Monday 16 July 2012

Kay Penney Pole Competition experience 2001 - 2012

Kay Penney - One of the first pole dance for fitness instructors in the UK and world, who started practicing pole dance techniques in 2001 soon after the birth of her third child as a new fun way to remain in shape mentally and physically, innovating and pioneering the UK pole industry.  
As a dance, health and beauty  expert and fitness professional, for now over 25 years, from the very early age, Kay Penney has made Pole now her sole dance and fitness passion.  she is co-inventor of the RPole, the first ever free standing, light weight, portable pole designed specifically for the gym environment and pole fitness  programmes and accredited instructor training she developed in 2008, awarding students the highest awards in the industry from foundational courses to Master trainer status.  

Kay has spent the last 10 years continually creating, networking internationally, supporting and promoting all pole athletes across the world working with different cultures and ethics, with her simple mission and message in mind – that to allow all to showcase their art of pole dance and passion on a world stage without the fear of being wrongly judged.  
She created her own pole business in 2003 'Pole Passion Ltd', which is known across the globe and went on to create the largest and most respected pole competition in the UK, Miss Pole Dance UK, following on adding all categories, amateur and semi pro divisions, including the first Male championships, Mr Pole Fitness UK in 2009, culminating in the creation of World Pole Sport & Fitness Championships – World Pole Dance in 2009 in Jamaica.

She continues to have a daily and very active role in her business’ supporting women and men in this chosen genre, and is proud to have her burlesque instructor training certifications accredited in the UK for fitness too.

She is co designer of the portable RPole created with a desire to have a sexy yet functional piece of fitness equipment in the gyms across the world.

Competition and Master Trainer Creation and experience since 2003
              -                        Owner and founder of Pole Passion Ltd, Miss Pole Dance UK & World Pole
                                        Sport & Fitness
2004              -           1. Miss Pole Idol Competitor  - Regional winner
2005              -           2. The Inaugural Miss Pole Dance UK Professional Finals - creator
                        -         3. 1st World Pole Dance Finals  - Amsterdam – invited judge
2006              -           4-11.Miss Pole Dance UK Professional regional heats x 8 in Newquay
                                    12. Miss Pole Dance UK Professional finals – head judge
                                    Miss Pole Dance UK fitness category created and  introduced
                                                Author of the world's first published Code of Pole Practice
                                    Introduction & creator of Master Class workshops for instructors in the UK with
                                    Pantera USA
                                    13. Local Amateur Pole competition – invited judge 
2007              -           14. Miss Pole Dance UK Professional – head judge
                                    Miss Pole Dance synchronised doubles category created and introduced
                                    Author of two accredited Pole Fitness Instructor training qualifications
2008              -           15. Miss Pole Dance UK Professional – head judge
                                    Author of the worlds first Code of Pole Practice setting and raising the
                                    national and international standards

                                     16. Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur championships created and introduced
                                     17. Miss Pole Dance Japan – invited judge
2009              -              18. World Pole Sport & Fitness championships created and introduced
                                    head judge in Jamaica
                                    International master Class series
                                    Invited Honorary Board Member of the Pole Fitness Association
                                                 Invited on Cirque du Soleil Pole Dance casting research team
                                    19. Miss Pole Dance Hungry – invited judge
                                    20. Miss Pole Dance Russia – invited judge
                                    21. German Pole Dance Competition – invited judge
                                    22. Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur – head judge
                                    23. Mr Pole Fitness UK championship Inaugural event created – head judge
                                    24. Miss Pole Dance UK professional knockout created
                                    25. Miss Pole Dance UK Professional – head judge
                                    26. Latin America Pole Dance championships – invited judge
2010  -                         27. Miss Pole Fitness Switzerland invited judge
                                    28. Invited instructor to Dubai and programme development
                                    29. Invited judge Copenhagen
                                    30. Routine for The Nation - facilitator for judging workshop
31. Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur / Semi Pro / Mr Pole Fitness UK
            32. World Pole Sport & Fitness World championships - Switzerland 2010
            33. Taylor’s weekend inter school competition

                Author of Published International Judging criteria
2011 –                         34.       Miss Pole Dance Hungary judge
                                    35.       Inter university competition
                                    36.       Miss Pole Fitness Germany
                                    37.       Miss Pole Fitness Switzerland
                                    International training and master classes Spain       
                                    38.       Miss Pole Dance UK Profession Championships
                                    39.       World Pole Sport & Fitness – Hungary including the preliminary
                                    International Master Class series      
2012 -                          40.       Inter University competition
                                    41.       Miss Pole Dance UK professional championships
                                    42.       Mr Pole Fitness UK championships
                                    International training and master classes in Budapest         
                                    43        Miss Pole Dance UK amateur & semi pro championships
                                    44.       World Pole Sport & Fitness championships in Zurich

                                    Invited facilitator for international  judging workshop in Italy   


Miss Pole Dance UK Semi Pro and Amateur 2012 Head Judge Kay Penney

Kay Penney seen here congratulating the twice World Champion Felix Cane (left) in Switzerland 2010

Founder and organiser  of Miss Pole Dance UK competitions and World Pole Dance, Kay Penney is still keen to support all competitors from all levels - her passion is still with the beginners, mentoring and supporting all who enter in to the World of Pole.
Kay will be judging just the Semi Pro Instructor category this year, being held at Taylors Retreat in Dorking, on Sunday July 22nd 2012, although she will be watching, training and supporting all three of the competitions closely that day.

