2016 Pole Classic Competition Winners

Kira Noire

1ST PLACE WINNER

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

It was an amazing experience to compete in the Pole Classic. Beautiful stage, huge responsive audience, friendly atmosphere, great organization.. and what was super exciting and motivating is a massive pole community from all around the world with many Pole stars watching our performances alive. And they welcomed us so warm and loud. I got so much energy from them that night. And I'm so grateful for that chance!

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

Well, I never 100% ready to do a perfect performance. But I always ready to do my best, to open my heart and go till the end.  I wanted to show my experimenting mix, my way to hear the music, to express my feelings. I felt good adrenaline and excitement of sharing my creation. I didn't care about results. So probably I was ready for whatever happens.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

Do what you love and love what you do. Enjoy the process of discovering yourself. Because you are absolutely unique. And remember that your only competitor is you. And you will never lose.

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Ashley Fox

2nd place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

My experience competing in the Pole Classic is always amazing! Fawnia puts on the best International Competition in the US. I enjoyed putting on a show for everyone. The crowd is always so energetic! I also love performing in front of the star judges, and competing against some great talent! Lastly, the Pole Star showcase is a super treat!

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

I was so ready to get on that stage! I trained so many hours to get there, and I could not wait! This was one of my favorite routines!

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

Nothing comes over night, hard work and commitment definitely pays off. If you put your mind to it, you will have a phenomenal performance. In the end, as long as your proud of yourself, nothing else matters!

 

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Paulina Zamora

3rd Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

Competing at Pole Expo has been by far my favorite experience on a stage. Firstly I had never been in a competition so "renowned" by the pole community, which was intimidating, but the energy there allowed me to perform my piece to it's fullest, really transmitting what I felt and desired to transmit. It's the most confortable I've felt on stage, and placing with the little experience I felt I had was so unreal.

On the other hand I interpreted a character I've admired and felt inspired by for very long, Frida Kahlo, for being a strong, passionate, and defying of society, role model of a woman. Doing that was a very fulfilling mission.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

I believe one never feels they're 100% ready to go on stage. In my case specifically I doubted my capacities and my performance due to the fact I didn't have much experience competing or performing, and I basically put the whole piece together by myself, receiving very little feed back. I did get the feed back of 1 or 2 friends, for that I'm very grateful to them.

Leaving aside my insecurities though, I felt I performed my piece as best as I could, and I was extremely happy with the result. 

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

To learn to trust and enjoy the journey they're going through to reach their goals, without getting fixated on the journey taken by others, neither on the final destination they're intending to reach. Live the "now," and find pleasure in your own process of creation and growth. <3


Alberto Del Campo

1ST PLACE & OVERALL POLE CLASSIC CHAMPION

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

To tell you the truth I didn't know what to expect as it was my first Pole competition and I only had been training pole for 6 months...That said, it ended up being an unforgettable and amazing experience, not only for the results of the competition but by the atmosphere created by the audience and organizers in and out of the venue.  It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. The Pole Dance community Rocks.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

Before the competition I had my ups and downs, I didn't know if the audience and judges were gonna like the music I chose, the choreography or the combos that I spend hours creating so I went into the competition a little bit insecure...But as soon as I stepped on the stage I felt a 100% ready and I wanted to show everyone what I had been working on for months.    

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

Do it, it's a fun process and never forget to do what suits your personality no what looks good on others. 

Christopher Saez  

2ND Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

It was amazing, definitely one of the best experiences in my pole life, I could meet so talented pole dancers. I made some new friends and the venue was incredible!!!  The organization and the environment of Pole Expo invites you to share with people from all over the world.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

I was sure on stage, but I was nervous!!  My first time on that huge stage with so many people looking at you, of course, when I watch my video, I think : Yes, that could have been better, but that always happens, because I'm always looking to improve my skills.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

I say: do it! You'll enjoy this so much. Pole Expo is the biggest event in the pole world, you have to be there at least once in your life. 

