I never got round to writing about 2012′s All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships, which took place in the Box nightclub in June 2012, but I thought it would be interesting to show how the competition has evolved.
Many of the competitors return each year to step up to the plate, so it’s interesting to see how their style, form, strength and presence progresses.
In terms of venue, 2013 saw another new home for the competition – the Mandela Hall in Belfast – and the competition taking place in September rather than earlier in the year as it has in the past.
The Mandela Hall seems to have been the most successful venue yet for the crowd actually being able to watch the performances. The stage in the previous year was lower than much of the crowd making it so much harder to see what was going on if you were standing behind someone (and the other bonus this years was seats!). Sadly, the event took place on a Sunday night which could take a little sparkle out of the celebrations afterwards but all in all the event here seemed a great success.
The results for the 2012 competition were as follows:
Doubles winners - Lei Portalanza & Sarah O’Reilly, from Fierce Fitness Dance Studios (from what I remember they were they only competitors but still put on a fantastic performance which would have been worthy of a win regardless)
Male winner - Dawid Skowronek, from D&N Mafia Fitness Dance
Female winner - Terri Walsh aka Terri Fierce, from Fierce Fitness Dance Studios
This year saw some new categories added – Over 40′s and Junior. As they were new categories competitors this year were thin on the ground, but those that did compete brought a lot to the table.
The results of the 2013 All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships were:
Female Solo 1st Terri Walsh; 2nd Lisette Krol; 3rd Arlene Caffery
Male Solo 1st Micheal Donohoe; Dawid Skowronek; 3rd Liam O’Neil
Doubles; 1st Georgine Milne & Beth Randle; 2nd Mary Duffy & Anna Douglas
Over 40s 1st Rose Thackaberry; 2nd Lisa Hughes
Junior 1st Gary Cairns
Here’s a little teaser of some of the guest judge Nico Modestine’s performance, some of the entertainment throughout the night and a little taster of the doubles performance.
I couldn’t find their performances from last year but here’s clips of Terri and Arlene’s routines from 2013
I found clips of Lissette’s routine from both years so I think it’s interesting to see the differences:
As I mentioned way back when I was preparing to go to the 2012 AIPDC the Pole Kittens were going to be out in force to support Linzi Thompson, one of our instructors. Now I know I am completely biased but I loved her routines both years but was especially moved by her beautiful performance in 2013.
Although Linzi didn’t place in the competition I think there was great pride from all of us watching her perform her beautiful routine. I know it’s inspired so many girls to strive to be up there next year. It was one of my favorites for it’s drama and theatricality, but the competition seems to get better and better each year so I don’t envy the judges task.
So I finish with Linzi’s ‘Tim Burton ice queen’ routine (annoyingly I cannot embed the video for you again) and look forward to seeing what she, and other returning competitors will bring next year.