HistoryThe History of International Pole Championship!
The International Pole Championship (IPC) is a competition organized annually by
International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA). It is the brainchild of renowned performer and instructor Ania/Anna Przeplasko (pronounced pshe plaz ko). It is the one the pioneering international pole dance fitness championship where winners are credited solely for their dance skills, trick techniques and overall showmanship. The IPC is the first pole competition to introduce both men and disabled divisions. Winners of national championships are granted entry to this championship. Undiscovered talents are encouraged to submit a video entry via the IPC website. All semi finalists stand a chance to gain online votes and win the title Pole Idol, along with sponsorship to the Grand Finals.
Competitors compete in two categories: Pole Fit and Pole Art. The competitor with the highest total score from both categories wins the title of Ultimate Pole Champion. There are four divisions: men’s, women’s, disabled and doubles.
Pole Fit focuses on the fitness aspect of the routine. Competitors in this category are given higher points for technical difficulty and execution of the tricks.
Pole Art focuses on the artistic aspect of the routine. In this category, competitors are given higher points for the originality and choreography of the pole dance routine.
To receive the maximum amount of points, performances have to be well executed with careful attention paid to the synchronization of dance moves to the music. Movements have to be precise, clear and easy to recognize, and movements relevant to their discipline of greater difficulty and complexity will receive higher scores. Transitions between moves should be smooth and orderly. Individual confidence is recognized, with stress placed on energy, enthusiasm, and strong stage presence. Creative openings and endings to performances as well as theme and story also receive high scores. Choreography is judged on level of difficulty, use of relevant movements, transitions, and synchronization with music.
2008 – Manila
The first International Pole Dance Fitness Championship was held in Manila. Finalists for this competition were chosen solely via video entries. Ten finalists from nine different countries competed for the title. The first Ultimate Pole Champion title was won by Anamarie Garbo from the Philippines. The Pole Art title was won by Marsha Yuan from USA and Pole Fit title by Yuko Hasimoto from Japan.
2009 – Tokyo
In 2009 International Pole Dance Fitness Championship was rebranded as the International Pole Championship (IPC). Responding to a demand by both men and women, IPC opened a category for men – the world’s first. The new category received worldwide media attention, refuting the claim that pole dance is designed for the amusement of men. Competitors this year were also submitted applications via video entries. Judges from around the world from various sport and dance disciplines judged the entries and picked the finalists. Fan participated and voted online for their favorite competitor via the IPC website. The winner Sarah Cretul from USA won the title of Pole Idol. The Ultimate Pole Champion Women`s title was won by Mai Sato from Japan. The first Ultimate Pole Champion Men`s title was won by Dave Kahl from Australia.
2010 – Tokyo
Another world first – a new division for the disabled was introduced, inspired by sight impaired pole dancer Marie Dunot from France who had entered IPC 2009. The competition housed a live audience of 2000 fans. National champions from different countries competed, alongside competitors who submitted their video entry. Fans from all over the world traveled to Tokyo to support their favorite competitor. The event received accolade for being the ‘Most Media Attended Event 2011’ and ‘The Best International Pole Event 2011’ awarded by International Pole Dance Magazine. The Ultimate Pole Champion Women`s title was won by Mai Sato from Japan. The Ultimate Pole Champion Men`s title was won by Duncan West from Australia. The first Ultimate Pole Champion Disabled title was won by Eri Kamimoto from Japan.
IPC underwent restructure and included as part of their championship process, establishment of relationships with national Pole Dance Fitness competitions and organizations. This was in preparation for a planned conference component in the upcoming IPC.
2012 – Hong Kong
The IPC 2012 was held at Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre (1 Gloucester Road Wan Chai, Hong Kong) on Thursday 15 March 2012. The championship boasts an additional new doubles division and was inaugurated by Hong Kong celebrity Marsha Yuan and Jenyne Butterfly. For the first time, the event was accompanied by a series of conferences for Pole Dance Fitness professionals and national associations. The Ultimate Pole Champion Women`s title was won by OONA KIVELA. The Ultimate Pole Champion Men`s title was won by CHRIS MEASDAY. The Ultimate Pole Champion Doubles title was won by CARLIE & TRAVIS. The Ultimate Pole Champion Disabled title was won by DEB ROACH. The Pole Idol title was won by WILSON ALEXANDER.
2013 – Singapore
IPC 2013 in Singapore was special for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was the 5th anniversary of IPC. As such, it collected a record 268 entries from pole artists around the World, eager to enter this coveted competition.
Furthermore, a brand new division, Masters, joined the existing Women’s, Men’s, Doubles and Disabled Divisions. An extraordinary nine Masters competitors made it into the semi-finalist round, with two incredible women battling it out in Singapore for this revolutionary new title. Our brand new online judging software, E-Pole Judge, made its international debut, enabling competition results to be collected and determined immediately, with no delay.
IPC 2013 was joined by a Pole Professionals Conference, aptly named The Business of Pole for those in the pole industry, where a number of industry professionals provided information on topics including franchising your business model, pole terminology, judging, and promoting your pole business. With the largest amount of competitors and spectators, IPC 2013 was hailed an international success once again, and an enormous step forward for the pole industry.
2015 – Hong Kong
The upcoming International Pole Championships will return to Hong Kong to be held on 27th of November at MacPherson Stadium in Mong Kok. With the return of all 5 competition divisions, Pole Conference, Fitness Expo and of course the Grand Finals competition, this year promises more of the excitement and thrill that we have come to expect for IPC. To stay updated on the latest news and happenings of the competition, follow us through our FACEBOOK page.