that probably the hardest thing about the discipline is finding a balance between flexibility strength, and grace.

Pole 4

Highest scoring competitor in both the fitness and art sections, in each of four divisions - men - women -disabled - doubles was named winner of the Ultimate Pole Champion title, though getting maximum points involved well-executed routines that paid careful attention to the synchronicity of music and dance moves, along with emphasis on stage presence, energy and enthusiasm.

Pole 5

Competitors, seemingly effortlessly, bent their bodies around poles and spun their way up them, arms and legs moving with balletic grace. One armed Australian Deborah Roach claimed the Ultimate Pole title in the disabled division, always loving to dance taking up Pole dancing in 2006, inspired by a circus-themed double act she saw at a club in which she danced. Deborah also took up aerial acrobatics, in 2009 winning a pole dance contest competition against able-bodied opponents, spurring her on to abandon her IT job, learn to ride a bike at age 28, become a personal trainer, and get her first prosthetic. Unlearning old athletic habits comes hard to some, but being a good pole gymnast calls for a whole new set of rules.

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author avatar shallimarRose
14th May 2012 (#)

I have seen about them trying to make this an Olympic sport... thanks tony...

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