BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!
Could we have asked for anything more? We think not!
On 23rd June 2018 the Mr Pole Dance Championships housed 18 international competitors, living up to its name being the original male-only pole dance competition in the world, it was held at The Factory Theatre, Sydney Australia.
Judging this renowned event is Dani Blyszak, Natalie Stephens and David Helman.
Dani Blyszak is the founder/director and head instructor at Studio Pole, Thornleigh NSW, as well as the founder/director of the Hardcore Pole Dancing Championships. Dani has been pole dancing for over 8 years and has been competing for over 5 with extensive background experience in gymnastics.
Natalie Stephens has been competing for over 4 years and holds the current Victorian Pole Champion title. Natalie finished off 2017 competing in the Miss Pole Dance Australia and Australian Pole Championships where she ranked in the top 4 and was awarded the overall title of "Best Technique".
David Helman discovered pole dancing in 2010 where he started combining traditional and Chinese pole with theatrics, classical and contemporary dance. David is the Mr Pole Dance Champion 2017 and now has the tough decision to hand over his crown to this years Mr Pole Dance 2018.
Doors open as the crowd flows in to this prestigious event, shopping stalls, bar staff and event coordinators we’re all working double-time to keep up with the pull of the crowd when non-other than the hostess with the moistest Maxi Shield performed a unique, powerful and uplifting version of “This is me” by Keala Settle.
"She is beautiful, it was such a a great way to start the show. Since The Greatest Showman released, this song has been choreographed to many pole competitions and has since put its stamp in the pole community. I love her for that" - Jessica Keller Vigorous Array
As expected the lineup was incredible! The first half of performers hit the stage like an explosion. Stove, Charlie Love, Seth Sladen, Bradley Carr, Sammy De Fonteyn, Onyx, Brady Stevens, Mucci and David left the audience in a uproar of more with their twists, spins, flips, pure strength and ohh so sexy physique!
After all the excitement a break was in order, a shopping break that is. Shoes, apparel and the bar where the top hits during the break. After the quick spree it was time to take to the seats for another tremendous amount of performers to take the stage.
Natalie Stephens took to the stage guest preforming a hot number proving the point as to why she's won 1st runner up 2018 The Arnold Pole Championships Series, 1st runner up 2017 Miss Pole Dance Victoria, 1st runner up 2017 Victorian Pole Championships and 2017 Showstopper Vortex Champion with a perfect score.
The second half proved to be just as exhilarating featuring Valyn, Petrichor, An Dre, Adam Lin, Jay De Swan, Ferios, Shusuke, Andre Corey and Blue Phoenix. Every year just tops the last, which is what these utterly skilled performers showed us. Mixing the traditional with sexy and the saucy with contemporary these men sure gave us something to aspire too.
Anxiously waiting back stage where the competitors awaiting the judges deliberations. Finally it was time to announce the winners of the Mr Pole Dance 2018.
Vigorous Array - Ferios
Shoe Me - Mucci
Chilli's Showboy - Charlie Love
Second runner up - Blue Phoenix
First Runner up - Adam Lin
Mr Pole Dance 2018 - Jay De Swan
As the night came to a close pictures and chatter filled the theatre as happy memories and great friendships formed. As a thing to remember, competitions aren't about winning, its about the memories, lifetime friends your meet along the way, personal developments and the pole community.
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