The long weekend of June 2019 saw the Newcastle Pole Dancing Competition New South Wale Pole Sports Championships ran by BeachFit Dance at the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Center.
The competition has a great selection of categories for all level of Pole Dancer, with a Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Master, Professional, Artistic & Group Divisions.
Your fearless leaders La Bella & Leeanne Taylor started preparing for the comp about 1 and 1/2 months with them each deciding to do an individual category and something for the group’s division.
Leeanne, severely spraining her ankle on 19th May, and the little amount of prep time. She was forced to focus solely on the group’s division. Together they decided on some simple choreography that met the required elements of the divisions to Pink’s Walk Me Home. They needed to demonstrate 3 x Base & Flyer Moves. They were a little unsure if they needed to be all on the pole or not. Still, by the time we completed & re-jigged our choreography after the ankle incident they had 3 Base & Flyer moves on the Pole & Off the Pole, figured they were more than covered.
Leeanne the week of the event was madly sewing our costumes, Purple Biniki tops & short, with a black matt under the bust wais coat with tails, that had a silver lining.
Comp day rolled around, with La Bella’s Solo for the Intermediate Section Rehearsal was at 11.30 am & then doubles rehearsal was at 1.30 pm, with the event starting at 3 pm Saturday the 8th June 2019. We planned to get there and warm up in time for La Bella’s Rehearsals, do hair & Makeup between rehearsals & socialising with other competitors & coaches.
Rehearsals when well & then we spent many a minute taping Leeanne into her costume not to have a Janet Jackson moment on stage. Doors Opened, Show Started! Then we were up! Nervous energy is sometimes a good thing, some times it’s not & we were nervous, but we had trained hard & knew our routine well. Had a little stumble on a small acro move in the opening few seconds on routine, and were giggling, as we made our way to the Base & Flyer combo that we had struggled most with during training & we pulled it off. We had big smiles on our faces as we finished the routine & as our breath was racing, we took our bow & walked off stages with smiles so big we gave each other high five. We weren’t expecting much but completing our routine clean was an excellent feeling.
We rushed off stage, back into the change room, so that La Bella, could do a quick costume change, for her solo, which was complete with an eyelash change. We chatted backstage to the other ladies & LaBella kept moving to be ready for her solo performance in the intermediate section, she did a great run through and looked terrific.
We assembled for the announcements
La Bella Placed 2nd in the Intermediate Division
& We had placed 2nd in the group’s division. We were beyond excited at these result
Written by Leeanne Taylor