Pole Expo is a show, bring your best skills and prove that you can be a good performer and entertainer.


2015 Pole Classic Competition Winners

Maggie Ann

1ST PLACE WINNER

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

Surreal.  I could not believe I was getting the chance to perform my heart out in front of such a massive gathering of pole dancers from around the world.  The venue was stunning, the show was incredibly well produced and organized, the performers were top notch and I will carry this experience and those feelings with me forever.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

Even when we are at our best we are still never truly prepared, there is always doubt.  Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear don't sit home and dwell on ways you can't, go out and face your fears head on.  I am always unsure when I step on stage, but I am ALWAYS 100% ready to put myself out there and leave it all on the stage.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

Do your best to enjoy the process of putting a performance together.  You don't want to accidentally turn something you love into something you dread.  I'm not saying there won't be breakdowns and bad days, but at the end of those days remind yourself why you're doing this... whatever YOUR reason is.

Hanka Venselaar

2ND Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

Competing at the Pole Classic was an amazing experience. Of course I expecting something slightly bigger than I was used to….it was Las Vegas! But wow, it was a real cool and professional show. I liked the venue, the stage, the lights and of course all the backstage facilities. I had never seen such a big backstage area and dressing rooms. I also liked the fact that we could do whatever we wanted on stage... no rules, a real show. That is what I want to do in competitions.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

About my routine... well... as I just came back from a holiday in summer I had only a short time to prepare for this one. But I knew I really wanted to do the song from a new Dutch artists and it was easy to find the style of the act. I prepared most of it in the last 2 weeks when I was in New York. It was the famous Kyra Johanssen who helped me out with most of the choreography, as I trained at my friends studio in Philadelphia. I felt quite confident on the stage, but not completely ready. I don't think I ever will feel that. There is always something to do better.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

For others to compete I would say... go for it. But keep in mind that nowadays there are many different styles of competitions, so choose what fits you. Do you like show? Do you like art? Do you like a clear set of rules? Choose the format, and prepare your act accordingly. And keep in mind that the only important thing is to have fun on stage!

Jazzy Alix

3RD Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

It was an incredible experience and the whole event was so well organized. Performing in front of such a large crowd was an honor. Besides I met new pole friends and got the chance to hang out backstage with some pole stars.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

Well I had very little time to prepare, cause I was in another competition 2 weeks before but wanted to present something new. But the biggest risk was that I choose to have other dancers on stage. They were coming form everywhere in the US (and I live in Canada), so I never met them before and your first rehearsal was the day of the competition! I was mostly afraid cause I wasn't use to have people so close while I pole and maybe I would accidentally kick someone. But in the end it all went great!

What advice do you give others interested in competing? 

First of all yes go for it! Then, practice as much as you can but know that it's totally normal to be nervous. And mostly importantly have fun on stage! 

Jazzy Alix
Aerialist & Dancer
Performer | Instructor


Slava Ruza

1ST PLACE & OVERALL POLE CLASSIC CHAMPION

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

It was my second time competing in US and my information about the competition wasn't that extensive. i heard about Pole Expo more from pole convention prospective not competition. i also never been to that part of US before, so for me it was mix of emotions from competing in new environment, meeting new pole dancers and also discovering new places like Las Vegas and West coast. in general i had a very good impression about Pole Classic competition and of course it was very nice to win:) the venue was great and i loved the stage and light capacity. i probably gave a bit of a hard time to technical staff with my light ques:) but it would be a waste not to use this potential at max. I think this competition has definitely big potential to grow and develop and i am sure it will attract more international competitors. 

