Brazil Receives Support From Government-1st Pole World Cup!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – United Pole Artists is very excited to announce that for the first time ever a country has received the support from their government to make a pole dancing competition a recognized sporting event! The Brazilian Pole Dance Federation will host the 1st Pole World Cup, to take place in September 2011, in Rio de Janeiro for dancers from around the world. Vanessa Costa, President of the Brazilian Pole Dance Federation announced that a book of rules, and code of arbitration created by the technical committee of the Brazilian Pole Dance Federation in 2010 will be released to help train and empower competition judges. The rulebook was created with the hopes that competitions can be more clear and fair for athletes, and to make the pole dancing sport “fit in the molds of an activity that aims to be recognized as Olympic”. All Brazilian competitors are required to participate in the national level in amateur or professional categories. International competitors can only compete in the professional category. Pole World Cup will seek 30 competitors for each category to participate in the semi-finals on September 7, 2011. Only eight competitors from each category will move on to the final round on September 10. The top three finalists from Brazil will compete against the international finalists for the champion title of Pole World Cup. Prizes will be awarded to the top two performers in each category. Interview with Technical Committee Member for Pole World Cup – Priscila Marsili! Who is the organizer of the Pole World Cup? The organizer of the I Pole World Cup is the Brazilian Pole Dance Federation, in partnership with the Rio de Janeiro Pole Dance Association. These two entities are working for pole dance in the city of Rio de Janeiro and in Brazil. For the first time ever we have the support of the Secretary of Sports and Leisure of the city of Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian Olympic Comittee to run this event. What kind of work did it take to convince your government to sponsor this event? We have two years of foundation and it there has been a lot of effort on the part of the representatives of the Brazilian Pole Dance Federation (FBPD) in order to get close to the government. Vanessa Costa, president of FBPD, has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Social Sciences by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the best university of Brazil. So, as she has always been engaged in social programs, and worked with sports and dance in community centers, this has made our approach to the government a little less arduous. However, efforts were created in order to leave the pole with the face of a sport activity and the parameters required by any sports federation. We had to have a suitable logo that showed it as a sporting activity, a rule and ethical precepts book, a technical book of arbitration, and training courses for referees. Everything had to be created or reformulated, formatted and modulated to the standards required by the government, so the activity could be accepted as a sport. What does this mean for the pole dancing community? In Vanessa’s opinion, this is a big step towards democratization and opening up pole activity to the society. Even today we are used to working for the pole dance community and, for the first time, we are organizing an event dedicated to the general public. We are anxious to turn the event into something that the public will like to watch, and show the quality of a great activity, not only for the a pole community that already practices pole dance/fitness, but for the non-pole dancers as well. This is a first step of something that may be the fulfillment of a dream and we cannot forget that Rio de Janeiro is the venue of the 2016 Olympic Games and the government is not only supporting the event, but is working with us to make it happen and is really willing to learn about our activity, our business. This event will be huge, will be awesome, and beautiful! Are Brazilian pole dancers excited about this event and the possible impact it will have in the pole dancing community? Yes! And they are very happy with our achievements and cheering for more and more news. Do you plan to hold the event annually? Well, we need to hold the first and transform it into something that the public wants to watch again. After that, we will start working on the next events. For more information, please visit www.federacaobrasilpoledance.com.br. Look out for our interview with one of Pole World Cup’s Organizers!