Jessalynn Medairy will advance onto the Pole Championship Series after competing in Boston at the SuperShag Pole Fitness Championships and being named the Female Champion. The PCS is slated to take place in 2014 after the top twelve competitors were chosen from qualifying events this year in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
1. When did you first start pole dancing?
I started Poling about 8 years ago.
2. What did you like most about it?
I like the idea of getting stronger while I danced. It really puts two passions of mine together in one of the most beautiful forms of art.
3. Have you competed before? If so when?
I competed in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 USPDF Pro Divisions and the Super Shag Pole Fitness Championship 2013. All other shows were performance opportunities.
4. How did you train for this competition?
Training for the Super Shag Pole Fitness Championship, I formatted my training a bit different than in years past. I started preparing my tricks/power spins about 6-8 months in advance. My goal was to build my confidence in the challenging material and then build my choreography around the tricks. I had a song in mind but then I was faced with the idea that I was going to have to make my tricks connect with the music. After I started to build my material and put it to the music, I then started to change the speed, emotion, and include a story to the performance.
One of my biggest goals was to have a really strong portrayal of a story. I made the story real to me even though I had no real connection to it. Once I had my story, I knew I could really start training it from start to finish.
I ran my routine about 9 times a week for 3 weeks from start to finish. In addition to running my routine, I trained an addition 5 hours a week in the studio. I felt my stamina was high, I had practiced it enough that I didn’t need to think about it and I felt my story was clear.
5. What is your favorite pole move of the moment?
My favorite pole move at the moment is a twisted grip handspring from the floor.
6. How about favorite song?
This is a tough one… I listen to a ton of music each day but one of my most favorite songs of all time will always be ‘Song from a Secret Garden’ by ‘Secret Garden’.
7. Do you have a pole idol?
I idolize so many women and men in this industry, I couldn’t possibly name just one. But I really appreciate the pioneers of our sport such as Jenyne Butterfly, Felix Cane, and Sally-Ann Giles.
8. Have you begun preparation for the Pole Championship Series?
I’m still trying to relax a bit from Super Shag but yes, I’m thinking and starting to brainstorm some new tricks for the upcoming PCS.
9. You are the organizer of the International Pole Convention. What inspired you to establish this?
I wanted to establish a gathering place of everyone who is admired on YouTube and the fans that watch them. I learned so much from YouTube but I really wanted to learn from these people in person.
10. How has running such a large scale event like Pole Con been? Do you have any other advice for aspirational event organizers?
Running a large scale event such as PoleCon has become a full time job. I actually created The International Pole Convention as an opportunity for me to learn but in reality, 5 years later, I have yet to take a class at The International Pole Convention lol. I think my advice for aspirational event organizers would be to stick with it. Nothing can replace the feeling of satisfying all who attend your event. The best thing that comes out of hosting PoleCon, even after 5 years, is receiving a ‘Thank You!’ from guests of the event.