Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition Results
The Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition (MGPDC) was held October 22-24, bringing pole dancers from all over the southern United States to compete in Atlanta, Georgia. Moses Carroll and Torwa Joe, an instructor at Vertical Joe’s Fitness Studio, were the producers of MGPDC. Moses Carroll is the CEO of MC Healthcare Inc., a non-profit organization offering health and wellness education and motivation. The competition revolved around women’s health with free health screenings, a health and fitness expo, workshops and a fashion show. There were two divisions: Amateur and Professional. The winner of the Professional division was Nikki Shaw, a pole dance instructor from Bristol Tennessee. Second and third places went to Dre’a Mickles and Hsiang Jones respectively. Moses will be taking the premise of the Miss Georgia competition to Texas in 2011! United Pole Artists was proud to sponsor this event (our first time sponsoring!), and chose to do so because of MC Healthcare’s dedication to women and their health. Moses took the time to interview MGPDC Champion Nikki Shaw. Here is what she had to say! What is your passion? My passion is pole dancing/fitness. I especially like the high fly tricks. As a child I always wanted to be one of the trapeze people in the circus, I loved the way they could sling their bodies in the air so I have a tendency to want and try to do the same with some of my pole tricks. “The crazier the better”. What do you get from pole fitness? I get a strong feeling of community from pole fitness. Since pole dancing is still new as a sport and still scrutinized by so many it almost seems like that fact brings the rest us pole dancer together because we all have the same common goal; “to prove the nae sayers wrong”, show just how much of a sport pole dancing really is and that’s its a sport that’s here to stay. Every pole dancer I know has been looked at weird or had something negative said to them at one point or another just for doing this sport that we all love so much. But when your at a pole event or a competition those negative comments and feelings aren’t there because we are all there to support a common interest or goal. Pole dancers relate on a physical and mental level as well and since no other sport in the world is quite as scrutinized as pole dancing/fitness, I believe it takes a strong individual to stand up in front of the world where people judge you for doing what you love and say your wrong about this sport and I’m going to prove it to you. Where do you train? What do you do for a workout? I am forced to train at home or wherever I can being that I am from a small town that doesn’t have any pole studios. I am completely self taught but as of late I have been driving 4 hours to a studio in Greensboro North Carolina called Stiletto Fitness to work out with Mrs. Sabrina Woods. I usually train 3 to 4 times a week for a few hours a day. I also have a tendency to work out a little extra whenever I’m upset about anything. I’m not sure why but anytime I find myself upset playing on the pole always seems to make me feel better its a wonderful release. I’ve never been one of those people who can go to the gym only, I find it terribly boring and I enjoy switching up my routine. I also like being interactive doing workouts like kick boxing and yoga. I do tend to eat healthy and depending if I’m in competition training mode or general conditioning 70-90 percent is based on my eating habits and the other 30 to 10 percent is my workout. What do you do when your not training or competing? When I’m not competing or training I love to snowboard its my favorite outside sport ever. I don’t like the bumps and bruises I get, but that’s come with every sport any pole dancer surely understands that, HA HA. I also enjoy meditating; it allows me to relax and rest my mind and body. Why is fitness important to you? Why pole fitness? Fitness is important to me because it is a necessity. I have to stay fit in order to do the things that I want to do and pole fitness is my avenue, it is so much fun and there is no set style. Its not like kickboxing where an outside round house is an outside round house. With pole dancing there can be 50 different ways to do one trick its a sport that modifies to the needs of each individual person versus each person having to modify their style to fit it. What is your goal with pole fitness? My goal with pole fitness is to show that everyone has something to offer to this wonderful sport no matter how simple or how hard the trick maybe. I want people to look at me and say; “she has no formal training as a dancer” I could learn to do that too. I want to help make people aware that this is considered a sport and that pole fitness is here to stay! My goal is to inspire people to step outside of what they consider normal and try something new with pole fitness. I simply want to do my best to add whatever I can to this wonderful and beautiful sport. Pets: I have a scottish deer hound named Gwar Hometown: Johnson City Ten Signature move: The “Layla Twist ” I put my right leg behind my head and the pole. For more information on workshops and special guest appearance contact: MC Healthcare Inc. at 404-903-2406 or firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about MC Healthcare Inc. and how you can get involved click the logo above. To check out Vertical Joe’s Fitness Studio click here. For photos from the competition, and a video of the winning performance by Nikki Shaw, click here.