With less than a month to go, our world is hotly anticipating America’s largest Pole Fitness convention. Yet all the attention is focused on the shocking news that three Russian pole dancers were turned away from the States when authorities discovered that they were travelling to compete in a pole dancing competition.
It seems that even now, pole dancing is still seen as something seedy and related to the sex industry. Pole Spin Magazine were the first to report this story.
Never-the-less all the other performers who are in the Elite category are flying into the States (hopefully without Visa problems) over the next few weeks to start their last minute training before the competition kicks off on the 14th.
Our very own “Judge Lucy” is flying out to be part of the Elite judging panel. Lucy can’t wait to meet all the American pole people she knows by reputation, but has never met! Judging competitions is a great responsibility, as Lucy knows that competitors have dedicated hours, days and weeks to their training and as a performer she knows how nerves can get the better of you.
Particularly with pole, where nerves create your sweat glands to go into overdrive, having to then grip a very tall and spinning pole is something that is extremely tricky to do. Practice is the key to a successful performance, some performers swear by freestyle, but experience teaches us that you should rehearse until you can do your routine backwards and in your sleep.
Oh, and if you’re reading this Stateside or even New York City where the competition is being held you can buy your tickets here and if you do make it, make sure you track Lucy down and say “Hi” to Lucy she’d love to meet you!.