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

It’s very seldom I feel 100% ready before I go on stage and it is never the case when I perform a totally new number. That day I had a new routine to perform and of course I was nervous. The fact that we didn’t get individual time for run through with lights and music was affecting my confidence before the show as well. But at the end of the day I realized its totally normal and just did my best. Sometimes we need to let go this ambition to be perfect and just enjoy the moment:)

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

It’s hard to give advices to people going on stage cause its very individual. To handle my nerves I normally breath deep, do some stretch and think about technical details of the routine. I try not to think about who is watching, how many people and what score I am going to get, the only judge for myself, in that moment is me and I have learnt by now how far I should go with self criticism:) And if we are talking about this particular event I would suggest people to think more about the scenography - the venue has so much to offer to make your number special so use it at max!

Markus Schloegl – Iceman

2ND PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

When I got the info that I can compete in Vegas I was very happy. It was always my dream to be on stage in Vegas. I was very excited when I wait for my show, but when I was on stage I felt the energy from the audience and I got crazy :-) The 4 minutes was definitely too short for me. Pole Expo is the best event worldwide in the pole dance history for me. The organization is great, the atmosphere from the ordinance is just amazing, and I loved the pool parties and all the girls around me. I would love to compete again 2016.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

In my Italian iceman show, was the Russian split not straight. You know, I am never perfect with my routine but I try to entertain, I think this is my big plus, I love it to play with the audience and give 100% on stage. Sometimes is better sometimes not like in the life. Important is to try, and fight as much as possible.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

Don’t miss this event, Vegas is the best place for it. Do not be afraid from the crazy audience, feel the good atmosphere and enjoy the short time on stage. You will never forget this feeling at the pole expo championship.

Magnus Labbe

3RD PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?

It was a great experience to be on stage at Pole Expo with such an amazing crowd cheering. It really warms my heart with the big applause at the end of my performance and that’s the best feeling you can get as a performer. And the backstage was a lot of fun and I got to know a lot of new pole friends there.

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?

I never feel 100% ready because I like the freedom to freestyle a little during my performance because you will never know what can happen, but I felt really comfortable on stage.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?

When it comes to competing you have to figure out how you are as an performer and what works for you. Don’t try to fit in or be like others. You are your own special performer and nobody can take that away from you and that’s what makes you unique. And always try to enjoy your time on stage because it goes by so quick.


2014 Pole Classic Competition Winners

Ashley Fox

1ST PLACE WINNER

EARNING A SPOT IN THE 2015 POLE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WHERE SHE PLACED 2ND. ASHLEY IS ALSO THE FIRST FEMALE TO WIN THE TITLE POLE CLASSIC OVERALL CHAMPION!

What was your experience like competing in the 2014 Pole Classic?
My experience with competing in the 2014 Pole Classic was phenomenal. The venue was spectacular and catered to a huge audience. Fawnia put together a very professional event with some of the industries most well known Pole Stars as Judges. It was also fun meeting all of my fellow Pole Competitors and Peers. The icing on the cake was winning the Overall Champion Award and X-Pole's People's Choice Award.

Were there any points during the routine that you were unsure of, or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I definitely stepped on stage feeling 100% ready, but that didn't make the butterflies go away. Never the less, I felt very sure because I had been running through my routine for an entire month leading up to the Competition. I prepped very hard, and at the end of it all, I was very happy with the execution of my performance.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
I advise future Competitive Pole Dancers to dedicate themselves to the craft. They should make sure that they have a plan when prepping for competition. They should systematically breakdown every aspect of their routine and make sure that they practice each part consistently. Set checkpoints in regards to the progress of your routine so that you have at least 2-3 weeks to practice full run through before the competition. This will also allow you to drop or modify the moves that are giving you problems, and still allow you the necessary time to clean and perfect your routine. I also like to review my practice videos to correct my technique and form. There it is in a nut shell, but most importantly you must practice, practice, practice, and never give up! Happy Poling!

Amber Wolf

2ND PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
Pole Classic was such an amazing experience! I've never had the opportunity to perform in front of so many people!! All of the competitors and showcase performers were so nice and supportive! 

