Tuesday 22 December 2009

Pole Fitness presented by Pole Passion into 2010


Get Qualified for 2010
Pole Fitness Instructor training qualifications ~ awarding 16 REP's points for fitness qualified instructors.

www.r-polefitness.com Portable free standing poles for the gym

Tel: 0871 318 3838

Monday 21 December 2009

Poler's Christmas Party presented by Pole Passion

~ Poler’s Christmas Party ~
Saturday 19th December 2009

AT: Taylors Retreat, 9 Pole Studio, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5HF
Time: 7pm - 11pm
All polers, students, family, friends and pole schools invited.
Pole performances taking place throughout the evening

We will start the evening with a 7pm pole jam so don’t forget your shorts, heels, boots and costumes following on with the party until 11pm ~ FREE and easy parking at the venue

Dress code ~ Christmas Themed fancy dress or dress to impress in Christmas red! A great chance to dress up, let your hair down and play on the poles in your Christmas outfit!

Everyone welcome, please feel free to bring your partners, friend’s and family
(All males must be accompanied by a female and children welcome and to be supervised at all times)

£5 donation towards venue hire, welcome glass of wine and snacks

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to Pole Passion on
email: theteam@passion-fitness.com or call us on Tel: 0871 318 3838

Looking forward to seeing you there for some festive fun and it will be Kerry’s leaving do too! kisses Kay xx

find us on facebook too: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177668371742



R Poling in the snow

The snow didn't deter the polers at Pole Passion

Miss Pole Dance Germany 2009

Pole Passion proudly judging at Miss Pole Dance Germany Amateur and Professional competition on December 4th 2009 in Hamburg whereby Jeannine Wilkering took the title once more for the second year running.


Monday 7 December 2009

Pole Fitness at Fit Fantastic ~ Camber Sands

R-pole touring 2009

Fit Fantastic Camber Sands 4th 5th & 6th December 2009

The R-pole makes its debut in Camber Sands this weekend in front of 800 fitness fanatics and instructors.
Qualified Fitness and pole professionals Mandy Horne of Pole Babes and Kay Penney Pole Passion link together by show casing the state of the art pole equipment –

Innovated and Invented by Martial Arts Black Belt, Steve Penney and Brighton University sporting excellence department, to support his wife Kay to enable her instruction to be shared throughout the fitness industry. The interest was amazing with the pole being specifically designed for the fitness industry and to coincide with the pole instructor qualifications, written by Kay Penney in 2006, now submitted, accredited and available to all ETM and level 2 qualified instructors.


Email us at theteam@passion-fitness.com

for a detailed plan of the 3 day course accumulating 16 REPS points upon successful completion.

Tel: 0871 318 3838 or 01293 888200

Deb Riley's Launch party - Stoke on Trent

Going back to my roots… yeh

Pole Dancers, performers, instructors and students
I couldn’t help but sing along as I travelled the Northern roads I used to travel as a child as my nan used to live in Stoke many years ago now.

Over the months watching Deb work extremely hard, accomplishing her dream with husband Mark. It was a really emotional time, not only for me but I bet hugely multiplied for Deb.

On stage the lights twinkled, music boomed and the poles gleamed, in amongst the Chinese pole, silk, trapeze and hoop. The large studio was a flourish with talented personalities who have travelled from far and near to congratulate Deb and to network with like minded people.

What energy – greeted by lovely hostesses and the amazing Debs herself it was a huge transformation from the previous months of an empty shell, plain brick walls and white radiators!!

Huge names in the pole industry were invited to perform, mingle and share their talent yet again –
Alesia Vazmitsel, show casing her amazing glamour and style Miss Pole Dance UK champion 2008 and titled No 3 in the world
Jenyne Butterfly flown in from Vegas - titled No. 2 in the world
Tracey Simmonds, MPD UK champion title holder
Elena Gibson World and MPD UK title holder 2005
Sally Ann Giles, 7 title holder champion
Pole new comers, Bridget, Chantelle, Jess Leanne,
And the amazing Emma Mitchell with her quirky pole/burlesque performance which had me laughing throughout.

