Controversy Brews Over PDA’s Photo Contest
After announcing their new picture contest in which competitors can gain bonus points to their routine, Pole Dance America is under some heat from fellow pole dance organizers and enthusiasts. KT Coates, founder of International Pole Sports Federation and organizer of World Pole Sport Championships says, “I can not believe people enter competitions like this. I understand that people love competing but at a price for loosing your dignity as a performer/athlete.” Read all of KT Coates review here. Other pole enthusiasts including UPA contributor, Irmingard Mayer, aren’t so pleased either. Mayer wrote, “It’s obviously an effort to gain exposure for the competition and organization. You could say it is clever for their marketing team to promote this way. I have to ask the obvious question here though… What does one’s ability to promote themselves have to do with his or her ability to pole dance? How can you use this as a contribution to one’s score in a legitimate fitness competition?” In response to Mayer, PDA organizer Moses Carroll stated, “based on previous competitions I’ve witnessed, heard about and researched – a lot of competitions have a People Choice Award or Crowd Favorite which is voting. Not sure why they do it, but it happens.” Carroll continued, “PDA feel it’s important for all athletes to have support. At PDA we praise accomplishments and were building competitor’s confidence and the support of others is helps.” When asked how many points will be added to a competitors score, Moses responded “Internal scoring on contest are not public info. Judges and Competitors are the only ones that know and are not allowed to discuss that info.” Read all of Irmingard Mayer’s review here. No matter what the opinions are of those outside of this competition, one thing is clear – competitors are taking advantage of this opportunity with several people posting photos on the PDA Facebook page. To learn more about this competition, click here.