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NSW Pole Sport Championships 2019

February 25, 2020

The long weekend of June 2019 saw the Newcastle Pole Dancing Competition New South Wale Pole Sports Championships ran by BeachFit Dance at the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Center.

The competition has a great selection of categories for all level of Pole Dancer, with a Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Master, Professional, Artistic & Group Divisions.

Your fearless leaders La Bella & Leeanne Taylor started preparing for the comp about 1 and 1/2 months with them each deciding to do an individual category and something for the group’s division.

Leeanne, severely spraining her ankle on 19th May, and the little amount of prep time. She was forced to focus solely on the group’s division. Together they decided on some simple choreography that met the required elements of the divisions to Pink’s Walk Me Home. They needed to demonstrate 3 x Base & Flyer Moves. They were a little unsure if they needed to be all on the pole or not. Still, by the time we completed & re-jigged our choreography after the ankle incident they had 3 Base & Flyer moves on the Pole & Off the Pole, figured they were more than covered.

Leeanne the week of the event was madly sewing our costumes, Purple Biniki tops & short, with a black matt under the bust wais coat with tails, that had a silver lining.

Comp day rolled around, with La Bella’s Solo for the Intermediate Section Rehearsal was at 11.30 am & then doubles rehearsal was at 1.30 pm, with the event starting at 3 pm Saturday the 8th June 2019. We planned to get there and warm up in time for La Bella’s Rehearsals, do hair & Makeup between rehearsals & socialising with other competitors & coaches.

Rehearsals when well & then we spent many a minute taping Leeanne into her costume not to have a Janet Jackson moment on stage. Doors Opened, Show Started! Then we were up! Nervous energy is sometimes a good thing, some times it’s not & we were nervous, but we had trained hard & knew our routine well. Had a little stumble on a small acro move in the opening few seconds on routine, and were giggling, as we made our way to the Base & Flyer combo that we had struggled most with during training & we pulled it off. We had big smiles on our faces as we finished the routine & as our breath was racing, we took our bow & walked off stages with smiles so big we gave each other high five. We weren’t expecting much but completing our routine clean was an excellent feeling.

We rushed off stage, back into the change room, so that La Bella, could do a quick costume change, for her solo, which was complete with an eyelash change. We chatted backstage to the other ladies & LaBella kept moving to be ready for her solo performance in the intermediate section, she did a great run through and looked terrific.

We assembled for the announcements
La Bella Placed 2nd in the Intermediate Division
& We had placed 2nd in the group’s division. We were beyond excited at these result
Written by Leeanne Taylor

What’s in the day of Polation

April 8, 2019

Polation – Diamond 2019 has come and gone & just like that we are planning the very next event Polation – Sapphire 2019 on the 21st September 2019.

It starts with a 10 am meet at the venue, the unpacking of the mPole Trailer & the start of the build process of the Polation stage & backdrop which takes about 2 hours to assemble.

Rehearsals kick off at 12 pm with 15minutes allocated to each competitor to run through, mark out & get familiar with the stage, the poles, talk to our ever-present and amazing Pole Fairies Amie & Tiana about clean, grip & prop needs for later that night, to ensure the best conditions for comp run through.

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As rehearsal take up most of the day, our mPole ladies, dress the rest of the room, with our traditional White Chair Covers & Pink Sashes.

Rehearsals wrap up about 4 pm, making way for our Guest Performances to do a tech run & our mPole Ladies to do a final set of the room.

5 pm Doors Open & 6 pm its showtime; we start a little behind schedule. However, we are easily able to get us back on track after the 1st Intermission.
7 pm kicks off the 2nd set, with another seven performers, each performer bringing their strengths & creativity to life on the Polation Stage.
End the end of the 2nd set; Audience Vote Cards & Judges Score sheets collected
Audience Vote Cards than sorted into piles of those which have been completed correctly. Feedback for each performer, initial at the top of front page, signature on the bottom of the last page & tallied – We have a winner, but it’s close, it’s recounted to make sure.
Judges scores are double checked & counted this takes longer

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We are still counting at 8 pm when our Guest Performers Mischka & Miss Filly take the stage showing us what professionals look like & they didn’t disappoint. We finally have a Judged Winner; we recheck it with the Judges & it’s given the nod.
8.30pm we go live on Facebook & Instagram to announce the Winners of Polation – Diamond 2019
Audience Winner was taken out by La Bella
Judged Winner was taken out by Gray Ace

 

8:45 pm Announcements are done & the stage is taken over by competitors Judges, Family & Friends to get those all-important post comp photos & that is honestly the best part of competing.
Secretly at the back of the room mPole’s support crew start the pack up process, starting with table numbers, pens & other bits, packed away into boxes & containers.

Table clothes, Chair covers & sashes, start to come off, and I noticed a stranger, getting involved & following the lead of our well-practised support crew. Farewells & hugs follow those photo moments on stage & we start to see competitors collect their family & friends, including the gentleman who was helping out & make their way home for a well-earned rest or party. The Judges decide they need food & make their way to find it. The room is now empty & we can start the all-important pull away of the polation stage, the mPole trailer is brought into the loading zone, opened & the mPole crew without asking, take the bits of the stage as its pulled apart & load it. It’s a team of young women, welding pieces of stage bigger than they are, some of it heavy & awkward to carry; they carry it in two if needed. They laugh & joke about it being giant handbags & in no time at all; we are packed, the Venue left, free of all the things that mPolified it & it’s now ready for the team at Wests to set it for the next event, we close the tailgate & say our congratulations to each other & say our goodbyes.
10 pm Polation – Diamond 2019 done.

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Polation brings together the mPole Pole Family together like no other event. The way they work together is seamless & you would think they do this every day. They seamless work & support together to bring together this event, this is a credit to mPole Studios. Were Pole Dancing Classes & environment bring such dedicated & giving young women together, who without their help, this event would come to a screaming holt. Each member gave what they could, mPole Studios & Polation Competitors appreciate all the help they were able to offer. For some ladies that was the whole 12 hour day, for others it was most of the day, most of the night or a couple of hours here or there.

We couldn’t be prouder of the level of support & time given from each of the ladies & how well they worked together, stepped up to provide help & were all-around awesome in roles that were outside their comfort zones.

Thank You & Congratulations on your success.