Minnesota Pole Competitions, Year Three: Early Registration Now Open with Two New Divisions Available
TWIN CITIES, MN, June 16, 2017 – Early registration for the MN Pole Competitions is OPEN. General registration for amateur divisions is only available to current residents of Minnesota and the midwest states. Amateur divisions will open September 1st to all U.S. pole athletes. The professional Pole Star Championship Applications are now open to all that apply.
In this the third year of the Minnesota Pole Competitions, there will be two new divisions. The Semi-Pro division and the Showcase division have been added to the Youth Exhibition, Amateur Women’s Solo, Amateur Men’s Solo, Amateur Doubles, and Women’s Professional Solo (the MN Pole Star Championship). The MN Pole Star Championships require an application; all other categories only require registration. Spaces are limited. The competitions will take place in the Twin Cities January 19-20, 2018. Interested athletes can register/apply here: store.poleandperformingart.com
The MN Pole Competitions draw athletes from all over the nation and of many ages. Athletes under 18 years of age can participate in the Youth Exhibition. All other divisions require competitors to be 18 years of age or older. There are different levels for the Amateur divisions: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite, and Semi-Pro. The details on the limitations within the categories can be viewed at the Events Info and/or “Rules & Regs” tab on Pole and Performing Art’s MN Pole Competitions webpage (linked above). Within each level, competitors select a style category in which to compete. Athletes can describe their own style or choose one of the suggestions of Pole and Performing Art, which include Artistic Dance, Performance Theater, Pole Sport, and Pole Classic.
The MN Pole Star Championship winner will move on to the PCS national competition. Amateur winners will move on to showcase at the Shake, Rattle, n’ Pole Show.
About Pole and Performing Art:
Pole and Performing Art is an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the pole dance and performing art community. They provide opportunities and information for community education, performer development, and public performance in pole and performing arts through conventions, festivals, shows, and competitions.
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Tickets for January’s Minnesota Regional and National Pole Competitions on Sale Now with a Special Black Friday Deal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2016 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Tickets for the region’s premier pole dance competitions, vendor fair, and workshops are on sale now on the Pole and Performing Art website. Athletes, families, and the public are welcome at this weekend event January 14 and 15, 2017.
The Minnesota Pole Competitions, Vendor Fair, and Pole Star Workshops will be held at the Maplewood Community Center and Performing Arts Theater. Purchase a weekend, mid-day, late-night, or Sunday-only ticket online HERE. For special Black Friday pricing, purchase tickets on November 25th, 2016.
This multi-day event features regional and national events; The MN Regional Pole Competitions and The MN Pole Star Championship on January 14. The vendor fair, Free Seminars, and Pole Star Workshops run January 14 and 15. The vendor fair and workshops open at 8:30 am on January 14. Workshops wrap up at 1:30pm, while the vendor fair remains open until 11 pm. The Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions begin at 2 pm with the Youth Exhibition, then Novice thru Elite Division competitions, and wrap up around 10 pm with the national Pro Division competition and awards. These events are open to the public.
The keynote seminar, “Take it to the Stage!” on January 14 features Iowa-based pole, lyra, and silks professional performer and competition athlete, Amber Cahill. Her 11am lecture will discuss the development process and training tips to teach participants how to make the competition and performance process more successful and enjoyable. Cahill has competed professionally across the nation and is the owner of TGR Fitness gyms in Des Moines and Ankeny. Learn more about Amber Cahill on the Pole and Performing Art website HERE
Workshops and the vendor fair continue January 15. The public and aspiring athletes can get hands-on training on a variety of skills, including floor, spinning, and flipping. Programming on January 15 runs from 8:30 am to 8:45 pm.
To purchase tickets and learn more about the Minnesota Pole Competitions, visit the Pole and Performing Art, LLC website at www.poleandperformingart.com or contact owner Angie Lofquist 651-347-0412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pole and Performing Art is a local promotions, events, and entertainment company that organizes aerial, performing art, and circus shows, competitions, festivals, and dance conventions in the Twin Cities community. Signature events include the Minnesota Pole Competitions, Twin Cities Performing Art Convention & Festival, and the Shake, Rattle n’ Pole Variety Show. For more information, contact Angie Lofquist of Pole and Performing Art, LLC @ 651-347-0412 or email@example.com.
Press Release September 1, 2016
On Jan. 14 sports history will be made in Minnesota as winners of the first Minnesota Pole Star Championships (MNPSC) – part of the Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions – qualify for the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold Classic sports festival and competition event held in Columbus Ohio Mar. 3-5. Only 12 competitors will be accepted to the MPSC.