With all so many pole instructors, to many to list, in the room appreciating the mixtures of pole talent. It was such a shame I had to disappear before the end so apologies if I’ve missed any performers off the list.

December 6th 2009

Pole Gravity - Blackpool supported by R-Pole Fitness

Pole Gravity ~ Saturday 5th December 2009

Celebrating the Art of Pole Fitness & Dance

Congratulations go to Joanne Wilkinson and her many helping hands in putting on a lively event, bringing schools across the country and many individuals, together to show case their art of pole.
Thank you for inviting the free standing R-poles, specifically designed for the fitness arena and it was great that many pole fitness professionals had the opportunity to try it.

Many hours of choreography, costume making and networking prior to the event at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool, in amongst the Royal Variety 2009 preparations and rehearsals.

The event which was compared by Sally-Ann Giles (CJ) who is also know as in the pole community, who is in fact an admired pole performer and instructor and who has an amazing 7 championship pole competition titles in which one is of Miss Pole Dance UK 2007 winner. I myself hadn’t seen Sally-Ann perform since that finalist night and it was lovely to see her exuberant playfulness on the pole encapsulated with her amazing pole technical talent, strength, dance and flexibility.

Amongst all the talented groups and individuals a 16 year old new comer stood out for me, who incidentally also runs her own pole school and inspires many others in the professionalism of pole fitness and dance. Following her group performance, Jess Leanne’s individual performance was playful, professional, incredibly strong and an enjoyment to watch – we will be watching this very talented young lady in the years ahead and already she has her name down for Miss Pole Dance UK Professional category 2012 – Well done Jess Leanne Norris

Kay Penney – Pole Passion Ltd & R-Pole fitness


Thursday 19 November 2009

Burlesque Instructor Training Certifications presented by Burlesque Passion & Pole Passion

International students Daniela & Nadine have just successfully achieved their Burlesque Instructor training certifications and are now looking forward to instructing their 700 strong pole group the art of burlesque exercise.
The course created by fitness professional and founder of Pole Passion Kay Penney earlier this year has been a huge success so far with enquiries from all over the world.


Tel: 0871 318 3838 or email theteam@polepassion.com

Monday 16 November 2009

Felix Cane - Current World Pole Dance Champion 2009

We are currently in discussions with venues, locations, sponsors and contestants for 2010

This year brought the World Pole Dancing Championships 2009 to the table, which was held in Jamaica at Hedonism III from Monday 20th - Saturday 25th April 2009, hosted by Pole Passion. It is a competition that brings together the elite winners of Miss Pole Dance and other similar professional competitions from various countries around the world.
There are strict rules and regulations making the competition professional whereby the standard is extremely high

Felix Cane is the current world champion and she can be contacted on


Thursday 12 November 2009

Kay Penney of Pole Passion interview by Pole Skivvies USA

Alescia Vazmitsel 2008/2009 Miss Pole Dance UK and World Pole Dance 2009 No 3 champion
Tracey Simmonds Performing in Miss Pole Dance UK 2008
Maxine Betts Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 champion

Kay Penney is the founder of Pole Passion, which hosts Miss Pole Dance UK and the World Pole Dance Championships.

Pole Passion runs several different pole dance competitions.
Miss Pole Dance UK Professional category (professional as in standard of moves)
Miss Pole Dance Amateur - Beginners in pole dance, fitness and performance
Mr Pole Fitness - categories specific to males only
Doubles in all categories
World Pole Dance - www.worldpoledance.com

How did it all begin, and which competitions are coming up?
Miss Pole Dance UK came from the ideas in 2004. I have a performance and acting background and was quite new to pole competitions then (as there were not many around ). I was let down by the organising company who ran the very first competition I entered – “Pole Idol” back in 2004 – bad management, bad communication, unprofessionally run! I felt I could do better. I only wanted to create an opportunity for ladies like me to shine on stage without the fear of being wrongly judged, never dreaming they would be so popular as they are today.