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
Oh my goodness, there are always a few things I'm worried about! I had only loosely planned my floor work and during my routine I had a few hiccups but everything turned out fine and I had a blast!! 

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
Don't worry about everything going perfectly! We can't control everything and sometimes we just have to relinquish control and enjoy the moment. 

Carolina Mendivil

3RD PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
It was an amazing experience! Everything was so organized, and at the backstage I got to meet a lot of my pole idols! The crowd was amazing too!!

Were there any points in your routine that you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
 I was in another competition a week before and i decided that for pole expo I didn’t wanted to repeat my choreography! It was a risk but i enjoyed the process. I was feeling a little unsure because of the little time to change routines, but 100% ready to step on the pole classic stage!

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
To go for it and enjoy the experience! Pole Classic; its an amazing platform to grow and be recognized! And most of all to have fun!


Daniel Rosen

1ST PLACE WINNER

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
It was amazing. I loved it so much. The people were amazing, the stage was great and the poles were perfect. The crowd was very supportive which made it even more comfortable. The feeling of the whole competition was great and made me feel so at home. There is nothing worse than feeling nervous before competing but I really enjoyed my time at the Pole classic competition. I can’t wait to go this year and be able to watch the amazing talent.

Were there any points in your routine where you were unsure of, or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I stepped on stage feeling about 85% ready. hehe. I had a starfish in my routine which was a little risky for me as I have slipped out of it a couple of times before but it went great on the day. (THANK GOD) I think its really important to never feel 100% ready with competitions as you become complacent with your routine which makes it easier to make mistakes.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
Go on stage and have fun. Remember that getting to the final of any competition is already an achievement. Don't try to be the winner, just go and try and do your personal best. That way you will be able to leave happy in the knowledge that you did your personal best performance. Good luck and have some fun. It’s way more fun to watch someone who is there to have fun than someone who takes it way to seriously. :)

Oliver Pavick

2ND PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the 2014 Pole Classic? The experience I had with Pole Classic made me feel like I was at home.  It was wonderful to be able to meet people from around the world and share experiences with them before and after the competition.  Besides that, being able to be on a full stage with brilliant lighting and an audience cheering is always a dream come true. 


Were there any points during your routine that you were unsure of, or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I was feeling nervous during all the run throughs earlier in the day.  It wasn't till I got into place, took a big breath and the lights came on that I knew that was where I was meant to be.  


What advice do you give others interested in competing?
Breath, Smile and Enjoy the Journey.  Everyone has something to present to the world and it's an honor to get to show people what you have.  It is scary to be on a stage bearing all you got, but the people you are in front of want to see you succeed.  Appreciate them and they will lift you to incredible heights.

Brandon Rosario

3RD PLACE

What was your experience like competing in the 2014 Pole Classic?
Pole Classic is always an amazing and fun experience! The lighting, the stage, the sound system are all top notch and not to mention the great energy and large crowd I don’t think anyone could ask for anything better. 

Were there any points during your routine that you were unsure of, or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I definitely was not 100% ready. I actually forgot a few bits and pieces of my choreo during the opening but I stayed with it and fell back into the groove but with the crowd screaming and the energy high it pushed me harder and I relaxed into it even more!

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
Practice, practice, practice and make it everything you want it to be. I love winning and hate losing but at expo my main concern is hopefully to be the crowd favorite.


2013 Pole Classic Competition Winners

Samantha Star

1st Place Winner

Earning a spot in the 2014 Pole Championship Series where she placed 2nd, and performed at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival Women’s Fitness & Figure championships.

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
My experience competing in the Pole Classic was really positive. The atmosphere during the event was really encouraging. The crowd was pumped and ready to cheer us on and all of the competitors were super friendly and supportive.  I was excited to perform and share the piece I had created.