The Arnold Classic – owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, world-renowned athlete – is a prestigious event launched in 1989 by Schwarzenegger himself. The Pole Championship Series was created within the last four years to recognize pole sport as a legitimate and respected form of tremendous athleticism.
The Minnesota Pole Star Championships begin after 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Visit poleandperformingart.com to purchase tickets and for more information.
The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the nation and the greatest sports-fitness experience of your life! The Festival welcomes more than 18,000 athletes annually who compete in more than 50 sports & events, including 14 Olympic sports. More than 175,000 fitness enthusiasts attend the Arnold Sports Festival each year to experience thrilling moments of sports competition and fitness entertainment. Attendees enjoy the regular sightings of sport personalities, film stars, and the Weekend’s namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger." www.arnoldsportsfestival.com
Press Release Feb 22, 2016
Empower yourself with the performing arts!
The Twin Cities is bringing all of the arts under one roof! This is your chance to try out something that's been on your bucket list. April 2, 2016 join us at Muse Event Center for the festival of the year.
See the descriptions and links to FREE seminars such as Contortion Control and unique workshops such as Breakdancing and Hip Hop Culture HERE
There you can choose if you want a single class, double or get the awesome discounts when you by the Flex tickets! Flex tickets allow you to choose any three traveling performance star workshops for only $150 and/or three local professional workshops for only $50.
Press Release Feb 14, 2016
Experience the Performing Arts in Minneapolis this April
MINNEAPOLIS – On Apr. 2 local and national performers will gather at Muse Event Center for the Twin Cities Performing Art Convention, a performing art spectacular of circus and aerial arts. This event begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday and will be family-friendly until about 7:30 p.m.
It will include Shake, Rattle, and Pole Star, a variety show, as well as a vendor fair, experts from area performing art studios, fashion runway shows by local designers, workshops, free seminars by Physical Therapist Dr. Misty Austin and Registered Dietitian, Donna Clearman. After 7:30p, there will be a 5 local designer runway shows as well as adult-oriented vendors, in addition to drink special offers. Sunday will feature additional workshops.
Vendors will include Twin Cities Trapeze Center, Envy Skin Clinic, Performance Art Athletics, Venus Unveiled, and more. Unique workshops will be taught by House of Dance (all ages hip-hop, breakdance), Kailen Nelson (cyr wheel), Heidi Coker (pole dance), Morghan Gerhard (partner acro) and more. General admission is $20 advance, $25 at the door.
For tickets and more information, visit www.poleandperformingart.com
Friday, January 15, 2016
by Jeff Strickler
POLE DANCING OUTSTRIPS ITS SLEAZY STIGMA WITH TWIN CITIES TOURNAMENT
Snickers aside, fitness fans are climbing on the pole-dancing phenomenon.
Stefany Gravley’s father was aghast when she announced that she was taking up pole dancing.
“Can’t you still be a nurse?” she recalls him pleading. “I said, ‘Not as a career, Dad. As exercise.’ ”
The Bloomington resident, who had been a gymnast in high school, was hopping on one of the latest — and hottest — fitness trends.
The mere mention of the term pole dancing still draws more than its share of snickers from the uninitiated who associate it with strip clubs, G-strings and dirty old men in dirty old trench coats. But it has become one of the fastest-growing exercise regimens among women — and, yes, some men — who are drawn to the way it merges a reliance on balance and coordination with a strenuous upper-body workout.
“I was huffing and puffing up there,” said Gravley, who had just wrapped up a routine. Although it had lasted only three minutes, it seemed like a lot longer to her. “It’s not easy when you’re spending the whole time pulling yourself up with your arms.”
...read the full article HERE
Quad Community Press
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
POLING TO THE TOP
by Sara Moore
MAPLEWOOD — Minnesota pole dance history was made this weekend — and Jolene Frid of Lino Lakes was part of it.
The state's first Minnesota Regional Pole Dance Competitions were held at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theater Jan. 8-9. Frid was among the 60 competitors from Minnesota and surrounding states. Not only was it the state's first pole dance competitions, but it was Frid's as well. She competed classic style in the novice category.
Performers could choose from dance styles such as classic, performance theater, pole sport and artistic dance. Levels of competition included novice, intermediate, advanced and elite. Women's, men's and doubles categories had winners in each level.
In 2013 Frid saw a video of pole dancer Jenyne Butterfly. “My jaw was on the floor when I saw the video,” she said. “I would love to do that. It was the first thing I saw besides dancing that I was driven at all costs to do.”
..read full article HERE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
FOR POLE DANCERS COMPETING IN MAPLEWOOD, ITS ALL ABOUT FRICTION
by Richard Chin
Here are a couple of things you needed to do to avoid a deduction in points if you were competing in the Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions on Saturday: Don’t land on your head. And no nudity or costume malfunctions, please.
