Thursday 18 February 2016

Top Tips for Competing in Pole Dance Competitions - MPD UK

TOP Tips for Competing

If you are struggling badly with nerves before a competition or have no where to start 
planning a routine, then reading the below may help as planning and preparation is key.
This may take 6 weeks for some competitors or 4 years for others. Remember it's your journey
Everyone is different

So many times we hear, 'Oh I have no idea what to wear, or I'm not sure what music should 
I use ... two days before a competition !!

Top Tips to REMEMBER...

1. SMILE as if you are enjoying your performance - if your 'story' or indeed costume ! doesn't 
warrant a smile then please add one in at the end of your performance  - when you bow and 
say your 'thank you's for watching'
So many performers  and competitors show their nerves, and not their passion for dance and
the pole - The judges and audience need to be wowed within the first 15 seconds of 
your performance

2. POSTURE & ALIGNMENT This one you will know !!
But please if this is a problem of yours say it over and over again in your head during 
your performance
'POINT YOUR TOES Extend your limbs' including concentrate on your fingers too!!

3. MUSIC - Feel your music from within
It certainly shows if you don't - if in any doubt don't use it. It's not the right choice of music if you
have doubts - and never let someone else pick your music (it's ok that they help and 
advise, but ultimately it's your choice)

4. CLOTHING -  Costumes costumes costumes ! Yes it takes time, effort AND money
An important part of competition preparation
Understand and read the rules then go for maximum effect possible according to 
each competition criteria
EVERY point counts these days
Find out about the stage and stage backing
MPD UK is all about the performance and costumes too - GO WILD!! AND TELL 

5. ROUTINE-  Good routines are made up of many different elements
It's not just about tricks tricks tricks
You are better off doing intermediate tricks exceptionally well, than advance tricks poorly!

6. FLEXIBILITY & STRETCH  Focus on your flexibility  - This is such an important part 
of modern pole routines
This means correct preparation warm ups and cool downs, not only on the day of the completion 
but the weeks before and weeks after!
Refer to no. 2
You should be allowing at least 30 minutes preparation stretch before it's your turn on 
the poles (many of the champions will be warming and stretching for 2 hours prior!!)

7. EMOTION & EYE CONTACT - Engage with your audience and judges
This is simple and can be done with eye contact, facial expressions and hands reaching 
towards them pulling them back into your body and your performance and emotion

An excellent performance not only leaves  the performer breathless but the judges AND
 audience too
Give all the power and energy you have got

9. ATTENTION TO DETAIL - It's the little details that matter too
Practice and get someone truthful to critique your performance - get them to find 
10 things for you to improve on !

10.  TRANSITIONS -    Transitions in, out, around, up, down and from pole to pole
Just as important as your tricks !

11. MINDSET - Have fun and look at it as a performance not a competition
Most importantly remember the qualities of an excellent performer are very different 
to that of an excellent instructor or student
The skills and mindset are very different, MEDITATION AND VISUALISATION ARE  
EXCELLENT preparation skills for a champion :)

12. MOST IMPORTANTLY- Check the rules and regulations and if in doubt speak 
with the organisers and ask lots of questions

Enjoy yourself, Meet new people, Be safe, Train Safe...remember  every challenge is a 
growth step forward.

Thank you for joining us at Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur & Semi Pro Championships

Good Luck 

    Kay Penney
Owner, Founder & Operator of MPDUK

Chair Dancing beginner workshop with Kay Penney Pole Passion 30th March 2016

Chair dancing is great fun, even for those with no dance experience at all. 
A fabulous workout with plenty of laughs and giggles, as you learn to dance on and around the chair. 

Kay Penney will soon have you doing some show stopping, professional chair dance moves and you will have a full routine you can practice at home by the end of the workshop! 
You can impress your friends or even your loved one with the routine!

It's an energetic and fun way to learn new dancing skills, a great way to learn dance moves and show off your flexibility, all from the seat of a chair! 
Fun for everyone, no matter your age or size
No experience necessary

What to wear: Being comfortable is most important
Large White buttoned mans shirt - long or short sleeved 
Black hat - any style !
Heels if you have them ones you can walk in comfortably ! Yes I am insured :)) 
Bring with you your reddest burlesque style lipstick !! - why? Because we can :))) xxx

I want you all preparing early 
Remember sexy is a mind set and with busy demanding lifestyles we all lead these days I want you to do three things this week for your preparation

1. Look in the mirror everyday and smile at yourself - guess what ? It could be the only smile you get back that day so treasure it - make it a long one and get some eye contact too 

