Friday 17 February 2012

University Pole Competition UK - PoleforUaNdI 2012

Our very own founder of Pole Passion - Kay Penney is excited to be invited as head judge and supporting the young artistic pole fitness enthusiasts of the UK university network with the annual poleforUaNdI pole fitness championships – run by students for students.

Kay will now be judging all categories at Pimlico Academy specialising in the arts and history, centre in London on Saturday 18th February 2012 from mid day. She will be specifically looking at the technical elements of the performers their music interpretations as well as the creative innovation on and around the pole that she is so often passionate about promoting and encouraging.
As one of the industries pioneers since 2001 and creator of Miss Pole Dance UK National championships in 2005 she has pioneered the competitive pole fitness and dance industry since 2003 when she first entered her own pole competition as a competitor at the age of 34. Obviously then the industry being extremely young and nonexistent in many countries she identified that with some professionalisation this could be big – and now 10 years on she is proud to still be actively supporting all competitions and their organisers world wide and loves the challenge of its diversity and cultural challenges it brings with it. Kay has also written a comprehensive judging package and has created the World Pole Sport and Fitness championships in 2009, creating now two world champions Felix Cane age 24 - representing Australia 2009/2011 and Alesia Vazmitsel age 31 from Belarus who is the current world champion 2011/2012.

Alesia Vazmitsel World Champion Budapest 2011

Kay is excited to see, as always, with all the competitions she judges new moves, combinations and creations and possibly the new world champion in the making – what is exciting about the universities is that the new age range is relatively new to the pole fitness and dance industry as they have only become comfortable with the techniques taught recently and believes that since the introduction of accredited pole fitness which is now recognised by the Register Of Exercise of Professionals and endorsed by Skills Active in the UK and Europe has been very instrumental to this change. In 2008 the industry saw the introduction of such qualifications as a professional stand to the sport and the competitions have always been an excellent platform for Kay and her team to educate the sceptical and uniformed. She is hoping that this weekend will change more people’s perception too which she states can only be a positive for the sport and for the people that choose to do the sport of pole fitness world wide.
What is exciting is that the participants are also bringing in new skills into the sport with many dance genres and gymnastic participants entering the completition

For more information about the competition visit the website -
Congratulations to Amadea Hills, Anna Meekums and Vici Hemming from Kent university
For more information about becoming an accredited and recognised pole fitness instructor visit or email us on

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Paula Bines on the Rpole play and Rpole pro - spot the difference??

I was recently asked do I ever use Gorilla Gold pole dance grip?

Well yes I do use gorilla gold and it was one of the first grips I found on the market for pole dance and fitness (way back then!!)
As an extremely busy pole business manager my physical pole training these days takes second precedence unfortunately, (I say unfortunately as my love of pole is still as strong as the day I first started over 10 years ago) so I need every bit of help I can get when accomplishing the more difficult inverts.

I include the information about all grips including gorilla gold in our internationally accredited pole fitness qualifications which are now available world wide to educate the fitness and dance world, as each year it becomes more accessible with the use of free standing and portable Rpoles (the lightest and most portable pole in the world)

Gorilla gold's tack is perfect for me for that boost of confidence which lacks when I've been off the pole for a few weeks or more :)

Can you imagine how delighted I felt today when a new licensee text me saying just checking out a new venue for my new classes and guess what the receptionist of the Virgin Active Gym said

'you are gonna need Rpoles in this gym if you want to teach pole fitness'
She was currently having lessons from someone who had already completed our instructor training and already using in her gym in the next town

yeahhhhhhh the professional word is getting round

Pole Passion presents circus skills in hoops, silks, trapeze, corde lisse, acro balance, doubles hoops and trapeze

Pole Passion presents Astra Beck

Saturday 17th March 2012 NEW CLASSES
At: Taylors aerial, hoops, silks and 10 pole studio in Capel Dorking RH5 5HF

For those of you who have tried hoops and silks and now want something a little bit different or for those completely new to it all and want to dive straight in (or up down and around!) Astra will be offering a day of alternative aerial skills. This will include a morning session in corde lisse and trapeze and an afternoon session in doubles. The doubles session will start with acro balance on the floor and then move to doubles hoop.

Corde lisse (rope) is very similar to silks and uses many of the same moves, only it will feel completely different as obviously it is a different piece of equipment.

Trapeze is very similar to hoop, and uses many of the same moves, however there is a whole lot more to experiment with using the ropes of the trapeze.

Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm £50 per single person
Limited spaces to 3 per piece of equipment

Acro balance is the art of two people using each other’s weight to balance and lift each other from the floor. It combines elements of adagio, acrobatics, and hand balancing. A lot of care, coordination and mutual trust is needed in order to do this skill as you will be basing and flying each other - in this session we will start with some trust building exercises and then work on some basic moves.

Doubles hoop is the same as hoop only much more fun as you get to play with a partner at the same time! We will cover some of the basic symmetrical moves as well as moves where you base and fly each other in the air.

