Monday 30 September 2013

Pole fitness and dance in Coulsdon presented by Pole Passion

Pole Passion Coulsdon starts in September 2013 Organised and run by the talented and friendly Sam Causon an advanced Pole Passion instructor.
supporting classes in Crawley, Redhill, Reigate, East Grinstead,  Bognor, Worthing, Brighton, Chertsey, Chichester and Littlehampton

Pole Passion Sport Fitness Classes - COULSDON are suitable for beginners
Assistant Instructors: Rebecca Bartlett
Apprentice: Kelly Lowing, Dawn Tunnel, Angela Chesnais

Sam's Qualifications:
• Accredited Advanced Level 3 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified
• First Aid Certified

Rebecca's Qualifications:
• Accredited Advanced Level 3 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified

Angela, Kelly and Dawn's Qualifications:• Accredited Level 1 Pole Passion Fitness Instructor Qualified

No of poles:
Coulsdon Pole Dance Studio has 8 Free-Standing Portable R-Poles including 2 Spinning Poles for those who want to develop their pole tricks and spins. They are 38mm 2.5mtr Stainless Steel.
When: Wednesday 7:00-8:00pm and 8:00-9:00pm

Beginner to Intermediate
Suitable for all levels of fitness

Cost: £40 for 4 consecutive lessons or £12.50 per lesson on a pay as you go basis.

Pole Dance Fitness lessons are perfect for all women aged 16+. Incorporating pole tricks, spins, transitions and poses we will have you moving like never before!

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

What To Wear: Shorts or leggings, T shirt or vest top, trainers or bare feet. Avoid wearing jewellery, moisturisers or oils on the skin.

Coulsdon Sixth Form College
Placehouse Lane
Old Coulsdon, Croydon

If you are interested in Pole fitness or Pole fitness instructor training and apprentice positions for fun, socialising and empowerment then contact sam or the team on –
Tone up lose weight and gain confidence

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Crawley councillors still calling us sleazy!! ill informed and uneducated disgrace

We would love to respond to the recent comments from a Crawley councillor who was found stating that pole dancing shows ‘undermine women, they are sexist and sleazy not the standard of production that should be on at the Hawth theatre'..

First of all I would like to start by saying the Miss Pole Dance competitions and productions, leading on to the World Pole Sport & Fitness annual World Championships was created way back in 2004 to educate and promote the art of the pole dance and fitness techniques required on and around the vertical bar.
It was my soul ambition in the year 2004 when Pole Fitness and dancing did not exist outside of gentleman's clubs and sex establishments and to give these 'athletic and creative dancers' the credibility they deserved, on a non-judgemental stage away from leering gentlemen for tipping and stripping !

Even Davina McCall's, 'Got to Dance' and Britain's got talent, wanted our talent to appear on their shows !

I do not blame the councillor for making such comments as I believe they have not been educated to modern concepts of the pole fitness and dance, which I live and breathe every day running my pole fitness company Pole Passion Limited, which incidentally has now over 4000 local students mainly women, (although we are seeing an increase of guys wanting to give it a go,) with the average ages of students anything between the ages of 16 and 60 and operating a successful licensing operation throughout West Sussex operating out of gyms such as Nuffield Health and Well Being and the Triangle, Freedom Leisure, Lifeline fitness, Virgin Active to mention a few.
We even defied the fitness industry and have REP’s accredited pole fitness instructor training courses which are growing yearly.

As a fitness and beauty expert with over 25 years experience working along side women, enjoying the variety of dance and fitness available to all, it became apparent to me after the birth of my third child there was nothing accommodating my fitness desires at that time.
I was in search of something to help me, not only tone and become healthier both mentally and physically, which included fun and most importantly for me to feel womanly again and regain my post baby shape, which let’s face it, after three was going to be a challenge for any sport to tackle!!

Unlike my councillor friend i thought out of the box and thought if I were to remove the pre conceived misconceptions of pole dance history, maybe I could also help other frustrated women like myself, feeling trapped in today's modern gender role changing society.

So to cut a very very long story short (yes it’s film worthy!!) of surviving cancer, supporting women with muscular dystrophy, self harm people, ladies with low self esteem, obese ladies who still want to have some fun in a non judgemental environment, post natal mothers, disabled ladies unable to participate in other sports and dance, doctors, lawyers, police superintendents and the list goes on. I am still as passionate today, about my vision as i was when i first found pole (accidentally at a party waaaaay back)
Promoting the ambitious and talented - educating and introducing these endless, gymnastic and acrobatic, artful and skilful techniques to all who have the right and wish to try something new and challenging both mentally and physically !