Were there any points in your routine you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I stepped on the stage feeling 99% ready. I'll always want an extra week to tweak my routine, but I was ready to take the stage that night. I wrote out my routine in a journal on the plane ride to Vegas. The pic attached is what I wrote.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
The biggest piece of advice I can give future competitors is enjoy yourself.  Yes it's a competition but have fun with it. Don't think about competing against other people, focus on competing against yourself.  The second most important piece of advice is...practice!

 

Michelle Natoli

2nd Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
Competing in the Pole Classic 2013 was an amazing experience!  Not only was it was very well organized with  a great venue and expert panel of judges, it was a really fantastic show to be a part of. There was a very talented lineup of showcase performers and competitors, and the excited energy of the crowd that night was definitely something to remember.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform for the pole community and to have shared the stage with so many fantastic artists and athletes.

Were there any points in your routine you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
For me there is usually at least one moment or one element in a routine that I am not 100% sure will work out as I've planned - I've learned I am not satisfied if this isn't the case.  I did however approach this competition with a slightly different mindset than I had for previous events. I had far less time to prepare than usual and was very unhappy with my performance in the event just before. I found serious motivation in my disappointment with myself, and with the help of my mentors and training partners, I trained more quickly and efficiently and got my head back in a more positive place.  At "game time" my goal was just to enjoy the experience and step out on stage to share what I love to do with the audience who at Expo is a community of people who share the same passion.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
I would tell someone who may be interested in competing to decide for themselves ahead of time what they want to gain from the experience. Maybe it is a means to set training goals for yourself, grow as a performer, or even just decide if competing is ultimately for you. Decide what your motivation is and make that your focus - this way whether or not you win the event, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment…and then celebrate :)

Amber Cahill

3rd Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
The energy of the crowd and the venue was amazing! It was really a FUN competition packaged around an incredible weekend of workshops, friends and fun! 

Were there any points in your routine you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I don't think there is EVER going to be a time when you feel 100% ready! Some of the best advice I ever got was from Kelly Yvonne, and that was to accept SOMETHING will not go as planned and instead prepare yourself to recover from those errors.

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
My advice to is really think through WHY you are competing. Sometimes we get hung up on the results of the competition and think that it wasn't worth the effort if we don't place or win. The process, however, of preparing for the competition can be very rewarding. By the time you reach the stage, you are a different person and a better athlete because of all the training you have endured!


Marshall Jarreau

1st Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
Pole Expo last year was my first exposure to the pole world. It was quite overwhelming and I was a little nervous because I didn't know anyone. However, everyone was so welcoming and friendly! The Pole Classic felt more like a meeting of friends and less like a competition so it was a very nice way to get started. I'm used to performing in front of crowds, but these guys were extremely supportive (aka loud)! It was an awesome experience.

Were there any points in your routine you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I was scared of slipping during my routine. I always get sweaty and I wasn't sure how good the grip aids were going to hold. I did end up sliding towards the end but I had so much adrenaline I couldn't worry about it! I was also nervous about my Fonji sequence because I had only got it working a few days before competition.  It was a risk I'm glad I took!

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
Just go for it! And have fun! But my biggest piece of advice is to remember your audience. Sometimes they are watching as many as 40 routines! Put on a show and keep them engaged with your creativity and performance quality. 

Kenneth Kao

2nd Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
The Classic competition itself was very well run, and the time between performances was less than I expected--which was nice and exactly how it should be, but also panic inducing.  Especially when Alex just walked off stage and it was suddenly my turn.  I don't remember much of my performance except that I do remember forgetting a couple passes and trying to cover those mistakes up, as well as berating myself for forgetting to point my toes.  When I placed, and received people's choice--well, I genuinely thought that there had to be a mistake, or the judging had to be rigged, or maybe the pole jump blinded everyone to the reality of how young I am to pole dancing.

Pole Expo was my first pole convention, competition, and it was in many ways the personal celebration of my 30th birthday as well as the exact 1-year anniversary of my pole dancing.  After the performance, the support and enthusiasm from the community just blew my mind.  It was overwhelming and I couldn't comprehend exactly why people would ever want a picture with me, why I could actually say "hi" to pole idols and have them take the time to chat, or why people would invite ME to perform, teach, and compete at their local venues.