2. Let's get hydrated - from today if you're not already doing it - think water 
Fresh oxygenated water - make drinking it part of your lifestyle and routine

3. Start to look at your body more too, inside and out, be proud of who you are - we only get one body which for the majority of cells regenerate, about once every 7 years or so

Our cells are constantly being divided and replaced in most areas so decide now how you want your new body to look

Super excited to share the secrets of a successful chair dance

Come join the party on 30th March 2016

At: Pole Passion Shoreham

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Pole Passion Russia, Inaugral Pole Sport Instructor Training week

This weekend sees the start of new education for the Russians in Pole Sport & Fitness
Headed by Elena Artamonova (membership number PPF1690512) - as head instructor, Elena is one of the fore-founders of Pole for sport and dance in Russia and we are delighted to have Elena heading the training for our programmes in Russia

We have been working along side Elena since 2012 and delighted to collaborate our two countries together  for the benefit of World Education

The Foundation Instructor Training followed by the more intense training  of Advance Pole Sport Teacher Training has been accredited by the European and UK governing body enabling the certification to credit successful candidates to teach in
All of  Europe
South Africa
New Zealand and 

Pole Passion has also certified  many students in China and Budapest last year  and is set to host similar courses in Romania this year too
Setting the standards throughout the world as the sport grows exponentially around the world

for more information about the Pole Sport accreditations and International teacher training please visit  or email us on -


World Pole Dance, Pole Sport & Fitness Championship 2016

To be held in Bucharest, Romania this year with a Finals date now confirmed as 16th September 2016.

Categories over 18years old :-
Doubles, same or mixed gender

Females semi final will be 15th September 2016  in Bucharest
Males and Doubles will be video entry

please email for competitor registration and for more details -

Nadia Budurusi - Romania and Kay Penney Pole Passion UK join incredible forces - World Pole Dance Sport & Fitness 2016

Nadia Budurusi, Pole Passion & Miss Pole Dance UK Creator, Kay Penney are set to revolutionise the World Of Pole Dance & Fitness in Bucharest, Romania

The Inaugural Miss Pole Dance Romania is being organised by the duo, for 10th September 2016.
Kay has been successfully running and organising Miss Pole Dance UK since 2005 and has always lead the nations pole competition arena
All winners are automatically chosen to represent their country in the
World Pole Dance Championships also to be held in Romania this year with a date now confirmed as 16th September 2016.

Nadia and Kay have been working closely together for over two years to make their dream a reality

Nadia was the perfect choice for her international business partner this year as seen below by Nadia's extensive biography

I have been on stage since I was 2 years old and my parents have and still are my coaches. I have always been inspired by them while watching them being part of the Romanian National Gymnastic Team and winning all the titles available. Once their Gymnastics' careers came to an end their life didn't stop there and they begun to dedicate their passion for dance and performance to the circus world. My father is the second person in the world to have executed the triple on flaying trapeze and my mother has never found a rival on the trapeze
I was up on the trapeze for the first time very soon after my 10th birthday. It was then when I started training with my brother and became a force on stage as a doubles' team performing aerials and hoops' acts.
Moving forward, 10 years after my first trapeze performance, I won the first Title for Excellence in Circus at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival, Rome Circus Festival, and won the bronze medal at the Dax Circus Festival.
Apart from circus, I also spent many hours in the dance studios, performing most styles from Latin Americans to Waltz and I am happy to share with you today that I am the winner of one Viennese Waltz International Dance Competition
By now you must be wondering if I have ever gone to school. The answer is yes and I didn't just limit my studies to GCSE level but joined The Academy of Arts in Bucharest Romania where I graduated the faculty of Film Making which helps me tremendously in creating my own choreography for my shows.
6 years ago and together with my family,  I  opened the doors to the first Circus School in Romania where my parents are still coaching the future generation of stage artists.
I did take a break from the spot light, for 5 years, to start a family but also to repair a few body parts following a few accidents in training but 5 years on it was too long for a pause for someone so active so this year I decided to return to the stage and the spotlight
After watching a few circus artists  performing pole dancing acts, I was hooked to the pole and almost immediately I started searching online where I could get more information and also I wanted to have my own pole and start training as soon as possible.
This is how I came across Pole Passion and a new chapter of my life began.
I am currently the only accredited pole fitness instructor in Romania and I must confess it is not easy at all. The Romanian society is very sceptical to what pole fitness actually means but I will never give up.
I am looking forward to organising the first Miss Pole Dance Romania in 2016.
I am absolutely certain that the help and support offered by Kay Penney and her team will make my dream a reality.

for more details regarding sponsorship or a vendor spot at the worlds please email