We have just ran the first Mr. Pole Fitness UK competition on 4th October. Then we had the big one – Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 professional category on October 25. This has run since 2005 and is probably the largest and most established and prestigious pole competition in the UK.
The world championships are next - Felix is the current world champion Australia, Jeneyne is No 2 representing USA and Alesia is No3 in the world representing UK

Can you give us the details on how one becomes a contestant?
The competition is open to all, professional and amateurs. It was always my aim not to prevent anyone from entering who had the passion – and skill, of course. All ladies who reside in the UK, who are over the age of 18 on the day of the competition. A pre-audition selection process takes place in which all applicants must submit a 3-4 minute routine, either in person or via video clip, to the selection committee where the performances are assessed.

What are the judging criteria and who are the judges?
We have quite a complicated judging criteria with very strict rulings and procedures to create and maintain professionalism. I believe, by continually adapting as the industry has adapted, maintaining this process has been very influential in the success of the competitions. The judges are well-respected individuals within the fitness and pole dance domain. This year we are pushing the boundaries yet again by introducing one of the UK top osteopaths and chartered physiotherapists as our concentration is on health and safety on and around the pole from a musculoskeletal point of view. Apparently, we have created a bit of a stir within the osteopaths’ association.
check out pole passion for more details


How do people get tickets to watch the competitions?
We are promoting the ticket sales via theteam@polepassion.com + 44 (0) 1293 888 200,
www.seetickets.com 24hr hotline 0871 2200260, and www.ticketweb.co.uk 08700 600100.

What got you, personally, into pole dancing?

A drive to do something different that would challenge me mentally and physically. And, at the time of beginning pole dance and fitness, as a fitness professional I was in a stage of my life where I needed an unconventional challenge, something that would help reinstate my self-esteem and boost my inner confidence, which incidentally I was lacking hugely. I was searching for a newfound fun, something I could do for myself. I had a desire to explore my sensuality, which I felt I had lost after the birth of my third child.

Favorite makeup tip:
Hummm … as a qualified beauty therapist, my favourite makeup tip has to be eyeliner and lip gloss. I tend not to leave the house without it. As a busy working mum, I unfortunately don’t have huge amounts of time to do the full makeup routine. I leave that for special occasions.

Barefoot, sneakers, or platform heels?
Ohhh, can I choose all three – I believe in multi tasking and promote that a modern women has the ability to wear several hats (or even shoes!!).

Favorite grip enhancer:
I must admit I haven’t had the opportunity to try them all, so if all the grip enhancers out there would like to send me a sample I would be willing to do an analysis on them all. However, the ones I have tried – Mighty Grip, Gorilla Gold, Sur Grip (no longer in production), Dry hands, Itac – I have them all in my instructor bag as there are pros and cons on them all (was that answer diplomatic enough?). It depends on my mood, the pole’s mood, and the weather, of course!!

Pole dance move that made you proudest to learn:
It has to be my first ankle release – the first invert move I did, within four weeks of learning the pole (I was on an intensive crash course for a TV show at the time). The thrill of going upside down and not falling was amazing.

Pole dance pet peeves:
Nope, sorry, I don’t have any.

Favorite treatment for bruises and sore muscles:
For bruising it has to be good old arnica and a reassessment of pole technique. And for sore muscles – work harder. Oh sorry, I mean rest and relaxation and a wonderful deep tissue massage.

Who would you most like to have in the audience at your competitions?

www.polepassion.com all pictures copyright Pole Passion Ltd

For me, when I developed the competitions, it was always with women in mind for the audience (at the time of innovation I felt the men had their shows and events in the gentlemen’s clubs). Miss Pole Dance was always about women. For me, success was having 50/50 men and women in the audience. Miss Pole Dance now I feel has 80% women/20% men in the audience so I feel I have succeeded. It was never about volume, incidentally. That was just a bonus (900 – sell out, in the audience last year at Miss Pole Dance UK).