In other words, this wasn’t your grandmother’s pole dancing experience.
First of all, for the top participants, the competition was a intense gymnastic endeavor, in which competitors frequently were dangling and spinning upside down while doing the splits, 10 feet above the floor, holding onto a metal pole thanks mainly to skin friction and hours of core workouts. ...full article HERE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
ON THE POLE AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT THE MINNESOTA REGIONAL POLE COMPETITION
by Colin Michael Simmons
Amateurs, experts, women, men, and partner teams came to the Maplewood Performing Arts Theater for the regional pole contest this past weekend. Don't picture college kids dancing for dollars. These people are serious athletes, and the upper-division contestants can go from a full split to climbing 10 feet in the air at a moment's notice. City Pages got special access to the event, with performers inviting our photographer backstage to see them limber up and prepare in the nervous moments before taking the stage, and the pole, before a capacity crowd. All photos by Colin Michael Simmons.
...photo gallery and more HERE
Thursday, January 7, 2016
LOCAL POLE DANCERS PERFORM THIS SATURDAY IN FIRST REGIONAL COMPETITION
by Sheila Regan
For Jenna Melby, Rihanna’s “Pour it Up” video changed the course of her life. She had recently graduated from college, but didn’t have much of an exercise plan. Her boyfriend worked out every morning, and she wanted to have some kind of fitness regimen, too. That’s when she saw the Rihanna video, which featured several acrobatic pole dancers.
“I signed up for a class three days later,” she says
...more on the website HERE
Jan 5 2016
Get ready for an amazing MNRPC weekend!
We are only a few days away from making history here in Minnesota. The excitement is brewing and I want to make sure you don't miss a thing since there is so much to experience!
A quick overview of what to expect:
9am Pole Star Workshops open, see the full schedule and possibly get in last minute tickets HERE
Not in a workshop? Join us at 9am for Welcome! Refreshments and light snacks, then the FREE Seminars begin at 10am (full schedule HERE)
2:00pm-3:00pm The free food bar will be served. It will have fresh greens & veggies, and include marinated and barbecued meat, eggs, and vegan options.
While you get well fed, be sure to peruse the vendor tables and get ready to WIN prizes, as every attendee, volunteer, and competitor is entered into the drawing for door prizes. Everything from $100 clinical skin treatments, Visa gift cards, to local pole studio classes are all on the list of giveaways.
Wining prizes isn't the only thing that will make you cheer...
3:00pm-8:00pm the competitions will run approximately from Novice to Elite with pole star and local performances to end each category.
8:00m-10:00pm get your dancing shoes on! DJ Seven of Butch Dandy is spinning track favorites for our celebration afterparty!
*light snacks and refreshments will also be available all day.
Thank you for participating in this event! We expect around 300 people to come together from across the region and we will have a few reporters from the press covering the story.
Please share the message about bringing the pole community into the light and out of the negative stigma it once had. We love our sport and art form, and we love YOU!
Looking forward to seeing you soon. You can connect with others on the MN Poler Info Facebook group HERE
Any more questions or comments please email or call:
"Myss Angie" Lofquist
Jan 5, 2016
This weekend, Jan. 8 and 9, history will be made at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theater as Pole and Performing Art presents the first Minnesota Regional Pole Dance Competitions. This ground breaking event will feature competitors from Minnesota and surrounding states in a variety of levels and categories, including Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite, Women’s, Men’s, Doubles, and genres like Classic, Performance Theater, Pole Sport, and Artistic Dance.
This event was developed to bring together the general public and pole dance community, and to educate those curious about this sport and performing art form with the intention to help eradicate the negative stigma that has been associated with pole dance for so many people.
All-Access Pass attendees of the event will not only be able to attend the competitions but will receive catered food free of additional charge, be eligible for door prizes valued over $100, and have access to seminars as well.
Judges of the event will include prominent pole performers David C. Owen and Karol Helms, who will be teaching specialty workshops over the weekend also.
The Competitions will be covered by the Quad Community Press, the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, and other local news media. Expected attendance is at least 300 people, and it is possible that television news will be covering it as well. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.poleandperformingart.com/comp-event-info.html.
Dec 14, 2015
More reasons to love MNRPC!
