Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kristian Lebedev takes GOLD for RUSSIA at World Pole Dance, World Pole Sport & Fitness 2014

World Pole Dance Championships 2014 World Pole Sport & Fitness London UK
By Kay Penney
February 3rd 2014

Kristian Lebedev from Moscow takes Gold for Russia on Saturday  1st February 2014 for the World Pole Dance Championships held in the UK in London Gatwick, he also won best tricks award.

Kristian was born in Kirov, Russia. Since the early childhood he wanted to become a professional sportsman and went into the fitness industry doing multiple sports.
When he was 19, Kristian began doing workouts, pole street and teaching pole dance. All it changed his life values and his whole life. It helped him develop not only physical skills, but his soul too. 
In 2010 Kristian moved to Moscow and began to teach Pole sport & Fitness. After two years, he won the 2nd place in International Pole Dance Competition in Moscow.
Although he had raging success in sport, Kristian considered the organization and support of sport movement «Pole Street 77 russia » to be his main achievement. 
The main principles  Kristian follows in sport and his life are the following:
“Nothing is impossible! Just achieve your aim! Don’t look at the rest and your failures! Everything will be, of course, but not immediately!”

Kristian who runs his own pole school, Kristian Pole Academy, came second in the previous World Championships held in Switzerland in 2012 but also won best costume and best Tricks
Kristian is now proud to be supporting the recognition of World champion status with his other listed awards below

• World Pole Sport & Fitness Championship 2012, Zurich: 2nd Place, Best Costume & Best Tricks 
• International Pole Dance Competition in Moscow 2012: 2nd place 
• International Cup of Pole Sport 2012 in St. Petersburg 2nd Place 
• Awards in various regional pole festivals and dance contests Training experience & Workshops 
• Pole Dance Trainer and Organizer of Street Pole Moscow from 2011 
• Workshops in Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland

Pole Passion, West Sussex, Pole Fitness Company, hosted the World Pole Dance championships at the Hawth Theatre of arts on 1st February and the female preliminary round on 31st January at Taylors Pole Retreat in Dorking.
Over 50 men and women competitors and 10 professional international pole fitness and dance judges descended on Crawley, West Sussex over the Friday and Saturday of last week from countries as far as China, New Zealand, Belarus, Cyprus, Brazil, Japan, all of Europe, Ireland, Russia and Ukraine.
Joining the contestants, many respected and previous world champion winners;- Alesia Vazmitsel – Belarus, World females champion  of 2011 and males World Champion, Keem Martinez, World champion 2012, represented the professional judging panel.

The closed, semi finals for the females, the most attended and popular category, was hosted on Friday 31st at a luxurious pole studio with 2 x 3.8metre tall poles in a converted and bespoke barn -Taylor's Pole Studio, offering aerial skills and pole dancing opportunities and the competition venue for the annual National Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur and Semi pro championships, which was established in 2005 by Pole Passion
From the 26 female contestants, who travelled the length of the world, battled and flexed it out for the 14 finalist positions held on Saturday 1st at the Hawth Theatre.

Each contestant for the finals, from the three categories Men's (7 competitors), synchronised doubles (6 pairs) and females (14 competitors) had to compete a demanding series of pole tricks, spins, poses transitions between 5-6minutes on two stainless steel poles, one static and one spinning, both creating different dynamics and techniques on and around the pole.

The areas of judging that was taken into consideration for each contestant consisted of maximum 10 marks in their presentation of their routine, including costumes and props enhancing their performance element and storytelling, many contestants bringing in their ancient art and countries history to their presentations, the dance and fitness performance section consisted of 10 marks per judge which includes their variety of choreography music interpretation control and demonstration of strength and power, elegance and grace, throughout their gruelling  routine also including the use of both poles, creating height and depth to their dance and acrobatic performances and finally the tricks section awarding 15 marks per judge, demonstrating the tricks and combination of tricks including fluidity and effortless transitions to their performance  including, but not limited to, floor work, acro balance and circus skills

Additional Awards - 
Best COSTUME - Egor Churakov
Best TRICKS - Kristian Lebedev
Best ENTERTAINER - Sun Yingzhi
WINNER FOR GOLD - Kristian Lebedev – RUSSIA
THIRD PLACE - Egor Churakov - RUSSIA
Sun Yingzhi – CHINA
Yan Xu – CHINA
Liu Yan - CHINA


Additional Awards - 
Best COSTUME - Meng Yifan & Zhong Qianie
Best TRICKS - Lisette Krol & Terri Walsh
Best ENTERTAINER - Nora Berthold & Zsuzsanna Toronyi
WINNER FOR GOLD - Lisette Krol & Terri Walsh – IRELAND
SECOND PLACE - Manuela Badessi & Erika Lombardelli – ITALY
THIRD PLACE - Viktoria Nikolaenko & Tatiana Mitina - RUSSIA
Meng Yifan & Zhong Qianie – CHINA
Keiko Takemoto & Satoshi Murakami – JAPAN
Nora Berthold & Zsuzsanna Toronyi - HUNGARY
Additional Awards - 
Best COSTUME Fang Chunyan
Best TRICKS – ‘Bendy’ Kate Czepulkowski
Best ENTERTAINER – Polina Volchek

WINNER FOR GOLD - Kate Czepulkowski - UNITED Kingdom
SECOND PLACE - Polina Volchek – RUSSIA
THIRD PLACE - Tatyana V Gordiyenko - UKRAINE
Galina Musina – RUSSIA
Hanna Antonova – UKRAINE
Valeria Bonalume – ITALY
Alessandra Rancan – BRAZIL
Fang Chunyan – CHINA
Elena Kravchenko – UKRAINE
Felicity Logan - UNITED KINGDOM
Ekaterina Guseva – RUSSIA
Margit Deak – HUNGARY
Mona Arbinger - AUSTRIA

For the synchronised doubles -
Lisette Krol & Terri Walsh this dynamic double from Ireland took gold
And for the prestigious title of World Champion our very own ‘Bendy’ Kate Czepulowski from the UK

Ambassadors of Pole Award
Additional Award – also created for the pole fitness and dance industry. The first time in History ‘Ambassadors to Pole Award,’ whereby contributors to the health and safety and development of professional Pole throughout the world are awarded and officially recognised by their piers and the World Pole Dance Organisation.
More information is expected to be released in the fourth coming months, as the head of China Pole Dance championships, Mr Fing Yung Biao, a qualified Lawyer who now dedicates his time in supporting and professionalising the sport and the national competition in China, has shown considerable attention to our championships for the last three years and is posing a serious bid to host the next World Pole Dance Championships in Taishun, a town half an hour away from Beijing.
Mr Yung Biao has been studying English to prove better communications between Pole Passion and the head of World Pole Dance and originator Kay Penney, to make this a reality in 2015.

For more information and pictures please visit www.worldpoledance.com
And www.polepassion.com


To learn more about this competition, please contact
Kay Penney, Media Relations
Pole Passion Ltd
West Sussex
RH10 7QE
Office: 01293 888200 / mobile 07921948606 or 07753585054
Email: events@passion-fitness.com or kay@polepassion.com


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