The annual PSO Northwest Pole Championships begins tomorrow and we have three of our very own students competing: Alesia, Candace, and Meg! We asked them to share a little bit about themselves to get to know them a little better.
This will be Alesia's second pole dance competition. She competed for the first time last year at the same PSO competition. She likes to compete because it gives her a goal to work towards and a way for her family and friends to see her perform.
She took her first pole class in college about 5 years ago and has been doing pole off and on ever since. She loves that it gives her a creative outlet to be artistic as well as a physical outlet to be strong and increase endurance.
Alesia will be competing in the Dramatic Level 3 Junior category.
Candance has been poling for almost two years and this January will be her 2 year pole-versary at PFS! Here's a little more background from Candace herself.
"The time has gone by so fast, but I guess that's just what happens when you love what you're doing and the people you're surrounded by. This is my first competition, and I feel like this could be a new phase in my pole journey, as a competitor. This is the first time I have ever competed in anything athletic. Before I started at PFS, I would not have considered myself athletic at all, but I have always loved a challenge, and I am definitely challenging myself every day when I am in the studio. I still feel like a fledgling though, so I'm a little anxious, but I know its going to be a great experience!
The song I chose represents the feelings that I had when I first started: I was scared about judgement, self conscious of myself when I participated, and questioned my choice to focus so much energy and time in this pursuit. It felt like a huge leap of faith, but I decided that I was going to commit, and I just threw myself into it, come what may. It felt like a risk, but I was in love from day one, and all that other stuff was just fog around that fact.
Candace will be competing in the Championship Level 2 Senior category to the song The Wolves by Amy Steele
Meg has been poling for almost three years. She had no prior background in dance or gymnastics, but she immediately fell in love with the challenge and beauty of pole dance. Most of all she loves the constant support and encouragement from her pole family.
She will be competing in the Championship Level 3 Junior category, and her routine celebrates feminine strength and vulnerability.
We couldn't be more proud of all of them and wish them the best of luck this weekend! They have worked so hard on their routines and it definitely shows. You can catch them competing this weekend at the Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central Community College. For a list of the schedule, check it out HERE.
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