The *Free Seminars for the Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions weekend have been added to the schedule! Take a look at the amazing opportunities:
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
▪ 9:00a-10:00a ~ Welcome! Coffee, tea, and connecting with friends
▪ 10:00a-10:55a ~ Contortion Control: Stretching the Limits with Dr. Misty Rose Austin
▪ 11:00a-11:55a ~ Legal & Identity Protection: for your family and business with Christina Littlejohn
▪ 12:00p-12:55p ~Showgirl Tips for Pole Artists with Tawnya "Sweetpea" Konobeck
▪ 1:00p-1:55p ~Nutrition for Performance and Purposeful Living
with Donna Clearman, MS, RD
Please reserve your space in the workshops HERE (reservation is not required, but we are hoping to get an approximate number count so the instructors know if they are printing guides or bringing snacks, etc)
*Seminars are free to All Access Pass ticket holders. You can purchase yours and find more information on the events HERE
We are excited to bring the community this opportunity to share, connect, and learn from one another. We would like to make Minnesota rock and sell more admission and workshop reservations.
Please share the event with your friends, families, and neighbors so we can continue to offer this event every year. They will not want to miss this!
The FB event page is HERE
Pole and Performing Art Webpage
UPDATE: This just in! Competitors can pre-purchase their video and photo packages from Rich Ryan Fitness Photography
Thank you for being a part of the pole community. Looking forward to seeing you in Minnesota on January 9-10, 2016!
Dec 1, 2015
Male and doubles performers to be accepted at the Minnesota Regional Pole Dance Competition.
On Jan. 9, 2016 the Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions will bring hundreds of supporters and up to 60 competitors to the Maplewood Performing Arts Theater.
This normally female-dominated sport has appreciated a rise of interest by many men and group acts. Pole and Performing Art has made the Minnesota Regional Dance Competitions accessible for three divisions: Men, Women, and Doubles.
The same division and category rules apply to Men’s and Women’s, while the Doubles category streamlines the judging process for those desiring to perform together. The MRPDC welcomes all three categories.
More information here:
Pole and Performing Art
Pole Star Workshops
Facebook Event Page
Nov 23, 2015
The Minnesota Regional Pole Dance Competitions allow participation of a broad range of experience levels.
On Jan. 9, 2016 the Minnesota Regional Pole Competitions will bring hundreds of supporters and up to 60 competitors to the Maplewood Performing Arts Center.
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite levels will allow a variety of competitors to showcase their skills.
The lineup of performances promises to be an entertaining display as each pole dancer exhibits their own unique dance and abilities ranging from sport gymnastics to contemporary art styles.
Many competitors train from 4 to 20 hours per week at local pole dance & fitness studios to choreograph and develop routines.
Black Friday is the best day to get your admission tickets.
All Access Passes are only $30 (thats a 50% savings).
Enter the code: PPABLACK on Friday, November 27th.
Shake, Rattle, and Pole
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A Fundraiser Spectacular for the MN Pole & Performing Arts
SHAKE, RATTLE & POLE! Pole & Performing Arts Variety Show
STARRING: CIRQUE DU PỘLE SWEETPEA LUNA ROUGE JUSTICE DRACONIS AERIAL ARMSTRONG CHRISTY DAKOTA VIBE, ERIKA JAMES CHLOE KAYNE AMANDA VOSS THE VIGILANTEASE COLLECTIVE & MORE
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SHAKE, RATTLE & POLE! Pole & Performing Arts Variety Show
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Prepare for an evening of jaw-dropping performances with an array of athletic and professional talents - including pole dance, belly dance, burlesque, hip-hop dance, aerial silks, acro-yoga, and acoustic song and music.
Bring your good luck charms and dollar bills and get your RAFFLE TICKETS! Prizes will be given away throughout the show. Plus you'll find other irresistible items in our vending area from local pole studios and other fabulous sponsors.
This first talent spectacular will be one of two fundraisers for The Minnesota Pole & Performing Arts Expo set for April of 2016. The proceeds for the event go to paying the performers and covering the show’s operation costs as well as to offset production costs for our second Expo FUNdraiser: The Minnesota Pole Competition & Performance showcase event in November 2015.
City Pages Monday April 6, 2015
SHAKE, RATTLE & POLE! WIN TICKETS VIA TWITTER TODAY
In 2016, Minnesota will be hosting a pole and performing arts expo. But before that happens, local talents will be teaming up to raise funds for the event. This Friday, Shake, Rattle and Pole! at the Triple Rock will feature pole dancing, belly dancing, burlesque, aerial arts, live music, and more. Performers include Cirque du Pôle, Sweetpea, Amanda Voss, and the Vigilantease Collective...... more here
WELCOME! We love to share our events and would like a heads up if you intend to be there.
A limited number of Press Tickets are available, please contact Myss Angie for more information
Abbey Freundschuh Photo courtesy of Alloy Images; Pole Sport Organization, Central Pole Championships 2015