Poledivas / Suzie Q Workshop

Last weekend was another jam packed weekend full of pole, well allmost all pole.

On Friday I went to South Street in reading to watch my friend Danielle Corbishly in a performance called ‘1000 Revolutions Per Moment’. we had to follow the actors and performers around Reading, the key was to follow the music, where ever we heard music that was where we went to. It was very bizzare and made us all feel like kids again! It felt a bit like we were doing a massive treasure hunt around the town!

Saturday night was Poledivas in Bristol, much busier than the London heat. Everyone did fanastic routines, a few stood out for me, and Advance Amateur called Karry Summers, she did an excellent high energy routine to one of my favourite songs by System of a Down, I wasn’t surprised when she won the heat.

Sam Remmer from Art of Dance, Plymouth was on first for the professionals, her tricks amaze me everytime! I do not under stand how her tricks are solid as a rock, there is no movement or shaking.

Kate Johnstone from Spin City, Bristol did a fab routine to Smells Like Teen Spirit, you would never of guessed she had never done a big performance before, she had so much confidence and her routine was very fun.

On Sunday I was lucky enough to get a last minute spot on the Suzie Q Workshop in Bracknell. I was very surprised to see most of the moves didn’t require a stupid amount of flexibilty. She very much focused on strength, and reminded me a lot of Pantera. Suzie is a total nut on the spinny pole, she loves anything that makes her head spin and feel giddy. She is truely an inspiration on spinny pole!

Pole Fitness Performance at South Devon College

I’m sure a lot of you by now will have heard about Sam Remmer’s pole performance at South Devon College as part of the college’s ‘Be Healthy Week’. One of my students mentioned it to me last night, and I was a bit worried, I thought here we go another pole dancer introducing teens to pole dressed in their high heels, and hot pants, gyrating round a pole and claiming to be about fitness….but no!…Sam’s performance was pole fitness!!

Sam was dressed in sports wear and showed off her amazing skills in pole combining incredible strength, grace and poise.
From what I could hear on the video students and staff seemed silent during her routine, perhaps in awe of her talent. To me this is a positive step as it showed they were actually watching her and paying attention.

What does seem strange is how there hasn’t been any official complaints, but the staff were not happy as their students were unfocused during the afternoon whilst sharing videos and photos they had taken of the performance on their mobile phones. The staff ‘assumed’ Sam’s routine was inappropriate for the young adults, therefore kicking up a fuss (please note this was before they had seen Sam’s performance!!).

I would like to point out a couple of things……I am sure if there had been a skateboard demo instead the students would have been filming them and comparing footage through out the afternoon…..now would the skaters have been inappropriate just because the students were showing interest after the event…or would this of been a good thing?….

I think it boils down to people stereotyping pole fitness to be something seen in strip clubs, when actually very little pole fitness is seen in those type of clubs.

I can’t help but wonder why these students are allowed to have mobile phones switched on during lesson time anyway?…..

Click here for Sam’s routine at South Devon College

Here is a photo of Sam taken at a competition last year (reproduced with permission)