2017 Season Updates

2017 Season Updates

1. We are removing the state residency requirements for regionals. Anyone from anywhere can compete at Pro. International competitors will be allowed to compete in Pro, but only the U.S. citizens/residents are eligible to move on to Nationals. Reminder, only top 2 in each region move to Nationals for spring 2017.

2. Professionals, and those who placed 1, 2 and 3 in Level 4 in 2016, or anyone else who wants to enter, may compete in...

Compete HAPPY: Staying Friends with Your Pole Competitors

There are a few things polers seem to have in common past our love of spinning on a metal pole; we glitter everything, own lots of cats (or pets in general), AND have a competitive streak as wide as our shorts are small! While the former can bring pole dancers together, the latter has the possibility to create a wedge between even the closest of pole friends.

Competing is meant to be something that helps further polers’ careers,...

What category should you enter? A flow chart

Do you have no idea what category to enter? Do you just have way too many ideas and need help narrowing it down? Well check out my handy dandy flow chart to make your life a little easier!

Just a quick note: There are many reasons to compete and many ways to enter into each category so do not be alarmed if yours is not listed. This chart is intended for entertainment purposes only.

8 DON'Ts Before Your Next Pole Competition

8 DON'Ts Before Your Next Pole Competition

Last month I tackled the 8 MUST-DOs before your next pole competition, so it only makes sense I talk about the stuff you should avoid in your competition prep too! When writing this post, a general theme ran through the list which was reminding you that there isn’t one right way to compete. So check out my top 8 DON’Ts before your next competition:

Transgender In The Pole Community

Transgender In The Pole Community

The new language in Pole Sport Organization’s rules for competition confirms what I already know about the pole world – that we are, and should continue to be, a community that values inclusion and understands the importance of affirming and including identities that are often marginalized in society. I hope that all polers, regardless of gender identity, will feel welcomed and valued as an important part of the pole world.

8 MUST-DOs Before Your Next Competition

8 MUST-DOs Before Your Next Competition

Competing in the new year? Whether your competition is next month or 10 months from now it’s never too early to get the most out of your pre-competition training. Just don’t miss out on simple changes or additions to your routine that might take your competition piece to new heights. So let’s dive into our 8 “MUST-DOs” for competition prep:

5 Ways to Stand Out in the Competition

5 Ways to Stand Out in the Competition

The pole world might be trick obsessed, but if you want to take your performance to the next level and stick in the minds of the judges, you’ve got to get creative!

When I was training for my first PSO competition in 2014 I got a little… neurotic…and binge watched every Level 1 PSO routine I could find on YouTube. And then because I was training with competitors of all levels and we were giving each other advice, I binged watched every PSO routine I could find. What did I learn? Other than watching that many pole videos in a row is a bad idea and is sure to drive you a little nuts, it’s that the routines I still remembered days later, did so because they stood out either because of a unique theme, combos, or just a special something that makes you stand up and pay attention.

8 Negative Thoughts Every Pole and Aerial Competitor Has

8 Negative Thoughts Every Pole and Aerial Competitor Has

You are probably well aware of the amount of work that goes into creating a competition routine – the long hours rehearsing, pouring over music and costume ideas, trying out new combos, training your flexibility, etc. These are all stresses you expect to deal with when competing. What you may not be prepared for is the mental work that goes into it too.

Here are 8 negative thoughts every competitor has and how to combat them:

5 Cheers You Will Hear At A Pole Competition

5 Cheers You Will Hear At A Pole Competition

There is nothing better than walking on stage to the hoots and hollers of a pumped up audience or being a part of the crowd ready to cheer on the competitors! The energy, the excitement, the random exclamations – what’s not to love? In fact, if you pay attention to the audience long enough you realize that polers and the ones who love them, have a few favorite cheers they shout out time and again.

Here are the top 5 cheers you will hear at a pole competition and their uses:

6 Competition Ready Pole Shorts For Men!

6 Competition Ready Pole Shorts For Men!

Now it’s the boys turn!

My first post on “competition ready” pole shorts covered women’s shorts that, well, covered the gluteal fold, but it left out the boys. To be honest, it was tricky to find pole shorts specifically for men and I know many who chose to rock women’s pole bottoms or underwear instead. Those are great options when you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, however why not expand your resources with these 6 Competition Ready Pole Shorts for Men:

5 Mistakes I Made The First Time Competing...

5 Mistakes I Made The First Time Competing...

So in one of my earlier posts I announced that I would be competing in PPC again this year….well that didn’t happen. I know I’m not the only one who signed up and then had to drop out, but I should have known better. This was my second time around, I knew all the work that needed to go into competing, I knew the emotional toll. I had done it all before, BUT this time I ignored past lessons learned andthrew myself into training with all the focus and commitment of kid at Disneyland on a sugar high.

Since I am hoping to go another round with the routine I started for PPC this year at Nationals, I want to get my booty in gear and make sure the lessons I learned STICK! So learn from my mistakes: here are the 5 things that I will NOT be doing this time around:

Top 5 Reasons to Judge a PSO Event

Top 5 Reasons to Judge a PSO Event

The decision to compete is a big one. There’s so much commitment involved: time, energy, money, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears (and sequins). PSO events are so fun, and such an incredible way to get inspired and connect with your fellow polers, but competing isn’t going to be the right choice for everyone. Even if it isn’t the right time for you to compete, there’s another option to consider: being a judge!

Competition Day Packing List

Competition Day Packing List

February 28th kicks of Pole Sport Organization’s 2015 competition season with Pacific Pole Championships in Los Angeles, and if you have ever competed before you know that means lots of stresses, adrenalin, tears, and cheers. In the days leading up you are focused completely on your performance piece, which unfortunately means some important competition day preparation might be left to the last minute or forgotten completely.

The last thing you want to do on the day of your competition is deal with missing grip aid, a ripped seam, or hunger pains. So make sure you are prepared for every situation competition day and you don’t leave anything at home with this handy packing list:

Light Your Performance Fire - 5 Resources to Inspire Your Next Pole Performance

Light Your Performance Fire - 5 Resources to Inspire Your Next Pole Performance

Are you planning to compete in 2015 or, like me, just signed up to compete in PSO’s Pacific Pole Championships? Then inspiration and a guiding performance motivation is probably what you are looking for right about now!

Sometimes inspiration hits us like a flash of lighting, other times we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and really work to discover our performance muse. I want to encourage those who might be going through an inspiration drought to look for it in new places and in new ways.

So if you are struggling to find that spark that has you choreographing in your sleep I’ve got some places for you to start!

5 Things You Should NOT Worry About When Competing

5 Things You Should NOT Worry About When Competing

Your heart is pounding, your adrenaline is pumping, and it feels like a whole swarm of butterflies are in your stomach. You are waiting back stage for your turn to perform in a PSO competition. Maybe its your first competition ever or your 20th, but the feeling is the same as you wait for your name to be called. At this moment you can make a choice – give into the nerves or breathe through them.

This is were the experienced performer has the advantage. Learning to calm your pre-show nerves comes with lots of practice. But that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate that practice into your competition training by recognizing the things that are going to set your nerves on the fritz and learning to just breathe. Here are: