The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships - 14/08/14

The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships was held last Sunday 14th September at Mandela Hall, Queens Student Union, Belfast. As usual it was a well run and enjoyable event.

This year was it's largest audience yet and the venue was full to capacity!

The running order was as follows:

Opening Act World Pole Doubles Champions
Terri & Lisette

Amateur Section;
Mary Davis
Helena Donnelly
Ludwika Balinska
Orla Campbell
Cora Donnellan
Leah Aftab
Ciara Woodburn
Emma Magee both

Aerial Hoop

Over 40s
Margaret O'Neill
Susan Nolan
Patricia Taylor
Rose Thackaberry

Acro Balance Act from Tribe

Doubles Section;
Seanin Ward & Emma White
Nicola Ruddy & Jennifer Simons
Claire Higgins & Marie Parkes
Hazel Scorer & Lisa Price

Men Section;
Gary Cairns
Michael Donohue
Marcin Miller

Pro Section
Lisa Byrne
Linzi Thompson
Hazel Scorer
Sarah O'Reilly
Kathy Collins
Nawel Mameche
Arlene Caffrey
Rochelle Moore
Dee Cairns

Group Dance Routine - Freak

The judges were Deb Roche, Theo Robertson and Anne Goswell. Judging criteria was based on the following:

Marks Awarded

Technical 50% (Marks out 10)
> Routine (range of tricks, transitions and floor moves)
> Technical Ability of Tricks (difficulty and control of tricks performed)

Artistic 40% (Marks out of 10)
> Musicality, Timing and flow (musical interpretation, rhythm flow of routine throughout)

Presentation 10% (Marks out of 10)
> Personality (manner, enthusiasm and general character of the participant)
> Presence (how they engage the audience and judges
> Originality (level of individuality compared to other participants)
> Costume (look and suitability of the outfit)

All entrants were sent feedback information after the show which was very useful.


El Fagan owner of Polercise was delighted to announce the support from the following Sponsor by offering among other prizes....

1/ The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships 2014, First place winner (Professional Category) will receive a place at the European Pole Dance Champion 2014, competition (Champion of Champions Category) worth GBP50 on Sunday 9th November 2014 in Blackpool.

2/ The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships 2014 Second place runner up (Professional Category) will receive a place at the European Pole Dance Champion 2014, competition (Professional Category) worth GBP50 on Sunday 9th November 2014 in Blackpool.

3/ Each contestant in every category at The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships 2014, competition will receive one 3 Day Exhibition Pass worth GBP50 free to visit the United Kingdom Pole Dancing & Fitness Convention 2014, being held in Blackpool between Friday 7th & Sunday 9th November 2014.

Winners Were:

Female Solo - 1.Arelene Caffery 2.Rochelle Moore 3.Linzi Thompson
Male Solo - 1.Michael Donohue 2.Gary Cairns 3.Marcin Millar
Doubles - 1.Nicola Ruddy And Jennifer Simmons 2.Seanin Ward And Emma 3.Clair And Marie
Over 40's - 1.Rose Thackaberry 2.Susan Nolan 3.Margaret O'Neil
Amateur - 1.Leah 2.Ciara 3.Ludwikia