Ian Matthews Congratulations again for coming Second in the Mr Pole Fitness UK 2013 Male Championships Competition, you should be very proud of yourself, I know we are. We would greatly appreciate your feed back on how you are feeling about your achievement so we can let the rest of the pole community know.
· How does it feel to be runner up in the Mr Pole Fitness Champions UK 2013?
I'm ecstatic to have placed 2nd in MPF 2013! Congrats to all the placed winners!
I'm very fond of this particular competition and the amazing team in Pole Passion that run this fab event, so it was an absolute pleasure to be competing on that stage once again!
· Did you go in it to win it?
I hadn't competed since last year’s event, and the level of ability in male competitors in the UK has sky rocketed in recent times! So I went in just wanting to be happy overall with my performance which I was! And hopefully it made my supporters proud!
· Are you classically dance trained?
I originally came a dance background in street dance for over 10 years. One of the many things that pole has done for me since I started, is now I embrace many more dance styles and love how they can interact in this art!
· How long have you been Pole Dancing for?
For about 41/2 years now.
· What made you get into it?
I helped choreograph and co-perform a dance routine for someone who was performing at a pole competition. It was the first pole competition I had ever seen and after being blown away by what I was seeing from these talented competitors on the vertical bar, I was inspired to begin myself, and add my own elements of dance style to it! I haven't looked back since!
· Has this competition given you a hunger to compete in more competitions?
I'm glad, but also sorry to say that MPF 2013 was my last competitive performance!
I have competed in a fair few competitions since starting and I feel the time is now right for me to focus completely on instruction for my students and my Master class held throughout the UK. I want to pass on my knowledge and experience on to them and any up and coming pole competitors!
· What advice would you give to anyone who has never competed before?
If you want to take your pole training to a high level, then I would say it is definitely something to experience at least once. It's good to have something to work towards! For a performance, my advice would be to focus on a theme and music piece that you can connect to emotionally and that has personal meaning to you. Then you will find that emotion will be portrayed on the stage. Lastly, make sure you are doing it for 'YOU' and for your growth as a performer, not just because you just want a title.
· Do you have a Pole Idol?
I don't have any specific pole idols really! I have met and have so much respect for many pole artist's from all over the world and I love to see the many styles that are performed now!
· Were you nervous on the day of the competition?
Personally, I find that my previous experience with performing on stage in my dance career has taught me to not let nerves get the better of me. I suppose I've learnt to focus the nervous tension!
I know how hard it is in the beginning of a performing career and getting up on a big stage is scary!, but in time, a regular performer will gain that focus.
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