Who would you most like to have compete?
Competitors come from all backgrounds – for me, anyone who is so passionate about the art of pole they shine on stage. Obviously, acrobatics, ballet dancers and gymnasts inspire me the most due to their amazing flexibility, grace and poise, but honestly anyone has the capabilities to compete – variety and originality are the spice of competing.

Actually, one day I would love to think that my daughter will compete (she’s 15 and still very much influenced by her peers). She is quietly inspired by both Felix and Pantera.

Who is your hero or role model?
My mum (who died a year and a half ago through an awful illness of cancer of the liver). She has taught me so much in my life. Jacqueline Gold of Ann Summers who faced challenges as I did in the early days of promoting pole dance and fitness.

What are your favorite words of encouragement?
Empowerment, confidence, fitness & FUN! Fun in caps, as that is my main focus in life.

Favorite pizza toppings:
Prawns and fresh herbs.

Cupcakes or ice cream?
Home made cupcakes AND ice cream.

Anything else you’d like to share:
I would like to thank everyone who supports me, especially my family and friends who sacrifice a lot for my full time passion, and to all those people who send me lovely wishes and to say I am so privileged to work in an industry with such lovely people.

For more information, visit Pole Passion and get the details on the 2010 World Pole Dance Championships.

Monday 9 November 2009

Itac2 Pole Dance Sports Grip

Pole Dancing for empowering confidence, sport, fun & fitness

Itac2 Pole sports grip

Did you know that pole dancing is now a recognised and certified athletic sport and fitness activity and it’s growing at a phenomenal rate around the world?

Pole Passion one of the UK's leading and most established Pole Dance schools and brings to you a grip product specifically designed for pole tricks and fitness -

Pole dancing is now a recognised sport within the categories of Gymnastics, Acrobatics and a Dance sport.

It’s a non-contact, predominately female activity, requiring strength, agility and flexibility. It started years ago as a male dominated sport involving climbing large tree type structures and forming acrobatic feats whilst balanced on the top and sides of these structures. One or many men could be on this structure at a time.

Hands and feet and inner thighs were used as grip. Today the poles are metallic as opposed to wood, thin as opposed to thick, and they are smooth and solid. The only downside is they are not entirely porous so gripping can be difficult if u are prone to sweat.

Despite this, Pole dancing is becoming more and more popular year after year with Championships being held in most Countries around the world. – check out our Miss Pole Dance UK event that we organise.

www.misspoledance-uk.com and www.worldpoledance.com

It is recognised as a serious sport and attracts many competitors as well as spectators, not to mention massive media interest.

Itac2 grip is also recommended for golf, tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, sport shooting so don’t be shy you can order from us too 



This product is also recommended by Bobbies Pole School Australia too

Telephone orders welcome also : 0871 318 3838 or email us on: theteam@polepassion.com

Sunday 8 November 2009

Russian Pole Dance links with Pole Passion UK


After years of communication and several face to face meets finally Pole Passion links with Pole Dance and Fitness in Russia

Shishkova Elena and Kay Penney friends now for some years have been working hard together to support the growth of Pole Dance in Russia

Saturday 7 November 2009

Crawley Pole Fitness Lessons at K2

Beginners Pole Dance Fitness Course
Limited Places so early booking recommended!
Kay Penney founder of Pole Passion brings to you our beginner Pole Dance Fitness Introduction Course and is perfect for all women aged 16+.
Incorporation pole tricks, spins, transitions and poses we will have you moving like never before!

Course Length:
• 2 hour first taster session - £15 per person (£20 there after)
• Followed by a 5 x 2 hour sessions – Course price £90 per person


K2 Crawley
Pease Pottage Hill
RH11 9BQ
Crawley Pole Fitness lessons

Sunday 8th November 2009 (Taster Session)
Sunday 15th
Sunday 22nd
Sunday 29th
Sunday 6th December 2009
Sunday 13th

1pm-3pm (1.5 hour tuition)

Expect to increase muscle tone as you progress each week, accomplishing moves you never thought possible. With just some simple and achievable techniques you will begin to feel and see a transformation projecting your new found confidence along the way!

