Pole fitness South Africa
In April Julie Swart and Tracey Simmonds from PFASA organised a Pole fitness competition for 30 competitors and featuring some guest artists, among them, Vanessa Clack, Marco Vargas Riveros and international visitor, Phoenix Kazree.
The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria was packed to capacity for the event which featured thirty contestants in four classes. The boys and girls came to compete for medals and trophies in this fantastic showcase of athletic ability. Pole fitness, or pole dancing as it is commonly known, is all about physical strength and fitness, finesse, dance moves. And of course, a lot of this takes place on the pole.
Competitors were split into four classes, silver, gold, pair’s and men’s. The pair’s section is possibly the most difficult with extra attention required on the choreography and timing of moves between the two pole fitness competitors. I was stunned by the strength exhibited by the ladies in this section who were able to hold themselves and their partner up during the routine.
Julie Swart, one of the organisers of the pole fitness event, showed her mettle with a superb routine while the judges deliberated the final placings.
The MC was the ever entertaining Nicole da Silva from 5fm, who entertained the crowd with a bit of clever footwork of her own. Video here.
Pole fitness is not only for the ladies either, as demonstrated below by judge Marco Vargas Riveros.
If you are interested in getting involved, check the PFASA website (link above) to find an associated studio to get you started on the road to health and fitness. We definitely hope that we are invited to the event again in 2014.