I even created Mr Pole Fitness UK in 2009 in an attempt to change the stereotypical visions of public perception too of men on a pole - NOW, oh my goodness, are these guys catching up!!

Check out our current champion Mr Nico Modestine who incidentally will be showcasing and creating most of the cheers from the 90 per cent female audience at the Hawth on Sunday 15th September - so therefore not undermining women in the slightest!

Mr Pole Fitness Winner Nico Modestine @ MPD UK 2012

Incidentally Nico has no dance back ground just martial arts and this was his first pole dance performance and had only been doing pole for 6 months !! quite impressive by any fitness standards i think the councillor will agree.

I am proud i have created a non judgemental and safe, drug free, non smoking, environment for these artists and I believe it will continue for centuries to come with a new breed of polers now emerging to our lessons

I chose the Hawth as they boast they offer the liveliest and most diverse programmes in the arts and performance sector. One of my first questions to the Hawth, when in search for a sit down theatre venue (My home theatre) was, what will the council say?? will they approve it ? Their spokes person said, ' If we can have the Puppetry of a Penis where men are making shapes with their genitals I think another dance show will be just fine !!' - Naturally I loved their support and answer !!

Happy to chat further - and in the words of the great performer Freddie Mercury - The show must go on !

Kay Penney
founder Miss Pole Dance UK - Crawley West Sussex

Miss Pole Dance UK 2013 The Results

Miss Pole Dance UK THE RESULTS -
The DVD is now available to order from the website

Mighty Grip People’s Choice Award 2013
Winners – Doubles – Kat Humphrey and David Bailey

Kat Humprey & David Bailey

Best Tricks  - Mr Strong – Dan Rosen
Best Entertainer – Sam King
Best Costume – Ian Matthews

Second Runner Up- Ian Matthews

Dan Rosen

Special thanks to
The organisers - Pole Passion – United Kingdom
All the supporters and sponsors
The competitors
The judges
The audience
For more information about sponsoring next year’s event contact the events team at Pole Passion on email -

Dan Rosen 86.5 1ST
Ian Matthews 78.5 2ND
Sam King 70.5
Josh Taylor 57
Daniel Roe-Barnett 55.5


Best Tricks - Charlotte and Steph K Foster
Best Entertainer – Kat Humphrey and David Bailey
Best Costume  - Charlotte and Steph K Foster

Third – Deborah Richards & Suzanne Pottercond  - Heather Walker & Kristina Walker
Miss Pole Dance UK 2013 DOUBLES WINNERS
Charlotte Robertson and Steph K Foster

Special thanks to
The organisers - Pole Passion – United Kingdom
All the supporters and sponsors
The competitors
The judges
The audience

For more information about sponsoring next year’s event contact the events team at Pole Passion on email -

Charlotte Robertson & Steph K Foster 149 1st
Kristina Walker & Heather Walker 139 2nd
Deborah Richards & Suzanne Potter 132 3rd
Kat Humphrey & David Bailey 118
Lisa Williams (Rose-Alisa) & Zoe Ednay 112.5
Rachel Breheney & Leah Walters 99.5


Best Tricks – Felicity Logan
Best Entertainer – Amy Williams
Best Costume – Felicity Logan

Third  - Yvette Austin
Second – Felicity Logan
Miss Pole Dance UK 2013 Professional  FEMALE SINGLES WINNER    Lorna Thomas

Special thanks to
The organisers - Pole Passion – United Kingdom
All the supporters and sponsors
The competitors
The judges
The audience

For more information about sponsoring next year’s event contact the events team at Pole Passion on email -

2013 winners
Mr Pole Fitness UK 2013
1st - Dan Rosen  score  86.5
2nd - Ian Matthews score  78.5

Best Tricks - Mr Strong - Dan Rosen
Best Entertainer - Sam King
Best Costume - Ian Matthews

3 judges

Miss Pole Dance UK 2013
1st - Charlotte Robertson & Steph K Foster  score 149
2nd - Kristina Walker & Heather Walker  score 139
3rd - Deborah Richards & Suzanne Potter score 132

Best Tricks - Charlotte Robertson & Steph K Foster
Best Entertainer - Kat Humphrey & David Bailey
Best Costume -  Charlotte Robertson & Steph K Foster