Kay has been organising and Judging Pole competitions all over the world, since the beginning in 2004 and is one of the most influential and experienced pole competition judges in the world - over seeing the creating and updating of the rules and regulations yearly, setting the industry standard, by introducing and developing the synchronised doubles category, creating Mr Pole Fitness UK in 2009 and as the industry evolves and develops and is always happy to receive feedback and support from others who equally dedicate their life to the Pole Fitness and Dance Industry.

Proud sponsors of MPD UK 2012 amateur and semi pro championships

Please note: times are subject to slight change
All Competitor's Registration


Main Studio

Sarah Scott – Master Class registration 10:15
10:45 – 11:20am
Main studio
Amateur Rehearsals R-poles will be available outside also
11:20 - 12:00pm
Main Studio
Semi-Pro Student Rehearsals
 (R-poles will be available too outside out of these times



Sponsor stands open
(Outside weather permitting  )

12:00 - 12.30pm

Main studio

Semi-Pro Instructor Rehearsals (R-poles will be available outside out of these times)



Judges & Health and Safety meeting


Main Studio

Barn open to spectators 


Main Studio

Show opens to public 


Main Studio

Amateur Competition Starts


Main Studio

Semi-Pro Student Competition starts  


Main Studio

Semi-Pro Instructor Competition starts


Main Studio

Award Ceremony for all three competitions  


What is Pole Fitness

What is Pole fitness?
Amazing emotions and positive feeling can be expressed and experienced through the power of music, dance, movement and fitness techniques.  Motion creates emotion
Many of you may have experienced other forms of exercise and fitness but pole is different – we encourage group support and to be non judgemental as you are gently introduced and eased into a new world of fitness techniques and to new movements.  By using different muscle groups, many that are not used in conventional types of exercise, you will be amazed at how quickly you can increase your upper body tone and strength, creating additional power which leads to an increase in body awareness to boost of your self esteem and confidence massively

POLE Fitness is FUN and allows and encourages you to be positively fit, self expressive, powerfully confident, playful and always very individual. We support and enhance who you already are. We use the pole as our dance partner; that solid support, one that we go on to use in other areas of our lives, certainly a dance partner that is always there when you’re ready to dance and one that never treads on your toes!! 

As with all other forms of exercise pole fitness and dance routines incorporates all the 9 components and elements of fitness
Power, Strength, Agility, Speed, coordination, balance, flexibility, muscle, strength and cardiovascular endurance
Incorporating and encouraging great posture and flexibility
Power - the ability to exert maximum muscular contraction instantly in an explosive burst of movements often used during a pole spin during takeoff. The two components of power are strength and speed. (e.g. Gemini)

Strength - the extent to which muscles can exert force by contracting against resistance (e.g. holding a static pole pose - )

Agility & Speed - the ability to perform a series of explosive power movements in rapid succession in opposing directions (e.g. your pole routines and dance choreography or smaller pole move combinations)

Coordination- the ability to integrate all the elements so that effective movements are achieved with ease and without causing injury with wrong or incorrect body posture.

Balance - the ability to control the body's position, either stationary (e.g. beginner move  Pole Pose hooking one leg on the pole or advanced move a handspring) or while moving (e.g. a spinning chair move or cartwheel legs)

Flexibility - the ability to achieve an extended range of motion without being impeded by excess skin tissue, i.e. fat or muscle (e.g. executing a leg split)

Local Muscle Endurance - a single muscle's ability to perform sustained work (e.g. inverts by using the arm and back muscles)

Cardiovascular Endurance - the heart's ability to deliver blood to working muscles and their ability to use it (e.g. pole dance and fitness routines on and around the pole)

Strength Endurance - a muscle's ability to perform a maximum contraction time after time (e.g. conditioning moves on and around the pole and routines)

Come and see what it is all about and join us this week

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RPole Innovation since 2003 suitable for pole dance and fitness

RPole INNOVATION: RPole the 'R'evolution in portable lightweight dance pole design. Setting the standard for quality, safe, free standing, portable poles that allow POLE FITNESS ANYWHERE YOU CHOOSE! 

