Australian Pole Dance Pty Ltd is a representing body which aims to improve industry standards, provide professional judging and competition criteria, support/training, and information to the pole dance industry. Australian Pole Dance will interface between Australian pole dancers and industry bodies, such as the International Pole Federation.

Pole dancing in Australia has seen exponential growth over the past decade. Originating in two very different genres (circus vs. strip clubs), has meant the evolution of many types of pole dancing during this time. It’s no longer just ‘stripper’ pole. Both males and females have recognised the exercise benefits of training their upper body, and the gymnastic challenge pole offers keeps them hooked.

It’s not really possible to say all the forms of pole dancing are the same. It’s like saying all forms of football are the same.

There are four main ‘styles’ of pole that have evolved:

* Strictly fitness – no high heels, no costumes & more like a circuit gym class.
* Circus – highly acrobatic, on purpose built ‘Chinese’ poles, as seen in Cirque du Soleil.
* Dance based pole – acrobatic moves combined with ‘conventional dance’ moves such as Latin, jazz, hip-hop etc.
* Sensual pole – utilising more of the ‘traditional’ pole moves & generally involves girls dressed in a provocative way.

Australian Pole Dance is united through key opinion leaders, elite dancers, along with many dance school owners from all states and other industry associations. Read more about the people and experience behind Australian Pole Dance. The premier event scheduled for 2009 is the official Australian Pole Dance Championships™. This competition is unique in the way that it recognises the fitness and circus styles of pole dance that have previously been overlooked in Australian competitions. The Australian Pole Dance Championships™ promotes pole dancing for fitness and aims to highlight the athletes of this sport in the same light as other professional sporting competitions. This is a competition run for, and supported by, elite dancers. The competition has also been endorsed by the International Pole Federation.
» Australian Pole Dance Championships™

The aim of the Australian Pole Dance Championships™ is to provide a fair competition focusing on the athleticism, strength and artistry of the sport. The official Australian Pole Dance Championships™ will be run for the first time in 2009, from Melbourne, with a different state to host the event each year. This competition is be open any Australian or New Zealand dancer (amateur or professional, male or female) aged 18yrs+.

Combined with a focus on the athletic aspect of pole dance, similar to that of gymnastics, and the technical artistry, born from other forms of classical and modern dance, the Australian Pole Dance Championships™ will bring pole dance champions into the mainstream sporting field.

As well as showcasing outstanding pole dance talent across the nation, the Australian Pole Dance Championships™ boasts an internationally acclaimed judging panel of individuals who are well respected and known in the industry. The professional judging criteria used will be setting the standard in the industry of a fair, transparent and regulated scoring system.


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