Join our fun and friendly classes with professionally qualified instructors with many years of pole fitness and fitness competence.

Be warned: Pole Dancing is addictive and extreme fun!

Please book in advance via
Email theteam@polepassion.com or call us on 01293 888 200

Look forward to meeting you all - Kay

Horsham Pole Dance Lessons & Pole Fitness

Pole Passion Fitness (PolePassion.com) is more fun than the gym! It improves muscle tone, flexibility and posture. If you are looking to learn something completely different then Pole Passion fitness incorporating pole techniques on and around the pole for Fitness & FUN is for you.

Suitable for beginners to advanced

Max class size 9 students.

Private tution also available

When: Wednesdays 7pm-8pm

Suitable: for Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

Cost: £15 per lesson or £75 for 6 lessons if paid in full at the time of booking

Contact Pole Passion for more details www.polepassion.com
or contact Debbie direct on debbie.merchant@live.co.uk (mention Pole Passion blog on booking)

Poler's Christmas Party presented by Pole Passion

Poler’s Christmas Party & Party Jam

Saturday the 19th December 2009
at Taylors Retreat, Capel, Dorking RH5 5HF

We will start the evening with a pole jam so don’t forget your shorts and follow on with a party till 11pm

Dress code ~ Christmas themed fancy dress or dress to impress in Christmas red! A great chance to dress up and play on the pole in your Christmas outfit!

Everyone welcome, please feel free to bring your partners, friend’s and family
(All males must be accompanied by a female and children welcome and to be supervised at all times)

£5 donation towards venue hire, welcome glass of wine and snacks

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to Pole Passion on theteam@passion-fitness.com or call 0871 318 3838

Looking forward to seeing you there for some festive fun!


Thursday 29 October 2009

Alan Titchmarsh attempts Pole Dancing for fitness on the new R-pole

Maxine Betts winner of Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 was invited on the Alan Titchmarsh Show ~ Thursday 29th October ITV1 at 3pm (7million viewers) performing and Instructing Alan on the portable, lightweight, fitness, free standing R Poles

for more pictures visit Pole Passion http://www.polepassion.com/news/pole-passion/alan-titchmarsh-show/



Tuesday 27 October 2009

Maxine Betts winner of Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 Championships presented by www.polepassion.com

Thank you to the following finalist for Miss Pole Dance UK professional 2009 Championships.

In the SINGLES FINAL; in running order
1. Justine McLucas – BEST OUTFIT/COSTUME
2. Tracey Simmonds – SECOND PLACE Best Entertainer Award
3. Faye Chatterley
4. (Pixi) Harmony Rose
5. Emma Simmonds
6. Kaila Lee – THIRD PLACE
~ Break ~
7. (Maya) Iracy Veloso
8. Knockout winner Joanne Blackwell
9. Knockout second (Maxine) Maria Betts WINNER OF THE FINALS
10. Karry Summers
11. Anna Rosser – disqualified due to inappropriate clothing


1. Sasha Kavaleva & Deb Riley BEST POLE TRICKS
2. Knockout winners Penny Howarth & Anna Chisholm WINNERS OF THE DOUBLES FINAL
3. Jennifer Gooch & Cat Denning

ALESIA VAZMITSEL (Miss Pole Dance UK 2008 champion performance) Alesia is eligible to compete again in 2010

2008 DVD is available for sale Please email theteam@polepassion.com for purchase at £8.99 + pp (2009 DVD please register on the same email address)
Please visit our website www.polepassion.com and our blog http://polepassion.blogspot.com/ for more details

Kay Penney ~ Managing Director - Course coordinator
Pole Passion Ltd ~ Miss Pole Dance UK
W: www.PolePassion.com
E: theteam@polepassion.com
T: 0871 318 3838

Empowerment Confidence Fitness & FUN!

Miss Pole Dance UK Professional 2009 ~ 25th October London