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm £50 per couple (£25 each)
No limit of places for acro balance / limited spaces of two couples per hoop

If both classes are booked the same day the cost is £90
For the doubles you will need to come with a partner who you are able to work with effectively, ie either (1.) be of similar weight, height and build so you can base and fly with each other; or (2) have one person bigger and stronger who will base with another who is smaller and lighter to fly.

Sunday 18th March 2012
At: Taylors aerial hoops, silks and 10 pole studio in Capel Dorking

Time: 11.00am 1:00pm £40 hoops only

2 hours of single hoops

Time: 14:00 – 16:00pm £40 silks only

2 hours of single silks

If both classes are booked on the same day then the cost is £65 per person

To reserve your place and book

Or phone: 0871 318 3838

Or text: 0792 1948 606

Pole Passion Presents the Dreamboys 2012

Pole Passion presents The Dreamboys 2012
An evening of FUN entertainment for just £30 per person featuring some of the hottest men in the UK dancing for your pleasure - the more you scream the more they strip!

Venue address
The Funky Fish Club
New Madeira Hotel
19/23 Marine Parade

Doors open at 7pm
Show runs: 8pm – 10pm
Free VIP club entry 10pm – 3am

Price £30 per person ALL NIGHT!
Your tickets include:-

• The UK’s most famous males strip show the Dreamboys
• One of the UK’s top hilarious Drag Queens performing live
• The most televised strippers in the UK performing live
• FREE complimentary champagne reception upon arrival
• FREE buffet dinner
• Seating for you and all your friends
• FREE photo session and meet and greet session with the Dreamboys
• Free Dreamboys calendars
• Free sash for your hen queen or birthday girl
• Free VIP night club entry 10pm – 3am
• The very best prime location in Brighton

Telephone 0871 318 3838
Text: 0792 1948 606

Thursday 2 February 2012

Why Qualify in Pole Fitness??

Below is an email conversation from one of my newest members to the Pole Passion instructor team
Karen was spotted over a year ago by one of the directors of Pole Passion for her enthusiasm and dedication to the pole world

Karen has now just successfully completed her Accredited Level 3 Instructor Training course

Karen recently wrote to me and said
‘When I did the first aid certificate last year there was alot of negativity from some of the girls about Pole Passions instructor training. They were saying how wrong it was that you could do your level 1 & then be qualified to go away & teach inverts. I did try to explain that you progress through the levels to work up to that on level 3 but they really didn’t seem to take it on board.

I think it may be an idea to emphasize a little more on the level 1 what the content is of the next 2 levels, maybe quote some comments from people who took the level 3. Maybe you could have a display poster like the one you have for the burlesque instructor training (can’t remember what they're called!)

Level 3 yesterday’s full day instructor training was really hard and challenging, i'm so not ready to teach at that level yet but I thoroughly enjoyed it. People really need to be pushed to go on to the level 3!

Thanks again!

Happy Monday 2 u!

Hi Karen thanks for the email

I must admit I really enjoyed devising the course and yes it’s designed to be hard !!

Level 1 gives you the basics, foundations and fundamentals of pole fitness and does not give you automatic right to teach inverts! there are no inverts in it!! therefore we are not endorsing the teaching of inverts in level 1 - so that information is incorrect they were quoted to say

We all have to start somewhere and many are negative because they don’t like to follow a system that has been approved (I was one of those people) so I fully understand where they are coming from

what level 1 does give you is a recognised qualification and accreditation that you have reached the required standard to teach pole fitness safely, effectively and progressively - telling the world you have worked hard for your accreditation !!

what we have worked hard for in Pole Passion is to devise a documented structure whereby insurance companies are beginning to recognise our skill and award our efforts with insuring us against accidental injuries at a level we are qualified to teach

I always look at it as - what would the judge say and ask if there was a fatal accident in one of our lessons! (God forbid)

I’ve worked long and hard for over 10 years to offer the best training the industry has to make excellent instructors

We can not make instructors join our courses (there is always a freedom of choice) however we have made opportunities for those who would like to join us and these are now available to all, which again if they choose not to progress with courses awarded and supported by accreditation's then that is up to them. - how would the judge see it?

There are many people in many industries that are not properly qualified and let’s not forget how young pole fitness still is. There is no law required to be accredited to teach pole fitness however as a professional company we offer these accreditation's to be the best and most professional which I believe we have gained, not only national but international recognition - there are many amazing and talented pole instructors out there as there are many unqualified doctors and driving instructors and electricians, however can they get adequate insurance when needed?

For me when I started pole dancing and pole fitness, there were no recognitions or qualifications and people didn’t take me or our industry seriously - now we have and yes we are gaining the recognition we all so deserve.

What’s great also is that all our courses are recognised by some insurance companies too whereby years ago no one would insure us or if they did it was £1000's !!

Karen replied
I wish I could remember the relevant people & forward your e mail, so true!!