Pole Expo and Pole Classic was a life changing experience for me, the perfect celebration of how pole dancing has impacted my life.  I'm sure this is just the beginning.  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself with impossibility, and to have a new, brighter reality come crashing down all over me. #somanynewfriends

Were you nervous about jumping from pole to pole?
Yes, of course!  For many reasons.  It's scary every time I do it, even now; it's a lot of commitment.

I'd never tried the move outside Vertical Fusion, my home studio, and every pole absorbs and spins differently; being thrown off the pole is a real possibility.  I also didn't want to try the move during rehearsal because it would potentially spread through the community before I got to show the move on stage, so there was a huge unknown variable before jumping.  Plus, in the performance, the poles felt far slicker than they'd been during rehearsal and I was slipping all over the place right before jumping.  Lastly, if I failed, not only would it be really embarrassing, but the chance of injury (as I was certain to commit 100%) was frightening to consider.  I remember a conversation with some polers I ran into at the airport from Texas.  My friend, Nina Reed, told them I was competing, and they asked if I was nervous.  When I replied that I was scared very nearly to death, they asked me why, saying that I would be fine (yeah, how would they know?).  Well--jumping pole to pole was why.  And now they know ;).

What advice would you give others interested in competing
There's no reason to wait.  The limits of personal potential are created by your own belief systems, which can change in a moment--as quickly as a single decision made right here right now.

For example, I believed that I couldn't possibly compete in my first year, and that was exactly why I had to do it.  I decided to compete at the state level to get my feet wet, but then Pole Expo popped up and I had to change my belief system again; I could compete on a national level.

I currently doubt my ability to compete on an international level, and now it's my current goal.  Similarly, I want to travel and teach internationally, and I don't believe that people would actually want me enough for that to happen--but again, my lack of belief is why I've made it my mission.

The process is very simple, really, whatever part of life you're speaking of.  Sticking to the topic of pole, on a smaller scale, whenever I choreograph I push to the point that I feel like there's no way-no how I could ever finish the piece for whatever reasons: physical, mental, or emotional.  And the limitation motivates me.

When I'm limited, I really only have one choice to make: level up, or change the choreography, music, length, whatever, into something less impressive.

And why would anyone ever want to be less impressive, whatever that means to them?

Failure is not a factor for deciding to compete or not, because by the very act of pushing yourself, you're in a better place than you were.  Anyone who's ever had any success has had far more failures in their journey toward success, but they are successful because they reached for something at the verge (important word) of reality, and then they grown faster than those who have never tried.

Be nurturing, training safely for your body and mind and soul; be conscious of other lives and other hearts around you--but NEVER stop growing.  It's a lie to say that you've arrived at a destination and have no place higher to reach for.  Every step is for you.  It's not fame, glory, riches, or love that'll sustain and ENERGIZE you through the endless and difficult trials; it's personal growth.

And remember, if you're nervous and scared, then you're doing it right.

Gregorys Garcia

3rd Place

What was your experience like competing in the Pole Classic?
Was an amazing experience, did not know the level of competitors and it was really a surprise for me to enter the top three, I was only to have a new experience and I could share and learn from great athletes.

Were there any points in your routine you were unsure of or did you step on stage feeling 100% ready?
I'm always a little nervous before going out dancing, though I'm sure my sequence and I've practiced in the trials, the loud cheers of the public gives me life and motivated me to achieve all my routine successfully. If something does not go as expected, simply smile and enjoy what you are doing, because we do it with passion!

What advice do you give others interested in competing?
It’s a competition with talented athletes, so you have to enjoy the moment to have fun. The commitment to winning is to oneself, the most important thing is to enjoy the performing for the community and believe in your work. This experience helps you to train you as an artist and pole dancer. Good luck to all!