5 judges

Miss Pole Dance UK 2013
1st - Lorna Thomas score 149
2nd - Felicity Logan  score 148
3rd - Yvette Austin score 141

Best Tricks - Felicity Logan
Best Entertainer - Amy Williams
Best Costume - Felicity Logan

5 judges
Mighty Grip -  People’s Choice Award
Doubles Winners -  Kat Humphrey & David Bailey
Audience judges

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Pole Motion interviews Kay Penney CEO Miss Pole Dance UK

Pole Motion Interview - Miss Pole Dance UK 2013
1.The Miss Pole Dance UK Pro and Mr Pole Fitness UK competition will take place next month. How is the event shaping up? What can we expect?  (Anything new/different?)
All is going to plan and working as hard as ever to create the most spectacular pole show for the performing arts in the country WE have  3 competitions at a 800 capacity Theatre this year Mr Pole Fitness UK Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles category and Miss Pole Dance UK singles championships
The vibrant energy will resonate through the theatre this year and we are so excited to be showcasing the talented performers so worthy of this prestigious stage
2.Tell us about the categories and competitors. (You can list them here)
 Mr Pole Fitness UK- open to all males over 18 years of age
Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles - this can be mixed or same sex gender
MPDUK  - Female singles again all talented individuals who have had to work exceptionally hard for a place this year showing originality, passion, story line and exceptional skill 
3.As well as all the amazing competitors you also have a panel judges. Tell us about your judges and how the competitors will be marked.
6 Judges have been chosen this year - The MPD UK Judges are chosen for their commitment, personalities and passion to the pole industry . Each bringing their unique style and technique to the judging panel.  Bendy Kate  Sarah Scott and Justine McLucas all finalists and winners encompassing the Miss Pole Dance ethos of passionate and skilful performances our international judges are experienced; Akos, a fitness and pole dance professional from Hungary and Alma originator of Pole Fitness with Akos in Hungary and co hosts with Pole Passion of World Pole Sport & fitness championships 2011.   Lena Shishkova, Pole Passion Master Trainer and originator of pole fitness in Russia bringing a unique blend of skills and technical expertise to the judging panel this year also

The competitors are marked through three criteria categories which are then further broken down into
Dance and fitness show presentation
Deductions are made for slips and trips, incorrect extensions and incorrect lines, aborted moves moving off the beat and bad music interpretation to name a few of deductions

4.How is your event different and what do you hope to contribute to the pole dance community with the event? (why is it different/special etc)
As pole dance is still evolving its important to our organisation to keep pushing boundaries - As we did, first introduce Pole Dance to the general public, in 2005  our message is still as strong and powerful as it was then as it is today. We focus on  providing a professional and exciting stage for musical theatre, creativity and innovation to further develop and encourage the art of pole dance for fitness and fun. With the increase of pole fitness and dancing sweeping the nation interpreted is so many ways, its still very much a platform that people can work towards. As we know some pole fitness classes do not cater for the dance side of pole and very much different skills and techniques are required and not touched upon  Our competitors are about creativity and performance and allowing them to show who they are through movement around the pole
5.How has the standard of entrants changed/improved since you first started the competition?
We are still seeing gorgeous and creative performances - competitors still manage to introduce creative props and by incorporating  the foundation moves with new moves and combinations,   Certainly with the costumes. Last year we even saw full length cloaks - to pole in!
6.What is it about pole dancing that you enjoy the most? 
The fun and friendships, the contribution creating personal growth and development both physically and mentally  I have managed over the last 13 years to continue to fulfil all my ambitions and find more to challenge myself with. 
7. Has pole dancing had an impact on anything else in your life such as giving your more confidence or making new friends?
Absolutely - New Development in assessor training
Public speaking
Leadership Nationally & Internationally
Supporting and Mentoring working along side different cultures, ethnics and Religions.
8. Where would you like to see pole dancing in the future?
Still the same visions as i had when i first began. I want to see pole dancing available to all and certainly with the development of free standing Rpoles we will have and will continue to make this happen.
9.Are their any unsung heroes of the pole dancing industry that you think should be given credit for their contribution.
This is difficult to answer as there is so many in the industry just here in the UK alone who contribute their time/energy, either locally or Nationally. Many contribute (an important human need), not necessarily for acknowledgement  but because they care for people and health.
10.Three words that mean pole dancing to you. E.g strong, sexy. confident
for the results