Kay replied
Don’t worry Karen I will copy and paste my words and blog it :)
We can’t change everyone’s minds all of the time in an instant but over the years you will see how it will transform - thank you for being one of my dedicated and professional Pole Passion team members :)

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Pole Passion Licensee Opportunities and Jobs World Wide

Pole Passion Licensee Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE ~ WORLD WIDE

Due to the increase of interest in becoming Pole fitness instructors we are now offering the opportunity to own your own Pole Fitness Company

An opportunity to become a licensed fitness instructor teaching pole fitness with Pole Passion.
Want to own your own pole fitness business and classes, but unsure where to begin?
We offer a simple and flexible licence agreement allowing you to quickly set up your own business without the normal associated start-up challenges.

With only a small monthly investment, our licence owners are able to generate an attractive income from a part time commitment. This means that it is possible to run a Pole Passion Fitness license alongside an existing job or other daytime commitments.

Time commitment
Existing Passion Fitness team members commit to a couple of evenings a week. Normally, this spans weekday evenings.

How we support a Passion Fitness licensee

We have invested heavily since 2003 to create everything that is required to deliver an original experience for health club members.

Comprehensive support
Full training can be offered to the right candidate, regardless of your dance or fitness background. The very first thing we look for is the right attitude and enthusiasm; everything else we, and our training partners can teach.

Fresh Content and innovative new classes
We continually research new fitness trends and routines to ensure our classes stay fresh and fun and pass them onto you.

Regular instructor training programmes
We run quarterly ‘master-classes' and more frequent workshops for our licensed instructors so that your knowledge is kept updated and your classes stay fresh.

Master classes with some of the world’s leading pole dancers

We run ‘invitation-only’ master-classes for our licensees with some of the world’s leading pole dancers and athletes as a core part of the ‘Pole Passion Experience’. Many of our own experienced and highly trained instructors athletes and dancers run workshops exclusively for Pole Passion. With the creation of Master Classes here in the UK beginning with Pantera Blacksmith :-
Pantera USA 2006
Deb Riley UK 2008
Felix Cane Australia World Champion 2009
Maxine Betts UK 2010
Jess Leanne Norris UK 2011
Alesia V Belarus / UK & World Champion 2012

International Accredited Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) fitness training
Our pole fitness classes are registered and endorsed with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) under Pole Fitness levels 1 & 2 and each course will allow continual development points (CDP) of 16 points per level taken.

Comprehensive training manuals
Our comprehensive training manuals currently contain over 200 core moves,
transitions, poses, floor moves and hand grip images and descriptions. We are regularly adding new moves which provides the opportunity to create customised classes and so keep the experience different and fresh and unique to you.
DVD's and books coming soon along with online training opportunities

Marketing Support
We provide details on how to effectively market and grow your business. Each licensee receives a detailed marketing and promotions manual with templates and samples of press releases, brochures, flyers, and mailers. Prior to launching your business, you also receive a consulting session to assist you with your marketing goals and a customised marketing plan is developed to aid you in achieving your business aspirations.

Web site and email
Inclusion on the Pole Passion website listing dates, times, locations and payment options. Additionally, your personal biography and photo under our Pole Passion Team, with free regular updates. There is also a dedicated log in area for marketing, promotion materials and resources and the ability to communicate with other instructors via a message board. Licensees receive a dedicated email account and the use of online applications like diary and shared documents and mailing lists etc.

Pole Passion and Passion Fitness Branding
Permission to display our registered logo on your web site (if you have one). As a Pole Passion licensed instructor, you have full access to our brand.

Corporate clothing

We have a full range of corporate clothing to identify our instructors and convey our brand. Passion Fitness corporate clothing is included within your licence agreement and we make branded clothing available as a retail opportunity for you to earn extra income.

Risk assessed and health and safety compliant
We take the safety of our instructors and participants very seriously and so every aspect of our programme is thoroughly risk assessed and compliant with current Health and Safety Standards. Also, our class content has been assessed by an accredited osteopath for bio-mechanical and musculo-skeletal integrity.
Our Mission

Four key words run through our business:
• Empowerment
• Confidence
• Fitness
• FUN!

Delivered through a variety of exercise/fitness classes, fun parties, private lessons, master classes, team building events and monthly workshops suitable for all women regardless of their age, shape or fitness levels.
Our industry recognised and endorsed fitness programmes provide a unique and fun workout, designed to empower participants through health and fitness. All inspired by the sensual movements of exotic dance, fitness forms such as Pilates, ballet, yoga, dance forms such as salsa, street dance and contemporary dance.

Joining our Team

We are seeking charismatic individuals (over 18) who are:
• In good health
• Have an enthusiastic and optimistic approach to life
• Sociable and effective communicators
• Enthusiastic about health, exercise and well being
• Fluent in English
• Capable of professionally representing our company and brand

The next step
Please contact Kay Penney, founder of Pole Passion, Passion Fitness, Miss Pole Dance UK, World Pole Dance to request a more comprehensive document and arrange an informal meeting to find out more. No experience is necessary although a genuine desire to succeed and be a valuable team member is required. Full training is available and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Call us today on 0871 318 3838 to register an interest or email us 'theteam'