Seen here
Jenyne Butterfly - USA
Kay Penney - UK
Paula Bines - UK
Elena Shishkova - Russia
Felix Cane - Australia

The 1st to develop the 'no stage' design
The 1st to have their poles independently safety tested to UK and European Safety Standards
The 1st to offer a professionally endorsed 38mm (40mm) dance pole
The 1st to offer a lightweight safe design that takes seconds to put up
The 1st to offer Accredited Pole Fitness Instructor Training to ensure safe use and teaching for Pole Fitness

Our professional designs are cutting edge in design with our ultra lightweight, low profile designs suitable for professional fitness instructors and beginners alike. The RPole was designed by Pole Passion who have been pioneering advances in the pole fitness industry since 2003 and fully understand the challenges met by Pole Instructors and students in setting up studios and needing a pole that takes minutes to install. RPoles are NOT mass produced but manufactured in the UK with each pole inspected and hand finished for quality.

for more information visit  or call 0871 318 3838

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Friday 13 July 2012

Pole Fitness and Pole Competition Industry leaders

Pole Passion – are hiding no secrets as to being  the Pole fitness Industry leaders, innovators and pioneers not only in fun lessons, fun parties, professional national and international championships, competitions and events but also including REP’s accredited teacher training course and structures since it’s development in 2001 when the movements from the exotic dancers inspired industry pioneer Kay Penney under the banner of Pole Passion to create as a new form of fitness challenge. Kay also the creator of the current world stage and platform and mentor to the female world champions, Felix Cane 2009-2011 to Alesia Vazmitsel 2011-2012, Evengy Grishilov the first Male World Pole Dance champion and  Barbara Palmaffy and Ilka Bard√≥czy Hungarian synchronised Winners
Pole fitness and dancing equipment too have been an amazing achievement for the company who also own and operate Rpole Fitness  (with the ‘R’ standing for revolutionary)

 Lena Shiskova seen here on the Rpole in Jamaica in 2009
 Felix Cane - twice world champion -  seen here on the Rpole in the UK in 2010
Kay with her engineering business partner invested 5 years into the innovation of the first, most light weight,  free standing, portable dance and fitness pole, with integral mat designed for pole fitness with no raised stage, (like that of a podium) that may prevent stretching or even sharp edges that may cause injury to a leg or other body part.
Their REP’s accredited instructor training courses set the standard in pole fitness and have continued to do so since 2008
Innovating the first, pole sport specific, First Aid training for students and instructors alike passionate about pole safety.

For more information visit Pole Passion series of websites

PPS Aerial Performance Tournament 2012

We were delighted to receive an email from Symone Dolai founder of Pole Paradise Studio in Hong Kong

We at Pole Passion and World Pole Dance wish you well with your competition later on in the year
As event and competition organisers  since 2004 we understand the massive task pole competitions like yours take and we would like to send you all the aerial and pole love we can at this time

all the best and kindest regards

Kay Penney, the Pole Passion Team and World Pole Dance Organisation  xx

Pole Paradise Studio announces the 3rd “PPS Aerial Performance Tournament 2012”. 
At the Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Theatre (Hong Kong). 
On Monday 12th November 

One winner from each category will be crowned and finally an Ultimate Champion will be chosen from the 3 discipline winners. There will also be a special prize for the Best Costume and also a special new category sponsored by based on inner showgirl/ show boy potential.

Judging will be last year’s Ultimate Champion Masayao Okamoto (Japan), Zoey (Hong Kong) the aerial hoop winner from 2011 and the return of last year’s judge Suzette Ackerman owner of Desert Mermaids (Hong Kong).

Here is a list of last year’s winners:
3rd place Heidi (USA)
2nd place Job (Philippines)
Winner Masayo Okamoto (Japan)

Aerial Hoop
3rd place Byron (Hong Kong)
2nd place Jo James (UK)
Winner Zoey (Hong Kong)

Aerial Silks
3rd place Becca (Hong Kong)
2nd place Lena (Russia)
Winner Ilaria De Novellis (Italy)

Best Costume Zoey (Hong Kong)
Best Showgirl/ Showboy Masayo Okamoto (Japan)
Ultimate Aerial Champion Masayo Okamoto (Japan)

Miss Pole Dance UK - Amateur competitor 2012

More gymnasts are finding Pole Dance & Fitness techniques an excellent way to progress into other challenging fields. 

‘My Name is Ally Barugh and I have been pole dancing now for 3 weeks (3 x 1 hour lessons) with Pole Passion in Burgess Hill.

By the time of the competition I would have only  had 4 lessons so I am quite nervous.
I have lived in Ibiza for the past 7 years and worked as an acrobat there and this is where I first saw pole dancing performed as an art about a year ago, which I loved and was amazed by so I have wanted to learn from then on.

I returned to England to have a baby, so I have a baby boy who is now 6 weeks old, after having my baby I thought the perfect way to get back into shape and learn something which I’ve wanted to do for a while now was to start pole fitness classes.
I live in West Sussex and have a 3 year old daughter as well as my new baby boy. For work I am a Sports Injury Therapist and an acrobat. I was a gymnast for many years, and competed to a high level, I retired from gymnastics in 2007 but have found my gymnastics background has helped me when learning the different pole skills. I absolutely love Pole Dancing and am so glad I’ve found something that keeps me fit which I can still use my skills and challenge myself. ‘

July 2012

We wish Ali all the best in the Championships at Taylor’s Pole Retreat in Dorking on 22nd July 2012
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